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  • Req ID: 100466
  • Department: Operations Eastern Division
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Position Type: Non-Union
  • Location: Montreal, Quebec
  • Country: Canada
  • % of Travel: 10-20%
  • # of Positions: 1
  • Job Available to: Internal & External


Canadian Pacific is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States with direct links to major ports on the west and east coasts. CP provides 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. For more on our purpose, culture, and strategy, visit



As a Trainmaster you will be responsible for leading processes related to arrival, classification, building, inspecting, and dispatching of trains. You will lead the efficient movement of traffic within the road territory and yard-terminal by developing, organizing, and executing the daily yard-terminal/road operating plan in a safe and cost-effective manner. You will also provide leadership accountability for inputs and outputs of safety, service, productivity, and financial metrics. Most importantly you will lead by example to build a strong safety culture along with providing coaching on operational best practices. This position requires shift work, being hands on and working outdoors in all weather conditions at times.



  • Ensure the safe and tactical execution of the operating plan through active supervision of operating (train) crews, yardmasters, support staff and assistant trainmasters.
  • Accountable for inputs and outputs of safety, service, productivity, financial metrics and adherence to corporate including compliance with regulatory environment.
  • Responsible for the safe, on time operations of all trains, business plan rollouts across the region and contribute to the overall execution of the LSOP and Operating Plan.
  • Lead investigations (accident or discipline) in accordance with labor agreements, policies, etc. and ensure compliance to CP’s policies and collective agreements and recommend changes
  • Conduct efficiency tests, train rides and safety related activities to support a safe, efficient operation; and may be required to attend derailments/incidents/injuries when on duty.
  • Investigate safety rules and policy failures and respond and act on safety, health, and environmental related incidents, identify cause, implement or recommend corrective actions or action plans.
  • Ensure the delivery of optimal results against appropriate performance and financial metrics through maximum asset utilization; while, Identifying and acting on opportunities to increase yard/road fluidity and productivity.
  • Accountable for rail cars that are idle for 24 hours or longer for any reason and inventory management for terminals and line of road in their areas of responsibility; and
  • Ensure full understanding of business requirements, service commitments, managing a strong team of employees, and any service penalty conditions for customers in their geographic area.



  • High school diploma or high school equivalency diploma.
  • Minimum one year of railway experience as a conductor or engineer is required, candidates with previous supervisory experience preferred.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Demonstrated operational knowledge related to operational plans and yard management practices.
  • Qualified Locomotive Engineer, an asset.
  • Must be able to obtain a passport.
  • Must be Bilingual (English and French).
  • Ability to obtain and maintain CP’s Canadian Rail Operating Rules (CROR) qualifications as a conductor or engineer.
  • Wiling to operate trains to support operations as needed.
  • Strong understanding of collective agreements and regulatory requirements.
  • Excellent problem solving skills with an ability to pinpoint expectations along with providing positive, constructive feedback
  • Previous experience conducting investigations; analyzing, understanding, and resolving local issues related to interpreting variances to operating protocols.
  • Willing and able to work rotating days/nights shift to support a 24/7 operation and outside in all weather condition.



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



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


Medical Requirements:
Operating safely is a core foundation of CP. Our commitment is to protect our people, customers, communities in which we operate, the environment and our assets. We are also committed to a healthy and safe workplace. CP’s Alcohol and Drug Policy and Procedures (“Policy and Procedures”) support these commitments.   All new hires for a safety position will be required to complete a pre-employment medical that includes a physical, vision, hearing, alcohol and drug audit assessment. Pre-employment qualification drug test(s) are also required. This includes candidates participating in the Trainee Program who will also be required to pass a drug test during the training process before receiving final qualification for the position.


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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