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Randi Grice, Rail Traffic Controller

Coming up through the Reserves, Regular forces in the Canadian Navy, Randis' last tour of service had her working on the HMCS Provider out of CFB Esquimalt on Vancouver Island as a Naval Signalman. 

When the Forces Reduction Plan became an option in 1995, Randi decided it was time to transition out of the military for personal and family reasons. Having experience in visual communications to guide vessels to their AOR tanker for fuel replenishment, learning how to guide the passage of trains as a Rail Traffic Controller at CP felt like a natural career transition. 

While needing to learn the differences from communicating via Semaphore and Morse Code to using complex rail traffic control technologies to convey signals to Engineers and Conductors, her dedication to the safe passage of critical cargo remained. Rail Traffic Controller's have a serious responsibility to ensure the efficient and safe movement of trains across CP's 12,000-mile network. Qualities from the Navy that served her well in her railroad career were discipline, loyalty and attention to detail.

After spending 10 years as a Rail Traffic Controller, she changed careers to become a Manager of Procurement for CP's Engineering department. In this role, she purchases the 'sticks and stones' of the railway for crews to lay new rail ties and ballast. She says that one thing has remained the same in her 21-year career at CP, "The comradery of employees".