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Unified Mobility Summit 2019 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 # 1
1:00 - 5:00 pm

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.
NOTE: This tour has a 30 person registration limit. Please indicate your interest when registering.

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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
Introduction: John Cicuttin, ACT Canada Board Member, Region of Waterloo
Morning Welcome: 
Mike Murray,Chief Administration Officer, Region of Waterloo
8:30 - 9:00 am
Morning Keynote:ION Story

Break 10:00 - 10:30 am

Breakout Sessions 10:30 - 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

Get Ready for Rail
Staff share lessons learned and key insights on how municipalities can prepare for major transit projects like ION light rail
How to Ignite your Employer Network, Adrienne Boyd

TravelWise: Making Sustainable Transportation the Easy Choice in Waterloo Region, Kevan Marshall & Miranda Burton

Eric Pisani (GRT) - New Directions for Transit

Reid Fulton (GRT) - Transit Integration: Unified Mobility in Practice

Joni Miltenburg (GRT) & Kerri Hutchinson (Rapid Transit) - Communicating Transit's Transformation

Ian Cushion (Keolis Grand River) - ION’s public private partnership
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 & Steve Tornes

Lunch 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Keynote : Ross McKenzie
Getting from Connected to Autonomous Vehicles: Challenges & Trends with New Mobility
Breakout Sessions 1:30 - 3:00 pm

On-Demand Transit

Bike / AT

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

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

Future of Mobility - Shared, Dynamic, Autonomous, John Stepovy Building an Accessible Community, Diane Freeman

City of Waterloo's e-scooter Pilot, Jennifer Dean

Break 3:00-3:30 pm

Breakout Sessions  3:30 - 5:00 pm
​Round Table Communitech Tour Telework Workshop
Post-Secondary Round Table Discussion 3:30 - 4:30 pm The Waterloo innovation centre, Communitech, will speak to the importance of sustainable transportation to the local tech industry.

Meet in the hotel lobby at 3:30

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The Region of Peel recognized the changing nature of the workforce, and is taking the necessary steps to focus on ways to help workplaces and their employees increase their productivity while improving the qualify of work-life-balance and overall engagement. There are a number of benefits to teleworking, such as flexible schedules, fewer commute trips, saving money and reducing stress, just to name a few. The Region of Peel created a Telework Guide book to help management and employees establish additional skills needed to work from home successfully. The Telework Guide book is divided into chapters that are designed to be a stand-alone guide to assist different stakeholders charged with making their telework program successful. Use the material offered in the guidebook to get your staff/colleagues thinking and talking about how they can best contribute to a successful telework experience for their organization and coworkers.

Workshop leaders:
Judy L. Yack
, Manager, Sustainable Transportation, Region of Peel
Stuart M. Anderson, Executive Director, Transportation Solutions Foundation

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
Dr. Jeff, Casello,  School of Planning and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo:  Moving New Mobility towards Improved Mobility - What else needs to happen?

Bern Grush, Chief Innovation Officer, Harmonize Mobility Inc; Govern, Democratize, Future-Proof, and Accelerate the Integration of Ride-Hailing with Public Transit

Break 10:00 - 10:30 am

 Breakout Sessions 10:30 - 12:00 pm

Planning for the Future

 ION and Development Panel

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

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 Brandon Sloan,Manager, Long Range & Policy Planning,  City of Kitchener 

 Preparing the City of Toronto for Automated Vehicles, Shagithya Deivendran

Craig Beattie, Perimeter Developments

Kurtis McBride, Miovision

Scott Higgins, HIP Developments

 Lunch 12:00 - 1:30 pm

Jay Pitter, International Placemaker and Author

 Breakout Sessions 1:30 - 3:00 pm

School Travel

 SNAP Session

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

Cycle 2 School day, Louise Finlay
Leading the Charge on Canadian e-bike Integration: a Discussion on the Emerging and Uncharted Role of Micromobility, Claire Basinski

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

   Making School Communities Safe, Accessible and Active, Laura Zeglen

 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 Kropf
3:00 - 5:00 pm

Hop on a Drop Mobility bike for a guided ride through Kitchener! See firsthand how the City of Kitchener has made active transportation safe, comfortable and beautiful. Guided by Kitchener’s Active Transportation Planning Project Manager Darren Kropf.

We can't do it Alone: Why Public and Private Sector must come Together to Ease Commute Pains,
David Weisman
NOTE: This tour is full - anyone indicating their interest will be put on a waitlist
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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 ION light rail to Waterloo Public Square Station!

Hop on a Drop Mobility bike for a guided ride through Kitchener! See firsthand how the City of Kitchener has made active transportation safe, comfortable and beautiful. Guided by Kitchener’s Active Transportation Planning Project Manager Darren Kropf.
Hop on a Drop Mobility bike for a guided ride through Kitchener! See firsthand how the City of Kitchener has made active transportation safe, comfortable and beautiful. Guided by Kitchener’s Active Transportation Planning Project Manager Darren Kropf.


Wednesday, October 23

Registration 7:30 am - 5:00 pm

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

Ross McKenzie, Managing Director WatCAR, Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research: Connectivity, Smart Cities & Autonomy - uWaterloo Research Activity

Mauro Rossi, Director, Advanced Technology Platforms, Communitech: Open HD Maps - A Virtual Fuel for Mobility"


Break 10:00 - 10:30 am

 Breakout Sessions 10:30 - 12:00 pm



  Forfait Transport: Learning how to Involve real Estate Developers in a Sustainable Mobility Approach in Québec City, 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 & Kerri Hutchinson
The Balancing act of Sustainable Transportation in Rural / Suburban / Urbanizing Contexts,  Eric Chan
Come outside for a live tutorial on photography and social media, An Outdoor Experience
Developing a Complete Streets Strategy, Darren Kropf

 Lunch 12:00 - 1:30 pm

Networking Lunch

 Breakout Sessions 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Autonomous Vehicle Research and Intelligence Lab (AVRIL) Tour

​Tour Guide: ​Ross McKenzie
1:30 - 4:00 pm

To cap off an exciting conference, everyone will go on the ION Light Rail to the University of Waterloo Campus to visit the new AVRIL centre. Come see the future of autonomous transportation and meet the people behind WatCAR!
Meet in hotel lobby at 1:30

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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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