Neal Irwin honoured at TAC annual conference
DateOctober 17, 2014
MONTREAL – IBI co-founder Neal Irwin was one of three industry veterans honoured last month by the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) at the association’s 100th anniversary conference in Montreal.
TAC is a non-profit association of government and industry professionals promoting safe, efficient, and sustainable transportation services in Canada. More than 1200 delegates attended the conference.
Neal received a Honourary Life membership in TAC, in tribute to his more than 50 years active involvement in the association.
In paying honour to Neal, the association noted that he has served on a number of TAC committees and councils. He still actively participates as a founding member of the Urban Transportation Council, the Transportation Finance Standing Committee, and the TAC Foundation Board of Directors.
His many awards include the TAC Distinguished Service Award and the Sandford Fleming Award for Transportation from the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering.
In 1974 Neal was a founding partner of IBI Group. He served as IBI’s Managing Director until 2003 when he became the firm’s Chairman Director, and finally its Chairman Emeritus in 2006.
Neal has conducted urban transportation and land use planning projects for major urban areas at regional and national levels throughout North America and abroad. He pioneered the use of computer forecasting models for urban and regional development patterns and participated in designing the world’s first digital computer controlled traffic signal system for Metro Toronto in the early 1960’s.
ABOVE: NEAL IRWIN, CENTRE, WITH HIS AWARD. ON THE LEFT, DOUG MCNEIL, ACTING TAC PRESIDENT; ON THE RIGHT, MICHEL GRAVEL, TAC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR