Executive Profiles
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BERND BEYER
Vice-President and Treasurer

BERND BEYER

Vice-President and Treasurer


Bernd Beyer was appointed as Vice-President and Treasurer in October of 2015. Based in Montreal, he oversees CN’s Treasury and Taxation activities.

Mr. Beyer came to CN after 12 years with Rio Tinto, a leading global mining and metals company. At Rio Tinto (and Alcan, until it was acquired by Rio Tinto), he held various positions; most recently he was Regional Treasurer for the Americas. Previously, he was with the Bank of Montreal in Toronto and a major accounting firm in Montreal.

Mr. Beyer is a Canadian Chartered Accountant since 1995 and holds an MBA from McGill University.


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MOHIT BHAT
Vice-President, Innovation, Platforms and Data

MOHIT BHAT

Vice-President, Innovation, Platforms and Data


Mohit Bhat was appointed Vice-President, Innovation, Platforms and Data on February 1, 2021 and is based in Montreal.

Mohit leads the innovation engine across CN and is responsible for the successful deployment of CN’s digital platforms. With a focus on data and architecture, Mohit and his team will help drive the successful deployment of technology and deliver an optimal digital experience to customers.

Mohit joined CN in December 2018 as Assistant Vice-President, Technology, Strategy and Architecture. He and his team have leveraged modern technical capabilities such as artificial intelligence, advanced analytics and digital software engineering platforms to make our railroad safer and more efficient. These new digital platforms are also harnessing real-time data to empower the whole supply chain to make quicker, better-informed decisions.

Prior to CN, Mohit worked for over 15 years in various multinational technology firms in Europe, Middle East and Asia regions. During this tenure, he used his technology expertise to solve complex business challenges in logistics and energy management industries. He built and enhanced senior level relationships, managed P&L, and led large business and technology transformation initiatives.

Mohit holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering and computer sciences from Pune University in India.

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DAN BRESOLIN
Vice-President, Intermodal

DAN BRESOLIN

Vice-President, Intermodal


Dan Bresolin was appointed Vice-President, Intermodal in January 2020. He is based in Brampton, ON.

Currently representing a substantial portion of CN’s revenues, Intermodal is critical to CN’s current and future success. In this expanded role, Dan will focus on driving growth in both Domestic and International Intermodal and will be responsible for all components of CN’s International and Domestic portfolios, including regional sales, marketing, brokerage and CN WorldWide freight forwarding services.

Since he joined CN in 1999, Dan has taken on increasing responsibilities through his various roles as Assistant Vice-President Intermodal, Assistant Vice-President International Intermodal, Director of Marketing, Intermodal International and Director of Sales of both Strategic Sales and Domestic Intermodal.

As a qualified Rail Conductor and Intermodal Crane Operator, Dan takes great pride in his knowledge and experience in rail operations and in helping add value for Intermodal customers.


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OLIVIER CHOUC
Vice-President, Law

OLIVIER CHOUC

Vice-President, Law


Olivier Chouc was appointed Vice-President, Law in January 2011. He graduated from the Faculty of Law of Université Laval in 1990 and was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1991. He left private practice in 1998 after seven years at Ogilvy Renault, to join Abitibi-Consolidated (Donohue Inc.) as in-house counsel, where he was responsible for supporting procurement management as well as the company's real estate, litigation and intellectual property portfolio. He was also entrusted with transactional work, including with some aspect of the major transaction leading to the sale of Donohue Inc. to Abitibi-Consolidated. In 2000, he joined the CN Law Department in a counsel capacity to support real estate, supply management, as well as transactional work. He then moved to a senior counsel position with increased responsibilities in the area of mergers and acquisitions and was eventually responsible for the management of the mergers and acquisition group. In 2006, he was named Assistant Vice-President, General Counsel and Managing Partner.

In 2005, he was named Canada's Top 40 under 40 In-House Counsel by the National Post.

Mr. Chouc is involved with charitable organizations, namely the Fondation Marie-Vincent, The Ted Nolan Foundation and the Fondation Enfants-Retour. He is currently the Chairman of the CN Employees' and Pensioners' Community Fund after ending a two year mandate as co-president.


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CRISTINA CIRCELLI
Vice-President, Deputy Corporate Secretary & General Counsel

CRISTINA CIRCELLI

Vice-President, Deputy Corporate Secretary & General Counsel


Cristina Circelli was appointed Vice-President, Deputy Corporate Secretary & General Counsel in August 2018, and is based in Montreal.

Her responsibilities include overseeing corporate governance matters and providing counsel on legal requirements and best practice recommendations to CN’s Board of Directors and Executive Team. She also has oversight of compliance with securities laws in Canada and the United States and disclosure matters, and provides support in financial transactions, pension and human resources matters.

Prior to joining CN in 1994 as General Counsel, Cristina was a partner at Montreal law firm Mackenzie Gervais, where she was involved in general corporate and commercial practice, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, in addition to specializing in institutional and corporate financing.

Cristina holds Civil and Common Law Degrees from McGill University and is a graduate of the ICD Directors Education Program. She is a past member of the board of directors of the Canadian Investor Relations Institute.

 
JANET DRYSDALE
Vice-President, Sustainability

JANET DRYSDALE

Vice-President, Sustainability


Janet Drysdale is a seasoned and versatile executive with 25 years of cross-functional leadership in the transportation industry.

Janet was appointed Vice-President Sustainability in April 2021, following a decade of service in senior executive appointments of increasing scope and responsibility. Prior appointments included Vice-President Financial Planning, Vice-President Corporate Development, and Vice-President, Investor Relations.

Janet leads CN’s Sustainability and Safety groups. She is responsible for the Company’s integrated sustainability strategy, with associated goals designed to drive sustainable long-term business results, reduce risk, identify opportunities, encourage innovation, improve resiliency, and adapt to emerging mega trends. In collaboration with operations leadership, she is also tasked with shaping and fostering a strong safety culture through programs, practices, training, systems, and technology.

Janet is an independent director of Rumo S.A., Brazil’s largest freight railway, is Co-Chair of the CN Employees & Pensions Community Fund, and is the executive sponsor of the Women’s Employee Resource Group at CN.

Janet has long been an advocate for the rail industry, Canada’s critical supply chains, women in transportation, and the transition to a lower carbon economy.

Janet holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from Queen's University and an MBA from McGill University. In December 2020, she was recognized by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the CIBC Executive Leaders category.


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SALVATORE FORGIONE
Vice-President and Corporate Comptroller

SALVATORE FORGIONE

Vice-President and Corporate Comptroller


Sam Forgione was appointed Vice-President and Corporate Comptroller in July 2016. Prior to that, he held the position of Vice-President, Investor Relations since March 2016.

Mr. Forgione is responsible for CN’s financial statements, accounts receivable, accounts payable and payroll among other areas.

He has been a Chartered Accountant since 1990 and began his career at CN in 1994 in Corporate Accounting, where he held positions of increasing responsibility. In 2001, he became Director of Corporate Development, focusing mainly on mergers and acquisitions. In 2011, Sam rejoined the Accounting department as Assistant Comptroller, General Accounting, before being appointed Assistant Comptroller, Revenue Management in 2012, and Assistant Comptroller, Financial Reporting in 2013.

Mr. Forgione is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a graduate degree in Accountancy from Concordia University in Montreal.


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MARTIN GUIMOND
Vice-President, Multimodal Operations

MARTIN GUIMOND

Vice-President, Multimodal Operations


Martin Guimond was appointed Vice-President, Multimodal Operations in January 2017, based in Brampton, Ontario.

Mr. Guimond plays a leadership role in providing best-in-class service to CN customers through the company’s Intermodal, Iron Ore, Autoport and Transloading operations.

He joined CN after having held senior role responsibilities at Imperial Tobacco Canada in a diversity of areas, including operations and supply chain, sales, marketing, warehouse and plant management, and quality assurance.

Mr. Guimond holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a specialization in operations and production management from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) in Montreal. 


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RAJ GUPTA
Vice-President, System Engineering

RAJ GUPTA

Vice-President, System Engineering


Raj Gupta was appointed the Vice President of Engineering in 2018 responsible for rail tracks, signals and communications, bridges, and design & construction. Mr. Gupta joined CN’s team after more than 25 years of global leadership experience in automotive, industrial, aerospace, and rail sectors.

Prior to joining CN, Mr. Gupta was with Trinity Rail Industries where he was most recently Vice President in the Rail Products Group responsible for engineering, innovation & product development, regulatory compliance, program management, lean and manufacturing process controls.

Previously at Parker Hannifin, Mr. Gupta led two global aerospace divisions with full financial (P&L) and operational responsibilities delivering profitable growth while serving various commercial, general aviation, and aftermarket customers. He also held corporate leadership positions for engineering & innovation, and quality to implement strategic initiatives to achieve organic growth and quality objectives for global businesses. In addition, Mr. Gupta had increasing cross-functional responsibilities including business strategy & planning and product system design during his tenure at Ford Motor Company.

Mr. Gupta holds a Master of Science degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He has also completed executive coursework at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, Harvard Business School, and University of Chicago. He was also a board member of a non-profit product development and manufacturing consulting organization.

Mr. Gupta is based in Homewood, IL.


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PAUL HARRIDINE
Vice-President, Procurement and Supply Management

PAUL HARRIDINE

Vice-President, Procurement and Supply Management


Paul Harridine was appointed Vice-President, Procurement and Supply Management in July 2017, and is based in Montreal.

Mr. Harridine came to CN with 30 years of experience in supply management, procurement and supply chain across many industries, including automotive and aerospace. Prior to joining CN, he was most recently the Chief Procurement Officer for DS Smith plc, a leading British-based international packaging business, where he was responsible for all procurement across 30 countries. Previously, he had been VP Purchasing Europe for Lafarge, a Paris-headquartered world leader in building materials, specializing in cement, construction aggregates, and concrete.

Mr. Harridine holds a Bachelor Economics from the Loughborough University of Technology and an MBA from Warwick University.


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MIKE J JONES
President TransX

MIKE J JONES

President TransX


Mike Jones is the President of TransX Group of Companies, a leading provider of premier integrated transportation services across North America. CN acquired TransX on October 30, 2018.

Mike started his career with TransX in 1988 as part of a management trainee program. He progressively held more senior roles, including Linehaul Manager, Director of Linehaul, and Vice President of Operations, prior to his current role.

Over Mike’s 30 years at TransX, he has been instrumental in growing TransX from a fleet of 200 trucks in 1992 to more than 4000 trucks and trailers, 2600 employees, and 11 different locations across Canada and the USA.

Mike holds an MBA and an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Manitoba.

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SÉBASTIEN LABBÉ
Vice-President, Bulk

SÉBASTIEN LABBÉ

Vice-President, Bulk


Sébastien Labbé was appointed Vice-President, Bulk in August 2021. In this role, he is responsible for driving CN’s market expansion and sales activities in the grain, fertilizers, sulphur, coal and petroleum coke businesses to help maximize our contribution to our Bulk customers’ growth and success.

Through his many years at CN, he has built solid railroad experience and exposure to key CN markets. Sébastien joined CN in 1998, and has held progressively senior roles in sales and marketing including Assistant Vice-President, Business Integration, Assistant Vice-President, Sales and Marketing Transformation, Director Sales and Marketing and Director Distribution Services.

Sébastien holds a master’s degree in Operational Research from HEC in Montreal and a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Université de Montreal.


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MARK LERNER
Vice-President, Marketing and Business Development

MARK LERNER

Vice-President, Marketing and Business Development


Mark Lerner was appointed Vice-President, Marketing and Business Development in August 2018, based in Montreal. His responsibilities include overseeing all of CN’s business development activities, as well as corporate marketing, planning, eBusiness innovations, digital marketing including social media and customer engagement.

Previously Mark had been Vice-President, Corporate Marketing since March 2016 and Assistant Vice-President, Domestic Intermodal since 2010, where he was responsible for Marketing & Sales for all shipments within and between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. From 2004 to 2010 Mark was Assistant Vice-President for International sales and was involved in bringing Cosco to the new Port of Prince Rupert. Prior to that, he worked in Marketing in the Metals & Minerals business unit.

Mr. Lerner joined CN in 1993, initially working in the Management Development Program.

Mr. Lerner holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree and an MBA, both from McGill University.

Prior to joining CN Mr. Lerner was a Management Consultant at Anderson Consulting.


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KELLY LEVIS
Vice-President, Industrial Products

KELLY LEVIS

Vice-President, Industrial Products


Kelly Levis was appointed Vice-President, Industrial Products in October 2018, based in Montreal. In this role, she leads the industrial products division, which oversees forest products and metals and minerals markets. Prior to that, she had been Assistant Vice-President, Industrial Products since July 2015.

Ms. Levis joined CN in 1997 after seven years in the pharmaceutical industry. She began her career at CN as a commodity manager in CN’s Petroleum and Chemicals business unit and moved into Sales in January 2000 after being transferred to Chicago. She subsequently served as Director of Sales and Pricing for CN’s international freight forwarding subsidiary CN WorldWide Inc, Director of Supply Chain and Director Sales US.

Ms. Levis holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago at Chicago, and a Bachelor of Commerce with a Major in Statistics & Decision Sciences from Concordia University in Montreal.


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JAMIE LOCKWOOD
Vice-President, Strategy

JAMIE LOCKWOOD

Vice-President, Strategy


Jamie Lockwood was appointed Vice-President, Strategy in June 2020 and is based in Montreal.

Jamie joined CN’s Finance Department in 2008, holding positions with progressively increasing responsibilities, from Senior Accountant to Chief, Internal Audit. He brings considerable knowledge of the railway and financial management as well as strong process improvement skills. Jamie has a passion for improving the railway and finding new solutions to on-going challenges, resulting in strategic contributions to CN.

Jamie holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accountancy (2004) and a Graduate Diploma in Accountancy (2006) from Concordia University (Montreal, Quebec). He is a member of the Quebec Order of Chartered Professional Accountants.

 
RANCE RANDLE
Senior Vice-President, Network Operations and Transportation

RANCE RANDLE

Senior Vice-President, Network Operations and Transportation


Rance Randle was appointed Senior Vice-President, Network Operations and Transportation in September 2021. He is responsible for leading CN’s operating plan, performance, and long term resource and asset planning, and our dispatching centres.

Rance has more than 20 years of Class 1 railroad leadership experience and a proven track record with a forward-looking approach to enhance customer and employee experiences. Prior to this role, Rance was Vice-President, Network Operations at CN since 2020. Before that he was Vice-President, North Operations at BNSF.

Rance holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas.


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CYRUS REPORTER
Vice-President, Public, Government and Regulatory Affairs

CYRUS REPORTER

Vice-President, Public, Government and Regulatory Affairs


Cyrus Reporter joined CN as Vice-President, Government and Regulatory Affairs in April 2021. He oversees engagement at all levels of government in both Canada and the United States and leads stakeholder and community relations, an essential mission with CN’s focus on Environmental, Social, and Governance initiatives.

Cyrus is well known to senior public servants, politicians, and corporate leaders. In the past 25 years, he served as a ministerial chief of staff and lead adviser to the Office of the Prime Minister, and, most recently, as Partner at one of Canada’s leading national law firms, where he provided counsel on regulatory affairs, public policy and corporate compliance to many of Canada’s leading companies.

Cyrus has been an active member of the Ottawa community and was appointed to the Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. Board of Directors in July 2021.

Cyrus holds a law degree from Dalhousie University.

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BUCK ROGERS
Vice-President, Petroleum and Chemicals

BUCK ROGERS

Vice-President, Petroleum and Chemicals


Buck (Robert) Rogers was appointed Vice-President, Petroleum and Chemicals in April 2019, based in Homewood, IL. He oversees sales and marketing for CN's Petroleum and Chemicals business unit.

Previously, he held positions of increasing responsibility in Sales and Marketing including Assistant Vice-President Petroleum and Chemicals, Director of Sales Petroleum and Chemicals, Director of Regional Sales in Corporate Marketing and as a National Account Manager. He most recently served as Senior Director, Mechanical since January 2019.

Mr. Rogers has been involved in the rail industry for over 25 years gaining experience in both operations and sales. A proud veteran of the United States Air Force, he completed a Master of Science in Transportation from the University of Denver in 2018.


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DOUG RYHORCHUK
Senior Vice-President, Mechanical and Engineering

DOUG RYHORCHUK

Senior Vice-President, Mechanical and Engineering


Doug Ryhorchuk was appointed Senior Vice-President, Mechanical and Engineering in September 2021. He oversees all aspects of CN’s Mechanical and Engineering functions.

Doug has been with CN since 1983 and has worked in both Engineering and Transportation. He was previously Senior Vice-President, Network Operations, Vice-President, Network Operations, Vice-President, Western Region and General Manager covering BC and Alberta.

Doug is known for his leadership in driving significant improvements in productivity, employee engagement and process controls. In 2009, Doug was recognized and received a CN President’s Award for Excellence for the development and implementation of the Scheduled Grain Plan, and then again in 2012 for the company’s transition towards becoming the Supply Chain enabler that CN is today. Doug is a strong proponent of safety, and his leadership style fosters positive working relationships with CN’s unionized workforce.


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DEREK TAYLOR
Vice-President, Operational Excellence

DEREK TAYLOR

Vice-President, Operational Excellence


Derek Taylor was appointed Vice-President, Operational Excellence in September 2021. In this role, Derek is responsible for driving continuous improvement across CN’s key operating metrics.

Derek is a proven strong operator with over 20 years of experience at CN. He joined the Company as Management Trainee in Winnipeg in 2000 and moved to progressively more senior roles. Prior to his current role, Derek was Vice-President, Eastern Region and before that Vice-President, Southern Region. He has also served as General Manager in Fond du Lac, WI, and in Homewood, IL.

Derek holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from DePauw University in Indiana.


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JAMES THOMPSON
Vice-President, Western Region

JAMES THOMPSON

Vice-President, Western Region


James Thompson was appointed Vice-President Western Region in April 2019, based in Edmonton. Most recently, he had been General Manager Alberta Region since 2016 and Superintendent Network Operations since 2015.

Mr. Thompson has worked for CN for over 20 years and has held positions of increasing responsibility in CN’s operation. At the start of his career, he worked as a Track Maintainer in Ontario and from there, has steadily worked throughout Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta honing skills of large team management, operational efficiency, contract negotiation, and budget management. Mr. Thompson has particular interest and deep experience in developing and implementing management training with an emphasis on safety culture.


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DAVID TRENT
Chief Digital Officer and Vice-President, Operational Technologies

DAVID TRENT

Chief Digital Officer and Vice-President, Operational Technologies


David Trent was appointed Chief Digital Officer and Vice-President, Operational Technologies in September 2021. He is responsible for CN’s Data Management, Rail Automation Solutions and Transportation and Operations Solutions teams.

Based in Montreal, David plays an essential role in partnering with Operations functions to provide mission critical information and operational technology capabilities that enable safety, reliability, maintainability, capacity and security.

David is a global IT leader with over 20 years of experience as a consultant, program director and CIO. Prior to joining CN, David was Vice-President, Technology and Digital, at Canfor Corporation, the world’s largest producer of sustainable lumber, pulp, paper and energy.

David obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Simon Fraser University and earned a CPA, CMA designation. He has previously served on the Board of Directors for Canada's Digital Technology Supercluster.


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PATRICK WHITEHEAD
Vice-President, Eastern Region

PATRICK WHITEHEAD

Vice-President, Eastern Region


Patrick Whitehead was appointed Vice-President, Eastern Region in September 2021. In this role, he is responsible for portions of CN’s network in both the United States and Canada including from the U.S Gulf Coast to the Canadian border, from the Ontario border with Michigan to Toronto, and from Ontario to Nova Scotia.

Patrick is an accomplished executive with 28 years of railroad experience, 23 of which have been in management positions in Transportation and Mechanical operations. He joined CN in 2020 as General Manager in Chicago. Prior to joining CN, Patrick was Vice-President, Transportation for Norfolk Southern Railway.

Patrick holds a Master of Science degree in Transportation Management from the University of Denver.


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