June 13, 2007 13:32 ET

CN President and CEO E. Hunter Harrison receives Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from University of Alberta

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - June 13, 2007) - E. Hunter Harrison, president and chief executive officer of CN (TSX:CNR) (NYSE:CNI), received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Alberta at spring convocation today.

David G. A. McLean, chairman of the board of directors of CN, said: "On behalf of the company's directors, I extend sincerest congratulations to Hunter on his honorary degree from the University of Alberta. This honour is due recognition of Hunter as a pre-eminent innovator and leader in the North American rail industry."

Mr. Harrison commenced his railroad career in 1963 when he joined the Frisco Railroad as a carman-oiler while still attending school. He advanced through positions of increasing responsibility with Frisco, Burlington Northern, and then the Illinois Central Corporation and Illinois Central Railroad Company. At Illinois Central, he initiated the concept of scheduled service for freight shipments, producing industry-leading operating ratios and on-time performance results.

As president and chief executive officer of CN since 2003, Mr. Harrison manages the company based on five guiding principles: service, cost control, asset utilization, safety and people.

A member of the North American Competitiveness Council and the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, Mr. Harrison was named North America's Railroader of the Year by Railway Age magazine in 2002. In 2006, he received the B'nai Brith Canada Award of Merit, the Canadian Jewish community's most prestigious honour.

CN - Canadian National Railway Company - spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico, serving the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the key cities of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, St. Louis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more information on CN, visit the company's website at

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