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Isabelle Courville​

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Chair of the Board*
Rosemère, Quebec

Ms. Courville became Chair of CP's Board of Directors on May 7, 2019 – the first-ever woman to hold this position on the board, as well as the first woman to become chair of the board of a Class 1 railway in North America.

Ms. Courville has been a member of CP's Board since May 1, 2013. From 2016 until becoming Chair of the Board, she was chair of the Management Resources and Compensation Committee. From 2014 to 2016, she chaired the Audit and Finance Committee.

Ms. Courville also sits on the board of directors of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. where she chairs its Human Resources Committee and is a member of its Governance and Ethics Committee. She serves on the board of Veolia Environnement S.A. as a member of its Accounts and Audit Committee, Nominating Committee and Chair Research, Innovation and Sustainable Development Committee. She is also a board member of the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations as a member of its Human Resources Committee.

In April 2019, Ms. Courville concluded her tenure as chair of the board of directors of the Laurentian Bank of Canada. She has had previous roles on the boards of each of Gecina S.A. and TVA Group. Ms. Courville, an engineer and a lawyer by training, also served as President of Hydro‐Québec Distribution and Hydro‑Québec TransÉnergie. She has over 20 years of experience in the Canadian telecommunications industry, including as President of Bell Canada's Enterprise Group and as President and Chief Executive Officer of Bell Nordiq Group.

Ms. Courville graduated with a degree in Engineering Physics from the École Polytechnique de Montréal and holds a bachelor's degree in Civil Law from McGill University.

Ms. Courville brings to CP a depth of knowledge and expertise from other capital-intensive, heavily regulated industries. Her diverse experiences and unique perspective complement her role as Chair of the Board of Directors. In 2021, Ms. Courville received the Institute of Corporate Directors' Fellowship Designation.

*As Chair of the Board, Ms. Courville is an ex-officio member of each of the Board's committees: the Audit and Finance Committee, the Corporate Governance, Nominating and Social Responsibility Committee, the Management Resources and Compensation Committee and the Risk and Sustainability Committee