CUTA’s Transit Awareness Days to bring some of industry’s brightest minds to Ottawa

CUTA’s Transit Awareness Days are back September 18-19, 2017 in Ottawa. This annual event is a great opportunity for transit industry stakeholders to get involved, learn about the issues facing urban mobility in Canada and make a difference both on Parliament Hill and in their community.

You can see a full schedule and list of speakers for the event on CUTA’s website. The event is free to attend. Registration is open to both CUTA members and non-members.

This year’s Transit Awareness Days will feature a Policy Forum on Monday, September 18 at the Delta Hotel in Ottawa (101 Lyon St.). The Policy Forum will feature top transit industry leaders from across North America. These qualified speakers include internationally renowned urbanist and thought leader Brent Toderian. Toderian is the City of Vancouver’s former Chief Planner, and holds extensive experience in city planning and urban design.


Other panelists at the Policy Forum include Bruce McCuaig and Sharon Greene. McCuaig is an Executive Advisor for the Canada Infrastructure Bank and former CEO and President of Metrolinx, where he oversaw billions of dollars in transit investment in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area. Greene is the Senior Vice President and Finance Market Sector Director at HDR, and sits on the American Public Transit Association’s (APTA) Board of Directors as well as on a number of high profile finance and P3 committees at APTA and TRB. Greene has a background in planning and infrastructure finance, and has provided financial consulting to agencies such as the Utah Transit Authority and Valley Metro Rail in Phoenix.


The Policy Forum will have four policy sessions as detailed below:

  • Private Money, Public Transit Speakers will discuss best practices and common mistakes when it comes to private investment in transit infrastructure from a national perspective.
  • Modernizing the transit industry’s approach to data Given technological change and increasing federal investment in transit, this session will explore changes to how the industry collects its data.
  •  The social impact of transit investment Panelists will look at the on-the-ground impact of transit on Canadian communities.
  • Autonomous transit – what comes next? This session will discuss the implications of evolving autonomous vehicle technology for transit systems and all levels of government.

The second half of Transit Awareness Days will take place on Parliament Hill on Tuesday, September 19. During this time, members will have the opportunity to attend meetings on Parliament Hill with MPs, Senators and other major decision makers to share their insight on the transit industry. It is also a great chance to learn how the federal government operates and the ways in which it effects the transit industry. With the current unprecedented levels of federal investment in transit, sharing our expertise and perspective in Ottawa is more important than ever for our industry.

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