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.


    Al Stanley

    Chief Executive Officer - Universal Rail Systems

    Mr. Stanley, an operating CEO and Investor with more than 25 years of leadership across a spectrum of international business in Industrial Services, Logistics and Financial Services. He leads the overall strategic direction and performance of Universal Rail Systems. Utilizing his expertise in defining corporate strategy, aligning resources, and capitalizing on growth opportunities, Al recruits and develops excellent leaders and teams capable of driving long term growth. His unique ability for balancing operations and investment opportunities assists him in understanding the multifaceted demands involved in our rail industry.


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    Tim McMillan

    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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    Ray Sandhu

    Chief Financial Officer - Universal Rail Systems

    Mr. Sandhu has over 20 years of progressive financial leadership experience within a variety of industries from energy services to rail. Utilizing his innate ability to align people and processes, Ray leads his Finance team with timely and accurate statements, ongoing cash flow projections, and continual enhancements to our accounting and finance operations. Ray has designed and maintained new and improved financial reporting structures resulting in Universal Rail Systems embracing new forward-thinking strategies. 


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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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    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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    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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    Ivor Lee

    Vice President Finance - 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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    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.  




    Kevin Mau

    General Manager, Railway Services - Universal Railway Operations

     Mr. Mau is a 19 year veteran of the rail industry with an emphasis in Railway Operations. Kevin has dedicated himself primarily to improving industrial switching operations in terms of their safety and efficiency.  Excelling in developing an optimal working model that enables an industrial rail operation to function optimally, and he works with clients to ensure their operations are as safe and productive as possible.


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    Mel Jones

    Director, Centre of Excellence - Universal Rail Systems

    Mr. Jones provides leadership, support and manages financial budgets for a number of Road and Rail divisions across Canada and he is an integral component to the successful operation of Universal Rail Systems. Mel’s dedication to excellence in every aspect of his work, his natural leadership skills, and desire for structure have grown Universal Rail Systems’ Road and Rail Equipment divisions into a well-respected pillar of the company.