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2024 Women in Rail Virtual Conference

Meet industry leaders and experts. Participate from anywhere in the world. Network with like-minded individuals. Learn about the latest trends and developments in rail. Gain valuable insights and skills to advance your career!

June 12, 2024, from 1 pm – 4 pm EDT

$50 (Adults), $500 (Groups – 10 People), FREE (Students)

Proceeds will fund a scholarship for a deserving woman looking for a career in rail.

VIEWING PARTY: We are pleased to offer a group rate (for 10 people) so that companies can hold viewing parties for staff members interested in attending the conference. As an exciting addition, if you send us a photo of your viewing party for our social media, you will be entered into a random draw for a coffee party on behalf of the RAC. You set the date and time and we will take care of the rest!

Register Now

Register now to secure your spot at the conference.

If you’re a student, please use the email address assigned by your university or college.
Prices include tax.

All proceeds will go to a scholarship fund for a deserving woman looking for a career in rail.


What does railroading look like for women in operations?

For those curious to learn more about the industry and how they fit into it, this panel will explore the unique experiences of women in rail operations and offer insight into how success may differ from their male counterparts. The discussion promises to be a great way to learn about the industry’s advancements in creating inclusive environments, including flexible hours, parental leave, and more. You won’t want to miss it!

Career progression in rail and retaining our talent.

Hear from seasoned #tRAILblazers as they dive into the diverse career opportunities within the rail industry and the endless possibilities for growth and advancement. Key discussions will focus on strategies for attracting and retaining talented women in this dynamic and exciting sector.


13:00 – 13:05

Welcome and opening remarks by Lora Smith, Vice-President, Public and Government Affairs, Railway Association of Canada.

13:05 – 14:05

Professor Maja – Forget the apologies & learn to lead with confidence
Professor Maja is a sociologist, author and TEDx speaker. She is also a confidence-builder and apology-hater. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Sociology in 2014 (focusing on the sociology of women’s health), with no clear career in mind, until she attended an academic conference that completely changed the trajectory of her research, her career, and her life. At that conference, she witnessed women at the pinnacle of their career deflecting praise (we call that feminine modesty) and over-apologizing for mundane issues. She immediately became obsessed with apologies.

14:05 – 15:00 

Panel 1 – What does railroading look like for women in operations?
Does success look different for women working in operations in comparison to their male counterparts? How has the industry improved conditions in operations for women in rail (ex: flex hours, parental leave, and inclusivity).

– Sherri Vieira, Trainmaster, Southern Railway of British Columbia
– Vanessa Knapton, Senior Vice President, Sales – Field Services at Cathcart Rail
– Speaker to be confirmed

15:00 – 15:55  

Panel 2 – Career progression in rail and retaining our talent
The rail industry can offer you a job in basically any field you are interested in and the opportunities for growth and movement are endless. Like many sectors today, attracting and retaining talent is a challenge. What can the railways do to keep attracting women to this exciting and diverse industry?

– Leslie-Anne Lewis, Director Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, CN
– Stephanie Shrum, Program Manager, Canadian Apprenticeship Forum
– Speaker to be confirmed

15:55 – 16:00   

Closing Remarks by Lora Smith, Vice-President, Public and Government Affairs, Railway Association of Canada.


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