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Automated Vehicles 2017: Planning the Next Disruptive TechnologyApr 19–20, 2017 Toronto

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

7:15 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
7:45 AM Opening Remarks from Chair
Markovich <br />  
Senior Research Associate, Transportation Policy
The Conference Board of Canada
8:00 AM Plenary Session 1
Opening Keynote—The Vision for Cities in the 21st Century

Keesmaat <br />  
Chief Planner and Executive Director, Planning
City of Toronto
8:45 AM Plenary Session 2
Building Out the Vision: Focus on Municipalities

This is the first of two panels on how governments can seize the opportunity provided by AV technology for the benefit of cities. In this session, representatives from municipalities will discuss their planning efforts to date, identify barriers and challenges, and explore what more can be done to ensure that the technology helps build out the vision explored in the opening keynote address. Priorities and next steps will also be emphasized.

Gomez-Palacio <br />  
Allard <br />  
City Councillor for St. Boniface Ward
City of Winnipeg
Jaworsky <br />  
City of Waterloo
Robinson <br />  
Councillor, Don Valley West
City of Toronto
Mathieson <br />  
City of Stratford
Wilkinson <br />  
Councillor, Kanata North
City of Ottawa
10:15 AM Networking Break
10:45 AM Plenary Session 3
Supporting the Vision: Regional, Provincial and Federal Perspectives

How are government ministries, departments and agencies preparing for automated vehicles in cities? And how will these efforts assist those being developed at the municipal level? As a complement to the previous session, this panel will explore contributions being made by governments and agencies whose focus is beyond the municipal scale. New plans, policies and regulations will be highlighted, research and pilot study findings will be discussed, and collaborations with municipalities will be emphasized. Key priorities and next steps will be reviewed.

Gray <br />  
General Manager, Transportation Services
City of Toronto
Austin <br />  
Director, Transportation Policy
Ministry of Transportation Ontario
Hutton <br />  
Director General of Strategic Policy and Innovation
Transport Canada
Salsberg <br />  
Director (A), Regional Planning
Bedford <br />  
Manager, Automotive Manufacturing & Technology
Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth
12:00 PM Luncheon and Keynote Presentation
Canada’s Leadership Role in the Innovative Transportation Sector

The transportation sector is undergoing a period of transformative change. Connected and Automated Vehicles create new possibilities, such as improvements to safety, efficiency, environmental benefits, expansion of mobility, and the creation of new economic opportunities for jobs and investments in Canada. Minister Garneau will talk about Canada’s leadership role in this transformative industry.

Garneau <br />  
Minister of Transport
Transport Canada
1:15 PM Plenary Session 4
Keynote and Panel Discussion—Sustainable Transport: Building a Shared Mobility System

Over the last few decades, a number of environmental priorities have become central to the city planning process. These include: reducing and preventing urban sprawl, calming vehicular traffic by reducing the need to travel by car, and reducing the emissions profile associated with the road network. For automated vehicles to help us achieve these policy goals, they need to run clean and largely operate in a shared mobility system, so that private vehicle ownership becomes the exception and not the rule.

At last year's conference, however, survey results showed that many Canadians still prefer private vehicle ownership. This suggests that we have our work cut out for us in making shared mobility a viable and desirable model in Canada. Recognizing the role of policy at multiple levels of government, and the need for partnerships between the public and private sectors, this session will set out the building blocks for an automated, shared and clean mobility system.

Falconer <br />  
Cities Practice Leader
Baumgardner <br />  
Keynote Presenter:
Leader, Transport & Mobility
Cook <br />  
Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards
City of Toronto
Holmes <br />  
Director, Corporate Communications and Public Policy
Lanyon <br />  
Chair, Automated Vehicles Working Group
City of Toronto
Proctor <br />  
Director, Clean Air Policy and Analysis
Transport Canada
2:45 PM Refreshment Break
3:00 PM Plenary Session 5
Keynote and Panel Discussion—Modal Shift? AVs and the Future of Public Transit

The move towards a shared mobility system raises important questions about the future of traditional public transit services. This session considers how transit can evolve to include autonomous mobility services. It begins with a keynote presentation from BestMile, a Swiss start-up that has developed a cloud management platform for fleets of automated vehicles. You will learn about their experience delivering autonomous mobility solutions for public transportation in various international contexts. Following that presentation, a panel of Canadian transit experts will discuss these initiatives and consider the opportunities and challenges surrounding autonomous public transit services in Canada.

Reuter <br />  
Vice-President, Member Value
Canadian Urban Transit Association
Gindrat <br />  
Keynote Presenter:
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Burke <br />  
Director, Service Planning
Rathwell <br />  
Transit & Urban Mobility Specialist
Dillon Consulting Limited
Finley <br />  
Vice-President, Human Resources and Business Development
Pacific Western Transportation Ltd.
4:00 PM Plenary Session 6
Keynote Presentation—Nation Building

By the time today’s children grow up, the mobility revolution will have defined new social realities. Connected, automated, on-demand and alternatively powered vehicles can mitigate climate change, improve safety and health, cut congestion, facilitate productivity and innovation, transform our cities, increase equity and inclusion, and save a lot of money. But they also raise issues like a growing global mobility platform sector; risks to industries and jobs; data ownership, control and use; congestion and sprawl; urban design and active transportation; the role of public transit; and government fiscal assumptions and spending priorities.

Canada’s future requires holistic, practical, and visionary leadership to maximize the benefits and minimize or mitigate the challenges of vehicle automation. This session will explore the unique opportunity for a made-in-Canada approach to 21st century mobility.

Ticoll <br />  
Distinguished Senior Fellow, Innovation Policy Lab,Munk School of Global Affairs
University of Toronto
4:45 PM Closing Remarks from the Chair
Markovich <br />  
Senior Research Associate, Transportation Policy
The Conference Board of Canada
5:00 PM Day 1 Adjourns

Thursday, April 20, 2017

7:30 AM Continental Breakfast
8:00 AM Opening Remarks from the Chair
Markovich <br />  
Senior Research Associate, Transportation Policy
The Conference Board of Canada
8:15 AM Plenary Session 7
Taking the Lane: Accelerating Active Transportation in the Face of AVs

The prospect of driverless, on-demand mobility, providing door-to-door service at a price point that is comparable to transit, has important implications for future physical activity levels. While there are already many good reasons to support active transportation, this effort is all the more important in light of AVs. How can we ensure that non-motorized mobility is just as attractive and viable an option for the Canadian public in the 21st century as driverless, motorized travel? And in the four years we have before the technology is due to arrive on our city streets, how can we accelerate the support for walking and cycling?

This session will address these and other questions, by considering the role of physical and soft infrastructure, the need for greater allocations in municipal budgets, and decision-making at all levels of government.

Smith Lea <br />  
Toronto Centre for Active Transportation
Hess <br />  
Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Planning
University of Toronto
Neudorf <br />  
Transportation Planner
MMM Group Limited
9:15 AM Plenary Session 8
"Running on Empty?" AVs and Social Inclusion

One of the key benefits associated with AVs is that mobility will be enhanced for previously 'car-less' populations. Seniors who are no longer able to drive, for example, and people with physical and cognitive disabilities who have never been able to have a driver's licence, could soon have the same access to car-based travel as the rest of us. Yet vehicle-user interface will vary by (dis)ability, suggesting the need for dedicated fleets and delivery models. In addition, on-demand services typically require having smart phones and credit cards, potentially leaving low income households and individuals behind.

Following an introduction to the relationship between transport and social exclusion, this session will consider how we can leverage AV technology in ways that ensure the benefits of on-demand mobility extend to everyone.

Markovich <br />  
Senior Research Associate, Transportation Policy
The Conference Board of Canada
Middleton <br />  
Associate Professor
Ryerson University
Miller Polgar <br />  
Professor and Acting Director, School of Occupational Therapy
School of Occupational Therapy Graduate Program in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Elborn College, Western University
Treviranus <br />  
Director, Inclusive Design Research Centre
OCAD University
10:30 AM Networking Break
11:00 AM Plenary Session 9
Beyond "Labour Cost Reduction": AVs and the Workforce

The human capital impacts associated with automated vehicles are projected to be profound; direct employment displacement (in trucking, public transit, and the taxi, ridesharing and chauffeuring industries), and indirect effects within the economy are anticipated. While contemporary debates have centred on determining the precise number of jobs affected by automation, this session will consider the foundational elements of a workforce transition management plan. Strategies to be considered include: reskilling and redeployment opportunities; the relevance of existing programs, such as Second Career; and the role of basic income.

Jackson <br />  
Associate Director, Human Resources Transformation and Effectiveness Research
The Conference Board of Canada
Bartucci <br />  
Manager, Highly Skilled Workforce Division
Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development
Stapleton <br />  
Metcalf Innovation Fellow
Metcalf Foundation
Ticoll <br />  
Distinguished Senior Fellow, Innovation Policy Lab,Munk School of Global Affairs
University of Toronto
12:00 PM Luncheon and Keynote Presentation
Autonomous Vehicles Technology—On the Road to Self-Driving Cars

There has been much excitement and innovation related to connected and autonomous vehicles. We've seen early self-driving vehicle prototypes on test roads in sunny California—in addition to a few other US cities—and have heard automakers talk about fully self-driving cars in a showroom near you in the not-too-distant future. The automotive ecosystem is undergoing tremendous change to enable these innovations, advance safety features in cars and to ultimately deliver on the promise of the fully autonomous vehicle.

This talk will shed light on the technology behind the cars of today, the massive technology adjustments that are underway in automotive and how a Canadian company, BlackBerry QNX, is at the heart of these changes.

Courville <br />  
Senior Director, Product Management
1:15 PM Plenary Session 10
Keynote Presentation—Beyond AVs: Personal Airborne Transportation

As if AVs were not disruptive enough, the next disruptive transportation is currently being developed and tested. Personal Airborne Transportation (PAT), or to use its more familiar term, flying cars, will be here soon. Dubai's Roads and Transportation Authority has announced that it has tested a flying taxi based on pilot-less drone technology that can carry 1-2 passengers and hopes to have the autonomous taxis operational this year. These have been developed by the Chinese company Ehang. Airbus has announced that it plans to have its prototype flying by the end of 2017. And Uber has announced it would like to offer a commercial service using flying cars within 10 years. This session will address the current status of PAT, the vision, the likely deployment scenarios, and the impact on the current ground-based transportation ecosystem.

Kirk <br />  
Executive Director
Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence (CAVCOE)
2:00 PM Plenary Session 11
Automated Goods Movement: Cities, Planning, and Policy

While the popular term for an automated vehicle is a "driverless car", the technology is also being applied to the movement of goods. At last year's conference, we focused exclusively on applications within the trucking sector. This year's session considers a greater range of applications, including sidewalk delivery robots and aerial vehicles (drones). While implications for goods movement strategies will be considered, the legal perspective will also be explored, with a focus on the regulatory and legislative frameworks that underpin the use of these technologies.

Woudsma <br />  
Director, School of Planning
University of Waterloo
Godsmark <br />  
Chief Technology Officer
Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence (CAVCOE)
Polowin <br />  
Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP
Roorda <br />  
Professor, Department of Civil Engineering
University of Toronto
3:15 PM Refreshment Break
3:30 PM Plenary Session 12
Keynote and Panel Discussion—AV-Cognizant Infrastructure Investments

At the precise moment we have multiple levels of government willing to invest in infrastructure, we are faced with a technology that is poised to change the ways in which people and goods are moved. What does this disruptive technology mean for infrastructure investments and related decision making? And with the establishment of an infrastructure bank, what can we do to ensure that infrastructure investments are made in the long-term?

This closing panel session will address these questions and more, by considering the impact on parking and traffic demand (and therefore returns), how AVs can be included in funding parameters and thematic investments, and new criteria for evaluating infrastructure investments.

Chabot <br />  
Director, Innovation Policy
Transport Canada
Prendiville <br />  
Keynote Presenter:
Partner, Deal Advisory, Infrastructure
Zreik <br />  
Director, Project Finance
Ticoll <br />  
Distinguished Senior Fellow, Innovation Policy Lab,Munk School of Global Affairs
University of Toronto
Courville <br />  
Senior Director, Product Management
4:45 PM Closing Remarks from the Chair
Markovich <br />  
Senior Research Associate, Transportation Policy
The Conference Board of Canada
5:00 PM Conference Adjourns


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