Ahead of the Curve Conference

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Thank you to all those who attended our inaugural conference. We appreciate you having taken part in our dynamic and insightful discussions.

This is a fast growing community, and we hope you’ll join us as we move forward with our next steps!


The inaugural conference program featured keynote speakers, presentations, and interactive discussions that will set the course for the future of Autonomous Transportation in Canada.

  • 8:30-9:00am Registration and networking

  • 9:00am Morning Program

    • Opening remarks by City of Toronto Deputy Mayor Ana Bailao


        Ana Bailao

        Deputy Mayor , Councillor, Ward 9 and Chair of the Planning & Housing Committee
    • Thought Leaders Advancing the Future of Connected Communities

      The establishment of Autonomous Transportation Canada, its foundational principles and the need to get the planning, coordination and partners aligned as we move toward connected communities and stay Ahead of the Curve.


        Maureen Shuell

        Founder & Executive Director, Autonomous Transportation Canada
    • 9:15-10:15am Keynote Address

      Mobility as a Service (MaaS): A Potential Economic, Social and Environmental Game Changer. Internationally recognized as a leader in Mobility as a Service (MaaS), George Hazel will share the origins and development of MaaS in Scotland and Europe and explain the formation of MaaS Scotland, a network of 71 companies and public sector agencies formed to develop and deliver MaaS in urban, rural and island communities. He’ll discuss interoperability, connectivity, data and API sharing, regulation and legislation, governance and the role of Government, skills and funding. Lastly, he’ll look to the future of mobility linking the potential of connected and autonomous vehicles to MaaS.


        George Hazel

        Director of George Hazel Consultancy and Board Member and Strategic Advisor to MaaS Scotland
  • 10:15-10:35am Networking Break and Sponsor Exhibits

  • 10:35am-12:10pm Session: Integrating Smart Mobility: Planning to Get from here to there

    Where are we now, and how ready are we, with a look at the readiness of what’s happening across related sectors. Presenters will explore planning for better safety, less congestion, and cleaner technologies that are Connected Automated Shared Electric (CASE) and the socio-economic impacts of coming Autonomous Transportation technologies in our communities. But before any of that discussion happens, we need to define what we mean by Autonomous Transportation and connectivity.

    • Moderator & Opening Comments


        Judy Farvolden

        Executive Director, University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute

        An academic look at planning for better mobility while preparing for unprecedented population growth


        Bern Grush

        Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Harmonize Mobility

        7 Ways to Future-Proof Your City for Autonomous Vehicles


        Sherin Abdelhamid

        Technical Advisor, Automotive and Mobility, AVIN (Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network), Ontario Centres of Excellence

        Features of Infrastructure enabling connected and autonomous vehicles


        Colin Dhillon

        Chief Technical Officer at Canada’s Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMAtech)

        Vehicle-2-Everything (V2X) and what it means for the future of connected communities


        Benjamin Loucks

        Emerging Technologies Lead, HDR

        The Greater Golden Horseshoe Transportation Plan, including long-range planning for automated vehicles and other potential major disruptors.

  • 12:10-1:00pm Lunch Break: Hot Lunch Buffet, Networking and Sponsor Exhibits

  • 1:00-1:45pm Deep Dive on Data and Data Governance: Setting the Framework

    In getting our communities ready for Autonomous Transportation, they first need to become Connected Smart Cities. We’ll take a deep dive into what this means, and why open data, interoperability and collaboration will be key drivers for the future.

    • Moderator


        Rohit Shanker

        CEO, Inovex Inc.
    • Speaker


        Colin Sutherland

        Executive Vice President, GEOTAB Telematics
  • 1:45-3:00pm Session: Data, Governance & Policy: Legalities of Privacy, Usage, Sharing, Ownership

    Important legal and policy questions are being considered for connected communities to work, and this includes the implications of data governance, intellectual property, accessibility, equity, cybersecurity and insurance during a time of innovation in technology. What does this mean to those working in related sectors and all orders of government? Speakers will share recent experiences in the Province of Quebec, the City of Toronto and the United States of America.

    • Moderator


        Arif Rafiq

        Industry Manager, Transportation, Esri Canada
    • Speakers


        Lindsay Wiginton

        Project Manager, Automated Vehicles Transportation Services, Policy & Innovation, City of Toronto

        Capacity building in municipal government for AV policy implementation, procurement and pilots


        Ben Pierce

        National Lead for Transportation Technology, HDR (USA)

        State-of-the-Practice in Policy for Automated Vehicles in the US


        Pierre-Olivier Ménard Dumas and Sarah Routhier

        Stein Monast LLP

        The current legal framework in Quebec for AVs: no-fault insurance and liability for on-road testing and pilots

  • 3:00-3:20pm Networking Break and Sponsor Exhibits

  • 3:20-4:50pm Panel: Bridging the Gap – Moving toward integrated mobility

    Integration is needed between transportation providers and vehicle manufacturers for better urban mobility options for the end user. The first deployments of autonomous transportation are putting this to the test. Bridging the gap between current transportation realities and a vision of what-could-be, expert panelists will share insights on putting customers first, and involve the audience in an interactive Question & Answer discussion session.

    • Moderator


        Angela Iannuzziello

        President, ANJUNE Mgt, Expert Consultant - transportation and transit related matters across North America
    • Panelists


        Marco D’Angelo

        President & CEO, Canadian Urban Transit Association

        Transit at the core of urban mobility


        Teresa Di Felice

        Assistant Vice President, Government & Community Relations at CAA Club Group

        Driver adoption of emerging transportation options and the adaption of service delivery


        George Hazel

        Director of George Hazel Consultancy and Board Member and Strategic Advisor to MaaS, Scotland

        Internationally recognized as a leader in Mobility as a Service (MaaS)

  • 4:50pm Closing Remarks

    How did today’s discussions move the dial in bringing together multiple sectors getting ready for Autonomous Transportation with Connected Automated, Shared, Electric connectivity in mind. What we heard, what we learned and how will the challenges ahead be convened by Autonomous Transportation Canada.

Post Conference Networking

Join us for post conference networking from 5:00 to 7:00pm at The Pilot Tavern, 22 Cumberland Street, a two minute walk away (cash bar). While we’re there, we’ll call it “The Auto-Pilot”…

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