Speeches

Check against delivery From Last Spike to First in Class: Creativity, Collaboration, and Determination in the Pursuit of Leadership I want to wish you a happy National Railway Day. As we all know, the choice of November 7 for this annual...
Check against delivery Thank you for the invitation to appear before you. The Canadian Transportation Agency is Canada’s longest-standing independent, expert regulator and tribunal. Established in 1904 as the Board of Railway Commissioners,...
Check against delivery It's a pleasure to be back in the Canadian city that, perhaps more than any other, is a nexus between Canada's national transportation system and the global trade that has become so critical to this country's long-term...
Check against delivery Join me, if you will, in a brief trip across space and time, to some clearings in southeastern Turkey, western Iran, and the Levant about 11,000 years ago.  That was when people first shifted from foraging to farming.  As...
Introduction In just 12 days, we will mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation.  This is an opportunity to reflect on how lucky we are to live in this land of peace and prosperity, appreciate the progress we've made as a country, and consider the...
The Canadian Transportation Agency, which I lead, is an independent tribunal and regulator with responsibilities both for the economic regulation of the national transportation system and accessibility issues for people with disabilities. Under the...
Check against delivery Introduction Everyone in this room, I'd venture, has at least two things in common: we've all flown in the last year, if not the last 48 hours, and we all have, or have had, or know someone who has a disability. So...
Check against delivery I'd like to start with a question: when you hear the word "regulator", what images spring to mind, what feelings emerge deep in your soul? I'd like to imagine that the image is of a conscientious yet witty individual who...
Check against delivery In just 51 days, we'll celebrate Canada's 150th birthday. This milestone is an opportunity to appreciate how fortunate we are to live in this remarkable place of peace, prosperity, and tolerance. And it's a chance to...
Check against deliveryI want to thank Tom and Bob for the invitation to speak today. As many of you know, Tom is a former Member and employee of the Canadian Transportation Agency. Indeed, many of the Agency's Members and staff have long played...