Railway Age Railroader of the Year

VIDEO INTERVIEW: 2022 RAILROADERS OF THE YEAR – CANADIAN PACIFIC’S KEITH CREEL AND KANSAS CITY SOUTHERN’S PAT OTTENSMEYER

Railway Age’s 2022 Railroader of the Year Award, our 59th annual, goes to two exemplary and visionary North American rail industry leaders: Canadian Pacific President and Chief Executive Officer Keith Creel, and Kansas City Southern President and Chief Executive Officer Patrick J. Ottensmeyer. The two are reconfiguring the North American rail landscape by completing, if all goes as planned, what will be the first Class I merger in more than 20 years, and creating North America’s first transnational freight railroad, Canadian Pacific Kansas City, or CPKC.

2021 Railroader of the Year: Keith Creel, Canadian Pacific

RAILWAY AGE, JANUARY 2021 ISSUE: The 58th annual recipient of Railway Age’s Railroader of the Year Award is Canadian Pacific President and Chief Executive Officer Keith Creel. Creel has been instrumental in Canadian Pacific forging a leadership role in the industry, while acknowledging the railroad’s place in history and its role in driving the North American economy forward. He has helped renew Canadians’ and CP employees’ sense of pride in a company that connected a nation, and connected Canada to the rest of the world. Under his steady hand, and under very difficult circumstances this past year, CP has been a safe, efficient and productive railroad, enabling its customers to connect with domestic and global markets.

Kansas City Southern’s Ottensmeyer Railroader of the Year

The 57th annual recipient of Railway Age’s Railroader of the Year Award is Kansas City Southern President and Chief Executive Officer Patrick J. Ottensmeyer, a leader in positioning North American railroads as a critical part of the globally competitive, integrated supply chain.

Railroader of the Year: CN’s JJ Ruest

RAILWAY AGE JANUARY 2019 ISSUE: The 56th annual recipient of Railway Age’s Railroader of The Year award is CN President and Chief Executive Jean-Jacques “JJ” Ruest, leader of one of North America’s best-performing Class I railroads. From applied chemistry to railroading, CN’s chief executive has always put the customer first.

Video Interview: 2019 Railroader of the Year – Jean-Jacques “JJ” Ruest, CN

CN President and CEO Jean-Jacques “JJ” Ruest , Railway Age’s 56th Railroader of the Year, leads one of North America’s best-performing Class I railroads. In this wide-ranging interview with Railway Age Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono, Ruest reflects on his distinguished career, and provides his vision of CN’s future.

CN’s Ruest Railroader of the Year

The 56th annual recipient of the prestigious Railway Age Railroader of the Year Award is CN President and Chief Executive Officer Jean-Jacques “JJ” Ruest, leader of one of North America’s best-performing Class I railroads.

Hellmann accepts Railroader of the Year award

Genesee & Wyoming Inc. Chairman, President and CEO John C. “Jack” Hellmann, the 55th recipient of Railway Age’s Railroader of the Year Award, was honored on March 13 at the traditional annual dinner of the Western Railway Club at the Union League Club of Chicago.