Road Safety Engineering Award

Winner of the 2017 Road Safety Engineering Award, British Columbia Transportation & Infrastructure for Variable Speed Limit Pilot Project in BC.
Left to right: Paul Lafleche, TAC President;
Kenedee Ludwar, BC Transportation & Infrastructure; Doug Boccabella, 3M Canada.

Past award winners

Subject Area

TAC's Road Safety Engineering Award recognizes exemplary projects or initiatives by a TAC organizational or individual member 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.

The establishment of 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.

Award Eligibility

Any TAC member may make a nomination by submitting an Abstract form by December 4, 2017. The asbstract should demonstrate how the full submission will address the Road Safety Engineering evaluation criteria.

Submit Abstract Form

All nominees will be contacted by January 10, 2018. Those with approved abstracts will be invited to make a full submission to TAC prior to 15:00 EST on February 21, 2018.

Submit Full Nomination Form

Nomination Requirements

  • outline what project or initiative was undertaken and its realized or anticipated road safety benefits in terms of collision frequency or severity reduction;
  • describe how the project or initiative demonstrated innovation, and
  • illustrate how the project or initiative is applicable and/or transferable to other TAC members and the transportation community as a whole.

Your February 21 full submission must:

  • consist of an electronic file in PDF format;
  • be no longer than seven (7) pages of text on 8.5" x 11" sheets with size 12 font, and
  • attach supporting photos and diagrams as an appendix. 

Review Procedures and Evaluation Criteria

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

Each nomination will be evaluated on: 

1) Realized or anticipated benefits (50 points)

Submissions 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)

Submissions 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. 

Deadlines for the Road Safety Engineering Award

  • Abstracts to be submitted to TAC: December 4
  • Review Panel to complete screening of abstracts: December 19
  • Screening results to be communicated to nominees: January 10
  • Full submissions to be delivered to TAC: February 21 (prior to 15:00 EST)
  • Results to be communicated to finalists in June

Award Presentation

As a means of promoting road safety engineering, finalists are expected to present their respective projects at the 2018 TAC Conference & Exhibition in Saskatchewan, SK, September 30-October 3. 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 submission 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.