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CP Hosts Reconnect 2018 Short Line and Regional Railroad Conference

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CP Reconnect 2018 Short Line and Regional Railroad Conference © Canadian Pacific Ltd

Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd (CP) recently convened a conference with the short-line regional railroads that connect to its network. The CP Reconnect 2018 Short Line and Regional Railroad Conference was designed to discuss the future of the North American supply chain.

John Brooks, Senior Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer, Canadian Pacific, was joined at the conference by members of his senior team: Joan Hardy, Vice-President Sales and Marketing, Grain and Fertilizers, Jonathan Wahba, Vice-President Sales and Marketing, Intermodal and Automotive, and Coby Bullard, Vice-President Sales and Marketing, Merchandise and Energy, Chemicals and Plastics. Representatives from 39 short-line and regional connections from across North America joined the CP team to share ideas for improving and expanding their joint operations.

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John Brooks, Senior Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer, Canadian Pacific, said:

“Our short line and regional connections are integral to the business we do here at CP. Reconnect 2018 was an excellent opportunity to touch base with these key stakeholders and help them understand CP’s vision, while also getting a better look into their own priorities and business goals. By sharing ideas and strategies we are able to generate innovative ways to serve new and existing markets together.”

Dan Sabin, President of the Iowa Northern Railroad, said:

“It’s essential for short lines like Iowa Northern Railroad to meet with Class 1 railroads to maintain a great working relationship. It benefits both networks. Thanks to this conference we were able to gain a better understanding of CP’s vision for its business, how we fit strategically into that plan and how we can help enhance the service we provide together. This helps keep our operations running smoothly and effectively.”

The conference focussed on the success of recent join operations, including the intermodal service to Jeffersonville, Ohio, that CP now offers with Genesee & Wyoming Inc.

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John Brooks said:

“We look forward to on-going collaboration as we put more strategic dots on the map and find win-win opportunities that move the transportation supply chain forward and help drive sustainable, profitable growth.”

Short-line and regional connections contribute over 10% of the freight carloads shipped annually by CP and provide 14% of the company’s annual revenue.

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