Webinar Learning Series
Railroading 101: Session 6
Introduction to Rail Signaling
Meet Our Panelists
Fred Toshack
Deputy Program Manager – Systems Engineering, Gannett Fleming
Fred Toshack is the Deputy Program Manager – Systems Engineering, with Gannett Fleming, based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Fred has over 38 years of experience in the transit and rail industry, including development and management experience for interlocking, wayside control, communications and electronic crossing systems. He has worked closely with research and design, from concept through to implementation and holds three industry patents. He is an active AREMA member and serves on several committees, including Committee 36 (Crossings), Committee 37 (Wayside Electronics) and Committee 39 (Positive Train Control).

This impressive experience makes Fred an authority on signals and communications.

Prior to joining Gannett Fleming in 2017, as the Deputy Program Manager – Systems Engineering for the GO Transit Rail Corridor Electrification project, Fred was the North America Product Line Manager – Crossings, Communications, Vital Wayside, for Siemens Rail Automation. He has also worked for Invensys Rail North America (Siemens) and Ansaldo STS USA. In 1982, Fred got his start in the rail industry working for Canadian Pacific as a signals and communications gang helper.

Fred currently resides in Toronto with his wife. When he’s not working, he enjoys being a grandpa, spending time with his family and being outdoors.
Steven Leonardo
Director of Operations – Signals, PNR RailWorks Inc.
Steven manages the day-to-day operations for the signals team within the Client Services Division of PNR RailWorks Inc.

Steven has recently rejoined PNR RailWorks Inc. after spending 5 years building a signal division for a separate contractor on various signaling construction jobs across Canada for the Class 1 railroads.

He began his career 12 years ago as a Signal Maintainer in the intricate infrastructure that is the Union Station Rail Corridor (USRC), in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, before joining the PNR Railworks Inc. team the first time as a Signal Construction Foreman. He then progressed to Signal Maintainer on the Metrolinx-owned rail corridors, located in the Greater Toronto Area, before being promoted to management.

Steven has years of experience dealing with a vast variety of technology and signaling apparatus from as far back in time as the early 1900s to present day. He thrives in demanding environments and often times brings a level-headed approach to job execution.

Steven has returned to calling Toronto home after living in beautiful British Columbia, Canada, the previous 5 years.
Session Foreword
Kari Gonzales
Education Chair, League of Railway Women
VP Business Services and CFO, Transportation Technology Center
Kari Gonzales is the VP Business Services and CFO at Transportation Technology Center, Inc (TTCI) in Pueblo, Colorado.

She has been a part of TTCI’s organization for nearly 18 years.

Kari started as an intern in 2000 and was hired full-time after completing her degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in December of 2002.

During her time as a research engineer, Kari contributed a set of work that resulted in authoring/co-Authoring of over 25 technical publications, including articles in Railway Age, Railway Track and Structures (RT&S), and the Journal of Wear.

In her current role, Kari is responsible for both the company-wide strategic planning and many of the business functions associated with the day-to-day operations for TTCI such as contracts, procurement, publications, proposals, acquisitions and joint ventures.
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