• Don RossDon Ross, Senior Investigator, Railway/Pipeline Investigations Branch


     Assembly Day – January 24

    TSB Investigation of the Lac-Mégantic Train Derailment – Canada’s Worst Railway Incident: Challenges and Outcomes

    Don Ross was lead investigator on the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster investigation by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB). The July 2013 incident took 47 lives and caused massive property and environmental damage, and has been described as Canada’s worst railway incident.

    Don will share some of his personal experiences, including the challenges facing the TSB investigation team, the extent of the investigation, the results of that effort and the safety messages that were communicated to Canada – and the world – upon its completion.


    Mr. Don Ross began his railway career in 1975 and since then has held numerous management positions across Canada. His work career has spanned headquarters, regional and district offices, a main shop and a number of line repair shops as he worked in six different provinces.

    Don joined the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) in Hull, Quebec, in 1994 and worked out of the TSB Head Office for seven years before relocating to his native province of Nova Scotia. Don has led a number of major rail investigations, including the investigation of the Lac-Mégantic train derailment, described as the worst railway derailment incident in Canadian history.

    In 2013, Don received a Citation Award from the TSB for Exceptional Efforts and Teamwork, and in 2014 received the Excellence in Leadership Award from the TSB. Also in 2014, Don received the Public Service Award of Excellence from the Governor General of Canada, in recognition of the exemplary contribution made by the investigation team under extraordinary circumstances.

    In addition to his investigation duties with the TSB, Don has been the Regional Vice-President, Atlantic Region, for the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE). He holds a Certified Health and Safety Consultant (CHSC) designation and a Professional Member designation from the CSSE, and recently served as National President of the Clan Ross Association of Canada.

    Don and his wife, Caroline, both hail from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. They have three children and six grandchildren.