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

Managing through Collective Challenges & Opportunities

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

Canada is a trading nation that relies on its abundance of natural resources and 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 true.…

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.

2025 Spring Member Forum

May 6, 2025 – May 7, 2025
Fairmont Hotel Macdonald/Government House, Edmonton

Program and registration details will be available in early 2025.


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


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.


2022 Fall Member Forum

Driving Future Change in Transportation

Nov 21, 2022 – Nov 22, 2022
Hyatt Regency, Calgary

The past two years have had a lasting impact on the future of work and our understanding of what a better future for Canada might look like. Workforce issues appeared as a top transportation challenge for the first time in last year's Compass survey.…

Hon. Prasad Panda, Government of Alberta

Sep 2, 2022

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, Hon. Prasad Panda. The discussion focused on strategic issues…

Hon. Jeremy Cockrill, Government of Saskatchewan

Aug 30, 2022

Welcome roundtable for the new Saskatchewan Minister of Highways, Hon. Jeremy Cockrill. Stakeholders briefed Minister Cockrill on issues and opportunities in the Western Canadian transportation system, with a focus on Saskatchewan.

2022 Spring Member Forum

Rethinking & Reimagining Canada

Apr 21, 2022 – Apr 22, 2022
Hotel Saskatchewan, Regina

At the 2021 Fall Member Forum, we focused on how today’s decisions dictate our future. We discussed the headwinds facing our economy, infrastructure challenges, and Canada’s slowing economic growth. We also spoke about the need for a bold plan…