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 Spring Member Forum

Future in Focus: Understanding New Imperatives

Apr 30, 2021 – May 14, 2021
Online Event

Program and registration details will be available in early 2021.

2021 Fall Member Forum

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

Program and registration details will be available in the fall.

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
  • 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

Pacific Gateway Alliance Grain Workshop

Exporting Grain Through West Coast Ports

May 27, 2016
Regina, SK

This workshop was a follow up to the New West Partnership Transportation Summit that was held in Regina, Saskatchewan, in November 2014. The purpose of the Summit was to explore ways to improve the long-term efficiency, reliability, and competitiveness of western Canada’s transportation system. At the Summit it was decided that the Pacific Gateway Alliance (PGA) will lead this work. The PGA is a unique partnership of transportation industries and the governments of Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia.

2016 Spring Member Forum

What's Next for Infrastructure? Planning & Investing for the Future

May 3, 2016 – May 4, 2016
Edmonton, AB

Western Canada’s transportation infrastructure can and must support Canada’s trade objectives and continue to move products safely, efficiently and competitively.

West Coast Marine Roundtable

Spill Prevention, Preparedness & Response Capacity

Apr 8, 2016
Vancouver, BC

WESTAC is bringing together transportation and other interested leaders for a conversation on the current status of the West Coast marine spill prevention, preparedness and response regime.

20th Annual Fields on Wheels Conference

Grain Exports to 2035: Is Western Canada Ready?

Dec 2, 2015
Winnipeg, MB

(presented by University of Manitoba Transport Institute & WESTAC)

The world demand for Canadian grain could look very different two decades from now.

2015 Fall Member Forum

Unlocking Capacity: Optimizing Western Canada's Transportation Network

Nov 9, 2015 – Nov 10, 2015
Calgary, AB

Any discussion on transportation system capacity in Western Canada requires an understanding of the outlook for the commodities that drive the demand for freight service.

2015 Spring Member Forum

Geopolitics & Trade: Shifting Markets – Impacts on Western Canada's Economy & Transportation Network

Apr 29, 2015 – Apr 30, 2015
Victoria, BC

Given current unsettling and dramatic changes in the world economy, this forum will seek to build better understanding of the larger geopolitical and global economic trends impacting trade.

2014 Fall Member Forum

Finding the Balance: The Roles of Regulation in Transportation

Oct 20, 2014 – Oct 21, 2014
Calgary, AB

Rules and regulations play an essential role in today's society and are necessary when competition and market forces are unable to achieve the objectives we set for ourselves. 

2014 Spring Member Forum

Demand Pictures: Trade Flows and Capacity Updates

Apr 1, 2014 – Apr 2, 2014
Winnipeg, MB

The ability of transportation system to have sufficient capacity to serve the needs of Western Canadian exporters and importers rests on having the best available demand outlooks. 

2013 Fall Member Forum

Supporting Continued Success: Disaster Management and Regional Transportation Priorities

Nov 6, 2013 – Nov 7, 2013
Vancouver, BC

Governments and private firms have invested billions in transportation infrastructure and information technology to build the nation and facilitate trade. This meeting considered two themes to support continued success of these valuable networks: disaster management and regional transportation priorities. 

2013 Annual Meeting

Building Blocks of Public Engagement & 40th Anniversary Gala

Apr 22, 2013 – Apr 24, 2013
Saskatoon, SK

Opposition to transportation projects and industrial activity is on the rise as more people question the need for any and every project.