2016 IW Winners

Executive of the Year - North Bay

Corina Moore

Corina Moore

The pursuit of a higher education and a career in business propelled Corina Moore to leave her home community of Commanda. But her passion for the North and a desire to see it flourish drew her home again.

As president and CEO of the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission, Moore is a fierce proponent of the North Bay-based organization and its role in shaping Northern Ontario’s future.

“Ontario Northland, in my opinion, is the strongest growth plan for Northern Ontario and, really, Northern Ontario needs Ontario Northland,” she said.

“To be part of something that special is what really excited me about taking on this role, because it’s about empowering our employees to come together and create the next hundred years for Ontario Northland.”

Raised in the small community of Commanda, south of North Bay, Moore attended high school in nearby South River and studied engineering and business at the University of Waterloo. She spent the next several years working around the globe before returning North to raise a family.

In 2005, she joined Ontario Northland as director of its telecommunications division, Ontera. The shift back to Northern Ontario was a bit of an unexpected career move for Moore.

“I had this idea of what business was going to look like and then when I was (in southern Ontario) for a number of years and got some different perspective, and realized how great some of the jobs were up in Northern Ontario, that’s when I decided to make the move back,” she said.

“Actually, after I started here I even got more of a perspective of Northern Ontario and the businesses that provided such skilled jobs, but I didn’t have that perspective until I moved away.”

She was named president and CEO last August — the first female president of a Canadian railway — after serving in an interim capacity since October 2014. She took on the challenge during a time of uncertainty, in the midst of a high rate of employee departures and the sale of Ontera.

Over the last few years, Moore has introduced Moving Forward, a program designed to improve efficiency, grow revenues and promote the value of Ontario Northland’s transportation expertise.

She has collaborated with employees, municipal leaders, and community groups across the North, both to encourage transparency and to hear thoughtful ideas from the very people who understand what is required to successfully revitalize the 115-year-old organization.

Under her direction, Ontario Northland has secured new contracts with British Columbia’s Rocky Mountaineer luxury train, Montreal’s municipal transportation service, and expanded to provide freight car and locomotive overhaul and repair services to the North American marketplace.

In addition, the motor coach division has expanded to serve Sudbury and Ottawa, and the rail freight division is partnering with Northern businesses and economic development leaders to support the growth and prosperity of Northern Ontario.

More than just a transportation body, Ontario Northland has employed generations of families, which has made it an essential part of the community. Moore wants to ensure employees and stakeholders are equally valued for their role in shaping the Northern Ontario economy.

“We provide strong jobs for people in the North, and we also provide strong jobs that call people back from the south to the North,” Moore said. “So it’s not only about critical transportation linkages that we provide, but I think we’re doing a huge part to prosper the North, and that’s pretty exciting.”

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