Prepare Together Virtual Event on Goods Delivery

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Autonomous Transportation Canada is looking at the potential of connected and autonomous transportation post COVID-19 as we continue with our 2020 theme Prepare Together


This fall, we will hold a series of Prepare Together virtual events, and the first was on September 18, 2020 with a panel discussion on how goods and service delivery on what has changed since March 2020, and what opportunities have been accelerated for Autonomous Transportation due to the growth of customer demand for goods and service delivery during the global pandemic of 2020.

The new demands on delivery has been a disrupter and an opportunity on the road to more connected and autonomous transportation. We explored how delivery demands have been accelerated, and what opportunities lie ahead.

Panelists are experts who specialize in international cross border technology, policy and operations; a new, disruptive delivery service that crowd sources services; and a logistics company currently using autonomous vehicles for B2B short-haul logistics.


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Dr. Bill Anderson

Director, Cross-Border Institute, Assistant VP, Innovation in Cross-Border Strategies, Ontario Research Chair in Cross-Border Transportation Policy, Professor of Political Science, Cross-Border Institute at the University of Windsor 

Dr. Bill Anderson received his doctorate in Geography from Boston University in 1984. From 1983 to 1998 he was a member of the Geography faculty, director of the Institute for Energy Studies and an associate member of the Department of Civil engineering at McMaster University. From 1998 to 2008 he was a professor in the Department of Geography and a lead researcher in the Center for Transportation Studies at Boston University. He arrived at the University of Windsor in July 1, 2008 as Ontario Research Chair in Cross-Border Transportation Policy and founding director of the Cross-Border Institute (CBI). CBI’s research, outreach and educational activities are focused of the movement of goods, people, services and funds across the Canada-US border and other international land borders.
Dr. Anderson’s expertise is in border operations, technology and policy; freight transportation and supply chain; international trade and business; Canada-US economic integration; and regional economic development. At the CBI he leads a multidisciplinary team studying border traffic flows, the economic impact of border infrastructure, big data analysis of Global Positioning System data, cross-border customs and immigration and other topics with the common goal of making borders work better.

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Paul McLean

COO, ShipperBee

Paul McLean has a passion for customer experience, profitable growth and operational efficiency. Mr. McLean is a seasoned start-up and turnaround executive, saving troubled organizations and returning them to solvency and successfully growing new organizations through strategic sales and operational leadership.

Mr. McLean has led numerous professional services, product and technology organizations consistently generating profitable growth. Recognition as a leader in customer experience including a number 1 ranking by a large research firm for one organization under his leadership. Mr. McLean’s passion for sales and operational excellence is founded in creating high-performance results driven teams under the principals of teamwork, respect and execution.

Mr. McLean has experience leading geographic expansion across North America, Europe and India.

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Richard Steiner

Head of Policy and Communications, Gatik

Richard is a public policy professional and people leader with 10 years’ experience in the autonomous vehicle, emerging technology and health sectors. As Head of Policy and Communications at Gatik, Richard is helping to lead Gatik’s efforts to establish itself as an industry leader in the autonomous delivery space. Prior to this, Richard spent 7 years with Cancer Care Ontario, working closely with Indigenous communities to develop health policies that addressed unique community priorities; before this, Richard led community engagement and advocacy efforts for advanced energy-from-waste technology firms in London, UK. Richard holds a Master of Public Policy from King’s College London.
Gatik was founded in 2017 with a mission to deliver goods safely and efficiently using autonomous vehicles. The company focuses on B2B short-haul logistics for the retail industry. Gatik’s fleet of Class 1-6 autonomous vehicles moves goods on the “middle mile” – from micro fulfilment centres and dark stores to pick-up points such as storefronts, distribution centres or offices – helping its customers meet consumer demand for real-time goods, increase road safety and meet an unprecedented expectation for contactless delivery.


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Arif Rafiq

Industry Manager, Transportation, Esri Canada, and Board Member, Autonomous Transportation Canada

Focusing on advising customers on how to use geographic information system (GIS) technology and location intelligence to improve all areas of transportation management.
Arif K. Rafiq is the Transportation Industry Manager for Esri Canada. His efforts are focused on advising customers how to use GIS technology to improve all areas of transportation management, specifically highways, public transit, aviation, marine, rail, freight and logistics. As a global transportation management systems specialist, Arif has significant experience managing highway infrastructure around the world. Exploring our vast planet with all its cultures and beauty has a been a major part of his life; he believes that the only thing you can buy that will make you richer is travel.

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Maureen Shuell,

Founder and Executive Director, Autonomous Transportation Canada, and COO, Electric Mobility Canada

With a background in communications with political and not-for-profit organizations, including 12 years leading communications for the Canadian Urban Transit Association, in 2012, she founded RendezVous Communications focusing on supporting clients with media and government relations; issues management; and, not-for-profit management with a lens on the sustainable mobility, infrastructure and clean technology sectors, and led to her new position as COO of Electric Mobility Canada.
Early in 2019, after extensive industry consultations, Maureen identified the need for a holistic approach and coordination of the emerging connected, automated, shared and electric (CASE) mobility sector. There was a disconnect among industry leaders with respect to the broader infrastructure framework of this fast-growing autonomous transportation ecosystem. This led to the founding of Autonomous Transportation Canada and its launch in September 2019 as the only nationally incorporated not-for-profit association with a mandate to efficiently connect the expanding community of connected and autonomous transportation stakeholders.


There is no fee for this virtual event.
Link and password to join in will be shared with those registered prior to the event.

A limited number of sponsorships are still available for the Prepare Together virtual event series. Contact for more information

Prepare Together 2020 Virtual Event Series

  • To bring together leaders to discuss impacts and opportunities post COVID-19
  • To Prepare Together for better mobility and urban planning

About Autonomous Transportation Canada (ATC):
Autonomous Transportation Canada is the only nationally incorporated not-for-profit association bringing together thought leaders:

  • Meeting to share information and form business collaborations to influence autonomous mobility opportunities in Canada.
  • Fostering relationships between technology, transportation and infrastructure partners working on autonomous and low emission technologies
  • Sharing insights with policy makers in government, regulation, and related industries.