K. Brent Cheek
General Superintendent, Alberta Midland Railway Terminal
K. Brent Cheek
General Superintendent, Alberta Midland Railway Terminal
Director of Corporate Services, Cariboo Central Railroad Contracting
Health and Safety - Rail, Keyera Energy
James has been working in the Alberta rail industry for over 10 years, beginning in operations as a Switchman and Rail Loader. In 2014, James joined the Keyera Corp. team as an advisor to operations to enhance Keyera’s Rail Program. In 2017, James joined the Health and Safety Team at Keyera. In his new role, he continues works closely with a number of Keyera Rail terminals providing Rail regulatory, compliance and safety support. James is actively working to complete his OHS Certificate with the University of New Brunswick.
Director Corporate Safety, Cando Rail Services Ltd.
Steve has over 40 years of experience in the railway industry having spent 25 years with Canadian Pacific Railway and 15 years with Cando Rail Services Ltd. His experience within the industry has been vast including mechanical, engineering, train operations and safety. He has held positions of Safety and Loss Control Officer and Field Safety Coordinator while with CP. Most recently Steve worked as Cando Rail Services Superintendent of Southern Ontario and currently holds the position of Director Corporate Safety.
Canadian Regional Safety Leader, Railserve
Karen started her career in industrial rail in 2001 with Railserve in the Alberta region. She has held a variety of positions gaining experience in safety and training systems, production scheduling and logistics as well as operations management. Education from Red Deer College and the University of Alberta support her current position as Railserves Canadian Regional Safety Leader. In this role she has responsibility to direct and manage the company’s safety program at their locations cross country, as well as oversee the companies Transport Canada Federal Safety Management System. The experience she has gained over the past 17 years has given her the knowledge to remain successful and current within the rail industry.
Director of Policy, Economic, and Environmental Affairs, Railway Association of Canada
Michael oversees policy development for pertinent files related to economic development, the environment and safety, and is currently the association’s principal lead for the Railway Safety Act review. Michael also directs the RAC’s Safety Culture Improvement Initiative. Developed in 2013, this initiative formalizes the association’s commitment to strengthening safety culture in the rail industry by providing a platform for Canadian and American railways to exchange information and best practices, customized training and support for completing safety culture assessments at member railways.
General Manager – Switching, Universal Railway Operations
Kevin brings 20 years of rail industry experience to Universal Railway Operations, a division of Universal Rail Systems. As the leader of this division, Kevin is responsible for pursuing further opportunities to grow Universal Rail Systems’ presence in the switching industry as a third-party provider, and ensuring the successful performance of URO’s existing switching operations. Since joining Universal Rail Systems in 2014, Kevin has dedicated himself primarily to improving industrial switching operations in terms of their safety and efficiency. He has developed a number of innovative programs that allows URO to offer a host of innovative services to the industrial switching community across Canada. For many different clients, he has conducted Railway SMS audits, performed Rail Car Mover and Locomotive training, and provided consulting services for various high profile clients. Prior to this Kevin held a number of roles in Transportation at CN Rail at multiple locations throughout Canada.
Rail Safety Officer, AB Transportation, Government of AB
Knut has been a Rail Safety Officer with Alberta Transportation for the last 14 years. In this capacity he has worked with industry to develop the current Alberta railway safety management system and audit protocols. Before this, Knut had a lengthy career in aviation that spanned 28 years in a project manager role and then in aviation safety including flight and ground safety, environment, security and dangerous goods.
Director of Rail Policy, Regulation and Programs, Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure, Government of SK
Brent Orb’s impressive background in agriculture and transportation includes an Environmental Systems Engineering Degree from the University of Regina. Brent grew up on a farm near Regina and after graduating university in 2001 he began his professional career working for the Government of Saskatchewan’s land title registry corporation and later at an engineering consulting firm. Brent started his railway career with Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure as a Rail Project Engineer in 2005 and in 2016 was promoted to his current role as Director of Rail Policy, Regulation and Programs in the Rail Branch of the Ministry of Highways. He currently leads a small team of engineers and a policy analyst who are responsible for administration and enforcement of The Railway Act and also lead the Ministry’s initiatives related to federal railway policy. Brent has been involved in development of numerous provincial short line railways throughout his career at the Ministry of Highways and has developed a broad background in railway engineering, operations and legislation through the development and implementation of the Ministry’s rail safety programs The current focus of Brent’s team is to modernize the rail safety regime for provincially regulated shortline railways and industrial railways under The Railway Act of Saskatchewan.
General Manager, Railserve
Reg brings over 28 years of railroading experience to Railserve, North America’s largest third party switching company and a Marmon Group/Berkshire Hathaway company with over 70 locations. Railserve’s portfolio includes switching and transloading, track maintenance and construction and Gen Set locomotive manufacturing. Reg’s 28 years of railroad experience started with CP when he entered Conductor Training and was promoted to Yardmaster and completed Locomotive Engineer Training. Throughout his CP career, Reg worked in numerous locations including Moose Jaw, Regina, Edmonton, Red Deer, and Calgary. Key areas of knowledge and experience include Yard and Road Operations, Dispatching, Locomotive Management, Business Development, and being a Director of Operations, making him an important asset in the growth of Railserve’s customer base across Canada.
Training and Compliance Supervisor, Remcan
Ken Sieben is a second generation railroader. His father was employed by CN and CP in Saskatchewan in the 1950s up to the 1980s. Ken started his railway career in April of 1977 at Unity, SK, starting as a Track Maintainer and from there moved up to a machine operator with CN production. He progressed to Track Foreman, Production Foreman on rail, tie and surfacing gangs, and then into a management position as Assistant Track Supervisor and Track Supervisor on the CN Sangudo and Westlock subdivisions. Toward the end of his career at CN he mentored new Assistant Track Supervisors and that led to a position in the training department instructing Track Inspection Guidelines. After retiring in 2015 from CN he now holds a position as Training and Compliance Supervisor with Remcan – a professional contractor, which provides services from Coast to Coast . Ken enjoys golfing and spending time with his two granddaughters. He resides in Morinville, AB.
Regional Leader of Operations, Railserve
Jason Smith is an impassioned and lifelong railroad enthusiast who currently is the Regional Leader of Operations for Railserve, which provides 3rd party in-plant switching and transloading. Jason is responsible to oversee site leaders at various locations as well as perform on-site audits and evaluations of operation to ensure compliance with safety and operating rules and procedures. Jason is also responsible for communicating with customer representatives to evaluate crew’s performance and customer’s needs.
Shawn I. Smith
President – Canadian Northern Plains Rail Services and Dominion Railway Services
Shawn Smith has over 35 years experience in the North American railroad industry. He began his career with Canadian National Railways, serving in both operations and marketing/customer service positions, followed by 18 initial years in the regional railroad industry in both Canada and the United States as an operating employee, supervisor, and senior executive. Shawn was General Manager of Canada’s first-ever modern era short line railroad—operated by RaiLink. At RaiLink and later RailAmerica Mr. Smith was involved with the acquisition, implementation, and successful operation of railroads in Quebec and Ontario, western Canada, and in the U.S. In 2006, Shawn joined Canadian Pacific where he served in the executive position of General Manager, Strategic Network Development and Interline Management. In 2013, Shawn retired from CP to begin his own railway consulting practice, joining Northern Plains in 2014. He has led several strategic initiatives including NP’s investment and operation of the Alberta Midland Railway Terminal near Edmonton. Shawn is a member of the American Association of Railroad Superintendents, the Canadian Railway Club and is a past board member of the Railway Association of Canada and the Toronto Terminals Railway.
Sales Manager, Nektar Data
Jason started his career in Alberta with 15 years as a land surveyor. After many years on the road and being away from home, he began the pursuit of technology to drive the needed change in his personal life. His transition to technology consultation for positioning in the construction industry was the next step and kept him busy for the next 7 years. Following that, Jason progressed into management rolls for positioning technology at Brandt Tractor and Nektar for another 8 years. “Technology is something that we all need, but when is the right time and place to embrace it? A vendor needs to be there to help you feel comfortable and confident in what changes you are making. Customer service has always been the backbone of any company I have worked with.”
Director of Terminal Operations, Keyera Energy
Darin Stuckey has worked for more than 30 years in the Petroleum industry. He holds a Diploma in Petroleum Management along with a Health and Safety certificate from the University of Alberta. For the last 18 years he has been an employee at Keyera Corp. He is currently the Director of Terminal Operations at Keyera Corp which includes the majority of Keyera’s rail and truck facilities.
Manager Government Relations, Alberta's Industrial Heartland Association
Lynette is Government Relations Manager for Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association. In this role, she works with governments, associations and industry to influence policy development for attracting investment and increasing competitiveness. Lynette is also a member of the policy committee for the Fort Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce. Lynette’s background is in communications and government. She previously worked in national communications and marketing for Telus and worked at senior levels with provincial and municipal governments in B.C., Ontario and Alberta.
General Manager, GrainsConnect Canada Maymont Terminal
Currently the General Manager of GrainsConnect Canada Maymont Terminal in Maymont, SK, Scott has over 25 years of agriculture experience in Western Canada including Grain Handling, Crop Inputs and Feed Manufacturing. Scott is an avid Saskatchewan Roughriders fan and is ready to fill in as Riders GM, Head Coach or Quarterback on a moment’s notice. Scott and his wife reside in Saskatoon, SK.