2013 Conference and Exhibition of the Transportaion Association of CanadaTAC/ATC - Transportation: Better - Faster - Safer


First opened in 1975, the RBC Convention Centre (formerly Winnipeg Convention Centre) was home to over 780 delegates and 36 companions at the 2013 TAC Conference & Exhibition.

Attendees were encouraged to register online. As a result, almost 80% of them opted for this method.

Over 80 local ambassadors representing Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation, the City of Winnipeg, the University of Manitoba and other transportation-related agencies ensured attendees had a positive conference and exhibition experience.   Ambassadors

The conference partnership and advertising program offered participating organizations on-stage roles at lunches and dinners, networking opportunities, advertising, and more. Forty-four separate organizations stepped up to the plate to support the event as either partners or advertisers – a testament to the value of this major annual conference to the Canadian transportation and roadways sectors.

Gibraltar   Delegates had the opportunity to visit 92 transportation-related booths at the TAC Exhibition, featuring state-of-the-art products and services, starting with Sunday’s Welcome Reception. A massive truck display from the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) generated substantial buzz on the exhibition floor, however the 2013 W.H. Yeates Award for Best Exhibit was presented to Gibraltar Cable Barrier Systems for best use of space, excellent customer service and a diversified suite of products.

Technical tours gave attendees an opportunity to familiarize themselves with unique architectural landmarks including the Manitoba Legislative Building, and more technical Manitoba infrastructure projects such as the Red River Floodway and CentrePort Canada Way, the new 10km expressway currently under construction, which will provide access to Canada’s first inland port.

The Lion’s Den made a triumphant return in the form of the Opening Plenary Session highlighting the theme of the 2013 TAC Conference & Exhibition, Transportation: Better – Faster – Safer. Corporate comedian Simon B. Cotter guided the Lions and Innovators through this interactive presentation, where viewers were invited to vote in real time by electronic audience response system.

At the Monday Lunch, outgoing TAC President Doug McNeil presented four awards to recognize the technical excellence of its members in Educational Achievement (AQTR and MTQ); Environmental Achievement (MTQ); Sustainable Urban Transportation (Metrolinx and partners) and Road Safety Engineering (MTQ). TAC volunteer and member recognition awards were also presented.   Road Safety Award

‘Hockey Night in Winnipeg’, hosted by Winnipeg radio celebrity Ace Burpee, attracted delegates and companions sporting their favourite team colours at the Monday Evening Local Showcase. Musical performances showcasing Manitoba’s diversified cultural heritage included the fiddle magic of Francophone artists Ça Claque; the high energy dance of the Asham Stompers and a Celtic Rock party with the Dust Rhinos.


The TAC Foundation, who awarded thirty-nine scholarships to college students, university graduates and undergraduates in 2013, recognized recipients and donors at the Tuesday lunch, emceed by Cindy Lucas, Chair of TAC’s Education and Human Development Resources Council, from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.

TAC Presidents   TAC President and Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation Deputy Minister Doug McNeil provided an overview of TAC accomplishments at the Wednesday Lunch. Alberta Transportation Deputy Minister Rob Penny presented Mr. McNeil with a TAC Honourary Life Membership before addressing the crowd as the new TAC President. The Honourable Sylvain Gaudreault, Minister of Transport of Quebec, made a brief appearance before presenting a video on TAC 2014’s conference destination ‘par excellence’, Montreal.

The 2013 Wednesday Evening Event treated delegates and guests to the soothing sounds of a live jazz trio and a three-course dinner after the Canadian Transportation Awards Program (CTAP). The CTAP Award of Academic Merit was presented to Professor Guy Doré, Pavement Engineering, Université Laval, while Goran Nikolic, Head of Traffic Planning, Central Region, Ontario Ministry of Transportation, received the CTAP Award of Achievement.

Poster session   Over 40 technical sessions, panel discussions, poster sessions and workshops were presented over the course of three and a half days, covering a broad spectrum of topics. Sessions on road safety, pavements, bridges and geometric design were among the most popular; subject matter experts well versed in all topics gave interesting presentations and interaction between attendees and presenters was dynamic.

Technical papers are available in the 2013 TAC conference proceedings and can be viewed by topic, author or title at http://www.tac-atc.ca/english/annualconference/tac2013/english/index.htm