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Message from the Chairman

Robert Pace

Delivering Responsibly is one of the pillars of What CN Stands For. It determines how we conduct our business every day – moving customers’ goods safely and efficiently, protecting the environment, building a solid team of railroaders, adhering to the highest standards of governance and helping to build vibrant and safe communities.



2015 marks 20 years since CN became a publicly traded company – a significant milestone in our extraordinary journey. CN has made huge strides over the last two decades, transforming from industry laggard to industry leader. In doing so, CN has always strived to deliver responsibly, with an unwavering commitment to safety and sustainable business practices.

Recognition at the Highest Levels
Our sustainability practices continue to earn us accolades. CN has once again earned a place on the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North American Indexes, for the fourth and seventh consecutive year respectively.

The recognition is based on a thorough analysis of our economic, environmental and social performance, assessing issues such as corporate governance, risk management, climate change mitigation, supply chain standards, stakeholder engagement and labour practices.

CN has also earned a position in CDP’s Canada 200 Climate Disclosure Leadership Index and is a proud member of the FTSE4Good Index, Global Challenges Index, and Jantzi Social Index.

A Mindset of Innovation and Continuous Improvement
In my years as a Member of the Board and now as Chairman, I have been struck by the many ways we continue to innovate. CN’s entire team of railroaders is focused on raising the bar, challenging ourselves to do better and to go further. Take CN’s remarkable fuel efficiency for example, where we’re striving for incremental improvement despite the fact that we’re already 15% more fuel efficient than the average of our rail industry peers.

At the Board level, we also seek to innovate and continuously improve, whether it’s through the onboarding of new directors, the introduction of chair term limits, or the strengthening of our approach to diversity.

The Board and CN’s team of railroaders are focused on ensuring sustainability continues to be anchored in everything we do.

Robert Pace
Robert Pace, D.COMM., C.M.
Chairman of the Board