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Director, PTC & Train Control Systems

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:

Pursuant to the Government of Canada's mandate that all federally-regulated employers require their employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, CP requires all prospective employees to confirm their vaccination status, as part of the hiring process and as a condition of continued employment.


  • Req ID: 95071
  • Department: Information Services
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Position Type: Non-Union
  • Location: Calgary, Alberta
  • Country: Canada
  • % of Travel:
  • # of Positions: 1
  • Job Available to: Internal
  • Deadline to apply: 05/25/2022


Canadian Pacific is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States with direct links to major ports on the west and east coasts, providing North American customers a competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of the globe. CP is growing with its customers, offering a suite of freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Visit to see the rail advantages of CP.



As the Director Positive Train Control (PTC) & Train Control (TC) Systems you will ensure the delivery of the multi- disciplinary program scope of work, on time, within approved budget, to the specified quality as well as  meeting regulatory safety performance and documentation requirements. Specifically, this includes  ensuring a program management framework exists around projects, addressing project escalations,  ensuring skills and capacity in the organization exist for delivery, maximizing productivity and efficiency  of the CP/vendor workforce, managing common risks across a program, managing stakeholder  expectations, and tracking benefits associated to the program.  



  • Assist Managing Director of PTC/TC in the development of organizational and logistical plans to execute the program.  This includes resourcing strategy, succession and retention plans;
  • Manage the overall PTC/TC integrated project plan.  This entails breaking down the 4 year PTC/TC Program logistical plan into annual program plans. Identify key dependencies of the individual  work stream plans and linking them to the overall integrated program plan;   
  • Assist in communicating overall Program progress to executive management.  Identify any major program scope changes and bring forward recommendations to deliver them;
  • Establish the process and then work with work stream leads and financial analyst to develop the multiyear financial plans and annual capital budgets for PTC/TC;
  • Negotiate vendor contracts and then manage their performance to ensure they meet contract terms and conditions.  This includes the engagement and management of CP’s supply services,  establishing contract negotiations strategy, development of master service agreements and  eventually the development of business case to proceed;
  • Participate and in some cases provide thought leadership in industry working committees responsible for the development of PTC/TC technical standards and requirements;
  • Modernization Roadmap : direct the system architects and designers to develop the PTC/TC  integrated architecture in support of PTC/TC systems modernization roadmap.  Specifically lead the architects and designers to develop the overarching principals  that each work stream follows when designing their specific component of the PTC/TC system;
  • Day to day direction of the PTC/Train Control work stream’s to develop the detailed design, the project plans and then implement the IT systems that will support the PTC/TC multi-year roadmap.



  • Must possess a University degree Electrical Engineering (asset), Computer Science;
  •  5 - 10 years railway experience with 10 years of large scale, complex program management;
  • MBA and PMP certification would be preferred;
  • Strong IT and communication industry based knowledge with understanding of electronic  systems;
  • Experience with computing infrastructure, communications networks, application development, project management tool and methods;
  • Problem solving/strong analytics;
  • Strong people leadership, sound judgment, initiative, flexible, detail-orientated;
  • Coordinating/influencing skills;
  • Proven track record of developing, managing and cooridinating multi-year, multi million dollar application portfolio;
  • Ability to negotiate vendors contracts and ensure compliance to Terms & Conditions of contracts;
  • Communicate and influence at Executive and working levels.



  • Flexible and competitive benefits package
  • Competitive company pension plan
  • Employee Share Purchase Plan
  • Performance Incentive Program 
  • Annual Fitness Subsidy



As an employer with national presence, the possibility does exist that the location of your position may be changed based on organizational requirements.


Background Investigation:

The successful candidate will need to successfully complete the following clearances:    

  • Criminal history check
  • Reference check


Management Conductor Program:

Becoming a qualified conductor or locomotive engineer is the single best way for a management employee to learn the business at CP. You may be required to obtain a certification or to maintain your current certification/qualification as a conductor or locomotive engineer.


CP is an equal opportunity employer committed to the principles of employment equity and inclusion. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals. All applicant information will be managed in accordance with the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act ("PIPEDA").

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