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Meet the Women of CP

WXN CANADA TOP 100 Most Powerful Women

Pam Arpin, Assistant Vice-President Customer and Corporate Services

Named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women by Women's Executive Network and 2019 Railway Woman of the Year by League of Railway Women.

Pam believes in the power of collaboration. She is process driven and loves to roll up her sleeves. She is always looking for opportunities to raise up those around her and position CP as an industry leader.

2019 Women in Rail Award Recipient

Pat Remillard

Pat Remillard, GM Operations Central Division

Recognized by Railway Age as one of the 2019 Women in Rail, Pat's philosophy is that strength can look like many different things, and that a tough exterior and demeanor does not equal a strong leader.

Pat is a firm believer in lifting people up and encouraging everyone to always learn more. Her “we’re all better together” attitude is core to her fierce protection of her team. 

As someone who has bravely broken traditional barriers, Pat’s knowledge and passion for her work in the rail industry is evident in everything she does.

Real women, real jobs

Whether at the forefront of our operations or in a professional role, women are an integral part of our diverse workforce.

Joan Hardy
VP Sales and Marketing, Grain and Fertilizers

Joan Hardy, VP Sales and Marketing, Grain and Fertilizers

Joan is dedicated to mentoring and encouraging young women, and ensuring them that there is always room to grow personally and professionally. 

“I have lived my entire career in a very male dominated industry. It all comes down to respecting the people who surround you for what they know and bring to the table, and receiving the same in return. The sky is the limit at CP.”

Francesca Santella
Engineer, P. Eng.

Francesca spends her days meeting with track teams, working on infrastructure improvements and developing plans to enhance CP’s performance.

“The railway is an exciting, fast-paced industry. I work with a really great team of people that support me and teach me something new every day.”

Anna Vieira
Manager, Remote Operations Centre

Anna runs a 24/7 team in Winnipeg who are responsible for monitoring gate operations at all of CP’s terminals. 

Anna's efforts improve the service provided to terminals, carriers, drivers and ultimately, our customers and the economy.

Sakina Ali
Manager, Marketing and Pricing Intermodal

Sakina Ali, Manager, Marketing and Pricing Intermodal

Sakina puts her marketing and analytical skills to use every day.

She’s one of the stars behind CP’s Demand Management Service, which provides shippers a menu of shipping choices not available anywhere else in the industry.

Wenyi Cui
Manager, Corporate Reporting

Wenyi Cui, Manager, Corporate Reporting

Wenyi is responsible for the accurate reporting of CP’s financial books. 

“Working with a strong leadership team ensures I am always learning, developing my career and discovering opportunities to implement efficient processes. The diverse group of people I work with each and every day also encourages open communication and benefits the company by welcoming a variety of ideas and opinions.”

Aisha Jackson

Aisha Jackson, Trainmaster

CP is Aisha’s third railway in her home town of Chicago.

Her move to CP, came after some research. “I wanted more of a challenge,” she recalls. “So I googled a couple of Class I railroads, and CP caught my eye because there was more opportunity to move up.” 

It took her just six months to do that, accepting a promotion to trainmaster in February 2016.

Initiatives at CP

CP is committed to increasing the representation of women at all levels through these initiatives:

  • CP is a corporate member of the Women's Executive Network which supports, develops and retains women in professional and management positions
  • CP is a Platinum member of the League of Railway Women, an organization committed to improving the railroad industry by connecting women in rail. Any women at CP can join the league and gain access to unique industry opportunities
  • CP Women on Track, is an internal networking initiative, which hosts up to four events each year in various locations for women at all levels of the organization
  • CP's board is comprised of 40% women and is a member of the 30% Club -- a leading international organization committed to better gender representation
  • CP is a founding member of the Canadian Board Diversity Council
  • CP is a Top 100 sponsor of the Women's Executive Network and Canadian Diversity Council, CP champions the development, advancement and recognition of professional women and diversity in business, on corporate boards and within senior leadership in Canada.

2019 events

International Women's Day – March 8

Across CP's network, employees will be gathering for International Women's Day to celebrate women's achievements, raise awareness, reinforce commitment to diversity and inclusion, call for action and help forge gender parity. Follow CP on social media as we highlight various women leaders at CP.

Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award – Nominations open – March 8

CP is proud to sponsor the Top 100 award in the category 'Industry Sector and Trades' to recognize women who have made significant contributions to the advancement of women through their inspiring work and advocacy in these underrepresented sectors. Nominate her today: 

Advancing Women in Agriculture – March 11 - 12

Vice-President, Sales & Marketing, Grain and Fertilizer, Joan Hardy, to participate in a panel about giving women a hand up in the agriculture industry.

Women's Executive Network – April 17

Canadian Pacific to host Dragon's Den Manjit Minhas as she speaks on the topic "Women in Male Dominated Industries".

Find CP’s WXN Diversity Champion Chad Rolstad, Vice President Human Resources and CP’s WXN Diversity Proxy, Rory Thompson, Manager Diversity & Military Relations, at various networking events throughout the year. 

League of Railway Women – June

CP's Tina Sheaves, General Manager, Network Intermodal Operations, to speak in an audio webinar on Precision Scheduled Railroading with the League of Railway Women.

League of Railway Women – September 22 – 25

Annual conference, Minneapolis

Canadian Pacific Women's Open – August 19 – 25

As title sponsor of the Canadian Pacific Women's Open, CP is committed to supporting women in professional golf and raising charitable dollars in support of children's heart health. We are proud to sponsor Brooke Henderson and Lorie Kane as they represent Canada on the world stage as CP ambassadors. Stay tuned for upcoming news on the second annual Women's Leadership Summit which will run during the week.