National Railway Day - Virtual Speaker Series

National Railway Day - Virtual Speaker Series

On November 4th, 2020 at 1 p.m. EST, CARS will be hosting a full virtual conference on Hopin in place of the cancelled National Railway Day 2020.

The theme for this event will be "Bridging the Gap: Non-Stop Innovation".

As an industry that supports the movement of people and material we also want to encourage the movement of ideas and technology. 
Innovation is an important theme that we believe bridges the various gaps that occur in our industry, such as technology, gender, age, and even culture. 
It is a shared desire to create more effective ideas, processes and products to aid in the success of businesses.

There will be an opportunity to discuss how companies are coping and continuing business through the current pandemic. 


Innovation Zone

Only 1 more slot left! 

This is your chance to share more about your business LIVE to NRD participants!
You'll have 15 minutes to share and answer questions to a LIVE audience.  

If you are interested in filling any unclaimed spaces or have questions about the Virtual Innovation Zone
please email Hayley Heaslip at


Exhibitor Booths

Booths are available for purchase on the website at the following prices:

Small $50

Medium $75

Large $100

Do you have questions about what a booth looks like?
Please email Hayley Heaslip at


11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Exhibitor Booths

12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Welcome

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Kyle Mulligan, CP

1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Innovation Zone A

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Erik Olson, RSA

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Innovation Zone B

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Faye Ackermans, TSBC

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Members Award Ceremony + VIA Rail Giveaway

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Cynthia Garneau, VIA Rail



Safety Award:

 This award recognizes initiatives in people safety, innovation, technological advancements outstanding achievements and any other positive influence a supplier has brought forward to improve the overall safety of the railway industry. 

Nominate your company here

Diversity Award:

 This award was established to recognize and celebrate businesses that champion diversity in their companies, leaders for developing and cultivating diversity strategies in their organization, in addition to communicating the rationale for these strategies to employees. 

Nominate your company here

Innovation award: 

This award is for members that developed advance or innovative technologies to meet the needs of the rail industry. This business contributes to making a strong and rapidly growing innovative industry and is creating a positive impact on rail and community. 

Nominate your company here


VIA Giveaway

Thank you to VIA Rail Canada for sponsoring our VIA Giveaway prize: 

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A VIA Rail Canada ticket voucher valued at $5000!

Register for NRD 2020 for a chance to win!




Ekyrail Enterprises Inc.

The Greenbrier Companies

Holland LP

Unipart Rail

and more!

Registration is now closed