Message from Canada's Minister of Transport

Resilient. Enduring. Dependable. These are admirable labels that anybody would like to have applied to themselves.

They are also great words for describing what we need from our road infrastructure, as we know very well in Canada. Canadian roads must be resilient, enduring, and dependable, much like the Canadians who rely on them.

Canadians understand how the changing seasons can affect us, and how it can affect infrastructure. Winter is a particularly important part of who and what Canadians are.

Canada is a longstanding member of PIARC (the World Road Association). As Canada’s Minister of Transport, I can say that it truly is an honour to be the host nation for the XVI World Winter Service and Road Resilience Congress in February 2022.

The safe and efficient transportation of people and goods is an important priority for me. I know that it is important for Canadians, and for our economy.

Canadians also know that collaboration and learning from best practices can lead to exciting and valuable results.

I am sure that the Congress, and the presentations, discussions, and sharing of knowledge and solutions that it will bring in 2022, will be a great opportunity for all participants looking to improve transportation in the face of climate change, technological change, regulatory change, and societal change.

I am confident that the XVI World Winter Service and Road Resilience Congress will be beneficial and enjoyable for all participants.

The Honourable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport

Message from Calgary's Mayor

Jyoti Gondek, Mayor

Welcome to all delegates and attendees of the 2022 World Winter Service and Road Resilience Congress!

While we won’t be able to see you here in person, we are excited to have the opportunity to host this Congress virtually. This year’s theme of “adapting to a changing world” is so timely and resonates with other aspects of our lives as we move together through 2022.

Calgary is a four-seasons city, which contributes to an appealing lifestyle and requires that our roads and infrastructure are designed to match the changing seasons. Like you, we prioritize optimum mobility, and specifically winter mobility. Whether our citizens take transit, use active modes or drive their vehicles, the work we do on the design and maintenance of our streets and pathways continues to positively contribute to our quality of life.

We look forward to hearing from this year’s global experts regarding the management and maintenance of winter roads, as well as the challenges and lessons learned as cities work together to become more resilient.

Best wishes for a successful Congress!