The TAC Centennial Road Safety Awards provide an opportunity to recognize outstanding contributions to road safety over the past 100 years. Contributions bringing transformational and long-term improvements to road safety, as well as milestones of major progress in the field of road safety in Canada will be recognized.
Four categories of awards, which may be given posthumously, reflect distinct avenues of contributions: academic research; private sector, public sector, and outstanding road safety career. The first three categories are open to individuals or organizations, while the career award is open only to individuals. Nominations for each award should clearly articulate how the contributor brought about historic changes to the nature of road safety in Canada. Awards will be presented at the Monday Lunch during the 2014 TAC Conference & Exhibition in Montreal, QC.
The subject area and award eligibility is defined below for each of the four awards:
Recent contributions for which it is too early to judge if a historic contribution to the field has been made are not eligible. However, if a recent contribution is innovative and has a significant, quantified realized or anticipated road safety benefit, it may be eligible for the annual TAC Road Safety Engineering Award.
A representative of any TAC member may make a nomination by submitting a one-page completed nomination abstract by email to Sarah Wells at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 27, 2014, using the abstract template.
This abstract is the first step of the two-step submission process. The abstract should demonstrate how the full submission would address the 2014 TAC Centennial Road Safety Award evaluation criteria as outlined below.
If the nominee’s abstract is approved, the nominating individual will be contacted by February 18 and invited to make a full submission to TAC prior to 15:00 EST on March 18, 2014.
The full submission should be no longer than ten (10) pages of text on 8.5" x 11" sheets with size 12 font. Supporting documents such as photos and diagrams are not to be included in the ten-page limit and could be attached as an appendix.
The March 18 submission must consist of an electronic file in PDF format. The full submission, with appendices if applicable, should be e-mailed to:
TAC Program Manager
Submissions will be reviewed and judged by an Evaluation Panel selected by TAC's Road Safety Standing Committee (RSSC).
Nominations will be judged according to the two criteria described below. Submissions that clearly demonstrate that a contribution succeeds under each criterion will receive top marks.
1) Degree of Impact (70 Points)
Contributions that made a historic or transformational impact on the field of road safety will receive top marks. Impact will be judged by changes in practice (including the dissemination and adoption of the contribution nationally or internationally) changes in outcomes (quantifiable reductions in road fatalities and injuries resulting from the contribution), widespread societal change, or any combination thereof. For example, for the academic award, the degree of impact judging may focus on the dissemination and adoption of a new technique or idea, while for the public sector award, the degree of impact judging may focus on changes in outcomes linked to actual implemented projects or policies.
2) Degree of Innovation (30 Points)
Innovation in this case is national in scope and should be viewed through a "cross-Canada" lens. The degree of innovation shown in the contribution will be used as the basis for assessment. This may apply to anything from innovative technological advancements, innovative processes, innovative public consultation, innovative financing and project delivery, innovative engineering design practices or standards, or innovative leadership in collaboration.
The awards may be given based on the recommendation of the RSSC Evaluation Panel and endorsement by the Chief Engineers’ Council. The 2014 TAC Centennial Road Safety Awards will be presented at the Monday Lunch, September 29, 2014, during the TAC Conference & Exhibition in Montreal, QC.