Briefcase: Dec. 1, 2018

December 2, 2018

Watseka Chamber holding BusinessBAH

The Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce is holding a Business After Hours from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Riverside Healthcare Watseka Campus at 1490 E. Walnut St., Watseka. All Chamber members, their employees and guests are invited. There will be refreshments and a 50-50 drawing.

Business After Hours provides networking opportunities for area businesses and organizations. For more information, call Amanda in the Chamber office at 815-432-2416.

CN’s Ruest named Railroader of the Year

Railway Age announced the 56th annual recipient of the Railroader of the Year Award is Canadian National Railway’s President and CEO Jean-Jacques JJ Ruest.

“JJ Ruest took a railroad plagued with service problems and serious network capacity shortages and implemented aggressive capital investment and service quality programs,” said Railway Age Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono. “These efforts have produced outstanding results, in terms of traffic growth and profitability.”

CN operates a line through the greater Kankakee area.

“On behalf of the entire CN team, I am extremely proud to accept this honour,” Ruest said. “The North American rail industry plays a critical role in our economy. Our human talent, our deployment of technology and infrastructure are what make our industry supply chain services so relevant to all the customers who depend on us.”

Ruest was appointed CN president and CEO in July 2018 after having served as interim president and CEO since March 2018. He was previously executive vice president and chief marketing officer since January 2010. He joined CN in 1996 as a vice president.

Ruest holds a Master of Business Administration degree in marketing from the University of Montreal and a Bachelor of Science degree in applied chemistry from University of Sherbrooke. He also completed the executive program of the University of Michigan Business School and CN’s Railroad MBA program.

Railway Age will formally present Ruest with the award at the Union League Club of Chicago on March 12.

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