Breathing New Life into Old Locomotives
Between 1998 and 1999, CP built a series of EMD SD90 locomotives at the Calgary Ogden Shops (the site of our current corporate headquarters). Due to changing market conditions, a number of these units were removed from service between 2007 and 2009 and placed in storage in our Winnipeg yard. Growing demand for CP freight services in 2018 required CP to pull these units from retirement and re-equip them for regular line haul service. Rather than scrapping these locomotives, CP began retrofitting them in 2019 into powerful and efficient heavy-haul locomotive platforms supported by highly reliable upgraded engines (EMD SD70 models). The updated engine systems will comply with EPA Tier 1+ locomotive emissions standards, and significantly improve the fuel efficiency of the locomotives, resulting in substantially less air emissions.
Read more in Energy Efficiency and Emissions.
CP has begun work to install a solar energy farm at its corporate headquarters in Calgary. The installation is expected to generate more power than consumed annually at CP's main headquarters building by early 2021.
The 2019 Corporate Sustainability Data Supplement is part of CP’s commitment to detailed disclosure, outlining sustainability metrics and performance in the areas of safety, operational excellence and social impact.
In 2018, Discovery Channel premiered the documentary series, Rocky Mountain Railroad, featuring CP and the Ontario Northland Railway.
Isabelle Courville, a Board director since 2013, became Chair of the Board May 7, 2019, making history as the first-ever woman at CP and the first-ever woman across all Class 1 freight railways in North America to hold this position.
Congenital heart defects affect one in 80 children in Canada every year and there is currently no treatment to permanently repair the heart.
In partnership with Golf Canada, CP sponsors the annual Women’s Open golf tournament, and makes a substantial donation each year to support local paediatric care in the host community of Canada's National Open Golf Championship.
CP is dedicated to raising awareness about heart-healthy living through our community investment platform, CP Has Heart.
In April 2018, CP sponsored and participated in the week-long Atamiskākēwak Gathering in Moose Jaw, Sask.
In September 2019, CP hosted the inaugural Safety Awards for Excellence Gala at the RCP Pavilion at E.H.H. Campus in Calgary.
Utilizing the results of CP’s 2017 Employee Engagement survey, CP recognized the need to coach our emerging leaders to help them engage our new employees.
In June 2019, the Homes for Heroes Foundation and CP held their third annual Spin for a Veteran event, which raised more than $530,000.
In 2017, CP and the Unifor National Employment Equity and Human Rights Committee conducted an internal review to identify gaps and challenges to hiring Indigenous individuals for railcar mechanical positions.
In June 2018, CP suppliers and employees enjoyed a round of golf at the Elbow Springs Golf Club in Calgary where, with the support of numerous donations, they raised $100,000 for Heart Beats Children’s Society of Calgary.
Introduced in 2017, CP FastPass is an industry-leading mobile app that helps reduce truck density and wait times at intermodal terminals across North America.
In late 2018, CP introduced the next generation of grain transportation.
To mitigate safety risks and disruptions associated with railcar roller bearing failures, railways use wayside detectors to collect data about the condition of bearings (including temperature and vibration) on passing trains.
To support steelhead trout populations, including rearing and spawning, CP began a habitat enhancement project along 100 metres of the Bonaparte River in British Columbia in 2017.
During CP’s long history, there were times we needed to draw water from strategically located wells to service steam locomotives and water livestock in transit.
In August 2018, CP conducted Project Alpan, our largest real-world incident simulation exercise to date.
In August 2018, the Railway Association of Canada recognized CP’s commitment to safety at its annual 2018 Safety Awards.
In June 2019, CP officially renamed Hobbema train station located in central Alberta to Maskwacis, in acknowledgement of the true heritage of the land and the tribes who originated on Treaty 6 territory.
River in Iowa
After severe flooding along Iowa's Turkey River in March 2019, damage to a rail bridge resulted in 400 feet of CP main line track falling into the river. In a remarkable 12 days, CP's Operations team replaced and elevated the missing bridge
CP is retrofitting previously retired locomotives with powerful and efficient heavy-haul locomotive platforms supported by upgraded engines. The upgraded engine systems are more efficient and generate less emissions.
CP leaders proudly recognized the accomplishments of 16 employees and three CP health and safety committees, for outstanding safety behaviour at the inaugural 2019 Safety Awards for Excellence Gala, hosted in Calgary last September.