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Human Resource Business Partner

Canadian Pacific (CP) and Kansas City Southern (KCS) are now CPKC. As the only truly North American railway, we are making big moves! Drawing on our strong foundations and heritage, CPKC moves essential goods across our 20,000-mile network to support economic growth throughout Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. Be a part of history as we connect a continent and create exciting career opportunities across our new transnational network. Visit to learn about the CPKC advantage, our purpose and culture.



CPKC Human Resources is currently looking for a HR Business Partner. Reporting to the Director Human Resources, your primary responsibility will be to act as a strategic thinking partner to a key area in our organization, aligning organizational and people priorities with organizational objectives. It is pertinent that the successful candidate be able to provide expert advice to the business on HR mater and is able to add value to the organization in terms of solutions, programs and approach.



  • Strategic Planning – contribute to the business strategy by helping business leaders to identify, prioritize, and build organizational capabilities, behaviors, structures and processes
  • Relationship Management -  work collaboratively with client groups and with HR counterparts in exploring needs, clarifying expectations and commitments, gathering information and recommending changes
  • Organizational Design – act as a strategic positioner with the ability to understand business requirements and provide thought partnership towards organizational restructuring as required, assessing the HR impacts and best solutions to address respecting employee protections. Assist in the appropriate implementation and communication plan on organization redesign
  • Succession Planning and Leadership Development – bolster and develop talent, build capability through identification of current and future needs, inclusive of top talent in key areas/roles future succession and build meaning individual development plans key to employee learning including training, work experience, coaching, how incumbents can learn from these experiences and how the learning prepares them for greater contribution and leadership. Pay attention to the development of technical people in addition to future leadership roles. Observe leaders in the business, understand what is unique about them assessing their leadership competencies against the standards and leadership competency model requirements
  • Employee Development – assist leaders provide their employees with development opportunities and ensure they are able to meet current and future performance standards with a focus on enabling a high performance culture. This will emphasize quality, productivity, goal attainment and ongoing development of exceptional workforce aligned with CPKC’s key foundations and values. Identify training and development needs for the business functions, participate in evaluation and monitoring of these programs to ensure success, assist with feedback to Learning and Development Centre of Excellence for modifications as required
  • Performance Management – drive performance, articulate strategy into clear terms to be evaluated and measured, develop performance standards relevant to the demands of the business and deal with nonperformance in a fair and timely manner. Act as the performance improvement driver and provokes positive changes in people management processes, including high quality coaching and HR governance to leadership on daily employee performance and strategic initiatives. Consult and partner with legal department as required to understand and reduce legal risks and ensuring regulatory compliance
  • Facilitate and demonstrate leadership towards a respective and inclusive culture
  • Utilize workforce planning analytics in order to optimize human capital, understand trends and future demographics as a means of positioning future people , actively identifies gaps, proposes and implements changes as necessary to mitigate risks
  • Willing to analyze situations and anticipate problems ahead of them occurring, proactively offering solutions to the business, utilizing influence skills
  • Act as a change champion, willing and able to initiate and sustain change within the organization
  • Assist international employees with expatriate assignments and related HR matters, assist with work permit process as required
  • Provide expertise and knowledge of HR policies, programs and best in class practices for practical use and implementation with the business
  • Lead the facilitation of appropriate onboarding and offboarding expertise and assistance for best in class employee experience
  • Supporting employees with accommodations and returning to work



  • Post-secondary degree in related discipline, HR or Business Equivalent
  • 5 to 10 years HR Strategist role
  • Experience and ability to work with Senior Leadership levels in the organization
  • Centre of excellence (COE) experience or exposure to COE models is an asset
  • CPHR/SHRM designation
  • Experience working within a business unit is a desired asset
  • Able to travel
  • Knowledge of Canada Labour Code, legislation, US Employment at Will, HR trends
  • Knowledge of union collective bargaining agreements and negotiation process is an asset
  • Proficient using Microsoft Office suiting including excel, word, PowerPoint
  • Displays emotional intelligence, demonstrates self-awareness, remains calm under pressure, expresses confidences in ability to succeed, and keeps an optimistic attitude even when things are not going well
  • Ensures accountability of self and others, doing what we said we would do, fosters a workplace of collaboration and respect, provides exceptional service to our customers, results oriented, never sacrificing safety, challenges status quo, strives for excellence and takes responsibility for actions
  • Coaching and develop talent, asking versus telling and adopting a coach like approach to facilitate discussions regarding growth and development of talent, performance goal and objective setting, leveraging diverse mix of styles, perspectives, and experiences
  • Strength in building business relationships
  • Superior facilitation skills
  • Highly effective communicator, confident, passionate, clear, assertive and inspiring
  • Highly skilled and knowledgeable in applying HR policies and practices in a pragmatic and effective manner
  • Solutions oriented, future-focused (strategic), innovative in continuous improvement ideas, highly curious and inquisitive and ability to connect the dots
  • Highly collaborative in nature, inclusive and engaging
  • Analytical skills



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



As an employer with North American 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 CPKC. You may be required to obtain a certification or to maintain your current certification/qualification as a conductor or locomotive engineer.


CPKC is an employment equity employer committed to the principles of employment equity and inclusion. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply including women, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC), members of the LGBTQ+ community, and people with disabilities. Accommodations for the job application process can be provided, as appropriate, upon request. All applicant information will be managed in accordance with the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA)”. 



  • Req ID: 101737
  • Department: Human Resources
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Position Type: Non-Union
  • Location: Calgary, Alberta
  • Country: Canada
  • % of Travel: 0-10%
  • # of Positions: 1
  • Job Grade: 3
  • Job Available to: Internal & External






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