events


WESTAC brings together transportation leaders at a variety of events throughout the year.

  • Member Forums: WESTAC’s signature event is its bi-annual Member Forum, a one- to two-day member-only event offering in-camera presentations and discussions about topical issues. Featuring high-profile speakers, they allow for the lively exchange of ideas and opinions and provide opportunities for informal meetings between senior industry representatives and decision-makers.
  • Roundtables: WESTAC regularly hosts member-only roundtables for newly appointed ministers of transportation from across the region. The Council is called upon to convene and facilitate seminars and workshops on specific issues impacting transportation across Western Canada.

 

Upcoming Events


2024 Spring Member Forum

May 7, 2024 – May 8, 2024
Hotel Grand Pacific, Victoria

Canada is a trading nation that relies on its abundance of natural resources and the ability to move our goods to market promptly and predictably. As our transportation systems improve, so does our economic prosperity. Unfortunately, the reverse is also…

2024 Fall Member Forum

Nov 21, 2024 – Nov 22, 2024
CPKC Headquarters/Westin Hotel, Calgary

Program and registration details will be available in early fall.

PAST SPEAKERS


WESTAC hosts thought leaders and expert speakers at its annual forums. Below is a small selection of recent speakers.

  • Pedro Antunes, Chief Economist, Conference Board of Canada
  • Darrell Bricker, Chief Executive Officer, Ipsos Public Affairs
  • Louis-Vincent Gave, Founding Partner & CEO, Gavekal Research
  • Dr. Richard Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Karen Harris, Managing Director, Macro Trends Group, Bain & Company
  • Robert D. Kaplan, Geopolitical expert and best-selling author
  • Hon. A. Anne McLellan, Co-Chair, Coalition for a Better Future
  • Hon. Scott Moe, Premier, Government of Saskatchewan
  • Marie-France Paquet, Chief Economist, Global Affairs Canada
  • Stephen Poloz, Special Advisor, Osler
  • Christian Sinclair, First Nation Financial Planner, Opaskwayak Cree Nation
  • Jim Stanford, Economist & Director, Centre for Future Work
  • Hon. Heather Stefanson, Premier, Government of Manitoba

Top left: Marie-France Paquet, top right: Robert D. Kaplan, bottom left: Christian Sinclair, bottom right: Pedro Antune

PAST EVENTS

WESTAC addresses timely, strategic transportation issues through its Member Forums, roundtables and industry conferences. Follow the link below to see a full list of past events or browse through the most recent events listed below.

SEE PHOTOS FROM PAST EVENTS

2023 Fall Member Forum

The Road to Sustainability

Nov 16, 2023 – Nov 17, 2023
Pan Pacific Hotel, Vancouver

Canada is warming faster than the world as a whole—at more than twice the global rate. The rapidly changing climate has resulted in the hottest months on record, forest fires burning out of control, devastating drought conditions, and communities and…

Hon. Lori Carr, Government of Saskatchewan

Nov 1, 2023
Regina

A small group of freight transportation executives across the Western Canadian transportation industry gathered in Vancouver for a roundtable for Saskatchewan's Minister of Highways, Hon. Lori Carr. The discussion focused on strategic issues facing…

Hon. Devin Dreeshen, Government of Alberta

Oct 25, 2023
Edmonton

A small group of freight transportation executives across the Western Canadian transportation industry gathered in Vancouver for a roundtable for Alberta's Minister of Transportation and Economic Corridors, Hon. Devin Dreeshen. The discussion…

2023 Spring Member Forum

Creating Corporate Advantage

May 4, 2023 – May 5, 2023
Fairmont Hotel, Winnipeg

For 50 years, WESTAC has been navigating the challenges of promoting system-wide, strategic advancement of transportation and goods movement in Western Canada. Never has this mission been more critical, given the pace at which challenges faced by the…