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Who is CPCS? What is the meaning of CPCS?

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What does CPCS stand for? We at CPCS often get asked. It’s the name of our management consulting firm working across the infrastructure sector and specializing in transport and energy projets.

First, let’s say that “CPCS” is a synonym for global infrastructure leadership… at least according to our dictionary.

Second, many abbreviations, acronyms and initials have borrowed our four-letter name. We think we’re the oldest CPCS there is though. The letters “CP” in our name date back to the 1800s!

That’s right: CP stems from the famous Canadian Pacific Railway (CP).

Few know that CP created an international consulting arm in 1969 to export its infrastructure management and development expertise around the world.

In 1996, the consulting arm separated from CP and merged with Hickling Transcom. This is why some still call us “CPCS Transcom” to this day. That said, we’re decidedly CPCS. A successful, independent and global firm headquartered in Canada.

So what does CPCS mean? It used to stand for “Canadian Pacific Consulting Services.” But now it’s just CPCS. It’s neither an acronym nor an abbreviation. The name is CPCS, and it’s pronounced see-pea-sea-s.

From time to time, we see variations of our name floating around, including:

  • Canadian Pacific Consultant Services
  • Canada’s Pacific Consulting Systems

Neither is right. We’re just CPCS.

People have also referred to CPCS in these ways:

  • Ottawa-based Canadian Pacific Consulting Services
  • CPCS management consultants
  • Global transportation and infrastructure consulting firm
  • Ottawa-based CPCS Transcom Ltd
  • CPCS Transcom Ltd
  • CPCS Transcom
  • CPCS International

People will even mix up the letters and say “CPSC” or “CSPC.” Managing Partners Marc-André Roy and Jean-François Arsenault can tell you how many times the name has been misspelled, including in the press.

To dispel further confusion, here’s a brief introductory list of “CPCS” that are not, well, the original CPCS.

We found close to 70 variations of organizations or things called CPCS:

  • Cabin Pressure Control System (CPCS)
  • Cadre de la politique canadienne du spectre (CPCS)
  • California Poison Control System (CPCS)
  • California Premier Culinary School (CPCS)
  • Call Processing Control System (CPCS)
  • Cambridge Photometry Calibration Server (CPCS)
  • Canadian Pipeline Competency System (CPCS)
  • Capital Pool Companies (CPCs)
  • Cathay Pacific Catering Services (CPCS)
  • Case Processing Centres (CPCs)
  • Cedar Park Christian Schools (CPCS)
  • Centre for Child and Parent Support (CPCS)
  • Center for Palliative Care Studies (CPCS)
  • Centre for Parenting Culture Studies (CPCS)
  • Center for Professional and Continuing Studies (CPCS)
  • Center for Peace and Civil Society (CPCS)
  • Central Peace Conservation Society (CPCS)
  • Center for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS)
  • Centre for Psychological and Counselling Services (CPCS)
  • Central Plains Cancer Services (CPCS)
  • Ceramic Power Capacitors (CPCs)
  • Cerebral Performance Categories (CPCs)
  • Certified Pastoral Care Specialist (CPCS)
  • Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (CPCS)
  • Certified Professional Credentialing Specialist (CPCS)
  • Certificates of Public Convenience (CPCs)
  • Cesson Plomberie Chauffage Sanitaire (CPCS)
  • Check Processing Control System (CPCS)
  • Chesapeake Public Charter School (CPCS)
  • Child Protection Centers and Services (CPCS)
  • Child Protection Committees (CPCs)
  • Child Protection Counselling Service (CPCS)
  • Children’s Product Certificates (CPCs)
  • Choroid Plexus Cysts (CPCs)
  • Coast Phase Control System (CPCS)
  • Collarless-polished-cemented-hip-stem (CPCS)
  • College of Public and Community Service (CPCS)
  • Colton-Pierrepont Central School (CPCS)
  • Cooling Preventive Maintenance Service (CPCS)
  • Colton-Pierrepont Central School (CPCS)
  • Combat Personnel Control System (CPCS)
  • Command Post Counter-Surveillance (CPCS)
  • Commission Permanente de Concertation pour les Services (CPCS)
  • Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS)
  • Common Part Convergence Sublayer (CPCS)
  • Common Procedure Coding System (CPCS)
  • Common Professional Components (CPCs)
  • Common Program Control Station (CPCS)
  • Common Powertrain Controllers (CPCs)
  • Communist and Post-Communist Studies (CPCS)
  • Community Partnership Charter School (CPCS)
  • Community Pharmacist Consultation Service  (CPCS)
  • Community Pharmacy Consultation Service (CPCS)
  • Community Police Centres (CPCs)
  • Compensation and Position Classification System (CPCS)
  • Compound Parabolic Concentrators (CPCs)
  • Condensation Particle Counters (CPCs)
  • Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS)
  • Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CPCS)
  • Consumer Protection Cooperation System (CPCS)
  • Cooperative Patent Classifications (CPCs)
  • Corrosion Prevention Compounds (CPCs)
  • Cost per Clicks (CPCs)
  • Countries of Particular Concerns (CPCs)
  • Crime Prevention Coordinators (CPCs)
  • Crime Prevention and Community Safety (CPCS)
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance (CPCS)
  • Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs)
  • Crisis Prevention and Court Services (CPCS)
  • Crowd Point Christian Services (CPCS)

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