CPCS transportation advisor wins IRJ Young Leaders in Rail Awards 2022

CPCS congratulates team member Ragheb Aga, recognized in the International Railway Journal’s 2022 inaugural Top 10 under 40 Young Leaders in Rail Awards 2022, which celebrates young professional leaders having an impact in the rail sector.

Ragheb, a transportation management specialist, and nine other outstanding other individuals, were selected based on leadership, vision, innovation and accomplishments. “Your entry really stood out from the more than 100 submissions we received,” said an IRJ representative.

Ragheb entered the transportation industry at Stagecoach, later joining in 2018 the UK-based strategic rail advisory firm First Class Partnerships (FCP), which merged with CPCS in 2020.

At Stagecoach, he successfully managed and delivered three board-approved bids of the company’s rail franchising program. Today, he’s helping the Canadian public transport agency Metrolinx executing multibillion dollar capital infrastructure and transportation projects in the Greater Toronto Area.


“I’m so pleased Ragheb has been recognized as a top 10 under 40 in the rail space. This is much deserved, given his critical role supporting Metrolinx in Toronto on one of the largest urban and commuter rail capital programs in the world.” – Marc-André Roy, Managing Partner, CPCS

“Ragheb has been very influential in ensuring Metrolinx’s success on key files, collaborating effectively with a large number of stakeholders to ensure they are appropriately supported for some of the most critical decisions for Toronto’s growing rail transportation network.” – Jean-François Arsenault, Managing Partner, CPCS

“Ragheb has been instrumental in the management of our firm’s involvement in Major Projects across Canada, the UK and US. His patience, thoughtfulness and methodical approach to client and project management make him a natural leader.” – Adrian Lightstone, Global Director, Major Projects, CPCS

About IRJ’s Young Leaders in Rail Awards 2022

IRJ’s 10 under 40 Award aims to honour young rail professionals making an impact across the industry, from engineering success to important technical and management contributions that are helping the railway to run more effectively.
The 10 winners are profiled in the December 2022 edition of IRJ.

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