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Education and Human Resources Development Council News - Winter 2019

Tuesday, February 12, 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. Join us on Saturday, April 6 in Ottawa at TAC’s Spring Technical Meetings.

Council Chair: Darlene Cleven, Allan Widger Consulting Corporation
Council Vice-Chair: Jean-Francois Gysel, SNC Lavalin 

Council Highlights: 2018 Fall Technical Meetings

The Education and Human Resources Development Council met in Saskatoon on Saturday, September 29. Attendees included 15 members and 5 guests. The Council received two special presentations: one from the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan highlighting the new competency-based assessment that has been incorporated into the licensing process as of January 2019, and another from Saskatchewan Highways and Infrastructure on the province’s accelerated leadership development program that is intended to address potential turnover in leadership roles and to fill organizational leadership competency gaps. The Council also received updates from the Integrated Committee on Climate Change (ICCC) and from the Road Safety Workforce Development Subcommittee (RSWDS). 

During the meeting, the Council received an update about TAC’s new Connected and Automated Vehicles Task Force, and discussed the impact of new technology on the workforce. Council members also highlighted the important role of educational institutions in ensuring that future transportation professionals are well equipped to adopt and implement new technologies in the workplace.

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Council Highlights: 2018 TAC Conference

The Council organized a number of activities at the TAC Conference in Saskatoon, including those summarized below. You can stream recordings of the first two sessions (audio and PowerPoint decks) at the TAC Online Learning Centre.

Building for the Future: Construction Management Retention and Expertise

On Tuesday, October 2 the Council organized a session that focused on managing retention and expertise growth specific to the construction industry. Speakers represented Saskatchewan Highways and Infrastructure, Graham Construction, Fifth Group Consulting, and Kelly Panteluk Construction Ltd. Their topics included construction management mentoring and employee retention, and keeping staff interested and engaged within the industry. View the presentation
Evolution in the Transportation Workplace (Effective Onboarding, Transitions and Innovations)
On Monday, October 1 the Council organized a panel discussion on staff onboarding and transitioning processes, focusing on knowledge transfer and new ways to transition student hires to employee. Speakers represented New Brunswick’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure, and the City of Cambridge. View the presentation

Evolution in the Transportation Workplace (Effective Onboarding, Transitions and Innovations)

On Monday, October 1 the Council organized a panel discussion on staff onboarding and transitioning processes, focusing on knowledge transfer and new ways to transition student hires to employee. Speakers represented New Brunswick’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure, and the City of Cambridge. View the presentation

Retiring Soon? What’s Next in Your Career?

On Tuesday, October 2 the Council organized a panel discussion on career-end management and related concerns for transportation professionals. Four speakers discussed and analyzed several perspectives, such as options for transitioning from full-time employment (and possibly part-time employment) to a retired status or options for prolonged retirement. The panelists highlighted the benefits and constraints associated with various options. View the presentation

Post-Secondary and High-School Student Sessions

On Tuesday, October 2, students from the University of Saskatchewan attended a session highlighting key players in the Warman and Martensville Overpasses Project. Speakers representing Saskatchewan Highways and Infrastructure, Peter Kiewit Infrastructure Company and ISL Engineering and Land Services provided an overview of the project and their roles. On the same day, local high-school students learned about the transportation industry, interacted with experts, and joined in an engineering activity to encourage them to pursue transportation careers. Both sessions were sponsored by Clifton Associates, EllisDon, and Golder.

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TAC Awards

2019 TAC Volunteer Recognition Awards

Deadline – February 22
Help us recognize TAC volunteers who have made a real difference! Check out TAC’s new awards for 2019, including the Leadership Award, Individual Contribution Award, and Committee Excellence Award. They join our Distinguished Service Award, which remains TAC’s highest honour. Get more information or nominate a colleague or committee by February 22

British Columbia Institute of Technology recognized for virtual automotive engine

2018 TAC Educational Achievement Award
At TAC’s conference in 2018, the British Columbia Institute of Technology was recognized for its virtual learning tool that allows instructors  and students to interact with three-dimensional engine models. More details

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Upcoming TAC Learning Events

Community Road Safety in British Columbia

TAC webinar – February 19
This webinar will introduce the BC Community Road Safety Toolkit, which was designed to transfer best practices to cities and towns across the province; its three modules offer effective strategies and tools to enhance municipal road safety programs. The webinar will also profile the small community of Chilliwack, BC, which has shown how setting goals, building relationships and fostering engagement can yield big road safety rewards, even when resources are limited. Register for this webinar (FREE for TAC members and students, $20 for others)

Complete Streets Design: Creating Multimodal Streets in Retrofit Corridors

TAC seminar – May 7 (Vancouver) & May 9 (Toronto)
This one-day seminar will provide planners and designers with an overview of complete street design based on TAC’s 2017 Geometric Design Guide for Canadian Roads. It will focus on multimodal street design in urban environment with an emphasis on determining modal priority, identifying and making design trade-offs, and applying these approaches to concrete examples. Get more information or register for this seminar

Beyond the Guide: An Advanced Seminar in the Geometric Design of Roads

TAC seminarFebruary 11-12 (Edmonton), February 14-15 (Calgary), February 25-26 (GTA East), February 28-March 1 (GTA West), April 8-9 (Vancouver), April 11-12 (Victoria), April 29-30 (Winnipeg), May 2-3 (Saskatoon)
This two-day seminar for experienced road designers will address nine real-world geometric design challenges for Canadian road. Participants will be expected to participate actively in assessing and shaping potential design solutions, and in discussing actual final designs from the standpoint of practicality, potential user challenges, and general risks and cost-effectiveness. Get more information or register for this seminar

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Miss a TAC Webinar? Watch it Now

Watch these and other recorded webinars on demand at the TAC Online Learning Centre.

Complete Streets: Key Challenges and Lessons Learned

TAC webinar – December 4, 2018
This webinar examined challenges faced by complete street projects. Speakers addressed the Argyle & Grafton Shared Streetscape Project in Halifax, the Main Street Renewal project in Ottawa, and the art of making trade-offs when designing complete streets. View the webinar (FREE for TAC members and students, $15 for others)

Bicycle Highways: What Canada Can Learn from International Experience

TAC webinar – November 20, 2018
This webinar provided an overview of bicycle highway planning, design and implementation, with speakers from British Columbia and London, UK. View the webinar (FREE for TAC members and students, $15 for others)

Mass Evacuation Planning for Natural Disasters and Extreme Weather Events

TAC webinar – November 6, 2018
This webinar highlighted the use of flood risk and traffic microsimulation models to predict the evacuation-related impacts of different flooding scenarios for the Halifax Peninsula, and discussed issues related to natural disasters, vulnerable populations and ethics. View the webinar (FREE for TAC members and students, $15 for others)

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