CARS NRD 2019 - Conference & Trade Show

CARS NRD 2019 - Conference & Trade Show

November 5, 2019 to November 7, 2019
JW Marriott,  Edmonton Ice District

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CARS is pleased to officially announce that we will be hosting our National Railway Day Conference and Trade Show 2019 in Edmonton!



November 7th in Canada will mark the 134th year that the last spike was driven into the Canadian Pacific Railways (CPR) at Craigellachie. From that moment Canada has been united and rail has become one of the most important and valuable modes of transportation while delivering people and goods safely and efficiently.

To commemorate this special day in history and to celebrate our industry, CARS will be hosting it’s National Railway Day Conference and Trade Show 2019 in Edmonton November 5th, 6th,  & 7th  at the brand new JW Marriott ICE District. For the first time in it’s history since this conference began in 2014, NRD will have a trade show component where industry will have an opportunity to profile their goods and services.

The theme for this year’s conference will be “Bringing Forth Awareness Diversities – Industry Responsibility & Accountability”. It is our responsibility as an industry to ensure that we continue to take action and educate our employees on the several areas of awareness whether it is culture, gender, safety or even proper employee training. NRD will focus on all of these and more. It will be a great forum to get engaged and hear from industry leaders.


  Thank you to all of our Sponsors!

  List of NRD 2019 Sponsors




RemcanUniversal Rail



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2019 Award Recipients

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. The recipient of this award was nominated by CN for their diligence and communication efforts with CN over the last year. The recipient has made a huge impact on their company by making the safety of customers and employees a priority on a day to day basis.

The winner of the 2019 Safety Award is Scott Dawson, Safety Officer with A&B. Rail Services. Congratulations! 

Diversity Award: This award was established to recognize and celebrate businesses who 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. The recipient of our Diversity award was nominated by CN for the work they have been doing with our indigenous communities.  They officially submitted their application to the Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business’ PAR (Progressive Aboriginal Relations) program and have and continue to undergo cultural awareness training, identifying business opportunities and, developing a more inclusive workforce promoting sustainability in all the communities.

The winner of the 2019 Diversity Award is  Remcan Projects LP . Congratulations!

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 in rail and community. The recipient of our Innovation award was nominated by City of Edmonton on the work they did on the 66st LRT Tunnel & Track Upgrade Project. This project included the removal of existing 100 lbs rail and replacement with new 115lbs rail, base plates, and concrete pad in the direct fixation fastener section of the tunnel.

The winner of the 2019 Innovation Award is PNR Railworks. Congratulations!

Lifetime Achievement Award:  In 2012 CARS started a lifetime achievement award. This award was created to recognize a member who has dedicated most of their career to the railway industry and has actively committed to making it better and giving it their all. I’ve had the pleasure of working with some very talented people in my time here in the industry and tonight I felt this award was well deserved. This person has been in the transportation industry for over 35 years, has been active with our association twice as a board member. Always willing to help and is so well respected not only from me but from everyone that has had the pleasure to work with her.

The winner of the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award is  Susan Barrie from Wells Fargo Rail. Congratulations!




Trade Show Exhibitors

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NRD 2019 Exhibitors List



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Conference and Trade Show Guest List

Guest Speakers List 


Gala Dinner

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There will be a  cocktail at 6:30pm on November 7th before dinner seating, followed by the closing  Gala Dinner at 7:00pm. Upon entry guests will receive one complimentary drink. Please note that the Gala Dinner ticket includes a three-course meal and wine. Attendees are welcome to order outside the wine menu at their own expense.

To highlight more of our theme “Bringing Forth Awareness Diversities – Industry Responsibility & Accountability” the evening of November 7th will include an amazing traditional Hoop Dance performance by RedPath Talent's very own, award winning  performer James Jones .

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For those attending the Gala Dinner on November 7th, the dress code will be: Semi-Formal.

For your reference: 

Women: Wear a knee-length cocktail dress, a little black dress, a dressy skirt and top, or even slacks with a dressy blouse.
Men: Wear a suit and tie in a dark or light colour, depending on the season and the time of day, or dress pants with a collared shirt and jacket. 




finalized almost agenda

Download Agenda (pdf)




To book your hotel:   

JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District, 

10344 102 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0K9 



More details on venue, exhibits and dinner to follow. If you wish to attend  please contact Vanessa Murrell:

Marketing/Events & Member Relations Coordinator 


Speakers / Panelists

Photos – National Railway Day 2019