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Selection Committee

Together with members of the Board of Directors, the Hall of Fame Selection Committee reviews the submitted nominations each year, together with background information on recommended selections. This Committee then selects nominees for induction to the Hall of Fame.

Current members of the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame Selection Committee are:

 Leslie. S. Kozma
 K. Brent Cheek
 Paul C. Clegg
 Gérald Gauthier
 Dean A. Tiegs
 Doug N.W. Smith



Leslie. S. Kozma Edmonton, Alberta Leslie S. Kozma

Les Kozma has been involved with the construction industry for over 30 years. His interest and passion for western Canadian railway history has paralleled his construction career.

Since 1975, Mr. Kozma has successfully completed major historical consulting projects about various railway themes for the Historic Sites and Monuments Board (Ottawa ), Alberta Historic Resources Foundation, Alberta Historic Sites Service, Saskatchewan Recreation and Culture, Canadian Pacific Railway, CN and others.

Further, he has authored or co-authored three books and over 60 published articles relating to railways in western Canada . Railway construction, architecture and operations are the primary focus of his interests.

Mr. Kozma is a charter member of the Canadian Northern Society (presently President) and the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame (presently Chairman).



K. Brent Cheek Ardrossan, Alberta K. Brent Cheek
Brent started his railway career in Red Deer, Alberta in July 1978 as a Track Maintainer for Canadian National Railways. During the next 18 years he worked as a Leading Track Maintainer, Track Foreman and Assistant Track Supervisor at various locations in Alberta . During his time with CN, he also served as a Track Maintenance Training Instructor and a Work Force Coordinator in the Rail Traffic Control office.

In October 1996 he left CN for an exciting new challenge with RaiLink Ltd. as Manager of Network Expansion. He is currently employed with RailAmerica Inc. in the position of Director – Engineering Standards & Training.

Brent is a member of the American Railway Engineering & Maintenance of Way Association (AREMA) and is Vice Chair on AREMA Committee 24 Education & Training.

His interests and hobbies include photography, history, coaching basketball, curling, hockey, and woodworking. A passionate Canadian and a Saskatchewan Roughrider Fan, he is a Director of the Canadian Northern Society and a member of the Selection Committee of the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame.


Paul C. Clegg Calgary, Alberta Paul C. Clegg
Currently employed as an executive in the Strategy & Research Department, Canadian Pacific Railway, in Calgary .

Attended the University of British Columbia . Joined the Marketing Department of CPR in 1979 and progressed through a number of marketing positions specializing in grain and agricultural commodities.

Postings included Montreal , Winnipeg and Regina . In 1996, joined the Strategy & Research Department of CPR and has been involved since then primarily on network related issues including line transfers and merger and acquisition work. Paul is a member of the Canadian Transportation Research Forum.

Paul is married and has two children.


Gérald Gauthier Montréal, Québec Gérald Gauthier
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 2005, 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.


Dean A. Tiegs Edmonton, Alberta Dean A. Tiegs

Dean Tiegs has had a passion for the railway industry since his childhood in Stettler, Alberta. He is now an independent informational technology consultant in Edmonton, having spent the first part of career with CN in various operational and marketing postions.

Mr. Tiegs was the Charter President of the Canadian Northern Society and remains very active as a member of that organization. He and his wife Lorrie were instrumental in the development of the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame, and its first web-site.

When not spending time on his railway related interests, Mr. Tiegs is a fan and season ticket holder of the Edmonton Eskimos.



Doug N.W. Smith Ottawa, Ontario Doug N.W. Smith

Doug has had a lifelong interest in the railway’s historical, present and future roles using technology to meet the changing needs of business and society.

A graduate of Acadia University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, he has spent 35 years working for the federal government on rail matters. The first eight years were with the Canadian Transport Commission undertaking specialized rail costing studies. The last 27 years have been spent in the Rail Policy Branch of Transport Canada working on passenger rail, environmental and short line files. He has served on the Rail Passenger Action Force in 1985 and was a member of the inter-government team studying high speed rail in the early 1990s.

Doug has served as a member of the Board of the Directors of the Canadian Railroad Historical Association and has been co-editor of their historical journal, Canadian Rail, for over thirty years. He has written over a dozen books on many aspects of Canadian railway history and has had articles published in Trains, Passenger Train Journal, Canadian Rail, and Branchline.

In his spare time, he is restoring a 125 year old house and garden in Brockville, Ontario. Hobbies include architecture, gardening, classical music, museums and travel.


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