The Canadian Rail Research Laboratory will host the inaugural Canadian & Cold Regions Rail Research Conference November 9-10, 2021.

Professionals and researchers involved with railway engineering will have opportunities to present ideas, learn of new developments and technologies, make professional contacts and discuss issues related to railway engineering in Canada and cold regions.

Due to varying rates of vaccination internationally, this conference will be held virtually. For more information about Sponsorship opportunities, please contact Vivian Giang.

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Dr. Éric Baril is VP Transportation and Manufacturing (Acting) at the National Research Council of Canada. Click on the arrow to read his bio!

Dr. Baril earned a Bachelor of Engineering in material sciences and a PhD in Metallurgy from Polytechnique Montréal, specializing in microstructural characterization of materials, anticorrosion coatings and steel processing. Dr. Baril is a graduate of the Institute on Governance Executive Leadership Program.

As a research associate at the Centre for Characterization and Microscopy of Materials at Polytechnique Montréal, Dr. Baril acquired an extensive experience in advanced material characterization techniques. He then concentrated his work on zinc powders, zinc coatings on steel and magnesium alloys, as a senior scientist with the Zinc Product and Application Development Program and also with the engineering team of the Magnesium Products Development Division at Noranda Technology Centre in Pointe-Claire (Québec, Canada).

He joined the NRC's Industrial Materials Institute in 2004 as a research scientist. He later held the positions of Team Leader and eventually Program Leader of Vehicle Propulsion Technologies Program, leading R&D activities in powder forming for titanium, steel, composites, as well as advanced materials for electric motors, lithium batteries and hydrogen fuel cells for transport electrification.

He has co-authored over 70 scientific publications, 2 patents and given more than 100 presentations at conferences. Dr. Baril has played a key role in the development of new magnesium alloy for automotive industry, material and processes for electric motors manufacturing and titanium foam for medical device applications. These R&D outcomes are enabling the NRC to offer leading edge technologies to numerous clients and partners.

He has chaired and played instrumental roles in several leading conferences and symposia such as the Metfoam 2007 Conference, PowderMet 2011 and Electric Mobility Canada Conferences from 2013 to 2015 and 2017. Dr. Baril acted as co-chair of Electric Mobility Canada Technical Program Committee for several of their annual conferences. He is also chairing the Technico-Economic Evaluation Committee of InnovÉÉ consortium in Québec.

As Ontario Northland’s President and CEO, Corina Moore has shaped a resilient organization that is focused on delivering best-in-class transportation throughout Ontario. Click on the arrow to read her bio!

Recognized as an inspirational leader and catalyst for change, Corina has shifted the business lines of Ontario Northland to be data-driven, customer-focused, lean, and strategic. She has cultivated a team that is focused on building integrated and impactful transportation services, including rail freight, passenger rail, motor coach transportation, rail repair/remanufacturing services and a boutique hotel.

Since taking the helm of the organization in 2014, revenues have increased, costs have been significantly contained, and services have been reimagined and expanded. New and diverse customers within each business line now provide long-term security for employees and communities. She has attracted confidence and investment, most notably a robust $500 million capital program and a motor coach service expansion that reaches from Ottawa to Winnipeg (an additional 700,000 km per year).

Corina passionately and tirelessly promotes the benefits of an integrated and seamless transportation network that connects rural Ontario to major centres across North America, which in turn has positive impacts on economic development, tourism, road safety, the environment, and quality of life. She frequently speaks at conferences and gatherings on organizational change, authentic leadership and transportation.

Corina has many notable achievements including:

  • First woman President and CEO of Ontario Northland since its inception in 1902 and the first woman President of a Canadian Railway. (2014)

  • Appointed as an Honorary Colonel for the Canadian Armed Forces, 21 Aerospace Control & Warning Squadron. (2020)

  • Recognized by Progressive Railroading and the League of Railway Women as North America’s Outstanding Woman of the Year. (2018)

  • First woman to be appointed to the Railway Association of Canada’s Board of Directors since inception in 1917. (2017)

  • Selected by Railway Age as one of ten women who are visionaries in the rail industry in North America. The first woman to appear on the front cover of Railway Age Magazine since its inception in 1856. (2017)

  • Influential woman of the year by Northern Ontario Business. (2017)

Corina is a graduate of Waterloo University in Systems Design Engineering and Business Administration and Management.

Dr. Kyle Mulligan is the Chief Engineer at Canadian Pacific. Click on the arrow to read his bio!

Kyle is responsible for overseeing CP’s hydrogen locomotive, advanced analytics, standards, wayside detection, train dynamics and marshalling, and incident investigation programs. More simply, Kyle uses data and technology to help ensure CP continues to operate the safest Class 1 railroad in North America for 15 years running.

As a leader at CP, Kyle strives to deliver results on time and on budget, while also mentoring those around him. He is trained and qualified as a locomotive engineer, conductor, freight car inspector, welder, and leadership coach. He has used his first-hand experience to further understand impacts of the systems that he designs for operations in the field including never before seen industry technologies such as, but not limited to: broken rail detection in dark territory, predictive acoustic bearing failure technology, cracked wheel detectors and top of rail surface scanning systems. Kyle’s achievements are supported by over 20 international conference and journal publications and several accolades.

Kyle holds a doctorate (PhD) in mechanical engineering from the University of Sherbrooke in addition to degrees in computer systems, electrical, and biomedical engineering. He is a two-time recipient of CP’s CEO Award for Excellence, was named as one of Railway Age’s 2018 top 10 under 40, CP’s 2019 Railroad of the Year, and has received back-to-back 2018/2019 Railway Association of Canada safety awards. He is an active member of the community as a mentor with FIRST, a group that inspires young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Kyle and his wife Sandie also work together to help integrate refugee families into Canadian life through mentorship and work with veterans by hosting nutrition and cooking classes such that they can be prepared to eat healthily in life outside of the military.

Dr. Michael Hendry is the Director of CaRRL and holds the NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Railway Engineering. His team of experts from the University of Alberta work directly with geotechnical engineers from CN, CP, National Research Council Canada and Transport Canada, encouraging the transfer and implementation of technology into industrial practice. His current research is focused on the strength of soft foundation soils under heavy axle loading, the degradation of railway ballast and its effects on the integrity of the track structure, and the fundamental soil mechanics of peat and organic soils. He is a strong proponent of field based studies and has an interest in finding new means to measure soil behaviours in the field.




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