Dr. Kyle Mulligan, Assistant Vice President – Operations Technology, CPKC Rail, Calgary
Kyle Mulligan, AVP of Operations Technology at Canadian Pacific Kansas City, is responsible for overseeing CPKC’s hydrogen locomotive, advanced analytics, standards, wayside detection, train dynamics and marshalling, and incident investigation programs. More simply put, Kyle uses data and technology to help ensure CPKC continues to operate the safest Class 1 railroad in North America for 16 years running. Kyle strives to deliver results on time and on budget, while also mentoring those around him. He is a trained and qualified locomotive engineer, conductor, freight car inspector, welder, and leadership coach. He has used his first-hand experience to further understand impacts of the systems that he designs for operations in the field including innovative technologies such as: broken rail detection in dark territory; predictive acoustic bearing failure technology; and cracked wheel detectors and top of rail surface scanning systems. Kyle holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sherbrooke in addition to degrees in computer systems, electrical, and biomedical engineering. He is a two-time recipient of CPKC’s CEO Award for Excellence, was named as one of Railway Age’s 2018 top 10 under 40, CPKC’s 2019 Railroad of the Year, and has received back-to-back 2018/2019 Railway Association of Canada safety awards. He is an active member of the community as a mentor with FIRST, a group that inspires young people’s interest and participation in science and technology.