Paul Tellier leaves CN; Hunter Harrison new President & CEO

On December 13, Canadian National's board of directors announced the appointment of E. Hunter Harrison as CN's new president and chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1, 2003.

Harrison replaces Paul M. Tellier as CN's president and chief executive officer. Tellier is leaving CN after 10 years to become president and chief executive officer of Bombardier Inc.

Harrison, 58, has served as CN's executive vice-president and chief operating officer since March 1998 and joined the company's board of directors on Dec. 6, 1999. Between 1993 and 1998 Harrison was president and chief executive officer of Illinois Central Corp. (IC) and the Illinois Central Railroad Co. (ICRR), and a director of both IC and ICRR.

CN re-aligns U.S. divisions

Effective Jan. 1, Canadian National re-aligned its organizational structure.

CN's Midwest Division includes the former Wisconsin Central, all CN operations in Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio, trackage in northern Minnesota, those parts of CN's Illinois operations north of Chicago, as well as most operations in Chicago itself. CN's Gulf Division includes all operations in Illinois west and south of Chicago, and all trackage and operations in Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Iowa and Nebraska.

Norwalk virus fears stall Via Rail train

A VIA Rail passenger train en route to Toronto was stalled in Winnipeg for hours on January 7 when workers refused to board, fearing they may have been exposed to the highly contagious Norwalk virus.

The train, carrying 143 passengers from Vancouver, made a stop in the city about 1 p.m. and two people got off complaining of symptoms.

VIA employees, represented by the CAW, refused to get back on board until the train could be tested for the virus. After officials checked the sick passengers, the train was given a clean bill of health. It pulled out of the station about 6 p.m. local time. ·



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