The ARDA Newsletter               May 2021 

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The Impacts of Diversity and Inclusion in the Rail Industry


Real Estate Committee Feature

Nikol Daniels – Manager Real Estate US

Canadian Pacific

CP Racial Diversity Council Member



International Women's Day was March 8.   The theme was #ChooseToChallenge.  Challenge the status quo.  Challenge bias.  Challenge inequity.  The number of women in leadership roles not only in ARDA, but also within their own organizations, is on the rise.  The industry has likewise made significant gains on diversity in areas of race, ethnicity, and gender identity.  Why is it important to keep this momentum? It allows us to attract and retain employees, build respect and inclusion, express authenticity while interacting with a diverse community, and ultimately drive revenue.

Employees who differ from most of their colleagues in religion, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, and generation often hide important parts of themselves at work for fear of negative consequences. This is called “identity cover,” and it makes it difficult to know how they feel and what they want, which makes them vulnerable to leaving their organizations.[1] Continuous engagement with a diverse group of people challenges our biases.  When those biases are acknowledged and checked, people can be seen as individuals. This creates a culture of respect and inclusion that allows employees to be more comfortable expressing themselves. An inclusive culture improves employee satisfaction, increases employee engagement and makes employees more likely to stay with an organization.

2020-21 Virtual Annual Meeting Registration Is Now Open!



Registration for the 2020-21 Virtual Annual Meeting is now live on the ARDA website. The Annual Meeting will be held virtually on July 27, 2021 via Microsoft Teams. Be sure to renew your membership to take advantage of our members only registration pricing. We look forward to a another great event!


As always all information about this event can be found at


If you have any questions regarding the 2020-21 Virtual Annual Meeting please contact Ashley Lauren at



The Deadline Is Quickly Approaching To Nominate 

ARDA Scholarship Candidates! 

ARDA is currently accepting nominations for its 2020-21 Scholarship Program. As part of the program, ARDA members have the opportunity to nominate one candidate to receive the President's scholarship of $2,500

Scholarship Eligibility:

To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must:

  • Be sponsored by a current Active or Honorary ARDA member. ARDA members are permitted to sponsor one applicant per sponsorship year.
  • Be enrolled either:
    • As a full-time college student at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university, pursuing an associate, bachelor's or graduate level degree.
    • As a high school student expecting to graduate and having confirmed your enrollment at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university.

For more information on the ARDA scholarship please visit

Application Deadline: 

June 1, 2021



ARDA Is excited to welcome you!


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Your renewed membership allows ARDA to continue fostering the industrial, real estate, natural resources, market development activities and environmental concerns of the North American railroads through the advancement of ideas and education of its members.

If you are not an ARDA member and would like to join, please visit our registration page.



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The  American Railway Development Association (ARDA) is a not-for-profit educational trade association founded in 1906 to promote Economic Development, Real Estate Development, Technology, and Environmental Activities of the North American Railroads.   The objectives of the Association are to foster the industrial, real estate, natural resources, market development activities and environmental concerns of the North American railroads; and through the advancement of ideas and education of its members, further promote the effectiveness of railway development and related work. For more information, visit the ARDA website at