Presidents Messages

Message from the President – March 2024

March may have turned to April, and International Women’s Day may have come and gone for another year, but we at the RAC are not quite done celebrating the women tRAILblazers that help run our railways. In fact, we’re just getting started. Our Women in Rail conference is back for another year. It’s virtual so […]

Message from the President – February 2024

As we close out a month that is dedicated to romance of all kinds, it’s clear that Canadians love the lore of rail’s heritage. You see it in the throngs of attendees at model train shows happening across the country over recent and coming weeks. It’s clear in the faces of the young and the […]

Message from the President – January 2024

From paralyzing snowfalls in B.C. to record cold and power grid concerns in Alberta to icy, windy storms in the east, winter weather was back with a vengeance across Canada this month. Extreme conditions tested each of us. But for railroaders – many of whom must brave the elements to keep Canada moving – it […]

Message from the President – November 2023

Safety is job one for every Canadian railroader. It is at the heart of railway operations 24/7/365. And it is engrained into our members’ corporate culture (including as a key value for those of us at the RAC). It is also a key part of sustainability. In November, we had several marquee opportunities to explore […]

Message from the President – October 2023

Last week’s Bank of Canada rate decision may have been welcome news for people who are struggling to pay their mortgage or service consumer debt and worried about rates climbing higher. But Governor Tiff Macklem’s opening remarks had some gloomy language that signals economic tough times could be with us for some time yet. Global […]

Message from the President -September 2023

This past weekend, I joined people from coast to coast to coast in marking the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. My commemoration involved some reflection about how we can further the journey of reconciliation, listen and learn, and help build a better country for all. Building a better country is something railroaders know all […]

Message from the President – August 2023

This summer has been a challenging one on several economic fronts. Strikes at B.C. ports hurt our importers and exporters, caused supply chain chokepoints, and backed up freight networks for weeks. Intense wildfires have displaced entire communities and forced emergency responders to restrict access to huge swaths of the west and north. Many farmers and […]


If there is one thing official Ottawa loves more than anything else, it’s a summer cabinet shuffle. Last week, the Prime Minister delivered a substantial one. Seven ministers are out, seven rookies are in. Eight ministers kept their previous roles. And 31 moved or had their titles tweaked. (We have a full list below.) Not […]

Message from the president -June 2023

Parliamentarians doing the nation’s business have now risen for their summer break. Most MPs and Senators have left the capital and will spend the coming months in their hometowns, with family, friends and voters. This summer will likely feature a government ‘reset.’ In a bid to put a politically bruising spring behind him, many are […]

Message from the President – May 2023

May is typically a month of celebration and of looking forward. Spring weather has typically set in, planting (on farms and in gardens) is usually well underway or finished, and people start to turn their attentions to the coming summer. This May was anything but carefree for too many people in too many places. For […]