Railway Safety Act Review 2017–18
From Transport Canada
On April 26, 2017, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport launched a Statutory Review of the Railway Safety Act (the Act).
On this page
- Scope and mandate of the Review
- Biographies of Review Panel members
- Consultation portal and guidance document
- Contact the Secretariat
Scope and mandate of the Review
The Review will focus on the effectiveness of the federal rail safety legislative and regulatory framework, the operations of the Act itself, and the degree to which the Act meets its core objective of ensuring rail safety is in the best interest of Canadians.
The Minister of Transport has appointed Mr. Richard Paton as Panel Chair to lead the Review, with the support of Vice-Chairs Ms. Brenda Eaton and Ms. Pauline Quinlan. The Review will be also be supported by a Secretariat.
The Review will be guided by the terms of reference established by the Minister of Transport, which determine the mandate and scope for the Review.
The mandate of this Review stems from the Act, which requires a comprehensive review of the operation of the Act no later than 5 years after the day that section 51 (1) came into force. As committed in the Government Response to the June 2016 Report of the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and as part of Transportation 2030 – A Strategic Plan for the Future of Transportation in Canada: Safer Transportation, the Minister of Transport has accelerated the Review to begin on May 1, 2017, rather than in May 2018, to evaluate more promptly the current state of rail safety in Canada.
The Panel is expected to submit a report to the Minister of Transport by May 2018. Transport Canada will then carefully consider the findings and any recommendations and will take appropriate action to further strengthen rail safety in Canada.
The last Review of the Act was completed in 2007. A report, Stronger Ties: A Shared Commitment to Railway Safety, was published as a result.
Biographies of Review Panel members
Panel Chair: Richard Paton MA, MPA
Richard Paton was President of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada from 1996-2015, an association which is a global leader in Responsible Care and deeply committed to all aspects of safety in its operations, including transportation.
In his 24 year career in the federal government, Richard was a senior executive in several departments. He was an executive at the Office of the Auditor General from 1981-1986 where he led comprehensive audits of two departments. He was Assistant Secretary and Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Board 1988-1996.
As Deputy Secretary of the Program Branch at Treasury Board, he led a very large staff which were responsible for reviewing and allocating resources to all departments, agencies and crown corporations. He led the historic Program Reviews for Treasury Board in 1995 and 1996 that resulted in a balanced federal budget. He was also responsible for leading the groups responsible for the innovation of government policies in a range of areas including regulatory affairs, procurement, alternative service delivery, information technology, and real property.
Richard is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Masters in Public Policy and Administration program at Carleton University. He teaches two courses- one on the management of public organizations and the other in leading non profits and associations. These courses are based on the three textbooks that Richard published between 2013 and 2015.
Richard has a Masters in Canadian Studies from Carleton University (1975), and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University (1981).
Panel Vice-Chair: Brenda Eaton
Brenda Eaton is an experienced corporate director, serving on the Boards of a number of private, public, not-for-profit and crown corporation Boards. She currently sits on the Boards of Fortis BC, Westland Insurance, BC Safety Authority, Transelec and Victoria's Core Area Wastewater Treatment Project Board. For seven years Ms. Eaton was Chair of BC Housing, and she has also served on the Boards of BC Hydro and Translink. In 2016, she was a member of British Columbia's Judicial Compensation Commission.
Prior to becoming a corporate director Ms. Eaton was a senior leader in the BC Government. From 2001-2005 she was Deputy Minister to Premier Gordon Campbell. Prior to that she held executive positions in the BC Government, including Deputy Minister of Finance and Treasury Board; Energy and Mines; and Social Services. For several years she was Chief Financial Officer of a Health Authority.
Ms. Eaton has also been active in the non-profit sector. She currently serves on the Boards of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, the Max Bell Foundation and the BC Alzheimer's Society.
Ms. Eaton is certified by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D) and has received several recognition awards including the Queen's Jubilee Award for community contribution, University of Victoria's Distinguished Alumni and WXN's 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada.
Ms. Eaton has a Master's Degree in Economics.
Panel Vice-Chair: Pauline Quinlan
First woman to be elected in Bromont in November 1998, Pauline Quinlan has served five consecutive mandates, giving her nearly 20 years of experience in politics. She sat on the Board of Directors of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, where she served as Co Chair of the Rail Safety Committee following the tragedy of Lac-Mégantic, Chair of the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development since 2015. She was also Chair of the Quebec Caucus from 2011 to 2015. She is fluent in both official languages in Canada and was called upon to act as FCM's spokesperson on a variety of issues across Canada. Mrs. Quinlan also works within the Union des municipalités du Québec as a member of the Training Committee and a member of the Commission for Planning and Transportation.
At the local level, Mrs. Quinlan has enabled the City of Bromont to adopt a sustainable development plan for the next twenty years. During these five terms, she was the instigator for the creation of the Bromont Economic Development Corporation, of which she is the president. This contributed to the recognition of the Bromont Science Park, which enabled the implementation of the microelectronics research center in partnership with the University of Sherbrooke the provincial government, the federal government and IBM and Teledyne-Dalsa. She also chairs the Local Development Center of the Regional County Municipality of Brome Missisquoi since 2011.
In 2011, she was the recipient of the Marcelle B.-Trépanier Tribute Award from the Réseau des élues municipales de la Montérégie Est. She also received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013.
Prior to her political career, Pauline Quinlan graduated from the University of Sherbrooke where she obtain her degree in Education and worked in the field for 35 years as a teacher, counselor and principal.
Consultation portal and guidance document
To participate in the Review and to view the consultation guidance document, please go to the Review’s consultation portal.