Road Safety Engineering Award

Subject Area and Award Eligibility

TAC's Road Safety Engineering Award recognizes exemplary projects or initiatives by a TAC member organization within the discipline of road safety engineering. Members who have, through a project or initiative, made a contribution that has (or is expected to) improve the safety on Canadian roadways are eligible for the award.

The establishment of this award aligns with TAC’s mandate to strive for safe transportation systems for Canadian roadways and infrastructure. As well, it 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.

Nomination Requirements

A representative of any TAC member may make a nomination by submitting a Project Abstract form by December 12, 2016, using the abstract template.

Submit a Project Abstract Form

This abstract is the first step of the two-step submission process. The abstract should demonstrate how the full submission would address the Road Safety Engineering Award evaluation criteria as outlined below.

If the nominee’s abstract is approved, the nominating individual will be contacted by January 31 and invited to make a full submission to TAC prior to 15:00 EST on March 3, 2017.

The full submission should be no longer than seven (7) 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 seven-page limit and could be attached as an appendix. 

Submissions should:

  • 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 March 3 submission must consist of an electronic file in PDF format.  The full submission, with appendices, must be submitted using the online nomination form.

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 regarding the award. Final approval is provided by the Council.

Eligible projects or initiatives will be judged according to the three criteria described below. Submissions that clearly demonstrate how a project or initiative succeeds under each criterion will receive top marks.

1) Realized or Anticipated Benefits (50 Points)

Road safety projects or initiatives that result in a significant reduction in the frequency and/or severity of collisions will receive top marks. The submission should provide sufficient detail to allow the Evaluation Panel to understand the project or initiative’s safety justification and the magnitude of the safety impact associated with the project or initiative, including details of the reliability of the safety performance results and the sustainability of the road safety improvement.

Projects or initiatives at the implementation stage will also be considered. It is important for these submissions to explain how the potential safety benefits were estimated using information from reliable sources. It is also strongly encouraged for the submission to include details on how the project or initiative will be evaluated and what resources the organization intends to commit to ensure that the safety goal is achieved.

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 project or initiative 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, or innovative 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)

Projects or initiatives that have successfully addressed a road safety issue of broad concern relevant to other cities, provinces and organizations within Canada, and that can be applied with local modifications to other areas of Canada will get top marks. The submission should clearly describe how the project or initiative is applicable and/or transferable to other TAC members and the transportation community as a whole. 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. Submissions should comment on the likelihood of other jurisdictions accepting and implementing a similar project or initiative.

Deadlines for the Road Safety Engineering Award

  • Abstracts to be submitted to TAC: December 12

  • Review Panel to complete screening of abstracts: January 20

  • Screening results to be communicated to nominees: January 31

  • Full submissions to be delivered to TAC: March 3 (prior to 15:00 EST)

  • Results to be communicated to nominees in June

Award Presentation

The award solicits nominations annually, and is presented at the TAC Conference.

As a means of promoting road safety engineering, selected nominees will be invited to present their respective projects or initiatives at the 2017 TAC Conference & Exhibition in St. John's, NL, September 24-27. Accordingly, the 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 also confirm that approval from my employer and/or client(s) to submit the submission to TAC 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.