While many of our presentations focus on issues that pose the greatest risk to Canada’s
transportation system, such as those on our Watchlist, specific, issue-based outreach also takes
place, either by proactively seeking meeting opportunities or by responding to invitations.
Popular subjects included lightweight flight data recorders, fishing-vessel safety, safety
management systems and oversight, the TSB’s investigation process, and the new
As noted, Board Members and executives participated in 58 activities, which included both
domestic and international events. Among them were briefings to the Canadian Association
of Fire Chiefs, some airport authorities, two Canadian Airport Council committees, and
presentations to the Association québécoise du transport aérien (AQTA), the Air Transport
Association of Canada, the Shipping Federation of Canada’s Mariners Workshop, the
International Rail Safety Conference in Australia, two “Crude by Rail” conferences, and the
Economic Club of Canada in Ottawa, to name a few. The Chair and Chief Operating Officer also
participated in the International Transportation Safety Association’s annual meeting, held in
New Zealand in 2014.
TSB directors also presented to the Railway Association of Canada’s Safety and Operations
Management Committee, the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Maritime Law Association’s
Executive Committee, and gave a presentation on accident investigation and human factors at the
University of Toronto. A briefing was also provided on voyage data recorders and the revised TSB
Regulations to the Canadian Coast Guard.
TSB employees often provide information to industry groups, including training institutions.
For example, one aviation manager gave a presentation at a recurrency seminar hosted by a local
chapter of the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association. Other groups included the marine
training centre at Georgian College, the Vancouver Police Department, the Toronto Railway Club,
and B.C. Coast pilots, in addition to several flight schools.
While some may not always readily accept or agree with our message, there is always general
agreement about the importance of transportation safety. Ultimately, TSB outreach activities are
multi-purpose: to convince change agents to take action to address TSB-identified safety issues;
to maintain stakeholder relationships; and to increase awareness of the TSB role and processes.
Those who can address transportation safety risks include, but are not limited to, the regulators,
operators, manufacturers, insurers, associations, and other industry stakeholders. Even the
Canadian public can help shine a spotlight and raise concerns with their political representatives.
Given the positive feedback we have received, including the increased uptake on our
recommendations, we believe we are on the right track to communicate our important messages
to those who need to hear them. As we continue to press for change and advance transportation
safety, our outreach program is one strategy to help us accomplish that.