North America

The North American section covers the USA, Canada and Mexico.

The section had its initial meeting in Louisville, Kentucky on 24 May 2002. Since then, the Annual General Meetings have featured an industry conference and field trips of interest to the Signals and Communications community. 

The next major section event will be the CBTC Seminar in Toronto in November 2019.  We will also continue the tradition of the December Toronto, Canada Conference that precedes the Toronto Railway Club holiday dinner.   Details of North American section events can be found on the events page.

Membership of the IRSE is required before you can become a member of the North American Section of the IRSE. You will then need to complete a North American section application form.

IRSE North American section committee key contacts

  • Secretary: Ray Rizman, Principal Systems Engineer, Global Signals Group
  • Country Vice President and Chair: David Thurston, Train Control, Canadian Pacific Railway
  • Vice-Chairman: Rob Burkhardt, President, ISIS Consultants LLC

Additional information

Copies of the Introduction to North American Railway Signaling text book may be purchased at a reduced rate by IRSE members.