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Paul M. Tellier (2002)
Paul M. Tellier and Robert J. Ritchie receive their awards from Bill Rowatt (President, RAC)Mr. Paul M. Tellier was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer and a Director of the Canadian National Railway Company (“CN”) on October 1, 1992. Prior to his appointment at CN, Mr. Tellier had been Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet of the Government of Canada, the top public servant in the country, since August 1985.

He is a graduate of the universities of Ottawa and Oxford, England, and was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1963. As a dedicated senior leader within the public service, Mr. Tellier served in many positions including Deputy Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development in 1979 and Deputy Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources in 1982. As a respected business leader, in addition to his service on the CN board, Mr. Tellier has served as a Director of Alcan Aluminum Limited, BCE Inc./Bell Canada, Bombardier Inc., Grand Trunk Corporation, and McCain Foods Limited. He is also a former Chairman of the Railway Association of Canada, and a Vice-Chairman of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives.

Paul M. TellierMr. Tellier was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1993. He was chosen by Railway Age as the Railroader of the Year in 1997, and in 1998, was selected by his peers in Canada as the CEO of the Year. In 2000, he was named Personality of the Year by the newspaper Les Affaires. In 2001, he received the McCullough Logistics Executive of the Year Award from the National Industrial Transportation League and Logistics Management & Distribution Report.

Mr. Tellier, who was born in Joliette, Quebec, in 1939.  During his tenure at CN, the railway was transformed from a government-owned entity to a profitable, safe, and scheduled North American rail system. It now stretches from coast to coast in Canada, through the US Midwest, and through market alliances, to Mexico.   Two of Mr. Tellier's primary achievements as CEO of CN was leading the highly successful 1995 privitization and initial public offering of CN, and leading the CN acquisition of the Illinois Central Railroad.

The badge of a Companion of the Order of CanadaIn recognition of his significant contribution to the Canadian railway industry in a short but historic decade of service, Mr. Tellier was inducted into the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame honouring his leadership and accomplishments. Shortly after receiving this honour, Mr. Tellier announced his retirement from CN in 2003.

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