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Robert J. Ritchie (2002)
Robert J. RitchieMr. R. J. (Rob) Ritchie joined Canadian Pacific Limited in 1970 as a research analyst, rising to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of the company - and presiding over a period of great change at the railway.

Mr. Ritchie became a marketing representative for Canadian Pacific Railway in Vancouver in 1972, starting a career path that led to a series of senior Marketing positions within the railway. By 1979, he was general manager of Marketing and Sales for the Pacific Region, and in 1984 Mr. Ritchie became vice-president of Marketing and Sales in Montreal.

After three years as executive vice-president in charge of Intermodal Freight Systems, Mr. Ritchie was named president of CP Rail in 1990. He held that position until he was promoted to president and chief executive officer in March 1995.

During his tenure at Canadian Pacific, Mr. Ritchie served on the boards of directors of Fording Coal Ltd., Willis Canada, Shaw Industries Ltd., and the railway companies comprising CPR. He is a past-chairman of the Railway Association of Canada and past-director of the Association of American Railroads. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Science degree from McGill University.

Robert J. Ritchie and Paul M. Tellier  receive their awards from Bill Rowatt (President, RAC)During his tenure as president and chief executive officer of CPR, Mr. Ritchie led the company through a successful restructuring of the railway as a stand-alone entity. He also led the company through the challenges of the early 1990's - restoring profitabilty to the railway's eastern operating unit, purchasing a significant fleet of modern fuel efficient AC locomotives, and in a historic move, the relocation of the company's headquarters from Montreal to Calgary.

CP 9705 West - RevelstokeIn addition, he led CPR’s efforts that have enhanced the Canadian railway industry’s profile through initiatives such as the CPR Holiday Train, the Royal Canadian Pacific deluxe vintage tour train, and development of an innovative agreement with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities that assists resolving proximity issues between railways and communities. Well respected by employees, customers, regulators, and peers, Mr. Ritchie announced his retirement from his brilliant career in 2005. .

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