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CPCS definition: What does CPCS mean?

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What does CPCS stand for? We at CPCS often get asked. 

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, CPCS.

CPCS – Construction Plant Competence Scheme

Construction Plant Competence Schemes are pieces of information that validate the expertise of plant operators. They’re specific to the construction industry. We’re not surprised that folks mix us up, as infrastructure and construction go hand in hand. However, our management and development services focus on the transport, power and public-private partnership sectors.  

CPCS – Colton-Pierrepont Central School

Colton-Pierrepont Central School is a kindergarten to 12th grade learning institution in New York. While CPCS is big on teaching, creating and sharing knowledge, we think it’s best you send your kids to a real school for their education.

CPCS – Committee for Public Counsel Services

This Massachusetts network of attorneys helps those who can’t afford legal services. We have plenty of legal experts at CPCS, but ours deal with business advisory and structuring.

CPCS – <CPCS.team>

This software development company specializes in creating web, mobile and software applications. Our computing power, on the other hand, deals with infrastructure analytics, spatial modeling and data visualization.

CPCS – Community Pharmacist Consultation Service

We offer consultation services that positively impact the communities through and our projects. In other words, we solve infrastructure ailments – not body or health-related ones.

CPCS – Certified Provider Credentialing Specialist

This certification from the National Association Medical Staff Services is awarded to health care organizations. But did you know we do our own assessments too? They include economic and financial feasibility studies, public-private partnership framework reviews, tender appraisals and sector skills evaluations.

CPCs – Cost per clicks

Cost per Click (CPC) refers to the price you pay to a publisher for each click for your pay-per-click marketing campaign. A CPC is commonly used to calculate the costs of displaying ads on a search engine. Rest assured there’s no cost per click when you visit our website.

CPCS – Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies

This non-governmental organization based in Cambodia researches and launches initiatives to end violence in Asia. Our projects in Asia, however, tend to be more focused on the power sector.

CPCS – Central Plains Cancer Services

The Manitoba-based non-profit organization seeks to promote cancer awareness and improve the quality of life of cancer patients and survivors. CPCS promotes climate change awareness and improves the socioeconomic aspects of global communities

The list goes on. We found close to 50 variations of what CPCS is not:

  • Cabin Pressure Control System (CPCS)
  • California Premier Culinary School (CPCS)
  • Call Processing Control System (CPCS)
  • Cambridge Photometry Calibration Server (CPCS)
  • Capital pool companies (CPCs)
  • Cathay Pacific Catering Services (CPCS)
  • Cedar Park Christian Schools (CPCS)
  • Center for Palliative Care Studies (CPCS)
  • Central Peace Conservation Society (CPCS)
  • Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS)
  • Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS)
  • Centre for Psychological and Counselling Services (CPCS)
  • Certified Professional Credentialing Specialist (CPCS)
  • Certificates of public convenience (CPCs)
  • Certified Provider Credentialing Specialist (CPCS)
  • Cesson Plomberie Chauffage Sanitaire (CPCS)
  • Check Processing Control System (CPCS)
  • Chesapeake Public Charter School (CPCS)
  • Child Protection Centers and Services (CPCS)
  • Choroid plexus cyst (CPCs)
  • Coast Phase Control System (CPCS)
  • collarless–polished-cemented-hip-stem (CPCS)
  • College of Public and Community 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 Program Control Station (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)
  • 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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