Sustainability at CP

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Sustainability at CP
Highlight Stories

CP Launches Coaching Capability Program

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. A practised approach to coaching results in more effective leadership, enhanced engagement and heightened performance from teams. Therefore, in 2018, CP launched our Coaching Capability program to create a deep bench of leadership coaches at CP and strengthen the coaching capability within our organization.

Participants in the program make up a diverse cohort of leaders who receive in-depth training specifically dedicated to developing coaching skills and understanding the ways in which coaching is essential to building and sustaining a high-performing team. In 2018, the first cohort included 20 individuals from 11 different departments within the company. Our goal is to have 60 leaders complete the comprehensive training each year, and we achieved this goal in 2018. Furthermore, a select group of CP executives received one-on-one executive coaching and completed a 360-degree feedback program, which compiles feedback from their leaders, peers and direct reports to identify strengths and development opportunities.

“I want us to be a company that equips, invests in, develops and enables CP’s leaders to realize their leadership potential. I want CP to be known as a place where we develop leaders. This needs to be in our DNA, from soliciting and interviewing to promoting and progressing. We have the responsibility to ensure leaders at CP discover their individual leadership potential through development and opportunities. As individuals, we can become better leaders and as a company, we will then be better collectively.”

Keith Creel, President and CEO

The CP Leadership Steering Committee oversees and sponsors the program, from design through implementation and into sustainment.

Read more in Workforce Management.

CP’s First Solar Energy Farm Installation

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.

CP Releases 2019 Corporate Sustainability Data Supplement

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.

The Discovery Channel Features CP in Rocky Mountain Railroad

In 2018, Discovery Channel premiered the documentary series, Rocky Mountain Railroad, featuring CP and the Ontario Northland Railway.

Isabelle Courville to Chair CP's Board of Directors

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.

CP Donates $1 Million for CHU Sainte-Justine to Support Stem Cell Research and Pediatric Regenerative Medicine

Congenital heart defects affect one in 80 children in Canada every year and there is currently no treatment to permanently repair the heart.

2019 CP Women’s Open

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’s Goals for Kids Program Donates More Than $75,000 to Charity

CP is dedicated to raising awareness about heart-healthy living through our community investment platform, CP Has Heart.

Moose Jaw Gathering on Truth & Reconciliation

In April 2018, CP sponsored and participated in the week-long Atamiskākēwak Gathering in Moose Jaw, Sask.

CP Safety Awards Gala

In September 2019, CP hosted the inaugural Safety Awards for Excellence Gala at the RCP Pavilion at E.H.H. Campus in Calgary.

CP Launches Coaching Capability Program

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.

Spin for a Veteran

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.

CP’s Indigenous Mechanical Recruitment Program

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.

First Annual CP Suppliers Golf Invitational

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.

CP FastPass Expedites Shipment Processing and Reduces Truck Idling

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.

CP Unveils 8,500-Foot High-Efficiency Product (HEP) Train

In late 2018, CP introduced the next generation of grain transportation.

Trending Predictive Wayside Detector Data to Reduce Asset Failures

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.

Bonaparte River Steelhead Habitat Compensation Project

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.

Water Well Sealing Program Reduces Liabilities

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.

Project Alpan

In August 2018, CP conducted Project Alpan, our largest real-world incident simulation exercise to date.

CP Safety Culture Recognized by the Railway Association of Canada

In August 2018, the Railway Association of Canada recognized CP’s commitment to safety at its annual 2018 Safety Awards.

CP Officially Renames Station from Hobbema to Maskwacis

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.

Triumph on
the Turkey
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
and track.

Breathing New Life into Old Locomotives

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.

Recognizing Exemplary Safety Behaviour at CP

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.

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