CPCS’s story traces back to the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railroad (CP) in the late 1800s. CP was one of the earliest, and arguably the largest public-private partnership (PPP) in Canadian history. CP evolved to become a recognized leader in global transportation services, which included rail, shipping and air transportation businesses.
Recognizing the significant depth of expertise it had developed; CP established a consulting arm in 1969 - Canadian Pacific Consulting Services (CPCS), to advise governments and other transportation services providers around the world.
In 1989, CPCS became independent of CP through a management buy-out. It later merged with the transport commercialization arm of Hickling Transcom.
CPCS Transcom became a niche player in transportation commercialization – specifically in Africa’s rail sector. In fact, CPCS Transcom was transaction advisor for the successful concessioning of eight railways in Africa and our efforts in this sector won us a World Bank President’s Award of Excellence.
Clients soon hired CPCS to translate their rail PPP expertise into the port, marine and power sectors. By 2007/08, CPCS had advised on the successful concessioning of eight port and container terminal facilities in Africa and had solidified its presence in the power sector by shepherding the Federal Republic of Nigeria through the process of privatising its electricity sector.