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Unified Mobility Summit 2019
Preliminary Program


Please keep checking back as updates will be made as we approach the start date for the conference!

Sunday, October 20

Registration 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

GRT - ION LRT & Bus Tour

Technical Tour: GRT-ION LRT and Bus tour to the City of Cambridge
3 - 4 hr

Take a tour to the City of Cambridge and experience firsthand two modes of travel, including a the new ION line. This tour showcases the redevelopment projects in Downtown Cambridge, discusses ION Phase 2 and ION bus plans and highlights bike sharing in the city core.

Sunday Evening

Welcome Reception

6:00 pm - 8:00pm


Monday, October 21

Registration 7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Breakfast Buffet   7:30 - 8:00 am
 Session 1: 8:00 - 10:00 am - Welcome Session    
 Welcome: ACT Canada
Morning Welcome: 
Mike Murray, Chief Administration Officer, Region of Waterloo (TBD) 8:30 - 9:00 am
Morning Keynote: ION Story

Break 10:00 - 10:30 am

 Breakout Sessions 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Employers & Planning

Getting Ready for Rail

  Employeurs en Movement: How to get Organizations to be Involved and make them Better in Sustainable Mobility, Annick Gonthier

Staff share lessons learned and key insights on how municipalities can prepare for transit projects like the ION
 How to Ignite your Employer Network, Adrienne Boyd 
Eric Pisani (GRT), Reid Fulton (GRT), Joni Miltenburg (GRT), Kerri Hutchinson (Rapid Transit), Gurjeet Kaur (Keolis Grand River)     
 Building a case for Public Transit: A Research Partnership Exploring the Effects of Transit Subsidies on Commute Choices. What happened when unionized workers at selected downtown Vancouver hotels were offered enhanced transit subsidies for 1 year, Karen Sawatzky

 Lunch 12:00 - 1:30 pm
 Breakout Sessions 1:30 - 3:00 pm


Bike / AT

  Ride-Hailing for Public Transit: the Impact of Autonomous, Real-time Optimization for Transit Operations and Ridership, Jeremy Eves & Paul Buck

A Separated Cycling Network Pilot Study: Region of Waterloo Designs, Implements & Educates, John Zunic & Claire Basinski
  How to Design On-Demand Mobility that Riders and Cities will LoveHamish Campbell

 UniverCity: a Liveable, Walkable, Sustainable Community on Burnaby Mountain, Gordon Harris    
John Stepovy

  Building an Accessible Community, Diane Freeman

Jennifer Dean

Break 3:00-3:30 pm

 Breakout Sessions 3:30 - 5:00 pm

Communitech Tour

The Waterloo innovation centre, Communitech,  will speak to the importance of sustainable transportation to the local tech industry.

Monday Evening

Evening Dinner Event - Tannery Event Centre
151 Charles St. West, Kitchener

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Walk to Event (meet in Lobby to walk over at 5:45 or walk by yourself)


Tuesday, October 22

Registration 7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Breakfast Buffet   7:30 - 8:30 am
8:30 - 10:00 am - New Mobility Panel

Break 10:00 - 10:30 am

 Breakout Sessions 10:30 am - 12:00 pm


 ION and Development Panel

ConsumerNext, A new Model for Putting Municipal Planning Policy into TDM Actions,
Stewart Slaymaker,

Metrolinx Micro-Transit Pilotting Program, Sanathan Kassiedass

Local developers and city planners discuss impacts of ION on land use and economic development, and how the Region’s sustainable transportation system and planning policies influenced their decision-making

 A Planning Co-op Student's perspective, David Pau      
 Preparing the City of Toronto for Automated Vehicles, Shagithya Deivendran

Craig Beattie (Perimeter Developments), Scott Higgins (HIP Developments), Brandon Sloan,Manager, Long Range & Policy Planning,  City of Kitchener    
 Lunch 12:00 - 1:30 pm
 Breakout Sessions 1:30 - 3:00 pm

School Travel

 SNAP Sessions

Shifting Gears in the School Zone, Leslie Maxwell 

Curbside & Parking Management in an Autonomous Future, Brandon Orr

TDM and New Development: Past, Present and Future, Vikram Hardatt

   Safe and Funny ways to School, Marion Maurin

Scooter Wars: a Tale of one Campuses' Efforts to Embrace and Regulate Change on two Wheels, Dr. Blanca Gamez

Leading the Charge on Canadian e-bike Integration: a Discussion on the Emerging and Uncharted Role of Micromobility, Samantha Leger

    What does a Provincial Framework for Active School Travel look Like? Kate Berry & Subha Ramanathan

   Making School Communities Safe, Accessible and Active, Laura Zeglen

Go Transit TNC Station Access Pilot, Sanathan Kassiedass

 CAV Readiness for the GTHA-Waterloo Corridor, Sanathan Kassiedass


Break 3:00-3:30 pm

 Breakout Sessions 3:30 - 5:00 pm

Guided Bike Tour in Kitchener


Tour Guide: 
Darren Krompf

The Waterloo innovation centre, Communitech, will speak to the importance of sustainable transportation to the local tech industry.

We can't do it Alone: Why Public and Private Sector must come Together to Ease Commute Pains, David Weinstein

RideShark Multimodal Commute Management Platforms - what's here , what's coming and what employers and governments are asking for, Tom Lewinson

Tuesday Evening

Evening Dinner Event - Abe Erb Pub
15 King St. S, Waterloo

6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Take the ION express !


Wednesday, October 23

Registration 7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Breakfast Buffet   7:30 - 8:30 am
8:30 - 10:00 am - AV Panel

Break 10:00 - 10:30 am

 Breakout Sessions 10:30 am - 12:00 pm



  Forfait Transport: Learning how to Involve real Estate Developers in a Sustainable Mobility Approach in Québec City, Véronique Samson & Jessie Breton

 Reaching your Riders on Their Terms with GTFS-Focused Technology, Joel Bush
Planes Trains, and Automobiles: Lessons from an Airport TMA, Adam Arnold

Photography and Social Media, Joni Miltenburg and Kerri Hutchinson    
The Balancing act of Sustainable Transportation in Rural / Suburban / Urbanizing Contexts, Arash Olia & Eric Chan
 Jeff Casello, TBD    
Developing a Complete Streets Strategy, Darren Kropf

 Lunch 12:00 - 1:30 pm
 Breakout Sessions 1:30 - 3:00 pm

University of Waterloo:  Autonomous Vehicle Lab Tour

Tour of UV Visitors Centre, Engineering AV Lab Facilities

Evening Events

tannery event center
Monday October 21, 2019
6 - 9 pm

The Tannery offers a unique and fun networking event celebrating the Waterloo Region Oktoberfest. The Tannery District is a reclaimed factory building in downtown Kitchener, now used by various tech and artisan companies, most who are part of the Canadian Innovation Centre network. It’s a celebration of transportation innovation, forward focus and new technology.

Tannery Event Centre
151 Charles St West, Kitchener, ON N2G 1H6
Tuesday October 22, 2019
6 - 11 pm

Relax in a casual environment in a brewpub named after brothers who had a role in founding Waterloo. This is a time to discuss and reflect on the Summit sessions, explore new opportunities, collaborations and ideas. Our events are what sets ACT Canada apart from other conferences – it’s all about networking and establishing new contacts or refreshing old.

Abe Erb Pub
15 King St S, Waterloo, ON N2J 1N9

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