The Canadian Rail Research Laboratory is proud to host the 2nd Canadian & Cold Regions Rail Research Conference (CCRC 2024)!
The Canadian & Cold Regions Rail Research Conference represents the first true railway-specific conference in Canada with a formal committee and a requirement for peer-reviewed papers. The conference focuses on building leading practices in railway engineering in Canada and among countries that face railway infrastructure issues in cold regions.
CCRC 2024 will be held in person at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, with an option for attendees to participate virtually. Download the brochure here or by clicking the image below!
The University of Alberta is situated on Treaty 6 territory,
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Senior Vice-President & Chief Stakeholder Relations Officer
Canadian National Railway
Janet Drysdale is a seasoned and versatile executive with nearly 30 years of cross-functional leadership in the transportation industry having held executive positions in Finance, Sustainability, Corporate Development, and Investor Relations. Ms. Drysdale was appointed Senior Vice-President & Chief Stakeholder Relations Officer in March 2023. She is responsible for driving CN’s stakeholder engagement and communications strategies and has direct accountability for North American public and government affairs, media relations, corporate communications, and investor relations. Ms. Drysdale has long been an advocate for the rail industry and North America’s critical supply chains, increasing the representation of women in rail, and the transition to a low carbon economy.
Ms. Drysdale is an independent director of RumoS.A., Brazil’s largest freight railway. She also sits on the boards of the Railway Association of Canada and the Canadian-American Business Council. In 2020, Ms. Drysdale was recognized by WXN as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the executive leadership category, and by Railway Age for her leadership, collaboration, and innovation. Ms. Drysdale holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from Queen's University and an MBA from McGill University. In 2021, Ms. Drysdale completed the Global Competent Boards ESG program and certification (GCB.D).
Chair, Risk and Sustainability Committee and Member, Integration Committee
Canadian Pacific Railway
Gordon Trafton’s rail industry career spans nearly five decades, five railroads, four countries, and two continents. He has held positions of increasing and varied responsibility, from Operations management trainee through to his current roles as a Board member and Board Committee chair. Mr. Trafton has served in leadership positions at Burlington Northern Railroad (now BNSF), Illinois Central Railroad (now part of CN), Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway (now CPKC). During his career, he has held senior executive positions in operations, marketing, and various aspects of corporate strategy. He has been responsible for key areas related to six mergers and acquisitions.
In 2017, Mr. Trafton joined the board of Canadian Pacific Railway (now CPKC) where today, he serves as Chair of the Risk and Sustainability Committee and is a member of the Integration Committee. In 2023, he became a board member of Pacific National, Australia’s largest railroad, and currently serves as a member of the Health, Safety, and Environment Committee. Mr. Trafton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Transportation and Traffic Management from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder. As part of his philanthropic portfolio, he serves on the advisory board of his alma mater.
Call for Abstracts & Sponsors
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
We are pleased to invite prospective authors to submit their abstracts for the 2nd Canadian & Cold Regions Rail Research Conference (CCRC 2024)! Download the abstract template (Microsoft Word) by clicking here.
Short abstracts (prepared in English) are limited to 300 words including a short title and the names of all the authors and their affiliations. Abstracts must be submitted to Jen Stogowski (firstname.lastname@example.org) by October 7, 2023. Please indicate whether you intend to submit a full paper (8-10 pages) or a short paper (4 pages of text with a few images). Graduate students are expected to submit full papers. Authors will be notified of acceptance by October 23, 2023, and final papers and extended abstracts are due January 15, 2024.
An event like the 2nd Canadian & Cold Regions Rail Research Conference (CCRC 2024) is not possible without sponsors. We invite potential sponsors to download the sponsorship package and contact Vivian Giang to learn more about how to showcase your organization at CCRC 2024!
Download the sponsorship package here or by clicking the image below!
Snapshot of CCRC 2021
- 120 virtual registrants from 4 countries (Canada, USA, Australia and Hungary)
- 32 technical papers presented and published (https://doi.org/10.7939/r3-ez2j-pn73). To date, there have been 650+ views and 500+ downloads.
- Select videos of the technical presentations are available online (https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLf76HEiLxBxSTmJNchOOUyG5pdskkcosa). Individual statistics of online engagement are available by clicking the link.
Fees & Hotel Info
This two-day conference will be held in person at the University of Alberta campus. There is a virtual option as well (please indicate so on the registration form).
By registering for the 2nd Canadian & Cold Regions Rail Research Conference (CCRC 2024), participants agree to the short course’s Terms and Conditions and Code of Conduct. Please read the Terms & Conditions and Code of Conduct in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section.
- Early Bird (until Jan 31): $750 CAD
- Regular (Feb 1 – Apr 9): $850 CAD
- Students (until Apr 9): $400 CAD
Attendees are responsible for arranging and paying for their travel and accommodations. We have secured preferential hotel booking rates at the following hotels for attendees who are interested in a discounted rate:
Rates start at $155.00 per night plus taxes and are available from April 7 to 12, 2024. Reservations are based on availability at the time of booking. All reservations must be made by March 7, 2024. Modifications are allowed only before March 7, 2024. Individual online reservations can be made directly with the hotel with this link.
Rates start at $150.00 per night plus taxes and are available from April 7 to 12, 2024. Reservations are based on availability at the time of booking. All reservations must be made by March 7, 2024. Modifications are allowed only before March 7, 2024. Individual online reservations can be made directly with the hotel with this link.
Yes, we are offering an opportunity for attendees to participate virtually (please indicate so on the registration form). Due to the additional costs of running a hybrid event for virtual attendees, the registration fees for in-person and virtual attendees are the same.
The following are included in the conference fee:
- Breakfasts, lunches, AM/PM break refreshments and a banquet dinner for in-person attendees.
- Access to all technical sessions.
- A conference welcome package.
Please get in touch with Jen Stogowski (email@example.com) right away. Requests for registration cancellations (general or student, in-person or virtual) can be made up to March 31, 2024, minus a $200 administration fee. There will be no refunds for cancelled registrations after March 31, 2024. Any stop-payments will be subject to a $200 processing fee.
No, we ask that you connect with attendees during the event, whether it be in person or through the online platform. To keep your personal contact details safe, we will only use them for event communication purposes only.
Thanks for your interest in sponsoring the 2nd Canadian & Cold Regions Rail Research Conference (CCRC 2024)! Please get in touch with Vivian Giang (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss opportunities to showcase your organization at this event!
By registering for the 2nd Canadian & Cold Regions Rail Research Conference (CCRC 2024), you agree to the conference’s Terms and Conditions and Code of Conduct.
Payment: All prices are in Canadian dollars ($ CAD).
Refund Policy: Prior to and including March 31, 2024, any cancellation will be charged a $200 processing fee. There will be no refunds for cancelled registrations after March 31, 2024. Any stop-payments will be subject to a $200 processing fee.
Photography Policy: As a registered participant of the 2nd Canadian & Cold Regions Rail Research Conference (CCRC 2024), you agree that the organizers or authorized third parties may photograph or record your, image, name, voice, and/ or words, and may publish or distribute your image, name, voice, and/ or words for promotional and educational purposes in various forms of media, including but not limited to the University of Alberta Geotechnical Centre's LinkedIn page, and marketing materials.
Statement of Liability Waiver: You agree that the University of Alberta and its officers, directors, agents, employees, volunteers, affiliates, successors, assigns, and subsidiaries will not be responsible or liable for any loss or damage of any sort that you may incur as a result of your participation in the 2nd Canadian & Cold Regions Rail Research Conference (CCRC 2024) (the "conference"). The University of Alberta reserves the right to cancel this conference without penalty other than a refund of registration fees paid to the University of Alberta for services not provided. The University of Alberta further reserves the right to reschedule the conference, refuse admission, or change speakers, location, or content without penalty or the refund of registration fees paid. Each attendee shall be personally responsible for his/her/their behaviour. The organizers will accept no responsibility for the behaviour of any attendee or outside entity during the conference.
Code of Conduct: The 2nd Canadian & Cold Regions Rail Research Conference (CCRC 2024) is dedicated to providing a safe, harassment-free environment for all participants. Participants of the conference include attendees, speakers, organizers, volunteers, and venue staff. All participants are required to agree with the following Code of Conduct.
The organizers will enforce this code throughout the event and expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody. We invite you to help us make this conference a place that is welcoming and respectful for all participants, regardless of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, national origin, ethnicity, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. We expect all participants to treat others with respect and abide by the following Code of Conduct at all times throughout the conference. This includes social events at off-site locations, online activities, and social media before, during and after the event itself.
• Harassment (see full definition below)
• Deliberate stalking or following
• Use of sexualized language, images, or clothing (including in presentations, slides, and speaker content)
• Possession and/or use of illegal substances
• Possession of an item that can be used as a weapon causing harm to others
Our definition of harassment includes
• Unwelcome or hostile behaviour, including verbal or written comments that intimidates or creates discomfort
• Unwelcome or hostile behaviour that interferes with a person’s participation in the event
• Unwelcome physical contact
• Unwelcome sexual attention
Consequences of unacceptable behaviour: Participants asked to stop unacceptable behaviour are expected to comply immediately. If the situation escalates, security or police will be involved as necessary. Participants who violate the Code of Conduct may be expelled from the event and related activities without a refund and/or banned from future events at the discretion of the organizers.
If you experience or witness unacceptable behaviour: We need your help to keep the event community safe, accountable, and responsible. If you experience or witness any forms of unacceptable behaviour, please bring your concerns to the immediate attention of University staff (who will be easily identifiable at the registration desk) or email us at email@example.com. If you experience or witness unacceptable behaviour that poses a threat or immediate danger, please phone Campus Security (780-492-5050) or the police (911).