Education and Human Resources Development Council News (Summer 2019)

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

In this issue:

Welcome from the Executive

The transportation profession is experiencing major demographic changes, including significant retirement rates at senior levels in the public and private sectors. The Education and Human Resources Development Council provides a forum for the discussion of employee recruitment and retention, succession planning, knowledge management, leadership development and education issues in the transportation sector.

Meetings of the Council are open to all TAC members, and we especially encourage young professionals to get involved. We hope to see you at our next gathering on Saturday, September 21 in Halifax at TAC’s Fall Technical Meetings!

Council Chair: Darlene Cleven, Allan Widger Consulting Corporation

Council Vice-Chair: Jean-François Gysel, SNC-Lavalin

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2019 Spring Meeting Highlights

The Education and Human Resources Development Council met in Ottawa on Saturday, April 6, with 21 attendees. The Council received presentations from the Information and Communication Technology Council (ICTC) on cyber security talent development; from SNC‑Lavalin and Applied Research Associates on diversity and inclusion; and from the City of Cambridge on mentoring and professional development. The Council also received a presentation from the 2019 Allan Widger Consulting Corporation Grant for Young Geotechnical Engineers in Transportation recipient on his experience as a young transportation professional in the industry. 

During the meeting, the Council discussed key issues including soft skills, road safety staff training, and preparing the workforce for an evolving industry. 

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2019 TAC-ITS Canada Joint Conference & Exhibition

The Council’s standing committees will host six technical sessions at the upcoming conference in Halifax:

  • 2019 TAC Educational Achievement Award Finalists
  • A Global Laboratory to Experiment with Emerging Technologies for Transportation
  • Communicating Effectively: A Soft Skills Development Workshop
  • Impact of Technology in the Workplace
  • Women in Engineering Panel
  • Young Professionals Panel

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TAC Awards

At its meeting in April, the Education and Human Resources Development Council approved the following awards to be conferred at the 2019 TAC-ITS Canada Joint Conference in Halifax.

2019 TAC Individual Contribution Award
Adam Hayashi
(formerly of the Cement Association of Canada) has been a long-term and active member of the Education and Human Resources Development Council. Adam joined the Council in 2012 and has participated in the organization of numerous panels, sessions and workshops at TAC conferences. He most recently led preparations for the post-secondary student event sessions at the TAC conference in 2018. Adam also joined the Integrated Committee on Climate Change in 2016 as a liaison for the Education and Human Resources Development Council, and led the exchange of information between the two bodies. 

2019 TAC Educational Achievement Award
Urban Systems Ltd.
developed its Bicycle Facilities Design Course to help practitioners understand cyclists’ needs and address complex issues around the selection, design and implementation of cycling infrastructure. The course has been delivered to more than 400 professionals across Canada, ensuring that practitioners involved in all aspects of bicycle facility design are equipped with the tools they need to deliver high-quality cycling infrastructure.

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Project in Development

Developing Highly Qualified Personnel for Road Authorities: A Gap and Solutions Analysis in the Era of Connected and Automated Vehicles

The goals of this study are to understand the skills gap faced by road authorities, and to propose measures to address that gap. The study will identify the types of training and academic programs that are needed, and that could be implemented by Canadian stakeholders over the next few years. The project has an estimated funding requirement of $95,000, and funding partners are required. Get more information

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