René Lalande joined the Male Champions of Change in 2017
René joined Transdev Australasia as Chief Executive Officer in September 2016. As CEO, René oversees more than 5,800 Transdev employees that deliver multimodal public transport services across Australasia.
Prior to joining Transdev, René was Managing Director at Bombardier Transportation Australia.
René has nearly 35 years of experience in the public transport, automotive and aerospace industries, and has held numerous senior executive roles, such as including Vice President Operations at both Heroux Devtek and Spectra Premium Industries. René brings to Transdev a wealth of expertise having worked in both international and local markets, with previous projects in Canada and Mexico.
René holds a bachelor degree in Applied Science and Mechanical Engineering from Sherbrooke University and post graduate studies in Software Engineering at École Polytechnique. He is a member of the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) Board, member of Monash University’s Infrastructure Advisory Board and a member of the Tourism and Transport Advisory Board. In July 2017, René was appointed as Honorary Consul for Canada in Melbourne by The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.