The City of Montreal and CN strengthen their partnership on safety

MONTREAL, May 9, 2016 /CNW/ - On his visit to CN Headquarters in Montreal, the Honourable Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal, today joined Sean Finn, Executive Vice­-President, Corporate Services and Chief Legal Officer at CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE:  CNI), in announcing the areas of safety that the City of Montreal and CN will continue to focus on together.

Mayor Coderre began by pointing out that "CN is a great economic partner of the City of Montreal with some 2,000 employees in its Montreal headquarters building alone. Its North American network is also a key enabler for our businesses. Our partnership on safety announced today shows great collaboration between CN and local authorities." 

Sean Finn also emphasized the strategic nature of the partnership between CN and the City of Montreal: "We are very proud to be headquartered in Montreal and work with our logistics chain partners, including the Port of Montreal, to enhance the economic vitality of the city and the region. Montreal is more united and driven than it has been in a long time, and that's mostly due to Mayor Coderre's efforts to reach out to all stakeholders."

CN has been working closely with the City of Montreal on safety. For example, the Company provides Montreal's civil protection centre with detailed reports on the movement of dangerous goods. With new regulations taking effect recently, this partnership will grow stronger. Mayor Coderre also invited municipalities in Quebec to use a new important tool: "CN and the railroad industry developed ways to improve communications with cities. The AskRail mobile application gives emergency first responders access to information they need in the event of an incident."    

The Montreal police department and CN Police are also taking steps to improve rail safety around railroad crossings. "Rail Safety Week may be over, but we must continue to promote and practise safe habits. Montreal police and CN Police will work closely to prevent accidents and make sure everyone stays safe," said Finn. What's more, CN and the City of Montreal will join efforts to better protect the rail network against malicious acts.

About CN

CN is a true backbone of the economy, transporting more than C$250 billion worth of goods annually for a wide range of business sectors, ranging from resource products to manufactured products to consumer goods, across a rail network spanning Canada and mid-America. CN – Canadian National Railway Company, along with its operating railway subsidiaries – serves the cities and ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the metropolitan areas of Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Chicago, Memphis, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more information about CN, visit the company's website at


For further information: Pierre-Yves Boivin, Senior Manager, Stakeholder Relations, CN, 514-399-7448; Marc-André Gosselin, Press Attaché, Mayor's Office, City of Montreal, 514 290-1194


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