IBI Group founder to be honored by TAC

Neal Irwin will be honoured by the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) at its 2014 annual conference in Montreal.


July 22, 2014

TORONTO – Neal Irwin, one of the founders of IBI Group, will be honoured by the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) at its 2014 annual conference to be held in Montreal in September.

Neal is celebrating his 50th year of membership in TAC. He’s had a distinguished career in transportation consulting and in related areas of public policy. Early in his career, Neal built a successful consulting practice across the USA as Executive Vice President for Traffic Research Corporation, a Canadian-based firm. He was a pioneer in the development of computer-based methods for transportation and land use planning, and for traffic operations.

Following the acquisition of the TRC practice by the accounting firm Peat Marwick (now KPMG), Neal returned to Canada in 1967 to lead the Peat Marwick transportation and management science practice. In 1974, Neal and his colleague Phil Beinhaker founded IBI Group along with seven other partners and 25 staff. The firm grew quickly from its original offices in Toronto and Vancouver, and expanded into Alberta and California in 1976.

Neal continued as a Managing Director of IBI until 2003 when he became Chairman Director, moving to Chairman Emeritus in 2006. He is still actively involved in the firm’s projects and is consulted frequently by many of his colleagues at IBI.

Neal has been active in TAC since the 1960s (when it was known as the Canadian Good Roads Association) and has served on numerous TAC committees. He has authored numerous technical papers for TAC and for other Canadian and international organizations.

TAC is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, and more than 1200 delegates from across the country are expected to attend this year’s convention. Delegates include decision makers and senior managers from the private and public sectors of Canada’s transportation and roadway sectors.

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