CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA — Canadian Pacific joined the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA). CP supports BiTA’s mission of producing blockchain standards that allow for interoperability between participants in the global supply chain.

Blockchain is an open, extensible platform capable of sharing shipping events, messages and documents across all the actors and systems in the supply chain ecosystem. It uses cryptography in order to allow network participants to see only the parts of the ledger that are relevant to them, and that transactions are secure, authenticated and verifiable.

“We are excited to be on this journey,” said Mike Redeker, vice-president information services and chief information officer at CP. “As part of BiTA, we look forward to creating opportunities and innovative solutions that benefit our customers and the broader supply chain. Joining the alliance is part of CP’s continued focus on developing and supporting technology throughout the supply chain.”

With nearly 500 members from freight, transportation, logistics and affiliated industries, BiTA is focused on education, advocacy, networking and commercial outcomes around blockchain and other emerging technologies. It is committed to overcoming geographic, language and cultural hurdles to enable seamless commerce.

“The alliance is pleased to have CP’s expertise and support as our organization navigates this exciting new digital frontier,” said Patrick Duffy, president of BiTA. “Blockchain has the potential to smooth the transactions that occur between shippers and carriers, but it requires the active participation of transportation leaders like CP.”