Message from the Chair
For 25 years, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has advanced transportation
safety by investigating accidents and incidents and then reporting publicly on what it finds.
That’s thousands of investigations and countless lessons learned. Although Canada and the
transportation industry have changed significantly over that time, one thing has stayed constant:
the TSB’s determination to find out what happened, and why, so that steps can be taken to prevent
it from happening again.
It’s a commitment that hasn’t wavered since the TSB’s first investigation back in 1990, but today
it’s facing new challenges. That’s because the world has grown ever more connected over the past
two and a half decades. Today, information requests arrive within hours of an accident, often
before our investigators are on site. The Twittersphere is even quicker: demanding photos, facts,
conclusions—sometimes before they exist!
Fortunately, the extraordinary men and women who work at the TSB are up to the challenge, and
they know that the increased scrutiny means our standards have to be higher than ever. With the
whole world watching, we make sure each investigation takes the time required to ensure that
it’s done right. That means thorough data-gathering, rigorous analysis, and findings that can
withstand the most intense examination.
This year, our Annual Report to Parliament is available in a new electronic format. It features
a number of major achievements from the past year, including the 2014 edition of our safety
Watchlist, which identifies those issues posing the greatest risk to Canada’s transportation
system; an update on railway safety actions taken after completion and public release of the
investigation report into the devastating derailment and fire in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec; and the
re-launch of the TSB’s confidential reporting system, known as SECURITAS. As usual, the Annual
Report also highlights the recommendations that have received our highest rating of Fully
Satisfactory, as well as other areas where progress hasn’t been as widespread as we’d like, and
where the regulator must work with industry stakeholders to carry out further improvements.
Going forward, we plan to spend the next 25 years doing more of what has made us successful
so far: investigating accidents from coast to coast to coast, and then making sure that those best
placed to effect change are kept well informed. Our Outreach program, for instance, sees TSB
personnel make over 160 presentations a year in almost every province and territory. Because no
matter where things go wrong—on our waterways, along our pipelines or railways, or in the sky—
Canadians need to have confidence that we’ll find the answers. For 25 years, they have placed that
confidence in us, and it’s one we will never stop striving to maintain.