Learn From Local and Cross-Country Initiatives
Smart Transportation for Intelligent Cities
Leading Projects in Transportation Planning, Policy and Engineering for Large and Smaller Municipalities
October 29 - 30, 2019 · Toronto, Ontario
Confirmed Speakers Include:
Blair Allen, Supervisor Transit Development, Grand River Transit, Regional Municipality of Waterloo
Mr. Allen has 31 years of experience in the transportation planning field with Grand River Transit and Kitchener Transit. With a bachelor’s degree in urban planning and a master’s degree in civil engineering (transport) from the University of Waterloo, he has worked on numerous service planning and policy projects. Over the years projects have ranged from implementing new projects such as community buses and rural service to restructuring of the transit network as part of the introduction of LRT service. He also lead the initial Intelligent Transportation System implementation on GRT buses as well as developing new data analysis tools for transit and participating in the development of several business plans.
Remi Desa, CEO, Pantonium
Remi is an entrepreneur with an extensive background in operations and logistics. He has helped grow start-up businesses in the past to successful sale. Prior to starting Pantonium, Remi operated a strategy consulting firm that specialized in business process re-engineering for transportation distribution organizations. Remi’s focus at Pantonium is leading strategy and business development. Remi received his electrical engineering and management science degree from the University of Waterloo.
Ekke Kok, Manager, Transportation Data and Forecasting, City of Calgary
Ekke Kok is the Manager of the Transportation Data and Forecasting Division in the Transportation Department at the City of Calgary, a position he’s held since the merger of the Data Division and the Forecasting Division in 2018. Ekke was the Manager of the Data Division for 14 years prior to the merger and has worked in Transportation Planning in various positions since 1990. The role of the team in Transportation Data and Forecasting is to provide the best possible information to decision makers so that they can make evidence-based decisions regarding transportation issues. Using his 29 years of experience in transportation planning he has led the team in ensuring that decision makers are able to make evidence based decisions even as the state of the art has experienced a revolution in the amount and quality of data available.
Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute, Victoria, B.C.
Todd Litman is founder and executive director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, an independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative solutions to transport problems. His work helps expand the range of impacts and options considered in transportation decision-making, improve evaluation methods, and make specialized technical concepts accessible to a larger audience. His research is used worldwide in transport planning and policy analysis.
Andrew Miller, Associate Director, Mobility at Sidewalk Labs
Andrew Miller is Associate Director, Mobility at Sidewalk Labs. At Sidewalk Labs, Andrew works to deliver all aspects of the firm's mobility vision for Quayside on the Toronto waterfront: a system that will include innovative changes to the delivery of public transit and active transportation, and one featuring streets that take full advantage of autonomous-vehicle technology. Andrew holds a BA from McGill University, an MA from Yale University, and a PhD from Johns Hopkins University. CBC Radio referred to him as a leading thinker on the subject of municipal finance reform. He's also fun at parties.
Paul Pentikainen, MCIP, RPP Senior Policy Planner, Town of Innisfil
Paul Pentikainen is a Senior Policy Planner for the Town of Innisfil and a Registered Professional Planner and member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute. Paul has graduated with a Masters of Planning in Urban Development Degree from Ryerson University along with an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree from Trent University, majoring in Geography. After working for the City of Peterborough Planning Department for 4 years, Paul has worked at the Town of Innisfil Planning Department for nearly 7 years on a number of strategic planning policy initiatives. Most recently, one of the initiatives he has been working on includes the Town’s partnership with Uber for a demand-based ridesharing transit service that has been in place for over 2 years. Innisfil is the first community in Canada to partner with Uber and is also the first community in the world to partner with Uber for their entire public transit system. Because this initiative has been recognized with awards for its innovation and received tremendous interest and worldwide coverage, Paul as well as other Town of Innisfil Staff have spoken at several different conferences and events since the partnership was launched to share about Innisfil’s experience.
Michael Roschlau, Strategic Advisor, Public Transit and Urban Mobility; Former CEO, Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA)
Michael Roschlau is a strategic advisor in the field of public transit and urban mobility. His career has been dedicated to promoting efficient and effective public transit, most recently as President & CEO of the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA). During his 29 years at CUTA, Michael became known as a strong advocate for public transit, initiating a highly successful government relations profile. He maintained a relentless focus on service quality and was instrumental in creating Transit Vision 2040 - a generational vision which has become a national blueprint for transit development in Canada. Michael championed a paradigm shift at CUTA, broadening the scope of traditional public transit to embrace integrated urban mobility and new technology. He also pioneered a comprehensive training and professional development curriculum, elements of which have been adopted by public transit agencies worldwide.
Dozens of municipal councils and corporate boards passed resolutions adopting Transit Vision 2040 as their guiding document for transit development, and public transit rose to become a high priority for the federal government as well as provinces and municipalities across Canada. Since his retirement from CUTA in 2015, Michael has acted as strategic adviser to the Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC), the Canadian Transit Heritage Foundation and Grande West Transportation. He holds a PhD in transport geography from the Australian National University, as well as a Master of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.
Philippe Schnobb, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Société de transport de Montréal (STM)
Philippe Schnobb holds the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) and represents public transit users on the Board. After his appointment in 2013, he introduced a change of strategic direction at the STM, focused on improvement of the user experience. A fervent user of public and active transportation, he is very familiar with the many combinations of integrated mobility.
He is hence the number-one ambassador of the STM’s integrated mobility vision and the corporation’s leadership in encouraging other players to implement solutions aimed at facilitating urban travel and reducing single-occupant car use.
A Radio-Canada journalist for 27 years, Philippe Schnobb is an accomplished communicator and is a guest speaker at various local, national and international forums.
He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association du transport urbain du Québec (ATUQ), which brings together Québec’s nine public transit corporations, and is an observer member of the Board of Directors of BIXI.
During his career as a journalist, he was responsible in particular for municipal affairs and often covered issues related to public transit. He is also the author of a book called Faire-part pour mariages forcés, published by Lanctôt in 2001, around the time of the municipal mergers.
His journalism career led him to work at several Radio-Canada regional stations. He studied history and communications at the University of Ottawa, Faculté Saint-Jean in Edmonton and UQAM. He was Secretary-Treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee of the Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec (FPJQ) from December 2002 to November 2010.
Matthias Sweet, Assistant Professor, Ryerson University School of Urban & Regional Planning
Matthias Sweet is an Assistant Professor at the Ryerson University School of Urban & Regional Planning. He has topical interests in transportation policy, land use planning and urban economics and applies quantitative research methods involving econometrics, discrete choice modeling and GIS-based spatial analysis. He is co-director of the Transportation and Urban Form Laboratory of Transportation and Land Use Planning (TransForm), where he and his students conduct both basic and applied research related to transportation planning. Dr. Sweet received his Ph.D. in City & Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, his MA in Geography from the University of Georgia, and his BA in Geography from Appalachian State University.
Lindsay Wiginton, Project Manager - Automated Vehicles, Transportation Services, City of Toronto
Lindsay Wiginton is a Project Manager – Automated Vehicles at the City of Toronto. She supports her team's work to harness transportation automation to achieve the City's existing goals through policy and programs, and also manages the Autonomous Transit Shuttle Pilot, a joint effort between the City, TTC and Metrolinx, planned for deployment in 2020. Prior to joining the City in 2019, Lindsay was the Managing Director for Transportation and Urban Solutions at the Pembina Institute, a clean energy think tank. Here, she led a small team that advanced innovative policy options for moving people and goods through cutting-edge research, convening and communications. She has a Master's in Urban Planning and a Bachelor's in Civil Engineering, and worked for several years in Quebec as a senior consultant in a firm specializing in public engagement for infrastructure projects.