Presidents Messages

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 […]

Message from the President

The pre-budget season is always a busy time for Team RAC. This year’s was especially so. Since January, we have had more than 600 contacts with federal policy and decision-makers and dozens more with key players provincially. With intense interest in cost of living considerations and supply chains, we have focused on educating government stakeholders […]

Message from the President -Supply chains

When Canadians buy something, they expect to get it. When they produce something, they expect they can get it to market. Canada’s railways are integral to delivering commodities and consumer goods safely and reliably. They transport $350 billion worth of goods each year and carry half of this country’s exports at least part of the […]


At this time of year, it’s tempting to look back. (And there will be time for that later this week.) But Canadian railroaders are always looking forward and finding a way through. That ethos is at the core of rail’s continuous drive to innovate and problem-solve. Who else could look at the Rockies in the […]

Economic growth

You will frequently hear me say: rail moves Canada forward. That’s true year-round. And it is especially so right now. When shoppers go to their local store or make an online order, chances are good that what they’re buying gets to them – at least in part – because of rail. As farmers look to […]

RAIL AND SUSTAINABILTY: A ray of light in a dreary world 

With everything going on in the world these days, with so much strife and division taking up oxygen on the news, on our social feeds, and in our public discourse, we can easily lose sight of the positive. We may forget that we have the capacity, individually and collectively, to contribute to making life better […]