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.
  • Conferences: Periodically, WESTAC hosts high-quality larger conferences that are open to the wider transportation community.


Upcoming Events



2021 Fall Member Forum

A Legacy in the Making: The Impact of Critical Decisions on Canadian Prosperity

Dec 8, 2021 – Dec 9, 2021
Westin Bayshore, Vancouver

Decisions of today will dictate our future. They should be guided not only by what we know but shaped by the risks we anticipate and the future we desire. The 2021 Fall Member Forum seeks to bring insights into the economic and tectonic forces shaping our future and encourage dialogue on creating a sustainable transportation trade network.

We know the value of investing in good infrastructure—it creates economic benefits and jobs. But, beyond the numbers, infrastructure is critical to the health and well-being of the country. Canada could not function without the roads, bridges, sewers, and clean water paid for by previous generations.

Over the past decade, weather events have cost the world nearly $2 trillion and impacted almost four billion people. The frequency and severity of these events will only continue to increase due to climate change. Therefore, the need to build climate-resilient infrastructure through risk-informed decision-making has never been more acute.

Our future resilience will depend on our innovative investments, risk-reduction planning, mitigation strategies, the strength of our cybersecurity, and how we manage resource scarcity, inequity, and extreme weather events.

The 2021 Fall Member Forum is planned to be the first in-person Forum in two years. It builds upon the 2021 Spring Member Forum and will delve more deeply into resiliency from two aspects: ensuring infrastructure is resilient from climate change and cyber risks.

The Forum will also provide the opportunity to hear from members on developments affecting the transport of Canada’s exports and imports. What are the headwinds now facing the industry? How can we improve our competitiveness?

2022 Spring Member Forum

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

Program and registration details will be available in early 2022.

PAST SPEAKERS

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

  • David Bach, Deputy Dean & Professor in the Practice of Management, Yale School of Management
  • Nikolas Badminton, Futurist
  • Pieter Bottelier, former Chief of World Bank office in Beijing and former Professor, China Studies at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
  • Brian Lee Crowley, Managing Director, Macdonald-Laurier Institute
  • Dr. Linda Duxbury, Professor, Sprott School of Business
  • Hon. David Emerson, Chair of Canada Transportation Act Review, former Federal Minister
  • Martin Ford, Futurist, New York Times Bestselling Author, Keynote Speaker and Silicon Valley Entrepreneur
  • Dr. George Friedman, Founder & Chairman, Geopolitical Futures
  • Dr. Richard Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Peter Hall, Vice President & Chief Economist, Export Development Canada
  • Buzz Hargrove, Former President of the CAW, Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management
  • Patricia Mohr, ‎Vice-President, Economics & Commodity Market Specialist, The Scotiabank Group
  • David Rosenberg, Chief Economist & Strategist, Gluskin Sheff + Associates
  • Stijn Rubens, Senior Advisor, Drewry Supply Chain Advisors
  • A. Gary Shilling, Forbes and Bloomberg columnist
  • Dr. Laurence C. Smith, Chair of Geography and Professor of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences, UCLA and author of the World in 2050
     

Top left: Nikolas Badminton, top right: Dr. George Friedman, bottom left: David Rosenberg, bottom right: Martin Ford

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

2018 Fall Member Forum

INFORMATION OVERLOAD: Distilling technology for transportation

Nov 13, 2018 – Nov 14, 2018
The Sutton Place Hotel, Vancouver

A tidal wave of transformative technologies in transportation is washing over organizations everywhere. The pace of technological development with disruptive implications for the sector has never been so frenzied.

However, it is safe to say for all those but the most technologically savvy it is an overwhelming mix of new products, service models and trends which could transform digital and physical operations. This forum aims to break down the confusion surrounding these developments and help forward-thinking leaders understand the social, political and economic impacts of this fast-paced change.

Flood Hazards and Infrastructure Risk in the Lower Mainland - Fraser Basin Council Event

Flood Hazards and Infrastructure Risk in the Lower Mainland – Towards a Regional Strategy for Risk Reduction

Nov 5, 2018
Strategy Room #420 580 West Hastings Street Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3

The Fraser Basin Council is inviting management and operational staff who are responsible for infrastructure in the Lower Mainland to attend a workshop on November 5, 2018 in Vancouver to discuss flood hazards, infrastructure risk and opportunities for risk reduction in the Lower Mainland.

Western Trade Corridors Roundtable

Oct 11, 2018
Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver

Hosted by BC Government, WESTAC, Asia Pacific Foundation, GCGC

Liberal Prairies & Northern Caucus

May 30, 2018
Ottawa, ON

WESTAC members presented to the Liberal Prairies & Northern Caucus to share an overview of the transportation network that is critical to Canada’s trade and economic well-being.

Expert Forum On Coastal Transportation Infrastructure

Climate Change and Coastal Transportation Infrastructure

May 16, 2018 – May 17, 2018
Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue

This Forum will focus on the management of risks associated with extreme weather, natural disasters, sea level rise, and climate change as they impact the movement of people and goods in coastal communities in British Columbia.

2018 Spring Member Forum

Evolution in Transportation: Incremental Steps Towards Optimization

May 3, 2018 – May 4, 2018
Fairmont Hotel, Winnipeg

The 2018 Spring Member Forum will explore opportunities to evolve the Western Canadian transportation system within the next five years. The meeting aims to assess the options available to advance the industry in more incremental ways versus the disruptive forces that have dominated recent discussions.

Hon. Ron Schuler Roundtable, Manitoba

Welcome roundtable for new Manitoba Minister of Infrastructure, Hon. Ron Schuler. 

Mar 5, 2018
Winnipeg

Stakeholders briefed Minister Schuler on issues and opportunities in the Western Canadian transportation system, with a focus on Manitoba.

2017 Fall Member Forum

Forces of Change

Nov 6, 2017 – Nov 7, 2017
Calgary, Sheraton Suites Eau Claire

This Forum provides an opportunity to think about longer-term global issues to support the strategic decisions leaders must make for their organization. The 'forces' which will be explored include: One Belt, One Road; blockchain, shipping industry transformations and the future of work.

Hon. David Marit and Hon. Lyle Stewart Roundtable, Saskatchewan

Roundtable for Saskatchewan's Minister of Highways & Infrastructure, Hon. David Marit, and Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Lyle Stewart. 

Apr 26, 2017
Regina

Stakeholders briefed the Ministers on issues and opportunities in the western Canadian transportation system, with a focus on Saskatchewan. 

2017 Spring Member Forum

Capacity Conversations

Apr 26, 2017 – Apr 27, 2017
Regina

At the 2017 Spring Member Forum, WESTAC members representing the shipper and the service provider communities will be encouraged to share information and insight to improve capacity and service.