Events & Training

Transit Awareness Days 2017 Schedule

Schedule details are subject to change. Registration is now closed. Please contact Sarah Cowie ( if you have any questions. 


Monday, September 18: Policy Forum
Delta Ottawa City Centre, 101 Lyon St. N

CUTA will be hosting a public, free to attend Policy Forum on September 18, 2017 at the Delta Hotel in Ottawa (101 Lyon St.)


Registration Opens

Time: 8:15 a.m. (Penthouse Level of the Delta Hotel)


Welcome remarks:

The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

Time: 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

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

Time: 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM


Networking Break

Time: 10:00 AM – 10:15 AM


Policy Session 1: Private Money, Public Transit

Time: 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM

Speakers will discuss best practices and common mistakes when it comes to private investment in transit infrastructure from a national perspective.

Bruce McCuaig, Executive Advisor at the Canada Infrastructure Bank, Privy Council Office;

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

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

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


Lunch & Keynote Speaker: Senator Dennis Dawson, Chair of the Senate Committee on Transport and Communications

Time: 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM


Policy Session 2: The social impact of transit investment

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM

Panelists will look at the on-the-ground impact of transit on Canadian communities.

Sharon Doyle, Manager of Mobility Plus at York Region;

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

Anders Swanson, Chair of Canada Bikes;

Geoff Noxon, Noxon Associates 


Policy Session 3: Autonomous transit – what comes next?

Time: 2:15 PM – 3:30 PM

This session will discuss the implications of evolving autonomous vehicle technology for transit systems and all levels of government.

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

Dominique Lemay, CEO, Transdev Canada Inc.;

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

Sarah Wells, Executive Director, Transportation Association of Canada


Networking Break

Time: 3:30 PM – 3:45 PM


Policy Session 4: Modernizing the transit industry’s approach to data

Time: 3:45 PM – 5:00 PM

Given technological change and increasing federal investment in transit, this session will explore changes to how the industry collects its data.

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

Sophie Le Blanc, Business Development Manager at Transit App;

Wendy Reuter, Vice President of the Canadian Urban Transit Association;

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


CUTA Members Dinner & Briefing Session  

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: Pinnacle Room, Delta Ottawa City Centre, 101 Lyon Street N

To prepare those attending Tuesday’s Hill Day on key messages and strategic plan for meetings with MPs/Ministers. Delegate packages & MP kits will be distributed at this time.


Tuesday, September 19: Hill Day
Parliament Hill


Collect Delegate Packages

Time: 7:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Morning meetings on the Hill  

Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Lunch at Parliamentary Restaurant (requested)

Time: 11:30 PM – 1:00 PM

Afternoon meetings on the Hill

Time: 3:15 PM – 5:00 PM

Official Transit Awareness Days Reception

Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM


*The events of CUTA's Hill Day on Septmber 19, as well as the Members Only Dinner, are available only to CUTA members