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Automated Vehicles 2017: Planning the Next Disruptive Technology

Wednesday April 19 - Thursday April 20 2017 Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel Toronto, Ontario

Featured Keynote Speaker

            The Hon. Marc Garneau

The Hon. Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport
Transport Canada

We are very pleased to host The Honourable Marc Garneau, as he discusses Automated Vehicles and the future of transportation in Canada.

The era of driverless vehicles is just around the corner. How can we leverage this technology to help create the kinds of cities we want to live and work in?

Automated vehicles (AVs)—more popularly known as driverless cars—offer numerous societal benefits. Enhanced personal mobility (particularly for “car-less” populations), a decline in the number of injuries and fatalities, increased productivity due to freed up time while travelling, and reduced congestion are just some of the anticipated benefits. As the technology is being applied to the movement of goods as well as people, a number of commercial benefits are also expected.

As a disruptive technology that is poised to change the ways in which people and goods are moved, there will be numerous impacts within and between cities. Given there is public and government support for sustainable and complete communities, it’s even more important that we make sure that these priorities thrive in light of AVs.

It is for these reasons that The Conference Board of Canada will be holding the 2nd annual Automated Vehicles 2017 April 19 and 20 in Toronto. Building on the success of last year’s conference, which laid the foundation for key issues, opportunities, and challenges, this year’s event will take the conversation to the next level; beyond fundamentals and scenarios to strategies for achieving desired outcomes.

To ensure a positive driverless future, we need to start planning now

A key message that emerged at our last event was that AV technology should be used as a tool to help realize a shared-vision for the kinds of cities we all want to live and work in. The technology is moving fast, with many companies working to make automated vehicles commercially available by 2020. Without a doubt, the time to start planning for AVs is now.

Gain practical insights from national and international experts and leaders

At this event you will hear experts from across Canada and abroad share their insights on how to proactively manage the transition to a transportation sector that includes AVs, while at the same time understanding key impacts on cities and the importance of a shared-vision for our cities.

This 2nd annual transportation conference will bring together industry experts, government leaders and strategic thinkers with expertise on AVs as they relate to planning, policy and practice. The event will offer a variety of insights, and consider implications for industry, all levels of government and the Canadian public at large.

This conference will ask and address some of the most pressing issues around AVs, including:

  • What is the role of AVs in creating sustainable and complete communities?
  • What policy actions are needed at all levels of government?
  • How will the technology affect Canadians’ lifestyles and mobility choices?
  • What is the future of mass public transit?
  • How can we further a shared mobility system to reduce traffic congestion and emissions and prevent zero-occupancy vehicles from being the new normal?
  • What is the role of partnerships between government and industry?
  • How might city size play a role in AV preparedness?
  • What are the opportunities and challenges for planners around AVs and social exclusion?
  • How can we maintain the priority for active transportation in the face of on-demand, driverless mobility services?
  • How will our changing parking needs present opportunities and challenges for cities?
  • What is our workforce transition management plan?
  • What are the implications for goods movement strategies and plans?
  • How can we manage the arrival of AVs without going back to car-centric planning?

Join us April 19 and 20 to discuss the impacts of AVs on cities and the role of the planning profession in managing the arrival of this disruptive technology.

This is your chance to explore key issues, network with your peers, and have your say on how we can strategically use the technology as a tool to help realize a shared vision for the kinds of cities we want to live and work in.


We’d like to thank our generous sponsors for their contribution to this event.

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Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers logo

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Marketing Partners

Atlantic Planners Institute logo

Canadian Transportation Equipment Association logo

Freight Management Association logo

German Embassy of Ottawa logo

Ontario Good Roads Association logo

Ontario Professional Planners Institute logo

Special Contributors

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KPMG logo

Travel Partner

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The details of this event are subject to change. Please revisit this page periodically for updated information.

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Upcoming Webinar

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2016 Event

Last year's Automated Vehicles conference took place April 19–20, 2016 at the One King West Hotel and Residence in Toronto.

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Pacific Western Transportation
Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers

Marketing Partners

Atlantic Planners Institute
Canadian Transportation Equipment Association
Freight Management Association
German Embassy of Ottawa
Ontario Good Roads Association
Ontario Professional Planners Institute

Special Contributors


Travel Partner

VIA Rail Canada Inc.