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.
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.
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
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.
The rewards of creating a data-driven transportation system that makes optimal use of technology are tremendous - improved safety, reduced gridlock and smog, easier parking, improved public transit and, in the final analysis, more liveable cities.
From placing sensors and nodes in asphalt and on lights to control traffic signals, to partnering with private companies, to establishing Vehicle2V and V2Infrastructure connectivity, to assisting vulnerable citizens and deploying autonomous vehicles, the possibilities for improved mobility are endless and astonishing - and the time for planning and development is now!
There are, however, significant challenges along the way in operationalizing big data and determining the right technology. You've got to know what citizens want and how to capture data from multiple sources and extract meaningful, accurate insights in real time. You've got to know what other municipalities, large and small, are doing to advance their transportation systems to the next level including providing multiple travel options as an alternative to cars, planning and dedicating resources to active transportation, protecting data and privacy with cyber security; visualizing the future of transit and more.
INFONEX's two-day program on Smart Transportation for Intelligent Cities will be the ideal forum for discussing and sharing ideas with others as you move forward. A faculty of experienced transportation experts will share insights derived from their own journeys and share with you what they have learned about improving the quality of life for citizens through improved transportation.
Attendees will learn how cities of different sizes and stages of development are moving forward, how data analytics and technology are being used to improve urban transportation, what has worked and what might work in your own organization. From progress in the City of Toronto, to innovation and success in smaller municipalities like Innisfil and Stratford, to the best thinking on the future of municipal transit, active transportation, integrated mobility plans and automated vehicles, this is an opportunity to learn from others and develop best possible plans for your own municipality.
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