S.I. (Shawn) Smith – President
Mr. Smith has over 33 years of experience in the North American railroad industry. He is President of both Dominion Railway Services––and of Canadian Northern Plains Rail Services, an operating company that performs third party rail services such as rail car and industrial locomotive repair and maintenance across western Canada. Prior to forming Dominion Railway Services in August 2012, Mr. Smith spent six years at Canadian Pacific – his last executive position being General Manager, Strategic Network Development and Interline Management. In this role he also had responsibility for network capacity planning and implementation across the CP system. Before joining CP, Mr. Smith spent 18 years in the regional and short line industry in both Canada and the United States as an operating employee, supervisor, and senior executive. Mr. Smith began his career with Canadian National Railways, serving in both operations and marketing/customer service positions. He has maintained a lifetime interest in railroading and is a member of the American Association of Railroad Superintendents, the Canadian Railway Club and the Lexington Group. Mr. Smith is a qualified conductor and track inspector, and a past board member of the Toronto Terminals Railway Company and the Railway Association of Canada. He currently serves on the boards of Alberta Midland Railway Terminal Ltd., and the Canadian Heartland Training Railway Services Inc. Mr. Smith, his wife Karen, and their two boys reside in Camrose, just southeast of Edmonton, Alberta.
W.J. (Bill) Salmond, M.A.Sc., Vice President – Operations Development
Mr. Salmond has 45 years of experience in the North American railroad industry. Since joining DRS in January 2013 he has assisted over 50 separate clients including energy companies, agri-industry, railways, and trans-load operators. His specialty is the provision of advice to industrial rail operators in the combined areas of track design, operations, capacity assessments, and options for connections to Class 1 railways that will provide cost effective and efficient solutions for new and expanded rail facilities. Prior to joining DRS, Mr. Salmond enjoyed a successful career at Canadian Pacific where he held operating, supervisory, training, and senior operations planning positions. He is a qualified train dispatcher and has extensive network operations centre expertise. In 1999, Mr. Salmond became involved in the detailed planning and implementation of rail network capacity projects together with important industrial development projects across the CP system. He was instrumental in the planning and strategy behind many of the critical capital projects required to expand the capacity of important main line corridors including those between Moose Jaw and Vancouver, Calgary to Edmonton, and Moose Jaw to Chicago. Mr. Salmond and his wife Joanne have two adult children and four grandchildren, and reside in Calgary, Alberta.
Jack Fuller, Associate – Rail Capacity Modeling
Jack G. Fuller has 40 years experience in the railroad industry, including 23 years of experience as a railroad operating officer, specializing in management of large terminals. Major strengths are in safety, planning, supervision, cost control, and staff development. Additional skills and experience in negotiation, systems implementation and development, customer service, and equipment management. Mr. Fuller has engaged in railroad operations planning and simulation modeling since 2001, working on projects for CSX Transportation, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, Union Pacific Railroad, Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority, Transportation Agency for Monterey County, Los Angeles-San Diego Rail Corridor Agency, Utah Transportation Authority, Canadian Pacific Railway, and the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
Paul Clegg, Associate – Rail Network Strategy
Paul Clegg has 37 years of experience in the railroad industry. During his career with Canadian Pacific, he worked in the Marketing, Research and Strategy Departments in Montreal, Winnipeg, Regina and Calgary. Early in his career Paul helped to lead the transformation of the Canadian grain transportation system from largely a signal carload system to a unit train system. Paul was also a lecturer at the Canadian International Grains Institute on transportation and logistics. In his research role, Paul was involved in railway economics and costing problems as well as industry analysis. In his strategy role, Paul led network restructuring activities including major network sales such as the DM&E West End and D&H South. This also included work to expand CP’s network by purchase and new construction. Paul has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia’s Transportation and Logistics program. Paul has also been actively involved in professional transportation organizations such as the Canadian Transportation Research Forum and served as a reserve Logistics Officer with the Canadian Forces (army). Paul and his wife Janice reside in Calgary AB. They have two adult children.
Karen M. Sledz-Smith, Vice President – Administration
Karen is responsible for administrative duties and direction at both Dominion Railway Services and Canadian Northern Plains Rail Services. Her experience includes 15 years in the agricultural industry, most recently with Cargill. A graduate of the University of Alberta, Karen has experience in transportation logistics and in research and development of specialty canola oils. She participates in project work and handles our accounts payable, receivable, and IT support issues.