TAC Foundation Executive Director Retires

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

The year 2021 ended with Ray Mantha retiring from his post as the Executive Director of the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) Foundation.

Ray joined the Foundation in February 2018 and has led the organization as it continued to develop the Foundation’s internship service and scholarship program. Doing so has continued to build strong paths towards engaging and connecting young, aspiring transportation professionals with leading transportation-related organizations.

“Ray is committed to the Foundation’s vision, has championed our critical fundraising efforts, and helped sustain the charity through the challenges of the global pandemic.” Gerry Chaput, TAC Foundation President

Prior to Ray’s time at the TAC Foundation, he worked more than 30 years for the Government of Ontario, progressing from an Engineer in training to an Assistant Deputy Minister, at both the Ministry of Transportation and the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines. After retiring from the government, he served as a member of the Board of Morrison Hershfield.

Ray has been active in the Foundation’s fundraising efforts, establishing, and nurturing relationships with donors and potential donors. Through his role as the Foundation’s Executive Director, Ray has used his insight and expertise to guide the Foundation’s programs and activities toward achieving its mission to:

  • Provide educational support to individuals attending post-secondary institutions in current and future transportation-related disciplines;
  • Provide financial support for student activities to promote transportation-related disciplines as a career; and
  • Support opportunities to link emerging technologies and relevant non-traditional disciplines with transportation professionals and students.
“The TAC Foundation serves as a very powerful tool for the development of tomorrow’s transportation professionals.” Ray Mantha

He has been a champion for supporting the development of, and facilitating connections between, students/young professionals and employers. This included working to ensure donors were benefiting from their contributions in meaningful ways and adapting the internship application process to encourage both more students and companies to be involved.

The TAC Foundation is grateful for Ray’s dedication and wishes him happiness in his retirement.

The process to find a replacement for Ray is well underway, with candidates being interviewed in the coming weeks.