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Welcome to CP’s Information Services Department

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Dear Future CP Employee,​​​

​Let me welcome you to Canadian Pacific Railway's Information Services Department. Expecting that your "yes" to CP's employment offer is to follow shortly, let me confirm that you are soon to be a part of an IT team that is a key contributor in initiating organization-wide successes in the stabilization, standardization and acceleration of technology solutions across all of CP's lines of business.

CP has selected you because your knowledge, expertise and capabilities align well with CP's core values and foundations.   In sum, we expect you to bring your ambition, drive, and skills, and in turn we offer you a challenging and rewarding experience with an iconic company in a dynamic industry. Ask questions, be the force of change, be passionate in your work, and grow with our department.  Together, we will support CP in finding new ways to drive efficiency, increase asset utilization, and enhance service reliability, as a team, as a department, and as a company.

Your experience is certain to help us move forward as an organization. We welcome you becoming a part of this historic company!

Sincerely,

Mike Redeker
VP & Chief Information Officer​

CP's Information services Department

From our CIO down, CP's IS department prides itself on delivering quality IT solutions and services.  For this reason alone, in 2013 CP renamed its IT department to become "Information Services".  As part of this transformation, CP changed the way the IS department conducts business, both internally and externally.  For example,

In the past, prior to 2013​, CP's IT department was extensively outsourced: CP IT employed greater than 1000 contractors and had less than 200 CP employees – quite the imbalance.  Since 2013, numerous strategies were implemented to give CP better control over its IT environment and processes including:

  • CP building our own data centres (and no longer having third parties manage CP's server and datacenter infrastructure),
  • Hiring in excess of 600 IT professionals (greatly reducing CP's reliance on outsourced professionals), and correspondingly reducing the number of third parties involved in CP's IT landscape. 

Fast-forward to today – Under our CIO, CP's IS Leadership team​ has transitioned the IT role from an order-taking department into a department that is executing a lot of "cool things" including:

  • Building a completely in-house algorithmic optimizer application to create a predictive train meet/pass plan that is increasing our network train speed
  • Building trains via railway applications automatically
  • Creating the ability to manage CP's individual business area through a mobile device; e.g., receiving alerts on a mobile device if train speed drops by a set threshold (note - Train Speed is one of CP's Key KPI's).

Metrics important to CP's IS Department:

  1. Reducing Train Delays​
  2. Accurately forecasting projects (time, spend, deliverables)
  3. Expanding the railway knowledge of IS Employees by becoming a qualified conductor and/or a Locomotive Engineer
  4. Developing future leaders  

What CP offers (The joys of working at CP)

At CP, we're all railroaders and our culture is one of hard work, accountability and doing what we say we'll do. When you join CP, you'll be part of a 130-year-old company with a strong history of building businesses and building a nation. 

In sum, CP is an organization that engages its employees in exciting and challenging work; CP's employees are involved with and connect to the communities we operate in. Many CP's employees spend their entire career at CP and have considerable opportunity to work on a wide variety of initiatives (tha is to say, not do the same job day-in, day-out); With CP you will literally move the US and Canadian economies.​

Compensation & benefits

CP prides itself on having a payment structure that fairly rewards its employees for the excellent work they do on a day-to-day basis.  Our compensation and benefits packages include the following:

  • Pension plan
  • Share purchase program
  • Wellness program
  • Fitness subsidy program
  • On-site gym (Ogden HQ)
  • Employee and Family Assistance Program
  • Charitable donation matching program
  • ​Scholarship program for employees' children 
  • Childcare options
  • Part-time study subsidies
  • Social clubs and activities
  • Employee discounts 
  • Subsidized in-house restaurant (Ogden HQ)​

Scholarships for dependent children of CP employees​

At CP, we believe that continuous learning is an integral part of success, not just in business, but in life. With that in mind, we are happy to offer the CP scholarship program to assist the dependent children of CP employees who choose the path of higher education.    

Canadian Pacific has established a scholarship program to assist CP employees' children who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs. Scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited institution of the student's choice. Successful applicants will receive a scholarship of $1,000. 

Employee share purchase plan

  • Employees have the option to contribute up to 10% of their gross earnings automatically through payroll deduction
  • For the first six per cent (6%) of your contributions to the Plan, CP will contribute an additional 33 cents for every dollar, on an ongoing basis
  • CP pays brokerage fees for ESPP purchases
  • The external plan administrator, Solium, handles all plan transactions, investments, statements & inquiries
  • CP shares are traded on the TSX & NYSE​

Employee Charity-matching program

As a valued CP employee, we want to support the causes you support. That's why we have The Giving Engine, our online charitable giving site. We encourage employees to support non-profit organizations that reflect their personal interests and concerns.  For non-religious or non-political registered charities, CP additionally matches 50% with CP Match Dollars (up to $1,500/employee/year).

Physical Wellness subsidy

CP recognizes the benefits of a healthy workforce and promotes an active lifestyle for its employees. In support of this,we provide a physical wellness subsidy to employees who participate in fitness-related activities and programs for the purpose of general fitness and physical wellness.

Part-time studies subsidy

CP encourages employees to acquire, maintain and improve skills and knowledge by taking courses in subjects related to their present job or their career objectives within the organization.​ CP will cover tuition costs of courses, provided they are approved by your manager.

Personal Days Off (PDO)

CP employees in Canada can purchase up to ten (10) days off via CP’s benefits provider (Manulife).​

Health Spending Account (HSA)

Your benefits plan comes with an initial $200.00 HSA deposit. You will have two calendar years to use these funds to reimburse yourself for eligible health expenses not covered by your FlexBenefits.​​

About CP

CP, through its subsidiaries, operates a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States providing logistics and supply chain expertise to thousands of clients worldwide. CP provides rail, transload and intermodal transportation services over a network of approximately 14,800 miles and through more than dozens of rail yards and intermodal facilities.

CP serves every major centre in Canada from Quebec to British Columbia, the U.S. Northeast and Midwest regions including Chicago, Minneapolis, Detroit, New York, Philadelphia and Kansas City.

Giving back

CP Has Heart

CP's community investment program focuses on improving the heart health of men, women and children in communities across North America​. Since 2014, CP has committed over $6 million to improving heart health across our network.​

Here's some of CP's other community programs:

Our history

CP started in Canada and was founded in 1881 to build a railway linking Canada's eastern population centers with the vast, sparsely populated west. This huge engineering feat was completed on November 7th, 1885 - more than five years ahead of schedule - when the last spike was driven at Craigellachie, BC.

CP has been a vital link in the North American economy since those early days, and continues to play an integral role today.