President and COO at Canada Chrome Corporation (Subsidiary of KWG Resources)
Tony Marquis has over 40 years of railway experience in rail operations, design and development. Throughout his career, Tony has undertaken ever increasing responsibilities in freight, intercity passenger and commuter rail operations. He has a strong understanding of rail systems throughout North America. His experience includes the development and execution of Precision Scheduled Railway operations (PSR), management of complex rail networks, supervision of multi-function management teams, developing operating and capital budgets and long-term planning. Tony has been involved in merger, acquisition and development of major rail systems, integrating and optimizing existing rail operations and logistics supply chains. Throughout his career, Tony has established solid relationships with community leaders, municipal, provincial, state and federal politicians, along with the respect of the regulatory agencies in Canada, the USA, and Colombia.
Tony Marquis began his career as a brakeman with CN Rail, based out of Nakina, Ontario. As his career developed at CN, Tony served as General Manager of operations for CN in Eastern Canada, responsible for all operations including strategic territories covering the main corridor from Winnipeg to Toronto in addition to integrating the Algoma Central Railway into the CN family when the Wisconsin Central Railway was purchased by CN. After transitioning to CP, in addition to responsibility for the US and Eastern Canada operations, Tony was responsible for the territory from Winnipeg to Toronto, including Thunder Bay and Sudbury. Tony is well versed in the rail network that is proposed to be part of CCC’s logistics plan for the Ring of Fire.
Tony attended the Ivey School of Business, Western University, London, Ontario and received his Masters of Business Administration. Tony is also a qualified locomotive engineer and a certified Expert Witness in Rail Operations. Tony presently sits on the Board of Directors of Metrolinx after retiring from CP Rail in late 2019. Prior to CP, Tony was President and CEO of FENOCO Rail in Colombia. Responsible to the Board of Directors and key shareholders Glencore and Drummond Coal, FENOCO underwent a complete corporate turnaround including a 24% reduction in the cost of moving a ton of coal, capital cost avoidance of nearly $300M by improving cycle times, and most importantly, creating a sustainable culture of safety. Tony spent 25 years at CN, starting as a brakeman working his way to ever increasing positions culminating his tenure with CN as the General Manager of Operations in the US, based out of Chicago. As an operations specialist, Tony consulted with railways in the United Arab Emirates, Mauritania, Senegal, Canada, and the USA. As an entrepreneur, Tony started Rail Simulations Inc. (RSI). RSI continues to be a going concern, supplying locomotive simulators and rail operations consulting a global market.
Tony has served on various boards in the past, including the Detroit River Tunnel Partnership, the Canada Southern Railway, FENOCO, and the Barrie Simcoe Telus Community Board. Tony also served as President of the Toronto Terminals Railway. He is an honorary board member of the Northern Ontario Railroad Museum and Heritage Centre based in Capreol, Ontario.
Tony lives in Barrie, Ontario with his wife Jennifer.