TAC Road Safety Engineering Award

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Winner of the 2019 TAC Road Safety Engineering Award
City of Calgary
Traffic Calming Curbs


Past award winners

The TAC Road Safety Engineering Award recognizes outstanding projects or initiatives by a TAC member organization in road safety engineering. Members who have, through a project or initiative, made a contribution that has (or is expected to) improve safety on Canadian roadways are eligible.

This award aligns with TAC’s mandate to strive for safe transportation systems for Canadian roadways and infrastructure. It also acts as an incentive to members to ensure that road safety needs are fully considered in the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of roadway infrastructure, while aiming to advance the practice and guidelines for road safety engineering.

Application Requirements

TAC member organizations may apply by submitting an Abstract Form by November 23, 2018.  All applicants will be contacted by December 8, 2018 and finalists will be invited to submit a detailed application by February 8, 2019. Detailed applications will be in PDF format and no more than seven pages long, plus photos and diagrams.


A selection committee appointed by TAC's Road Safety Standing Committee evaluates abstracts and detailed applications and makes recommendations to TAC's Chief Engineers' Council, who provides final approval.

Each detailed application will be evaluated on: 

1) Realized or anticipated benefits (50 points)

Detailed applications should provide sufficient detail to understand the project or initiative’s safety justification and the magnitude of the safety impact, including details of the reliability of safety performance results and the sustainability of road safety improvements. It is important to explain how potential safety benefits were estimated; and include resources the organization intends to commit to ensure that the safety goal will be achieved.

2) Degree of innovation (30 points)

Innovation should be viewed through a "cross-Canada" lens. This may apply to innovative technological advancements, processes, public consultation, financing and project delivery, or leadership in collaboration with enforcement, education, other levels of government, academia, or the private sector. Relevant innovative communication and promotional activities associated with the project or initiative may be included.

3) Transferability to other Canadian communities and organizations (20 points)

Detailed applications should clearly describe how the project or initiative is applicable and/or transferable to other Canadian communities and organizations. This can be enhanced by including a statement on how the project can contribute to the National Road Safety Vision, or a provincial/territorial strategic safety plan. 


  • Applicants submit abstracts to TAC: November 23
  • Review Panel completes screening of abstracts: November 30
  • Screening results communicated to applicants: December 8
  • Finalists deliver detailed applications to TAC: February 8 (prior to 15:00 EST)
  • Finalists notified of results in June

Award Presentation

As a means of promoting education and training, finalists are expected to present their respective projects at the 2019 TAC Conference & Exhibition in Halifax NS, September 22 - 25. Accordingly, these presentations will be included in the Conference Papers section of the website.


By submitting my abstract to TAC for consideration I understand that, if accepted, my detailed application will become the property of the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC), which is entitled to publish the final version. I also give distribution rights to my presentation post-conference.

I confirm that approval from my employer and/or client(s) has been received.  TAC reserves the right to pull a submission if it has been submitted on false premises. Any and all costs related to travel to the conference are the sole responsibility of the author.