Employee Engagement Program

In 2011, CN partnered with Earth Day Canada to launch EcoConnexions, an award-winning employee engagement program to encourage environmental and sustainability values and initiatives at CN yards and offices across North America. EcoConnexions is designed to support CN’s Delivering Responsibly sustainability strategy. The program’s three pillars are conserving energy, reducing waste and improving housekeeping.

The program focuses on:

  • Educating and engaging employees on the program’s three pillars
  • Identifying and sharing best practices across the network
  • Recognizing and celebrating employee initiatives


EcoConnexions also trains, supports and recognizes EcoChampions. Key to the success of the program, EcoChampions are CN employees taking leadership in the local delivery of EcoConnexions and working to help us:

  • Educate and engage employees to reduce our impact on the environment
  • Lead by example and engage fellow co-workers and employees to take action and make a difference
  • Communicate employee successes to Team EcoConnexions to track progress and impacts



cumulative projects

Waste Diverted

From Landfills

of operational waste diverted from landfills

CN EcoConnexions

Employees Trained

EcoChampions have been trained at 100 CN yard locations across North America since 2011

Energy Savings

in Key Yards

overall energy savings achieved in key yards since 2011

“EDC has played a key role in developing and delivering EcoConnexions, a customized employee engagement program at CN. They understand and support our goal of aligning our employee engagement objectives with our business and sustainability strategies—exactly what we need in a partner when reaching out to over 25,000 employees across North America.”


Chantale Després

Director of Sustainability


Employee Engagement Programs

Bolstering corporate employee engagement and sustainability strategies

Earth Day Canada recognizes that addressing environmental issues requires the participation of all sectors of society. There are significant opportunities to work with the business community, and Earth Day Canada works strategically with its corporate partners to create and deliver customized programs that facilitate behaviour change amongst employees, while helping achieve their sustainability and conservation goals.

Earth Day Canada employee engagement programs

  • Focus on realizing internal corporate goals and the triple emphasis on: people, planet and profit
  • Create positive internal awareness, adoption and recognition of existing and developing environmental solutions
  • Align business, environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility goals
  • Increase employee retention and attract new talent by engaging, empowering and celebrating employee innovation and involvement

Why employee engagement programs are important

Successful employee engagement programs benefit the triple emphasis areas while:

  • Creating a feeling of shared ownership by allowing employees to lead peer-driven, bottom-up initiatives
  • Providing mechanisms for enhanced two-way communication between workers and management
  • Recognizing efforts, celebrating successes and using incentives to generate real, lasting commitment and change
  • Strengthening and enhancing employee retention, satisfaction, productivity and recruitment

For more information on how your company can benefit from employee engagement,
please contact Sarah Iannicello at sarahi@earthday.ca