Our Leadership

Our Executive Team leads by example, sets the strategic direction of Universal Rail Systems and each Universal company, and guides our operations. They are leaders by action and experience, and they represent a tremendous depth of talent and industry achievements.

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    Thomas W. Lucario

    Chief Executive Officer - North American Rail Solutions

    Mr. Lucario is an operating CEO with more than 30 years of operations and leadership experience in a wide range of businesses in field services, technology development, energy, and other B2B services. Tom leads the overall strategic direction and performance of North American Rail Solutions, the combined parent company of both Universal Rail Systems in Canada and American Track in the U.S.A. Tom excels at building dynamic teams and partnerships to drive exceptional and sustainable growth with unparalleled focus on safety, quality, and customer service.


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    Ken Reger

    Chief Financial Officer - North American Rail Solutions

    Mr. Ken Reger serves as the Chief Financial Officer with more than 30 years of financial leadership experience in the rail services industry.  Ken is responsible for the enterprise Finance and Accounting function and the Information Technology Services team for North American Rail Solutions, the combined parent Company of both Universal Rail Systems in Canada and American Track in the U.S.A.  Ken is a trusted financial expert with a substantial background in guiding corporate acquisitions, designing complex and effective reporting systems, and building high performance teams.  Prior to joining North American Rail Solutions, Ken served in senior financial leadership roles at Balfour Beatty and RailWorks Corporation.


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    Tim McMillan

    President & Chief Operating Officer - Universal Rail Systems

    Mr. McMillan, a recognized 37 year railway professional in the operations, maintenance and construction of class 1 and industrial rail services, sits at the helm of Universal Rail Systems’ Operations team. He is responsible for the development of corporate strategies, and new business potential while remaining focused on growing Universal Rail Systems’ presence and impact across Canada within all sectors served by rail. 


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    Ivor Lee

    Executive Vice President, Finance & Accounting - Universal Rail Systems

    Mr. Lee, backed by 15 years of accounting experience, is responsible for Universal Rail Systems' accounting and finance functions, including oversight of Universal Rail Systems' financial services team. Ivor’s operations accounting experience in a variety of industries including construction, manufacturing and services for both corporate and operations accounting and has allowed him the opportunity to become well versed in the processes and controls of Universal Rail Systems. 


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    Pat O'Neill

    Vice President Operations, Western Canada - Universal Rail Systems

    As Vice-President Operations West, Mr. O'Neill is responsible for setting the overall strategic direction for the Western region and delivering customer performance standards for the region.


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    Ed Persico

    Vice President Operations, Eastern Canada - Universal Rail Systems

    Mr. Persico’s 29 years of experience in the Construction sector provides him with a distinctive and sought-after presence and perspective in business management and operations. Ed is responsible for the development of corporate strategies and new business, seeking out opportunities to grow Universal Rail Systems’ presence and impact in Eastern Canada within all sectors served by rail. 


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    Jason Crawford

    President - Universal Rail Contractors Great Plains & North American Rail Products

    Mr. Crawford, backed by over 30 years of railroad track construction experience, leads the strategic and operational performance of Universal Rail Systems’ member companies Universal Rail Contractors Great Plains & North American Rail Products. Jason understands the importance of striving to provide his customers with a full suite of fully-integrated turnkey railway services, competitive pricing on rail products, the exact rail materials for their railway application, and a guarantee that the customer receives the products and services completed on time, every time. Backed by his knowledgeable and passionate team sharing his determination and belief in providing quality products and services, NARP and Great Plains will continue to grow and respectively position as lead rail parts supplier for North America and railway services provider for the Winnipeg and Prairie region.


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    Heather McKeown

    Vice President, People & Safety - Universal Rail Systems

    Ms. McKeown leads the Payroll, Human Resources, and Safety functions for Universal Systems. Over the course of her 25 year career, she has spanned multiple industries such as Manufacturing, Logistics, Agriculture, Construction, and Oil & Gas in several Fortune 500 and start-up companies across North America.  Heather brings a strong mix of proven strategic leadership and operational partnership to her role with a passionate focus on enabling strong safety behaviors, developing high performing teams, managing change and driving employee engagement. 


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    JP Bradette

    Vice President, Business Development - Universal Rail Systems

    Mr. Bradette, a seasoned commercial executive with more than 35 years of experience, is responsible for enterprise business development and marketing. JP (Jean-Paul) brings to Universal an extensive international business development portfolio from the chemical, manufacturing, forest products, electricity, and renewable energy sectors.


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    Glenn Cryer

    Vice President, Information Technology - Universal Rail Systems

    Mr. Cryer is a 23 year IT specialist leading the management, strategy, and execution of Universal Rail Systems’ IT infrastructure across Canada. Glenn is constantly pursuing viable advancements in technology in order to achieve goals, meet quotas, eliminate security risks, increase user satisfaction, and maintain our operations and systems so that we can seamlessly serve our customers.