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CN outlines capex plans for Saskatchewan

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image The Class I's projects will include more than 20 miles of new double track in three locations across the province.Photo – CN's Twitter page

CN will spend CA$210 million of its 2018 capital program to improve and expand its network in Saskatchewan.

The Class I's projects will include more than 20 miles of new double track in three locations across the province. Other capital program investments will focus on the replacement, upgrade and maintenance of key track infrastructure to improve overall safety and efficiency, CN officials said in a press release.

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CN to spend CA$530 million on capex in Alberta, Quebec

CN this year will spend CA$320 million to strengthen and expand its infrastructure in Alberta and CA$210 million in Quebec, the Class I announced this week.

The investments are part of CN's CA$3.4 billion capital expenditures program for 2018, CN officials said in press releases.

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Teamsters ratify new pact for CN conductors, yard crews

Rail News Home Canadian National Railway - CN 8/9/2017 Rail News: Canadian National Railway - CN
imageThe Teamsters Canada Rail Conference-Conductors, Trainpersons and Yardpersons union that represents CN conductors and yard crews in Canada has ratified a new collective agreement with the Class I.Retroactive to July 23, 2016, the three-year contract provides wage increases and benefit improvements to 3,000 conductors, according to a CN press release."This agreement is testament to the benefits of relationship building and we look forward to continuing to foster this relationship moving forward," said CN Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Mike Cory. "Together, we reached this agreement without a labor disruption allowing us to continue providing quality service to our customers."

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Canadian environmental agency solicits public input on proposed CN-served yard project

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) is seeking public comments to help determine whether a federal environmental assessment is required for Pembina NGL Corp.'s proposed rail yard project near Redwater, Alberta.

The company proposes to construct and operate about 22 miles of track and realign 5.5 miles of track at its fractionation and storage facility near Redwater. Pembina NGL would use the yard to accept empty rail cars and organize filled cars onto trains operated by CN, which would deliver the cars to their respective destinations. The project would increase the facility's daily loading capacity from 184 cars to 260 cars.

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CN's Q2 profit slips on lower carload volume

CN's second-quarter 2016 net income declined slightly to $858 million, or $1.10 in diluted earnings per share, from $886 million, or $1.10, a year ago due to lower traffic volumes, the Class I announced yesterday. (All monetary figures are reported in Canadian dollars.)

Operating income fell 5 percent to $1.3 billion and revenue slipped 9 percent to $2.8 billion, as carloads plunged 12 percent during the quarter compared with Q2 in 2015.

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Melford Atlantic Gateway terminal will serve U.S., Canadian markets via CN

SSA Marine, Melford International Terminal and Cyrus Capital Partners LP announced yesterday the formation of a joint venture that will construct a container terminal as part of the Melford Atlantic Gateway project in Nova Scotia.

The new 315-acre marine container terminal will be built at the Strait of Canso, Nova Scotia, and will become the closest North American port on the circle route to Europe and Asia via the Suez Canal, the companies announced in a joint press release.

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CN appoints Jobin to board, announces new roles for Cory, Houle

CN's board announced yesterday that incoming President and Chief Executive Officer Luc Jobin has been been named a board director. Jobin will take over the company's top executive position on Friday.

Jobin will succeed Claude Mongeau as president and CEO. As a board director, Jobin replaces Mongeau, who announced earlier this month that he would step down from his post due to health reasons.

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TMSA selects CN's Savoy as top marketing executive for 2016

The Transportation Marketing & Sales Association (TMSA) recently named CN Director of Marketing Innovation Marie-Chantal Savoy its 2016 Marketing Executive of the Year.

The award recognizes a senior-level leader in the transportation and logistics industries who has demonstrated strategic thinking and intelligent execution of marketing initiatives to meet their organization's business goals. The award is part of TMSA's mission to honor the efforts of marketing, sales and communications professionals in the two industries.

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Canadian agencies seek comments on CN's proposed Milton hub

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and the Canadian Transportation Agency are soliciting public input on a draft agreement to establish a review panel for CN's proposed logistics hub in Milton, Ontario.

When finalized, the agreement will help establish the panel's mandate and authority, as well as procedures and timelines for the review under the Canadian Environmental Assessment and Canada Transportation Acts, Canadian government officials said in a press release.

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From the editor: CN's Claude Mongeau to receive Railroad Innovator Award

— by Pat Foran, editor

I met Claude Mongeau during a May 2004 visit with CN executives in Toronto. At the time, he was CN’s executive vice president and chief financial officer, and leader of the strategic planning process. I talked with him about a range of subjects, from service-plan discipline to strategic planning to continuous improvement. We also talked about culture, or what it was that made CN “CN.”

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CN CEO Mongeau stepping down; Jobin to take helm

CN President and Chief Executive Officer Claude Mongeau will step down at the end of June, the Class I announced this morning. Chief Financial Officer Luc Jobin has been named Mongeau's successor effective July 1.

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Mongeau said he would leave the post due to health reasons. In January, he returned to work following a six-month medical leave after he was diagnosed with a rare type of tumor in his throat. During the leave, he underwent surgery to remove his larynx.

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CN asks municipalities to offer input for key route risk assessments

CN is encouraging communities to submit input for corridor risk assessments along key rail routes that carry significant amounts of dangerous goods, the Class I announced late last week.

CN performs specific risk assessments on rail lines on key routes, looking at factors such as population and emergency response capabilities. Under new Transport Canada regulations, the railroad will incorporate input from Canadian municipalities along those key routes as part of those risk assessments, according to a CN press release.

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CN named Evergreen Shipping's 'railroad of the year'

Evergreen Shipping Agency (America) Corp. has selected CN as its 2015 "Railroad Company of the Year" in recognition of the Class I's consistent level of high performance to customers.

Evergreen selected CN because of its "excellent professional service to our shared customers … and consistent level of performance as a transportation provider," said Evergreen Shipping Agency President Roy Amalfitano in a press release.

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CN, Montreal officials pledge increased focus on safety

CN and city of Montreal officials yesterday announced a plan to strengthen railroad safety efforts.

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre and CN Executive Vice­ President, Corporate Services and Chief Legal Officer Sean Finn met at the Class I's Montreal headquarters to discuss strengthening their "partnership" on safety matters, according to a CN press release.

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CN recognized for safe transport of chemicals, receives TRANSCAER award

CN has been recognized as one of three recipients of this year's Responsible Care Partner of the Year award from the American Chemistry Council, the Class I announced yesterday.

The award recognizes the "strong performance and safety record of companies involved in the transportation, handling and marketing of chemicals," according to a CN press release.

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CN CEO Claude Mongeau to receive Railroad Innovator Award from Progressive Railroading, RailTrends

Progressive Railroading and RailTrends® have named CN President and Chief Executive Officer Claude Mongeau the 2016 recipient of the "Railroad Innovator Award," which recognizes an individual's outstanding achievement in the rail industry.


Mongeau joined CN in 1994 and early on held such positions as vice president of strategic and financial planning and assistant VP of corporate development. He was appointed executive VP and chief financial officer in 2000, and president and CEO in 2010.

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CN presents 'Safe Handling Awards,' joins Midwest port coalition

CN yesterday announced the winners of its annual Safety Handling Awards, which recognize customers that make the safe handling of dangerous goods a top priority.

In a ceremony held yesterday, the railroad honored 141 companies with the award.

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CN's Q1 profit jumps 13 percent, but revenue falls due to commodity slump

CN posted a 13 percent jump in net income in first-quarter 2016 compared with a year ago, but slumping commodity shipments led to a 4 percent decline in revenue for the period.

The Class I yesterday reported first-quarter net earnings of $792 million (in Canadian dollars), or $1 per diluted share, compared with $704 million, or 86 cents per diluted share compared with first-quarter earnings a year ago.

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CN trains 15,000 employees at new education centers, will open classes to customers

CN announced yesterday that 15,000 employees have completed railway training at its two education campuses since they opened in 2014.

The milestone of 15,000 workers trained "reflects the re-engineering of how CN hires a new generation of railroaders and upgrades the skills of current ones," said CN President and Chief Executive Officer Claude Mongeau in a press release.

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