Managers

Aaron Branston

Vice President, Engineering and Maintenance

A member of both Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec and Professional Engineers Ontario, Aaron has over 10 years of railway experience spanning major project management, track and signal construction and maintenance, and operations.

As RailTerm’s Vice President, Engineering and Maintenance, Aaron heads up a team of over 50 employees serving such clients as Via Rail Canada, Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT), Capital Rail and Nylene. His role includes business development, new project planning, strategic growth proposals and succession planning.

Prior to joining RailTerm, Aaron spent twelve years in various positions at Via Rail Canada, notably in senior management of infrastructure programs. In this capacity, he led the team responsible for the $500 million infrastructure program to develop the Quebec City–Windsor corridor.

Dave McNeill

Senior Vice President

David is responsible for managing all the technological activities in addition to the management of the track and signal maintenance team for VIA Rail Canada, “Agence Métropolitaine de Transport” and for Capital Railway. Since he joined RailTerm in 2002, David was instrumental in the development of RailTerm’s track and signal maintenance business segment. He has over 38 years of experience in the railway industry. Prior to joining RailTerm, he was Manager, Quality Control, Signals and Communications; and Project Manager, Infrastructure Upgrade at Canadian National Railway (CNR). He was also Quality Control Supervisor (S & C, Eastern Canada), and Installation Supervisor (CN & AR Concepts). David was a member of the CNR committees that developed S & C Standards, CN Signal & Inspection Rules (SITR), S & C General Instructions (CNR), and Signal Design Review. He has trained extensively in Signal Systems and completed CNR management courses in Labor Relations, Process Management, Project Management, Conflict Resolution, Critical Thinking, Productive Supervision, Investigations, and Time Management.

Jason Fries

Vice President, Systems

Jason is responsible for the design and marketing of new technological tools dedicated to rail operations, including RailTerm’s state-of-the-art Rail Traffic Control software; the TrainMaster. Jason also provides support to the RailTerm Signal group. Jason is a Certified Engineering Technologist (CET). His areas of expertise include development of microprocessor based real-time Supervisory Control Systems, customization of Control/Monitoring and SCADA systems for railway and transit, design and configuration of communications system and installation & testing relay and microprocessor based interlockings for railway, subway and light rail transit. Jason also has substantial experience in project management. Prior to joining RailTerm, Jason worked as Manager, Transit/Special Projects for PNR RailWorks Inc. He previously was Manager, Rail Traffic Control Systems for AR Concepts for over 11 years.

Sheldon Wisson

Vice-President, Terminal Operations

Sheldon Wisson joined RailTerm in 1996 at the start-up of CPR Expressway and is responsible for all aspects of day-to-day terminal operations. A key player in opening of the Expressway terminal at Agincourt, he was also instrumental in the relocation of the West Toronto terminal to Milton. Sheldon has over 25 years of experience in the transportation industry, including 16 as a truck owner-operator. He is certified as an engine attendant, car inspector, TDG/HazMat, forklift cards, and in safety and regulatory affairs, fire safety, locomotive safety inspector. Sheldon has received numerous awards and certificates for safety and for “Train-The-Trainer”.

Johanne Frappier

Vice President, Risk Management

Johanne is responsible for identifying, evaluating and controlling the risks that RailTerm face in addition to managing all insurance and safety issues. Prior to joining RailTerm, Johanne was Senior Vice President at Marsh. Throughout her career, she represented large international clients such as pulp and paper companies, telecommunication firms, a world-famous entertainment group, an international engineering and construction firm operating in 16 different countries and a renowned Quebec based newspaper publisher. Johanne has been invited as a speaker on several occasions by the Insurance Broker Association of the province of Quebec and also by the Quebec Risk Management Association.

Daniel Mongeau

Vice President, Rail Control & Regulatory Affairs

Daniel joined RailTerm at the end of 2012. A Certified Canadian Rail Operating Rules (CROR) trainer and safety advisor specializing in rail control systems, Daniel is in charge of CROR certification and re-certification, efficiency testing and auditing, incident/accident investigation, the joint health and safety committee, policy and procedure development and implementation and general safety oversight and coaching.

Holding various positions at Canadian Pacific over 12 years enabled Daniel to gain deep knowledge of many aspects of the railway industry. He was also involved in revising and translating the CROR and developing various corporate manuals and policies. Daniel won industry awards for CROR 2008 and the Recertification Training Program 2010.

Jean Lauzon

Senior Vice President

Jean Lauzon is responsible for supporting our operating leaders in carrying out their missions, as well as facilitating and coordinating various RailTerm activities. Jean’s senior positions at CN, VIA and Hatch Mott MacDonald have given him a level of expertise that is exceptionally well matched to the range of RailTerm services. He brings over 40 years of experience in railway signalling and operations. This includes field positions, circuit designs, instructors to signal personnel, rail traffic controllers and their managers. He managed up to 300 people on maintenance and projects for Eastern Canada, as well as supported two major rail traffic control centres.