About Us


PIARC, formerly known as the World Road Association, was established in 1909 as a non-profit organization. PIARC’s vision is to be the world leader in the exchange of knowledge on roads and road transport policy and practices within the context of integrated, sustainable transport. The organization’s four key missions are to:

  • Be a leading international forum for analysis and discussion of the full spectrum of transport issues related to roads and related transport.
  • Identify, develop, and disseminate best practice and give better access to international information.
  • Consider fully within its activities the needs of developing countries and countries in transition.
  • Design, produce, and promote efficient tools for decision making on matters related to roads and related transport.

Transport Canada

Transport Canada is responsible for developing and overseeing the Government of Canada’s transportation policies and programs so that Canadians can have access to a transportation system that is:

  • Safe and secure
  • Green and innovative
  • Efficient

The department works towards these objectives by:

  • Proposing and updating policies, laws and regulations.
  • Conducting inspections, enforcement activities and surveillance of the transportation industry’s equipment, operations and facilities.
  • Providing funding to organizations for projects that strengthen the transportation network, including safety improvement projects, technological innovations and green transportation initiatives.

City of Calgary

Calgary is known world-wide as a Western city with rural roots, and a jumping off point for mountain adventure. But there’s a lot more going on in the city than most would imagine.   With community spirit at its core, Calgary is a young, energetic and diverse city full of shareable experiences. 

It’s a place on the fringe — familiar, but largely undiscovered. From its bustling downtown to character-filled neighbourhoods, along winding rivers and inside every welcoming venue, Calgary is full of secrets, surprises, and stories — and Calgarians are eager to share those experiences with the world.

With one of the world’s most modern and welcoming airports, getting to Calgary by air is easy with commercial airline access and other options available to travellers from many destinations around the world.  Calgary International Airport is only a 20-minute drive from Calgary’s downtown.  Calgary also offers many transportation options to explore the city.  Find out more information on Getting to and Around Calgary

Did you know…

  • Calgary has over 850 km of paved pathways... bring your sneakers for a picturesque run along the Bow or Elbow rivers.
  • The sunniest of Canada’s metropolitan cities, Calgary enjoys an average of 2,396 hours of sunshine each year, spread over 333 days.
  • Calgary was ranked as the most liveable city in North America by The Economist, 2019.
  • The Bow River is the 3rd best spot for trout fishing in the world.
  • Calgary is within an hour’s drive of the Canadian Rocky Mountains and close to four other UNESCO World Heritage sites: Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park, Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Dinosaur Provincial Park.