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7/6/2007



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Former CN CEO Lawless becomes Order of Canada member



The former head of Canadian National Railway Co. has received Canada’s highest civilian honor. Governor-General Michaelle Jean recently appointed Ron Lawless a member of the Order of Canada for public service.

Created in 1967, the Order recognizes citizens for their lifetime contributions that made a difference to Canada.

Lawless previously served as president and chief executive officer of CN, president of VIA Rail Canada Inc., president of Bishop’s University and governor emeritus of Concordia University.

In 2004, he was inducted into the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame as an industry leader, gaining recognition for helping introduce domestic and international containerization to CN and its customers, and prepare the railroad for privatization in the mid-1990s.


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