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Veterans

​We recognize the invaluable skills and experience that you have gained from serving for your country. That's why we want to be your first choice in a new career outside the military. We offer rewarding careers, competitive pay and benefits, and advancement opportunities.​​

Why CP

  • Transferrable skills
  • Outdoor environment

​Programs & support

Veteran Management Trainee program

In order to set veterans up for success, CP offers a custom-designed Veteran Management Trainee program. This program -- which ranges from 10 to 16 weeks -- is a comprehensive training program where participants learn and practice the critical skills needed to be placed in a front-line management position.

Throughout the program, veterans will learn the specifics of their role by participating in a mixture of classroom and on-the-job training. They'll also spend time with other departments within CP to ensure that they get exposure to the organization and the rail industry which will set them up for future success.

Front-line Management positions include:

  • Operations Train and Engine: Trainmaster, Assistant Trainmaster and Road Foreman
  • Engineering – Track: Supervisor, Track Inspector and Production Supervisor
  • Engineering – Signals and Communications: Maintenance Supervisor and Manager, Construction Supervisor and Manager
  • Mechanical – Locomotive: Supervisor and Manager Mechanical – Locomotive
  • Mechanical – Railcar: Supervisor and Manager Mechanical – Car

Mentorship program

CP is committed to guiding veterans through their transition at CP, which includes assigning dedicated mentors who are also veterans. This mentorship educates veterans about opportunities at CP and addresses any anxieties or concerns as they settle into a new career.

​To learn more about CP's Veteran Management Trainee and Mentorship programs, send an email to rory_thompson@cpr.ca

CP Veterans Social Club

CP has an established veteran network of employees that support each other in a seamless transition to the railway and throughout their career path. At CP, you will discover a community of people with similar backgrounds to support your lifelong career.

Veterans hiring process

Applying to the Veteran Management Trainee program at CP is a simple, 3-step process:

  • Apply for a job at CP
  • Send an email to rory_thompson@cpr.ca indicating which job you've applied for
  • Veterans will join the appropriate Veteran Management Trainee program after they have successfully been offered one of our many roles

 

Apply here


Meet CP's Veterans


Randi Grice, Rail Traffic Controller


Learning how to guide the passage of trains as a Rail Traffic Controller at CP felt like a natural career transition from her role as a Naval Signalman


Stephanie Stone, Assistant Trainmaster


Enrolling in the Veteran Management Trainee Program, Stephanie discovered her skills could place her in a role similar to a Junior Officer


Antonio Esposito, Conductor


When he transitioned out of the Air Force, Antonio was looking for a career that would recognize his leadership skills and dependability

 


James Laney, Assistant Trainmaster


Recognizing his potential to advance and the focus on promoting employees, James applied for CP’s ‘This Way Up’ program, which landed him his current job


Spencer Young, Assistant Trainmaster


Spencer connected with CP's Veteran Recruitment Program to see how his military skills could set him up for a civilian career


Tobias Albrechtson, Carman, Mechanical


As a Carman/Railcar Mechanic at CP, Tobias applies his background in mechanics and leadership skills to plan and organize tasks every day

 


Craig Volstad, Senior Project Manager


Although he had no railway experience, Craig was recognized as someone who has exceptional organizational and project management qualities


Rory Thompson, Manager of Veteran Relations


After his transition out of the military, Rory landed a job at CP and found there were many parallels and synergies between the military and the railroad


Scott MacDonald, Senior Vice-President Operations (System)


Scott attributes his success at CP to his early military career where he was trained to focus on the next mission, adapt to changing circumstances, teamwork, dedication and flexibility

Partnerships




 Spin for a Vet

Watch how 17 teams came together to raise funds and awareness to fight against veteran homelessness with CP's second annual "Spin for a Vet" event.

Watch the video

 Military Makeover

Hear from military veterans about their experiences transitioning to a successful civilian career at Canadian Pacific.

Watch the video