National Railway Day Conference 2017

National Railway Day Conference 2017


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To commemorate the day that the last spike was driven into the Canadian Pacific Railway at Craigellachie, British Columbia in 1885, CARS will be hosting the 4th Annual National Railway Day Conference on Tuesday November 7th in our Nation’s Capital at the Westin Hotel.  This event will bring suppliers, railways and government together to celebrate our exciting industry.

This year’s theme will be “Canada - A Leader in the Global Rail Revolution”.

Confirmed speakers to date:

Rhea Adama General Manager Locomotive Shops (System) CP - Biography click here

Paul Harridine - VP Procurement and Supply Management CN - Biography click here

Jean-Marc Arbaud - Deputy Managing Director of CDPQ Infra - Biography click here

Mary Proc : Vice President, Customer Service Delivery, Metrolinx - Biography click here

Scott Streiner:Chair and CEO, Canadian Transportation Agency - Biography click here

Bruce McCuaig: Executive Advisor, Canada Infrastructure Bank - Biography click here

Ryan Ratledge: President & CEO Central Maine & Quebec Railway - Biography click here

Louis Gravel: President Genesee & Wyoming Canada Inc. - Biography click here

Kathy Fox: Chair Transportation Safety Board - Biography click here


Charl Van Niekerk: Senior Vice President, Rail Implementation Team, Infrastructure Ontario - Biography click here

Mathew KattpuramSenior Vice President, Strategic Business Development-Aecon Group Inc.-Biography click here

Chris Swail: Director of O Train Planning- City of Ottawa

Shariq Alvi: Managing Director, Global Infrastructure & Power - CIBC Capital Markets - Global Investment Banking - Biography click here

Olivia MacAngus-Vice-President Corporate Development - Plenary Group - Biography click here

Moderator: Sarah Clark: President and CEO at Fraser River Pile and Dredge (GP) Inc. and Director Translink, Canadian Council P3 - Biography click here


Event Location:

The Westin Ottawa

11 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON K1N 9H4

Confederation II - Level 4

SOLD OUT-To book your room at the Westin at our special room rate click here:

To book a room at the Novotel Hotel- 33 Nicholas Street, Ottawa, ON K1N 9M7

Call: 613-230-3033 or toll free 855-677-3033 and refer to the booking code 547950 or online:

 Canadian Association of Railway Suppliers Room Block

 To book a room at The Sheraton Ottawa- 150 Albert Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5G2 refer to Booking for Canadian Association of Railway Suppliers until October 10th.  Call: 1-800-325-3535 or online


Event Timeline:

 Continental Breakfast & Registration: 8:00AM - 9:00AM

 Conference 9:00am-5:00pm, a buffet lunch will be served.

We will close the conference with a networking reception from the 22nd floor of the Westin Hotel in their new reception room "Twenty-Two" which is surrounded by windows, overlooking our beautiful City.  This will be from 5:00pm -7:00pm, where you will have the opportunity to meet Members of Parliament, suppliers and railway representatives. There will be cocktails and hors d'oeurves served.

Sponsorship opportunities SOLD 





 If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact Taisha Poulin at


Taisha Poulin

Member Services and Events Coordinator
Canadian Association of Railway Suppliers


Photos – National Railway Day 2017


  1. Railway track
  2. 2018 AGM Presentation