Events & Training

Transit Awareness Days 2017

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Registration is now closed. Please contact Sarah Cowie ( if you have any questions.

Canadian urban mobility is at a pivotal moment in its history and CUTA wants you to get involved and make a difference. CUTA’s 2017 Transit Awareness Days are a great opportunity for you to get involved, learn about the issues facing urban mobility in Canada and make a difference both on Parliament Hill and in your community.

This year’s Transit Awareness Days will be on September 18 and 19 in Ottawa. Registration is now closed.


CUTA will be hosting a public, free to attend Policy Forum on September 18, 2017 at the Delta Hotel in Ottawa (101 Lyon St.). At the Policy Forum, pressing issues regarding transit will be discussed and explored by top speakers from across the country and abroad. You do not need to be a CUTA member to attend this event. You can view the full schedule here. 

The one-day Policy Forum (9:00 AM to 5:00 PM) will bring together transit stakeholders and experts as well as key government officials. The 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.

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CUTA members can join CUTA’s Public Affairs Team on September 19, 2017 for CUTA's Transit Awareness Day on Parliament Hill. Meet elected officials and other key stakeholders that are shaping Canada's urban mobility agenda face-to-face and inform them about the transit industry and how to make the government`s investment in transit be as successful as possible.


Join us in Ottawa and let's seize this unprecedented opportunity for the industry and ensure that it helps to build stronger, more sustainable, economically competitive and socially inclusive communities from coast to coast.

For more information email Jeff Mackey at


Speaking at the conference: 

BRENT TODERIAN, city planner, TODERIAN UrbanWORKS & former Vancouver chief planner 

Senator Dennis Dawson, Chair of the Senate Committee on Transport and Communications

Bruce McCuaig, Executive Advisor, Canada Infrastructure Bank, Privy Council Office

Sharon Greene, Sr. Vice President, Finance Market Sector Director, HDR;

Sarah Wells, Executive Director, Transportation Association of Canada

Dominique Lemay, CEO, Transdev Canada Inc

Larry McKeown, Chief of Research, Energy and Transport, Statistics Canada;

Andreas Mai, Executive Vice President Market Development & Innovation
Keolis North America

Dr. Denis Gingras, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Université de Sherbrooke;

Alain Mercier, General Manager, Réseau de transport de la Capitale (RTC)

Anders Swanson, Chair of Canada Bikes;

Jeff Morrison, Executive Director of the Canada Housing and Renewal Association;

Steve Naylor, Director, Strategic Business Planning & Development, Metrolinx (GO Transit, UP Express, PRESTO)

Sophie Le Blanc, Business Development Manager at Transit App;

Sharon Doyle, Manager of Mobility Plus at York Region;

Geoff Noxon, Noxon Associates;

Wendy Reuter, Vice President of the Canadian Urban Transit Association

Tim Luey, Manager of Finance and Administration, St. Catharines Transit Commission

When and Where

Sep 18 to Sep 19
Delta Hotel
101 Lyon St.
Ottawa, ON