Jean-Jacques Ruest

Canadian National Railway

President and CEO

Jean-Jacques Ruest was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer 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, with responsibility for providing the strategic direction and leadership for CN’s Sales, Marketing, and CN Supply Chain Solutions groups.

Mr. Ruest joined CN in 1996 at the time of the privatization. Prior to this, Mr. Ruest worked for 16 years at a major international chemical company.

Mr. Ruest holds a Masters in Business Administration in Marketing from HEC Montréal (Université de Montréal) and a Bachelor of Science degree in applied chemistry from Université de Sherbrooke. He also completed the executive program of the University of Michigan Business School and CN’s Railroad MBA program.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Ruest has been honored many times by the business community, notably as 2019 Railroader of the Year and an Inductee to the International Maritime Hall of Fame in 2017.

Sessions With Jean-Jacques Ruest

Tuesday, 2 March

  • 03:45pm - 04:15pm (EST) / 02/mar/2021 08:45 pm - 02/mar/2021 09:15 pm

    The Rail and Trucking Outlook

    View From the Top: A Conversation With Canadian National Railway CEO Jean-Jacques Ruest

    A surge of North American imports from Asia and low ocean reliability that has dipped as low as 30 percent has challenged Canadian National Railway’s capacity and displaced empty containers. Yet, the railroad has adapted in the short term and is advancing its strategy to inject itself deeper into the consumer supply chain. Jean-Jacques Ruest, the railroad’s CEO, and president, will explain how creating “ecosystems” for international and domestic supply chains, and providing targeted investments in port gateways, inland hubs, and digitalization, is laying the groundwork to pivot toward the new level of optimization of the rail segment of the supply chain.