With the support from the student chapter, this fall, several ITE student member had attended the 2023 Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) Conference & Exhibition in Ottawa. This conference was a great opportunity for our members to network and gain insights into the leading topics of transportation.
During the conference, the members attended various events and sessions, including presentation sessions, technical tours, exhibitions, networking events, and social events.
The presentation sessions are organized into six tracks reflecting TAC’s strategic focus areas, including environment & climate change, infrastructure & asset management, mobility, safety, design & operations, technology, workforce development. The technical sessions and tours offered our members the chance to learn more about emerging topics and the state of practice in transportation, providing more ideas for their projects such as connected and automated vehicles, road safety, and pavements.
The exhibition showcased many companies and their new transportation- or technology-related products or services, offering a platform for connecting with professionals, employers, and representatives from various industries. Students could explore different industries, companies, and job roles in one location, gaining insights into potential career paths and industries they may not have considered otherwise.
During the Students & Young Professionals Meet & Greet, our members had the opportunity to talk directly with companies’ representatives and young professors, gathering information about company culture, values, mission, and future opportunities, which provides a chance to learn about current trends, challenges, and innovations in specific fields.
As always, the best part of participating conferences has always been with people, we share the ideas and gather emerging ideas from others. This conference was a great way for our members to expanse knowledge and bridge the gap between academic knowledge and practical application in the professional world.