Janet Drysdale

Desautels Global Expert; Vice-President Sustainability, CN
Janet Drysdale



Janet Drysdale is a seasoned and versatile executive with twenty-five years of cross-functional leadership in the transportation industry.

Ms. Drysdale was appointed Vice-President Sustainability in April 2021, following a decade of service in senior executive appointments of increasing scope and responsibility. Prior appointments included Vice-President Financial Planning, Vice-President Corporate Development, and Vice-President, Investor Relations.

Ms. Drysdale leads CN’s Sustainability and Safety groups. She is responsible for the Company’s integrated sustainability strategy, with associated goals designed to drive sustainable long-term business results, reduce risk, identify opportunities, encourage innovation, improve resiliency, and adapt to emerging mega trends. In collaboration with Operations leadership, Ms. Drysdale is also tasked with shaping and fostering a strong safety culture through programs, practices, training, systems and technology.

Ms. Drysdale is also an independent director of Rumo S.A., Brazil’s largest freight railway and logistics company.

Ms. Drysdale has long been an advocate for the rail industry, Canada’s critical supply chains, women in transportation, and the transition to a lower carbon economy. In 2020, Ms. Drysdale was recognized by WXN as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the executive leadership category.

Ms. Drysdale holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from Queen's University and an MBA from McGill University.

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