The Alaska – Alberta Railway Development Corporation (A2A Rail) was established to
BUILD, OWN, & OPERATE
a new railway connecting the Alaska Railroad and Alaska’s tidewater, to northern Alberta (1,600 miles or 2,570 km).
A2A Rail will provide critical infrastructure
CONNECTING NORTH AMERICA TO GLOBAL MARKETS
through safe and efficient transport of commodities, containers, natural resources and people.
Our vision is to be a privately owned and constructed general cargo railroad that improves connectivity, stimulates economic development for the U.S., Canada and Indigenous Peoples, and provides a reliable low carbon supply chain between North America and the world.
It is our mission to design, build and operate a modern railway that links Alaska and Northern Canada. Working alongside all stakeholders, from Indigenous Peoples communities to local governments we will create a new gateway for trade, transportation and economic growth within and across our borders.
MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDER
A2A Rail was formed in 2015 to create a powerhouse of knowledge in railway operations and construction, infrastructure financing, and Indigenous Peoples engagement and relations, to actualize this project and be a long-term partner in the U.S. and Canada. This project enables unprecedented economic opportunities for all stakeholders involved and provides critical infrastructure for millions of people in North America.
- Sean McCoshen, Chairman & Founder
Sean McCoshen, BA, LLB
Chairman & Founder
Mr. McCoshen is the Chairman and Founder of the Alaska – Alberta Railway Development Corporation. In addition, Sean serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the McCoshen Group. Sean graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Law Degree, where he specialized in corporate and commercial law. After practicing in Winnipeg, Sean realized his affinity towards banking, leading to 18 years of private banking initiatives in which he worked in conjunction with a number of large American-based private equity firms, participating in $35 billion U.S.D worth of financings until his retirement in 2007.
Established in 2012, The McCoshen Group, owned entirely by McCoshen, is a family-owned business operation, that owns eight privately held companies and holds significant interest in three publicly held corporations, ranging from manufacturing to finance. The McCoshen Group has secured in excess of CAD$1.32 billion in transactions and has an asset base of CAD$3.95 billion (USD$2.97 billion).
Financing & Strategy
Mr. Dove was the head of the Carlyle infrastructure fund – a $1.2 billion fund raised in 2007 to invest in transportation, energy and water projects in North America.
Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Dove had a career in banking before joining Bechtel Enterprises, the financing development and investment arm of Bechtel, the global engineering and construction company. At Bechtel Enterprises Mr. Dove served as a director of several infrastructure joint venture companies including Alterra, a joint venture with Changi (Singapore) that owned and operated airport concessions, International Water, a joint venture with Edison (Italy) that owned water concessions and Tube Lines Holdings, and a joint venture with Ferrovial (Spain) that was a public private partnership set up by the UK Government to provide capital as well as operational and maintenance service to three of the London Underground lines.
In addition, Mr. Dove has testified to the U.S. Congress and spoken at numerous conferences on the opportunities for private sector investment in U.S. infrastructure.
Jean Paul Gladu
Jean Paul (JP) Gladu served as the President and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) from September 2012 until April 2020. Anishinaabe from Thunder Bay JP is a member of Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek (Sand Point First Nation) located on the eastern shores of Lake Nipigon, Ontario. JP completed a forestry technician diploma in 1993 and later obtained an undergraduate degree in forestry from Northern Arizona University in 2000. JP also holds an Executive MBA from Queens University and the ICD.D from Rotman School of Management University of Toronto. JP has over 25 years of experience in the natural resource sector. His career path includes work with Aboriginal communities and organizations, environmental non-government organizations, industry and governments from across Canada.
JP was appointed as the Chancellor of St. Paul’s University College Waterloo in 2017. In 2014, JP was identified as a Diversity 50 Board Ready Candidate from the Canadian Board Diversity Council and a recipient of the Community Service Award – Transformation Awards from Diversity Magazine.
As a father to his daughter Chloe, along with a passion for his community, his culture and traditions; JP brings the past, present and future to the table, moving non-Indigenous and Indigenous business toward sustainable partnerships and shared economic prosperity.
Mead Treadwell, BA, MBA
Mr. Treadwell was the 11th Lieutenant Governor of Alaska (2010-2014) and Chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission (2006-2010) under Presidents George W Bush and Barack Obama. In those positions, he helped develop and implement the U.S. Arctic policy adopted in 2009, expanded Asian observer participation in the Arctic Council, and funded and advanced the eight-nation Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment.
He chairs the satellite firm Iridium’s Polar Advisory Board, co-chairs the Washington, D.C. based Woodrow Wilson Center’s Polar Initiative, chairs the Iceland-based Arctic Circle’s Mission Council on Shipping and Ports, and is a member of the International Advisory Board of the UK-based Polar Research and Policy Initiative. In addition, Mead served as the President of PT Capital, a Private Equity investor in Alaska, Canada, Greenland, and Iceland from 2014 to 2018.
Mead received his BA from Yale University and his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Successful development of this important infrastructure project requires a diverse mix of expert and strategic advisors including:
Over the past year, A2A Rail has assembled a team of more than forty people, has spent nearly $100 million (USD), has finalized an agreement with the Alaska Railroad Corporation to operate on their track and to extend several portions of their system, and is continuing to engage with Indigenous Peoples and communities along the proposed route. Engineering design, route planning, soft construction, and permit applications will proceed over the remainder of 2020.