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

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. 

2012 Semi-Annual Meeting

The World As We Don't Know It: Game Changers & Transportation's Response

Nov 20, 2012 – Nov 21, 2012
Vancouver, BC

In an increasingly turbulent world with market volatility, economic uncertainty and environmental challenges, how do we plan?

2012 Annual Meeting

Moving Energy Products: Risks and Rewards

Apr 3, 2012 – Apr 4, 2012
Edmonton, AB

The ability to increase and diversify exports of Canada's energy resources is both a significant opportunity and a controversial issue. 

2011 Semi-Annual Meeting

Up to the Challenge: Building Capacity to Meet Demand

Oct 18, 2011 – Oct 19, 2011
Calgary, AB

2011 Annual Meeting

Understanding Demand: Forecasting Short and Long-Term Demand on Canada's Products and Transportation Response

Apr 5, 2011 – Apr 6, 2011
Winnipeg, MB

2010 Semi-Annual Meeting

Building Supply Chain Competitiveness

Oct 19, 2010 – Oct 20, 2010
Calgary, AB

2010 Annual Meeting

Preparing for Changing Landscapes: Understanding the Impacts on Transportation

Apr 28, 2010 – Apr 30, 2010
Regina, SK