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CPR creates scholarship program for female conductor trainees


Canadian Pacific Railway recently created a three-year scholarship program for women entering conductor training sessions at four Canadian colleges.

The railroad will offer two $1,000 scholarships to women meeting basic hiring and program criteria who attend the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Vancouver, B.C.; Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary, Alberta; George Brown College in Toronto; and College Gerald-Godin in Montreal. CPR plans to provide 10 scholarships a year for the next three years.

“At present, we have about 1,200 women employees in Canada with about 200 working in field operations,” said CPR Director of Industrial Relations and Technical Training Paul Wajda in a prepared statement. “We want to increase this number, particularly for the conductor position, which can lead to other career opportunities, including locomotive engineer.”

CPR also recently renewed and increased its Aboriginal Student Scholarship program through the National Aboriginal Foundation.

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