Speakers confirmed for CARS National Railway Day Conference
Louis Lévesque, Deputy Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Tony Marquis, Senior Vice-President Operations, Eastern Region, Canadian Pacific Railway, have been confirmed as speakers for CARS National Railway Day Conference taking place on November 3rd in Ottawa at the Chateau Laurier.
Louis Lévesque was appointed Deputy Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities on November 12, 2012.
Previously, Mr. Lévesque was Deputy Minister of International Trade from 2008 to 2012, and was named as Canada’s G-20 Sherpa by the Prime Minister on October 1, 2010. He was Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs in the Privy Council Office from 2006 to 2008. From 2004 to 2006, he served as Associate Deputy Minister with Finance Canada.
Mr. Lévesque began his career with Quebec’s civil service in 1983 as an economist, first with the Crop Insurance Board and then with the Ministry of Finance. In 1991, Mr. Lévesque joined Finance Canada, where he held such positions as Director General, Economic and Fiscal Policy Branch, and Director General, Tax Policy Branch. From March 2001 to October 2002, he was Deputy Secretary of Intergovernmental Operations at the Privy Council Office. In 2002, he returned to Finance Canada, where he served as Assistant Deputy Minister in the Federal-Provincial Relations and Social Policy Branch until 2004.
Mr. Lévesque was born in the city of Quebec. He studied at Laval University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a master’s degree in Economics.
Senior Vice-President Operations, Eastern Region, Canadian Pacific Railway.
Tony joined the senior operations leadership team in June 2013.
Tony brings nearly 30 years of railway operating experience with him. After spending 25 years with Canadian National Railway
Company in various operating positions, Tony moved on as owner and President of Strategic Training Simulators Inc. STSI
designs, builds, and installs locomotive simulators, and provides computer based training in the railroad industry. Most recently
he successfully completed a corporate turn-around at Colombia-based coal railroad, Fenoco S.A.
As President and Chief Executive Officer, Tony reduced Fenoco S.A.’s operating costs per ton of coal by 24 per cent and dramatically improved safety at the railroad in less than a year.
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