|Board of Directors
The Canadian Railway Hall of Fame Board of Directors is comprised of interested
individuals from the railway industry, and from heritage-related fields.
Board members have a wide-range of experience in business and community
activities. The Board of Directors assists in the over-all strategic direction
related to the development of the Hall of Fame concept, and works with the
Selection Committee to review, research and make recommendations on the
selection of nominees to the Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame strives to
provide balanced geographical representation on the Hall of Fame Board
of Directors and the Selection Committee from across Canada.
Gauthier, Chairman and
Shawn I. Smith, Director
C. Stephen Cheasley, Director
Janet Greene, Secretary and Treasurer
Gauthier, Chairman and
Mr. Gauthier is Director, Industry
Liaison for the Railway Association of Canada (RAC). He is responsible
for ensuring that the various, and sometimes conflicting, interests
of the diversified members of the Association are well represented
in all RAC material, particularly policy documents directed to governments.
He joined the RAC in the fall 2000, when this organization moved from
Montreal to Ottawa. He quickly organized the first Canadian Short
line and Regional Railway Conference, which led to the creation of
the RAC Short line Committee that has been very active in promoting
the interests of this sector of the industry.
Prior to joining the RAC, he worked for Canadian Pacific Railway,
initially in the Québec Law Department, then their General
Solicitor office and finally for their Public Affairs Department.
Prior to joining the CPR, he worked for a law firm that specialized
in civil and commercial law in Québec.
Mr. Gauthier holds a license in Law from the University of Sherbrooke
in Québec, an MBA from L’École des Hautes Études
Commerciales de Montréal, and is in good standing with members
of the Québec Bar Association.
I. Smith, Director
Shawn I. Smith is a veteran executive in the north-American railway industry with extensive experience in railway operations, commercial development, safety management, regulatory affairs, and government relations. During the last 20 years of his career, Mr. Smith has held field operating positions, General Manager postings, and served as Vice President of a publicly-traded Canadian regional railway company, and for RailAmerica, Inc. He was actively involved in the implementation of various new regional and short line railway operations in Canada during the 1990's.
In 2001, Mr. Smith was appointed a member of the Board of Directors of the Railway Association of Canada. He also served on the Association's Safety and Operations Management Committee and the Policy Advocacy Committee. Mr. Smith is a founding member of the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame and takes a keen interest in the past, present, and future of the industry. He is a member of the American Association of Railroad Superintendents, and the Lexington Group.
In 2008 Mr. Smith joined the Strategy Department of Canadian Pacific, and is involved in strategic planning initiatives across the railway.
Mr. Smith is married to Karen and they have two boys. In addition to railroading and its trappings Mr. Smith enjoys sports, photography, and family history.
|C. Stephen Cheasley, Director
C. Stephen Cheasley is the President of the Canadian Railroad Historical Association (CRHA), a non-profit corporation founded in Montreal in 1932 to preserve Canada’s railway heritage. The CRHA is the owner and operator of Exporail, the Canadian Railway Museum, Canada’s largest railway museum and is the publisher of Canadian Rail magazine and books on the history of Canada’s railways.
Mr. Cheasley retired from the firm of Fasken Martineau after a long career in the legal profession. He is currently President of the Canadian Railroad Historical Association Foundation, Chair of the John Abbott College Foundation and Vice-President of the Fonds d’investissement de Montreal which renovates low-cost housing in conjunction with Montreal community groups.
Mr. Cheasley has been active with the Montreal business community as President and Chairman of the Montreal Board of Trade, President of the Montreal International Conference Centre Inc., Treasurer and Director of Montreal International and Vice-President of the Old Port Corporation. He was Chairman of the Lakeshore General Hospital and led its campaign to expand, adding the first ambulatory health care centre in Montreal.
He is married to Janet McMichael and has four children and two grandsons
|Janet Greene, Secretary and Treasurer