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Sunshine, palm trees and ocean views were among several things enjoyed by the 2018 CEO Awards for Excellence winners at the fifth annual awards gala in Palm Beach, Florida. This year, 40 award winners traveled to The Breakers luxury resort to celebrate their achievements in 2017.

The CP CEO Awards logo


The CEO Awards for Excellence honours those who exemplify our five foundations, the same categories in which winners are named: Provide Service, Control Costs, Optimize Assets, Operate Safely and Develop People. The 40 award winners not only went above and beyond as railroaders, but they were innovative, passionate and an inspiration to their team throughout the year. During the awards gala, operational achievements were also celebrated with awards for Terminal of the Year and Railroader of the Year.

After driving a successful terminal turnaround, Greg Squires, General Manager Operations Pacific Division, was awarded the 2018 Railroader of the year. Through Greg's strong leadership and improved employee relations, Vancouver Terminal's service drastically improved in less than a year. These dramatic results made them the clear choice for Terminal of the Year.

Railroader of the Year

Greg Squires

General Manager Operations Pacific Division

Greg Squires giving his acceptance speech for Railroader of the Year.


Terminal of the Year

Vancouver Terminal

Greg Squires, Mike Garlasco, Warren Cowan, Peter Norman, Brian Fazio, Gary Inkster, Lloyd Johnston, Steve Weatherbee, Mel Kinna, Rupinder Singh Sekhon, Harvey Singh Powar

Gary Inkster, Steve Weatherbee, Lloyd Johnston, Rupinder Singh Sekhon, Mel Kinna, Brian Fazio, Harvey Singh Powar, Keith Creel, Peter Norman, Mike Garlasco, Greg Squires.
Terminal of the Year winners (from left to right): Gary Inkster, Steve Weatherbee, Lloyd Johnston, Rupinder Singh Sekhon, Mel Kinna, Brian Fazio, Harvey Singh Powar, Keith Creel, Peter Norman, Mike Garlasco, Greg Squires.
Terminal of the Year recipient, Rupinder Singh Sekhon poses with his wife, Swaranjit.
Terminal of the Year recipient, Rupinder Singh Sekhon poses with his wife, Swaranjit.

Provide Service

GLOVIS Canada Inc. service contract

Maria Saratsiotis

Director Sales, Merchandise

Maria Saratsiotis accepts her CEO Award for Provide Service.
Maria Saratsiotis accepts her CEO Award for Provide Service.

Provide Service

Improving customer relations

Michael Garlasco

Assistant Superintendent Operations

Optimize Assets

Portal Live Lift

Donnie McKelvey

General Superintendent St. Paul Yard

John Abrahamson

GM Transportation

Allan Schepens

Manager Transborder Strategy Services

Kelly Storozuk

Director Network Capacity & Infrastructure

Patrick Mooney

Manager Facilities

Curt Whelan

Director Projects & Public Works

Control Costs

CP FastPass

Chris Loly

Director Network Services Client

John McLaren

Director Marketing & Sales/IMS Solutions

Rajiv Chopra

Solution Architect

Rodney Rantala

Specialist Business Systems

Donna Jasper

Manager PRS & Vendor Management

Regan Richardson

Senior Project Manager

Sathye Gomathy

Manager Technology & Process

Pam Arpin

AVP Customer & Corporate Services

Sathye Gomathy accepts her award for Optimize Assets.
Sathye Gomathy accepts her award for Optimize Assets.

Control Costs

Fuelling savings

Bill Chan

Director Commodity Tax

Rodney Campbell

Chief Mechanical Engineer

Jeff Coates

Director Finance Business Partner

Peter Lanyi

Sr. Director Mechanical Sourcing

Nadeem Velani poses with Controlling Cost award winners Jeff Coates, Bill Chan, Peter Lanyi and 
Rodney Campbell.
(From left to right) Nadeem Velani poses with Controlling Cost award winners Jeff Coates, Bill Chan, Peter Lanyi and Rodney Campbell.

Control Costs

Perfecting our payroll system

Cory Hathaway

Director Investment Analysis & Financial Plan

Operate Safely

Changing safety culture

Tim Mouland

Supt. Locomotive

Operate Safely

A safety mentor

Mike Karpenko

Diesel Mechanic

Develop People

Simulation Training

Chad Riddell

Manager Tech Training – Fops Transportation

Eric Nordin

Manager Technical Training – U.S.

Nathan Blunt

Instructor Training

Rick Hunger

Instructor Training

Nathan Blunt, Rick Hunger, Eric Nordin, Chad Riddell with their awards for simulation training.
(From left to right) Nathan Blunt, Rick Hunger, Eric Nordin, Chad Riddell.

Community Hero

An icy rescue

Braeden Fairbairn

Conductor

Andrew Whan

Locomotive Engineer

Braeden Fairbairn, our youngest CEO Award winner, delivers his acceptance speech for the Community Hero award.
Braeden Fairbairn, our youngest CEO Award winner, delivers his acceptance speech for the Community Hero award.

Community Hero

Above the call of duty

Luigi Bernava

S&C Technician

Luigi Bernava accepts his Community Hero award.
Luigi Bernava accepts his Community Hero award.

Full list of nominees

  • Alfonso Pompizzi
  • Alistair D’Souza
  • Allan Parris
  • Amanda Cobb
  • Arun Badrinarayanan
  • Benjamin Lee
  • Bill Kauffman
  • Brent Kaiser
  • Brian Williams
  • Chris Grimes
  • Christiane Hamel
  • Christopher Jones
  • Damodhar Paladugu
  • Daniel Belanger
  • Dante Lewis
  • David Clyne
  • David Guerin
  • David Hrechuk
  • David Nguyen
  • Davida Waldie
  • Dean Vargas
  • Derick Edwards
  • George Newell
  • Greg Flug
  • Haley Boldt
  • Harinath Chelle
  • Howard Rudnick
  • Jabib Leon Sanchez
  • Jacob Kinne
  • Jaqueline Schumacher
  • Jeffrey McInnis
  • Jennifer Goldade
  • Jennifer Lehfellner
  • Johane Lemay
  • John Morris
  • Jordan Kajfasz
  • Justin Rutkowski
  • Katie Hill
  • Kenneth Goss
  • Kevin Hrysak
  • Kevin Trapp
  • Kim Gillis
  • Kim Smoley
  • Lisa Trueman
  • Lucky Strauss
  • Mario Martinez
  • Marlon Kruszynski
  • Matthias Bennett
  • Melanie Sortland
  • Melissa Murray
  • Michael Favreau
  • Michael Mallais
  • Nancy Biltek
  • Nathalie Chamourian
  • Nizam Hasham
  • Paul Stedman
  • Priya Baskar
  • Rachel Hays
  • Ravi Arikatla
  • Rory Thompson
  • Scott Squires
  • Shailesh Yerram
  • Shawn Clifton
  • Shawn Conley
  • Sriteja Konda
  • Steven Buchanan
  • Ted Hunter
  • Thomas Whalen
  • Tina Sheaves
  • Todd Workman
  • Travis Pierce
  • Veronica Mantler
It's never too early to nominate someone for a CEO Award for Excellence. Visit CP Station to fill out a nomination form for a chance to see your colleague here next year!

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