Regional Manager Environment-Bilingual - #8997829

Canadian National Railway

Date: 1 week ago
City: Toronto, ON
Contract type: Full time
Canadian National Railway

At CN, everyday brings new and exciting challenges. You can expect an interesting environment where you’re part of making sure our business is running optimally and safely―helping keep the economy on track. We provide the kind of paid training and opportunities that long-term careers are built on and we recognize hard workers who strive to make a difference. You will be able to thrive in our close-knit, safety-focused culture working together as ONE TEAM. The careers we offer are meaningful because the work we do matters. Join us!

Job Summary

The Regional Manager Environment is responsible for the delivery of environmental operational tasks, both in the office and in the field. The role ensures management of all aspects of environmental regulatory compliance, environmental assessment and remediation, emergency preparedness, response and associated site restoration, environmental industrial maintenance, capital upgrades, hazardous and non-hazardous waste management, community, and regulatory agency outreach functions. The position ensures financial and human resources management of the region under the Senior Manager’s direction.

Main Responsibilities


  • Prioritize and plan facility and asset inspections within the territory and support the region toward alignment
  • Evaluate facilities and assets within region and lead risk assessments to prioritize improvements
  • Document possible non-compliance issues and work with regional Environmental Specialists (ES) to develop, prioritize and implement solutions
  • Ensure consistency on corrective measures solutions within the territory and the region
  • Escalate issues with other departments to the Superintendent level and provide a summary to senior leadership
  • Ensure that environmental documentation for approval and license or permit applications for new or existing operations are prepared accurately and on time
  • Negotiate with the state or provincial agency personnel on matters of environmental compliance, permitting, implementation and regulatory closure in the applicable subject areas
  • Conduct inspections of Direct to Locomotive (DTL) fuelling practices, waste storage areas, petroleum and allied petroleum storage tanks, CN buildings and drainage systems
  • Provide technical support and expertise on internal and external environmental management best practices within CN yards and associated facilities.
  • Ensure integrity in the environment data within Systems, Applications and Products (SAP)
  • Facilitate the environmental auditing processes and ensure effective implementation of findings related to this activity

Environmental Risk Management and Footprint Reduction

  • Handle the maintenance and monitoring of multiple CN assets and equipment (e.g., Oil and Water Separators (OWS), Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTP), petroleum and allied petroleum storage tanks, etc.)
  • Inspect, sample, monitor and report on WWTP and stormwater treatment systems
  • Coordinate environmental awareness training to employees to ensure accountability to environmental performance
  • Provide information on the environmental performance of regional environmental compliance Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • Prioritize direction and leadership to regional staff around Capitol improvement projects, including schedule, budget and performance and provide design review, cross-functional dialogue and recommendations.
  • Manage environmental site assessment and remediation projects and contractors, including correspondence and dialogue with agency personnel (e.g., inside and outside counsel, technical experts), synthesis information and recommendations for department leadership
  • Implement and track sampling programs for OWS, WWTP, and surface water management structures, governed either provincially or internally and support Environmental Management Systems (EMS)
  • Support monthly Safety and Operational Risk Committee (SORC) reporting and provide KPI results to department leadership
  • Coordinate wastewater, environmental equipment, assets inspections, maintenance, monitoring activities, KPI reporting and follow-up on chronic issues

Environmental Emergency Management

  • Ensure maintenance of equipment and material caches throughout the region for immediate response to incidents
  • Conduct and participate in drills to meet regulatory requirements and adequately arm cross-functional staff, first responders, government agencies and response contractors
  • Participate in Corridor Risk Assessment program to ensure high consequence areas and critical receptors are adequately included in regional and system prevention priorities
  • Coordinate preparedness activities within the region with external contractors, government authorities, and agencies
  • Function as Qualified Individual (QI) or similar in addressing compliance obligations of state, provincial and federal spill legislation (Minnesota, British Columbia and the United States (U.S.) Comprehensive Oil Spill Response Plans)
  • Provide spill and incident response assistance during derailments and other incidents and advise on actions to reduce environmental impact
  • Supervise and mentor ES and Coordinators on smaller incidents
  • Organize or participate in incident after-action reviews and drive learning opportunities as well as lead long-term remediation and restoration activities

Team and Budget Management

  • Provide leadership and mentorship to Environment Officers
  • Set positive example of leadership, collaboration, and integrity
  • Participate in inter-department and cross-functional working groups
  • Participate in internal and cross-functional meetings or conferences
  • Ensure formal budget building such as Operational Expenditure (OPEX) or Capital Expenditure (CAPEX) and management approach is followed
  • Identify cost reduction opportunities within territory and specific projects
  • Participate in developing, implementing and using Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

Working Conditions

The role is performed in a combination of office and outdoor environments in various types of weather conditions with a regular work week from Monday to Friday. The role requires being on-call 24/7 to deal with critical incidences in the field, which are conducted under hazardous conditions 100% of the time. The role requires occasional travel (40%) within Canada and the U.S. Due to the nature of the role, the incumbent but be able to meet tight deadlines, handle pressure, and stress.



Environmental Science

  • Minimum 8 years of experience in a related environmental field

o Between 3 to 5 years of railroad work experience

o Between 3 to 5 years of management experience (e.g., human, contractor and financial)


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, Environmental Science or Environmental Arts and Sciences
  • Incident Command System (ICS) Certified


  • Demonstrates agility and drives change
  • Know the business and stays current on industry needs
  • Applies critical thinking
  • Sets direction and inspires others
  • Communicates with impact
  • Collaborates with others and shares information
  • Demonstrates active listening
  • Solves problems to create value
  • Leads by example for the safety and security of all
  • Considers ESG principals in all operations

Technical Skills/Knowledge

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Knowledge of Project Management best practices
  • Understanding of environmental regulations within territory (e.g., waste, water, air, spills, and release reporting)
  • Strong knowledge in areas of hazmat, toxicity, fate, and behavior of contaminants
  • Fluently bilingual both written and verbal (English, French)*
  • Knowledge of SAP*
  • Any knowledge for any of the above would be considered as an asset

About CN

CN is a world-class transportation leader and trade-enabler. Essential to the economy, to the customers, and to the communities it serves, CN safely transports more than 300 million tons of natural resources, manufactured products, and finished goods throughout North America every year. As the only railroad connecting Canada’s Eastern and Western coasts with the Southern tip of the U.S. through a 19,500 mile rail network, CN and its affiliates have been contributing to community prosperity and sustainable trade since 1919. CN is committed to programs supporting social responsibility and environmental stewardship. At CN, we work as ONE TEAM, focused on safety, sustainability and our customers, providing operational and supply chain excellence to deliver results.

CN is an employment equity employer and we encourage all qualified candidates to apply. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates under consideration will be contacted. Please monitor your email on a regular basis, as communication is primarily made through email.

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