|Serge Belzile (2003)
The Quebec Railway Corporation (Société des chemins de fer du Québec) began its first short line railway operation between Québec City and Clermont in eastern Quebec in 1994. Between 1994 and 2009, the company would grow and expand to eventually comprise a group of six railways operating in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. In 2009, much of the QRC network was sold to CN in a transaction reflective of the continual change in the Canadian railway landscape.
The short line and regional railways that were established and operated by QRC were important to local shippers, offering high-quality customer service. Leading the development and growth of QRC since 1994 was Mr. Serge Belzile. Mr. Belzile was the company’s first president and chief executive officer and his leadership, dedication, and vision has resulted in the dynamic enterprise that QRC became. Mr. Belzile was instrumental in working with financial partners to develop QRC in the mid-1990s, and worked effectively with customers, communities, and connecting carriers to establish QRC as the leading short-line operator in the province of Quebec and the Maritimes for many years. During this period of development, Mr. Belzile also was a respected member of the railway industry at large, and was active in several industry initiatives. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Railway Association of Canada.
Mr. Belzile left QRC early in 2003 to pursue other interests. Although his railways are now again part of a much larger enterprise, Mr. Belzile's contributions earned him industry recognition in the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame upon his retirement.