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 is a family office that owns 11 privately held companies ranging from manufacturing to finance and has secured in excess of $1 billion U.S.D in transactions and has an asset base of $740 million U.S.D.
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.
Dr. Mark S. Dockstator, LL.D
Dr. Mark S. Dockstator was appointed President of the First Nations University of Canada in July 2014. A member of the Oneida Nation of the Thames, he has been an Associate Professor, Indigenous Studies, at Trent University since 1997. In addition, Dr. Dockstator also served as Departmental Chair and Director of the PhD program. He received his Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. In 1994, he was the first First Nations person to graduate with a doctorate in law.
Dr. Dockstator has served as founding Chairman of the First Nations’ Statistical Institute, Senior Negotiator and Researcher for the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, President and CEO of Rama Economic Development Corporation, Special Advisor to the Royal Commission on Aboriginal People and Special Advisor to the Chief Commissioner of the Indian Land Claims Commission.
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 $60 million (CAD), 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, environmental assessments and regulatory applications will proceed over the remainder of 2019.