Canada's Best Managed Companies 2017


Canadian Business March 2017

Magazine, Profile
About This Project

Gord Peters wanted a way out of the oilpatch. On a lark, with no experience or equipment, he and friend Rick Hammond bid on two contracts to dismantle some of the small abandoned Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) lines in Manitoba. To their surprise, they won—and secured a loan from Peters’ father to buy equipment and start Cando Contracting Ltd.

Thirty years after that haphazard launch, CEO Brian Cornick says there’s a lot more strategy in play. He joined the newly rebranded Cando Rail Services in 2015 to lead the company’s shift into rail optimization, a catch-all term for services that help rail lines and their clients move goods more efficiently.

“Network optimization problems are all the same,” Cornick says. “It doesn’t matter if it’s an IT or a rail network. [The problems involve] not enough throughputs, not enough bandwidth, delays, holding periods.”

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