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Automated Vehicles 2018: Planning for Urban and Rural TransitionsJun 6–7, 2018 Edmonton

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Wednesday, June 06, 2018

7:30 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 AM Opening Remarks from the Chair
Markovich <br />  
Senior Research Associate
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
8:15 AM Plenary Session 1
Sustainable Urban and Rural Transitions

How do we plan for automated vehicles without going back to car-centric planning? And how can we leverage the technology to create human-centred, sustainable communities? These two questions lie at the heart of this conference. In this opening panel session, you will learn how urban and rural municipalities in Canada are proactively planning for AVs while maintaining a human-centred vision for sustainable communities, and be presented with the tools they have developed for this purpose. A panel of senior representatives from selected municipalities will discuss their latest developments and processes, explore partnerships with other municipalities and levels of government, and outline concrete steps that can be taken to proactively plan for AVs.

Mohammed <br />  
President, Canadian Institute of Planners
General Manager of Integrated Growth and Infrastructure, Town of Beaumont Alberta
Ohm <br />  
Chief Planner, Urban Form and Corporate Strategic Development Department
The City of Edmonton
de Vos <br />  
Senior Director, Policy and Advocacy
Alberta Urban Municipalities Association
Gomez-Palacio <br />  
Principal and Partner
Lewis <br />  
9:30 AM Plenary Session 2
Transportation Plans

The previous session highlighted issues and tools that are relevant to planning urban and rural communities. In this technically-minded session, we extend the conversation on AV-preparedness by focusing on strategic transportation planning initiatives. You will hear from selected Canadian municipalities who have recently developed new strategic transportation plans in light of AVs and related advances. Opportunities for rural municipalities will also be explored.

Soldo <br />  
Director, Roads and Transportation
City of London
Blaschuk <br />  
Manager, Transportation Strategy
The City of Calgary
Hassan <br />  
Senior Environmental Project Manager
The City of Edmonton
10:30 AM Networking Break
11:00 AM Plenary Session 3
Provincial and Federal Transitions

Municipalities operate within a provincially-led planning system, and are also influenced by policies and regulations in place at the federal level. As a complement to the previous session, this panel discussion explores how different levels of government are proactively planning for AVs. Staff from provincial ministries and federal departments in Canada will discuss their latest initiatives and processes, and explore how these efforts will support urban and rural municipalities.

Hallstrom <br />  
Professor & Director, Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities
University of Alberta
Hammond <br />  
Assistant Deputy Minister, Transportation Safety Services
Alberta Transportation
Hutton <br />  
Director General, Strategic Policy and Innovation
Transport Canada
12:00 PM Luncheon and Keynote Presentation
Mason <br />  
Keynote Speaker:
Minister of Transportation, Government House Leader
Alberta Transportation
1:15 PM Plenary Session 4
From Transit to Integrated Mobility

In 2017, The Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) released its Integrated Mobility Implementation Toolbox. Developed as a resource for transit agencies, the Toolbox signals a shift in role from being a transit provider to an integrated mobility provider. In this session, you will learn about the development of this toolbox and its relevance in setting the stage for automated and integrated mobility services in Canada. A panel of experts representing transit providers will reflect on the Toolbox and its applications in urban and rural communities.

Mackey <br />  
Public Policy Coordinator
Canadian Urban Transit Association
Rathwell <br />  
Transit & Urban Mobility Specialist
Dillon Consulting Limited
Feldman <br />  
Director, Planning and Scheduling
Edmonton Transit Service
Sedor <br />  
Senior Executive Advisor to the General Manager of Transportation
City of Calgary
Stepovy <br />  
Director, Sales and Business Development
Pacific Western Transportation Ltd.
2:30 PM Networking Break
2:45 PM Plenary Session 5
Workforce Transitions

The transition to a transportation sector that includes AVs has important implications for the workforce across numerous subsectors. Research studies and media reports continue to draw our attention to the number and types of occupations affected by the technology. With an emphasis on the public transit sector and the automotive aftermarket, this panel session explores workforce transitions. Key issues, such as reskilling and redeployment opportunities, and emerging models for successfully navigating transitions elsewhere, are examined here. The panel concludes by identifying the building blocks of a workforce transition management plan for affected sectors.

Markovich <br />  
Senior Research Associate
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Champagne <br />  
Automotive Industries Association of Canada
Cutean <br />  
Director, Research and Policy
Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)
Stassen <br />  
Head, Stations
Toronto Transit Commission
4:00 PM Plenary Session 6
AVs and Economic Development

Over the last few years, numerous researchers have tried to estimate the economic potential of AVs. Recent analysis suggests that a system of shared AVs could generate a passenger economy worth $7 trillion by 2050. A new theme for this year's conference, this panel session explores the economic development opportunities associated with AVs in Canada. Representatives from industry outline the opportunities being created by the technology, and staff from different levels of government describe how they are working to realize them. The panel closes by discussing how AV technology can help diversify economies, and reflects on how the pursuit of these opportunities can inform a wider process of workforce transition planning.

Irvine <br />  
Senior Advisor, Automotive, Transportation and Digital Technologies Branch (ATDTB)
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
Akhlaghi <br />  
Business Development Director, Autonomous Transportation
Auld <br />  
Vice-President, Engineering and Safety Critical Systems, NovAtel
Bell <br />  
Sector Lead, Renewable Technologies
Ministry of Economic Development and Trade
Sedor <br />  
Senior Executive Advisor to the General Manager of Transportation
City of Calgary
5:00 PM Closing Remarks from the Chair
Markovich <br />  
Senior Research Associate
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
5:15 PM Day 1 Adjourns

Thursday, June 07, 2018

7:45 AM Continental Breakfast
8:15 AM Opening Remarks from the Chair
Markovich <br />  
Senior Research Associate
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
8:30 AM Plenary Session 7
Agricultural and Industrial Transitions

When we expand our thinking beyond the urban context, we have an opportunity to explore applications of automated vehicle technology in other sectors. In this panel session, you will learn about transitions within two sectors that are new to this conference: agriculture and industry. Representatives will describe the history and development of the technology in these sectors, and provide examples of current applications.

Carrasco <br />  
Field LLP
Gingras <br />  
Sector Leader, Forest Operations
Kinch <br />  
Field Research Manager
DOT Technology Corp.
Lund <br />  
Project Engineer, Environmental Stewardship Branch
Agriculture and Forestry
9:45 AM Refreshment Break
10:15 AM Plenary Session 8
Freight Transitions

In the year since our last conference, great strides have been made with respect to automated goods movement. With a focus on long-haul trucking, this panel session explores these advances. Hear from a panel of trucking professionals (including an operator, trucking association, and manufacturer), as we explore the opportunities and challenges associated with driverless freight. Key issues explored here include the potential for reducing GHG emissions, and opportunities for addressing a well-documented truck driver shortage.

Beringer <br />  
Director, Transportation Solutions, Industry Development Branch
Alberta Economic Development, Trade and Tourism
Baxter <br />  
Chief Systems Engineer, Transportation
Nash <br />  
Alberta Motor Transport Association
Sleeman <br />  
Sil Industrial Minerals
11:30 AM Closing Remarks from the Chair
Markovich <br />  
Senior Research Associate
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
11:45 AM Conference Adjourns


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