Our Team

Our Team

 

Ontario Northland employs over 700 people. Locomotive Engineers, Motor Coach Operators, Skilled Tradespeople, and business professionals work together to deliver reliable and safe transportation.

The Ontario Northland Transportation Commission

The Ontario Northland Transportation Commission includes six Commissioners who are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. The Commission includes members from across the Province with expertise in a variety of industries. The Commission is responsible for the governance, oversight and strategic planning of the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission. The Chair of the Commission is accountable to the Minister of Transportation through Ontario Northland’s Memorandum of Understanding.

 

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Thomas Laughren – Chair

Tom Laughren, a lifelong resident of Timmins and former mayor serving from 2006 to 2014, brings leadership experience and knowledge of Northern Ontario to his role as Chair of the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission. Tom is currently Chief of the Timmins Fire Department and previously the Director of Corporate Responsibility with Lakeshore Gold. A seasoned heavy equipment operator in the mining industry for over 27 years, he has been actively involved in his community; a devoted 40 year volunteer firefighter, executive committee member of the Timmins Economic Development Corporation and City Councillor for nine years. Tom was a member of the Minister's Advisory Committee on ONTC Transformation and was appointed Chair of the Commission in 2015.


Board Member RJ Falconi

Robert J. (“RJ”) Falconi, B.Sc., JD, ICD.D

RJ, born and raised in North Bay, is currently a resident of Bradford, and is the Managing Director of RayleeValleyGroup that provides legal, public policy, rail transportation safety, government relations, and corporate governance advice. A Commissioner on the ONTC since January 2020, he is Chair of the TSSA Board, member of Tarion Warranty Corporation’s Board, and CME’s Ontario Advisory Board. RJ was formerly EVP, Chief Legal & Government Affairs Officer, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at Canadian Standards Association. Previously a VP, General Counsel & Assistant Corporate Secretary for Parsons Corporation, a transportation engineering firm, and Legal Counsel at Citibank Canada. He is noted for organizing the first ever rail safety Congressional education forum on Capitol Hill in Washington DC and leading a Rail Safety Task Force of experts to develop rail safety solutions arising from the Lac-Mégantic crude oil tank car train tragedy. RJ has a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto, an LL.B. (J.D.) from Osgoode Hall, is certified as an Institute‐Certified Director (ICD.D) and is a member of the Law Society of Ontario.


Commisioner Randy Nickle

Randy Nickle

Randy Nickle, a resident of Kenora, has a strong business background as an A&W Franchise owner for more than 38 years. In addition he and his wife Lori jointly operated a motor coach agency in Dryden and Kenora making him very familiar with the transportation industry needs of northwestern Ontario. He has spent decades committed to tourism in the northwest, most notably chairing the Committee of Harbourfest, one of northwest Ontario’s largest Music and Family festivals. Randy has participated in various board and committees, ranging from economic development and tourism, to Copperfin credit union board member and many years in minor sports.


Doug Bender

Doug Bender

Doug Bender, a lifelong resident of Black-River Matheson and Timmins spent 37 years working the Transcanada Pipeline from Sundridge all the way to Ignace, Ontario, making him very familiar with Ontario Northland’s service area. Recently retired and a former municipal councilor, Doug is an entrepreneur and an advocate for small businesses. He has four adult children and eight grandchildren and is an outdoor enthusiast. Improving transportation for future generations and connecting communities are some of his goals as Commissioner.


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Alan Spacek

A respected entrepreneur, Alan Spacek was the former Mayor of Kapuskasing from 2006-2012 and President of the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) for eight years. His life’s work has centered on the northern economy – helping businesses improve, pursuing economic development opportunities and a strong devotion to social services through his mentorship within the education, justice and health sectors. A life-long northerner, Alan understand the unique challenges of northern Ontario and the vast opportunities that exist for the region.


Roberta Sawchyn

Roberta Sawchyn

As a Certified Hotel Administrator Roberta Sawchyn has worked in the hospitality industry for over 25 years. For the past 19 years she has held the position of General Manager for the Best Western Plus Nor'Wester Hotel & Convention Centre. She is Chair of the Thunder Bay Hotel Association, Board Director of the Thunder Bay CEDC, past board director of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce and has volunteered for many local organizations such as the United Way and Easter Seals. Roberta is a lifelong resident of Thunder Bay and she works passionately in bringing her visions and experience of excellence to the community and surrounding areas. Having a strong and healthy community for her family to live and grow in is paramount.


Ontario Northland’s Executive Team

Responsible for the company’s strategic direction, employee development and financial performance. The Executive Team is dedicated to building a company that is strong and sustainable. They each have an impressive track record of leading people and achieving results.

 

Corina Moore

Corina Moore – President and CEO

As Ontario Northland’s President and CEO, Corina has shaped a resilient organization that is focused on delivering best-in-class transportation throughout Ontario. Recognized as an inspirational leader and catalyst for change, Corina has shifted the business lines of Ontario Northland to be data-driven, customer-focused, lean and strategic. She has cultivated a team that is focused on building better transportation services for tomorrow providing rail freight, passenger rail, motor coach transportation, rail repair/remanufacturing services and a boutique hotel.

She is a graduate of Waterloo University in Systems Design Engineering and Business Administration and Management.


Chad Evans

Chad Evans - Vice President of Corporate Services

Chad is Ontario Northland’s Vice President of Corporate Services. Chad has spent the past 20 years leading change and continuous improvement in the private and public sector as a business leader, technology and management consultant, trainer and speaker. As one of the architects of Ontario Northland’s transformation program, Chad has led and enabled the 100+ year old transportation company to adopt modern technology, continuous improvement practices and integrate performance measurement into daily operations.

He is certified as an ITIL Expert, ISO20000 Practitioner, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and holds an MBA from the University of London, England.


Drew Duquette

Drew Duquette - Vice-President of Transportation

Drew is the Vice-President of Transportation at Ontario Northland. He is a fifth generation railroader and has recently joined Ontario Northland’s senior leadership team. Drew brings 37 years of operational expertise from Canadian Pacific. His focus is to improve and expand rail transportation services in the north and further the organizations safety culture.

Drew grew up in Northern Ontario and after travelling throughout Canada building his railroading experience and knowledge, he returned to his roots. He enjoys the outdoors and is looking forward to contributing to a region that has always been important to him.


Donna Jaques

Donna Jaques - General Counsel

Donna is Ontario Northland’s General Counsel. She joined Ontario Northland in 2017 and has more than 35 years of experience primarily in the areas of procurement, construction, governance and commercial law. Donna received her law degree from Western University and was called to the bar of the Law Society of Ontario in 1985. Her current focus as part of the Ontario Northland leadership team is to encourage and implement adaptations in processes to address changes in law and modernize the organization through training education and policy development.