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Hazardous Materials & Emergency Response Officer

  • Req ID: 89907
  • Department: Corporate Risk
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Position Type: Non-Union
  • Location: BC wide, British Columbia
  • Country: Canada
  • % of Travel:
  • # of Positions: 1
  • Job Available to: Internal & External
  • Deadline to apply: 09/26/2022


*This position can be based anywhere in British Columbia*


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.



To provide expertise, instruction, and direct emergency management response functions for CP and outside agencies involving actual or potential releases of dangerous commodities/hazardous materials. Plan, organize and direct corporate activities related to dangerous commodities, risk management, loss prevention, and loss reduction and ensure a safe environment for the public and employees.Support inter-departmental operations related to Dangerous Commodities/HazMat and are be able to safely and physically respond to sensitive incidents.



  • Ensuring a safe, cost effective response to hazardous and non-hazardous materials emergencies allowing the safe operation of trains;
  • Plan and execute courses of action necessary to facilitate the successful conclusion to an uncontrolled release of a dangerous commodity and return the railway and the community to normal operations;
  • Manage emergency responders competencies through identification of deficiencies, implementing and providing training and ensuring proper equipment maintenance;
  • Act as a liaison between the company, various Government regulatory agencies, customers and shippers to ensure the interests of the company are maintained with regards to the management of dangerous commodities;
  • Manage company dangerous commodity operational issues within their respective geographical territories by implementing and administering government and company procedures for the safe transportation of dangerous commodities;
  • Manage all correspondence concerning accidents, leaking or defective containers/equipment and /or violations involving dangerous commodities reportable to Transport Canada, United States Department of Transportation (US DOT) and Transportation Safety boards (US and Canada);
  • Manage, plan and execute emergency response drills for employees, contractors, customers and the community;
  • Develop and provide training to internal personnel, contractors, provincial, state, county and local governments on various railroad and dangerous commodity issues;
  • Audit customers shipments and observes operations at tank car shipper loading and unloading facilities to ensure conformance to tank car specifications, securement and documentation.



  • Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental, Occupational Safety and Health, Industrial Hygiene or related field - preferred but not required;
  • Two (2) to Five (5) years previous experience – preferred;
  • Mechanical railroad or HazMat experience;
  • Tank Car expertise preferred;
  • Understanding of railroad operations preferred;
  • Applying knowledge to railway operations;
  • Advance Tank Car Specialist experience a plus prior knowledge and/or experience in Emergency Response preferred;
  • Good communication and problem solving skills;
  • Must be willing to be on call and travel within an assigned territory;
  • Demonstrate the ability to Prepare, Plan, and Prioritize;
  • Ability to speak in front of varied, dynamic groups of people required;
  • Ability to work and communicate with all levels of management and Federal agencies required;
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced, demanding work environment required;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of IMDG and 49 CFR;
  • Strong computer skills, specifically MS Office required;
  • Demonstrated capability to manage the mitigation of leaking HazMat cars;
  • Able to implement Incident Command and obtain NIMS100, 200 and 300 and above as needed;
  • Ability to prepare filed reports;
  • Firefghting Service and/or Wildland Fire experience is an asset;
  • Credibility with Operations & Regulators.



  • 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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