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About

Advisors to infrastructure leaders.

CPCS is a management consulting firm specializing in matters impacting the transportation and energy sectors worldwide.

We provide end-to-end management consulting services, including analytical, technical, commercial, legal, regulatory, economics, policy, finance, and governance. 

Our mission is seeking better infrastructure solutions to issues affecting us all. And there are plenty of issues to tackle creatively.

Better decisions, better infrastructure

CPCS works with decision makers from the public and private sectors on high stake matters from planning major capital projects to improving existing infrastructure, operations, and supporting policy changes.

We are typically called in long before a project like a railroad, public transit, hydro dam, or truck parking are built.

  • We light the way for public and private clients for what are often high-stake decisions around policy changes, or before large sums of money and resources are poured into infrastructure projects.

  • We provide leaders the insights if a project is feasible, viable.

  • We help articulate a government’s long-term vision for infrastructure development.

  • We help leaders manage risks when they invest big money in infrastructure projects.

  • We structure winning infrastructure deals and support major financial transactions

The work we do triggers a chain of reactions leading to better lives. For example:

  • Informing public policy planning.

  • Structuring public-private interests that are clear and mutually beneficial.

  • Securing funding for clients.

  • Attracting private sector investment

Our work looks like this:

Our clients: 

  • Governments

  • International organizations such as the World Bank

  • Investors

  • Infrastructure owners and operators

  • Industry associations and advocacy organizations

CPCS merged with global transport advisor First Class Partnerships in 2020.

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Big purpose

In a world of new technologies, climate change and rapidly growing cities, making the right decisions for our infrastructure is more important than ever. This means doing business in a manner that is environmentally and socially responsible

Think about how our daily lives depend on airports, bridges, ports, roads, railroads, public transit as well as power generation facilities and related transmission and distribution structures. 

The key lies in strong institutions and the right policies and frameworks in place. Only then can countries, cities and communities thrive.

In other words, CPCS provides solutions for growing economies. We don’t view projects as contracts; they’re opportunities to solve problems. 

The CPCS Way

Entrepreneurial
Employee-owned company proudly headquartered in Canada

Bringing depth to complex projects
We don’t try to be
all things to all people

Punching above
our weight
Our depth and focus
enable us to find better, innovative solutions

Impact makers
Our work benefits people
and communities in both developed and emerging economies

Global leadership

Close to 1,600 projects completed in more than 120 countries.

CPCS global map of expertise

Our story

Born in Canada

In the 1880s, the Government of Canada partnered with the private sector to build what we know today as the Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway company, and the physical rail infrastructure.

International rail expertise 

CP’s far-reaching success over the years drove them to create in 1970 a consulting arm. Through CPCS Ltd., CP exported its deep expertise in rail infrastructure development and management to governments and service providers around the world.

Independent, employee-owned firm 

In 1979, CPCS Ltd. ceased to be owned by CP. In 1996, CPCS Transcom Limited, an employee-owned company, was created to succeed in the business of the earlier company.

Today, CPCS is actively finding better infrastructure solutions for cities, governments, development banks, service providers, and private investors.
We advise infrastructure leaders, providing them with insights on high-stake matters the transportation and energy sectors are facing worldwide. This can range from crafting a transport decarbonization strategy to modernizing aging railways, and supporting governments’ transitions to cleaner sources of energy, or improving the delivery of major urban and transit projects, among others.

Leadership

Board of directors

Our Board includes external directors and representatives from CPCS at both the management and employee levels.

External Directors

In their words

…I have read quite a few proposals and reports, and the draft Freight Plan is indeed very well written. The final document is a terrific reference.

— Special Assistant to the Director, State Department of Transport, U.S.

Integrity at CPCS

CPCS is committed to improving lives through better infrastructure solutions, and we are privileged to be trusted with advising infrastructure leaders and decision makers.

This trust is based on our commitment to fairness and transparency, our ethical behaviour, and highest levels of compliance with laws and standards.

CPCS runs a comprehensive Integrity Program to prevent, detect and respond to any integrity challenges.

To report an issue, violation, wrongdoing or complaint, please contact us confidentially and anonymously through this form.