TAC - The Early Years

Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) is celebrating its centennial. See how we’ve grown!

The origins of the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) date back to 1914, when the Canadian Good Roads Association (CGRA) was founded. Back then CGRA was mainly concerned with the establishment of a superior national road network and was one of the main forces behind construction of the Trans-Canada Highway.

The First National Roads Congress, which later became the TAC Conference, was held on May 18-23, 1914 at the Forum in Montreal. During the 1950s, CGRA became more involved with specialized technical activities. 

The distinctive CGRA clover leaf logo was developed in 1951 by the Executive Committee and used in a national ad before the Toronto convention. An electro of the insignia was made available to each subscriber member upon request.

By the 1960s CGRA’s role had broadened, resulting in a name change to the Roads and Transportation Association of Canada (RTAC) in 1970.

His Excellency, Roland Michner, Governor-General of Canada, greeted delegates to the 1970 RTAC World Conference in Montreal. 

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, RTAC continued to expand its mandate to include all modes of transport for passengers and freight.

In 1990, the name of the organization was changed to the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) to reflect the increased scope of activities. A more focused mandate was adopted in 2001, with a particular emphasis on roadway infrastructure and urban area transportation issues.

Join the 2014 Celebration!

2014 marks a very special year for TAC as we celebrate a milestone birthday.  In a year-long celebration, special activities and events will be held under the banner Transportation 2014, to engage the transportation industry and its stakeholders in celebrating the past, present and future of Canadian transportation. 

As a TAC member, you and your organization can get involved by attending events like the 2014 TAC Conference & Exhibition, or a transportation-related lecture in your region. The first stop in this cross-country tour will be held March 19, in Halifax, Nova Scotia at the Dalhousie University. Speakers will represent Dalhousie University, LED Lighting Roadway Ltd. and Nova Scotia Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.   

Download items in the free toolkit on www.transportation2014.ca to highlight the value of transportation to Canadians.  Use the posters, ads, or insert a web button or banner linking to the Transportation 2014 website from your own.  

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