In August 2018, CP conducted Project Alpan, our largest real-world incident simulation exercise to date. We invited emergency response staff and contractors, first responders, regulators, government officials and the Calgary Fire Department to participate in the exercise. The scenario simulated a dangerous cargo release from a mock locomotive impact, where personnel were trapped in the impacted area.
Mock exercises like Project Alpan are a critical piece of CP’s emergency response training program. Our comprehensive training includes hands-on simulations alongside tabletop exercises. For many individuals, physically participating in a simulation in the environment where incidents would occur helps ingrain the response processes so that they are better prepared to respond.
Emergency response involves complex tasks that require a high degree of collaboration and communications, and it is essential that diverse stakeholders can work together seamlessly. One important aspect of incident simulations like Alpan is that they bring together the key players to practise and coordinate. Since these individuals do not work together on a daily basis, these exercises help to ensure that they are all prepared and understand the equipment, new technologies and communications plans to quickly and safely respond and resolve incidents.
“The thought and detail that has gone into today’s exercise is absolutely fantastic. It is great to see a corporation like CP bring the important stakeholders together for simulations so that if a major disaster were to occur, they are prepared with the right resources and expertise to respond safely and quickly.”
Michael Muzychka, Mayor of Olds, Alta.
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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.