EDMONTON, AB, Sept. 7, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rona Ambrose,
Minister of Public Works and Government Services, Minister for the
Status of Women and Minister Responsible for Northern Alberta, on
behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport,
Infrastructure and Communities, today launched a new partnership that
will support jobs and long-term success in the Canadian rail sector.
"The economy remains the Harper government's top priority and Canada's
railway network is an integral part of our economy - transporting
people and goods safely and efficiently across the country and to and
from global markets." said Minister Ambrose. "This innovative facility
at the University of Alberta will conduct specialized research and
educate qualified engineers to meet the future needs of the Canadian
"Our strategic investment will support new job opportunities and make it
easier for researchers, industry and governments to work together to
improve rail safety and efficiency," said Minister Lebel. "By
developing technology and training the next generation of students for
careers in rail, this partnership will help the Canadian rail sector
remain well-equipped and competitive."
This new partnership, the Canadian Rail Research Laboratory, is a joint initiative between the Government of Canada, Alberta
Innovates - Technology Futures (AITF), the Association of American
Railroads (AAR), Canadian Pacific (CP), CN and the University of
Alberta. It will conduct research specifically related to ground
hazards and winter service reliability - issues that directly impact
the safety and efficiency of Canada's rail network.
In order to enhance rail safety in Canada, research on ground hazards
will examine landslides, rock falls, land subsidence, erosion, as well
as snow and ice conditions.
Research related to winter service reliability will include studies of
optimal materials, fuels and cold weather engineering, avalanche
monitoring and control, response to service disruptions, and weather
monitoring and predictions.
The Canadian Rail Research Laboratory will receive a total of more than $5
million over the next five years; $1,056,000 from Transport Canada;
$1,000,000 from AITF; $500,000 from the AAR; $500,000 from CP; $500,000
from CN; and $1,500,000 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering
Research Council (NSERC).
VIEWS OF PARTICIPANTS ON THE CANADIAN RAIL RESEARCH LABORATORY
Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures (AITF)
Stephen Lougheed, President and CEO
"Supporting top research talent to solve challenges facing industries
and businesses enhances Alberta's competitiveness in global markets.
The rail industrial research chair will contribute to expanded market
access and the sustainability of Alberta's export driven economy."
Association of American Railroads
Semih F. Kalay, Transportation Technology Center, Inc (TTCI) Senior Vice
"Transportation Technology Center, Inc congratulates the University of
Alberta on the opening of the Canadian Rail Research Laboratory. The
Association of American Railroads and TTCI are proud to be sponsors and
participants in the new lab under the AAR Affiliated Laboratory
program. We also congratulate Dr. Derek Martin upon his appointment as
the NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Railway Geomechanics. We look
forward to working with Dr. Martin."
Mike Roney, General Manager Technical Standards Engineering Services
"Canadian Pacific is proud to join with railway partners in support of
this innovative research lab which will also foster a new generation of
bright young minds in our industry. The Canadian Rail Research
Laboratory will contribute to important research and development that
will provide valuable insight into improvements that can be made to
railway efficiency and reliability particularly for Canada's colder
Dwight Tays, Chief, Engineering Technology
"CN is very pleased to be a partner in this new initiative, we have a
strong relationship with the University of Alberta in the area of
ground hazards research and we view the opening of the Canadian Rail
Research Laboratory as a natural extension of this relationship. It is
our sincere hope that establishment of the CaRRL and the NSERC Research
Chair at the University of Alberta will heighten the profile of the
rail industry within the academic curriculum and create renewed
interest in a career with CN for graduating engineering students. CN is
committed to working with Dr. Martin in his new role as Research Chair
to support and facilitate the success of the Railway Geomechanics
initiative and the Canadian Rail Research Laboratory."
University of Alberta
Dr. David Lynch, Dean of Engineering
"The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta is honoured to
have been chosen to establish this new research laboratory and
associated NSERC Industrial Research Chair that builds on our strengths
in geotechnical and other areas of engineering focused on ground hazard
reduction, winter service reliability, risk analysis and safe rail
transport. This collaboration between public and private sectors will
produce not only the knowledge and practices needed to unleash the full
potential of rail transport of our products to diverse markets, but
also provide the skilled professionals needed by the rail industry for
decades to come. We look forward to working with our industry and
government partners in an area of such vital importance to our Canadian
economy and society."
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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