CUTA's 2022 Policy Forum in Ottawa

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September 20, 2022

CUTA is pleased to provide a platform for some of North America’s leading transit and urban mobility experts to discuss the future of our industry. As the pandemic has demonstrated, it is crucial to maintain an open and cross-sector dialogue not only to keep transit running today, but also ensure that the networks of tomorrow are more resilient, human-centred and climate-focused than ever before.

This year’s event will address intersections between transit and housing/land-use and how transit can be a vector for climate action. Enjoy an opening address by the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, followed by a keynote address by Don Iveson, Executive Director of Civic Good, Former Mayor of Edmonton and Former Chair of the FCM Big City Mayors’ Caucus.

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Morning Program

Program for Tuesday, September 20
LOCATION: Ottawa Art Gallery – 10 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, ON, K1N 6E2

  • 8:00 REGISTRATION OPENS
  • 8:30 BREAKFAST / COFFEE
  • 9:00 INTRODUCTION
    • James McDonald, CUTA Chair and Chief Operations Officer, Edmonton Metropolitan Transit Services Commission
  • 9:05 OPENING REMARKS
    • The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities
  • 9:15 THE FUTURE OF PUBLIC TRANSIT
    • Marco D’Angelo, President and CEO, Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA)
  • 9:30 KEYNOTE SPEAKER
    • Don Iveson, Executive Director of Civic Good, Former Mayor of Edmonton, Former Chair of the FCM Big City Mayors’ Caucus
  • 10:00 FIRESIDE CHAT
    • Don Iveson, Executive Director of Civic Good, Former Mayor of Edmonton, Former Chair of the FCM Big City Mayors’ Caucus
    • Josh Colle, Senior Vice President, EY Canada, Former Chair of TTC, Former Councillor, City of Toronto
  • 10:45 BREAK
  • 11:00 – 11:45 “Moving Past the Pandemic” 
    • Sharon Fleming, Director of Calgary Transit, City of Calgary
    • Alain Mercier, Director General of RTC
    • Dave Reage, Executive Director, Halifax Transit
    • Marco D’Angelo, President and CEO, Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA)
  • 11:45 – 12:00
    • Taylor Bachrach, NDP MP for Skeena-Bulkley Valley

Policy Forum - AM Speakers

The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc
Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities
James McDonald
CUTA Chair and Chief Operations Officer, Edmonton Metropolitan Transit Services Commission
Marco D'Angelo
President & CEO, CUTA
Don Iveson
Executive Director of Civic Good, Former Mayor of Edmonton, Former Chair of the FCM Big City Mayors’ Caucus
Josh Colle
Senior Vice President, EY Canada, Former Chair of TTC, Former Councillor, City of Toronto
Sharon Fleming
Director of Calgary Transit at The City of Calgary
Alain Mercier
Director General of RTC
Dave Reage
Executive Director, Halifax Transit
Taylor Bachrach
NDP MP Skeena-Bulkley Valley, Critic - Transport, Deputy Critic - Infrastructure and Communities

Afternoon Program

  • 12:00 LUNCH
  • 12:30 LUNCH SPEAKER: Transit and Emissions Reductions
    • Robert Dean, CEO, Centre for Neighborhood Technology
  • 1:00 PANEL 1: 60 DAYS TO THE UN CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE CHANGE (COP27) – Exploring intersections between public transit and climate action
  • 2:30 BREAK
  • 2:45 PANEL 2: Public Transit and City Building Exploring intersections between public transit and housing/land-use 
  • 4:00 COCKTAIL RECEPTION
  • 5:00 END

1:00 PM - PANEL 1: 60 DAYS TO THE UN CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE CHANGE (COP27)

Exploring intersections between public transit and climate action

60 DAYS TO THE UN CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE CHANGE (COP27) - Panelists

Sharon Fleming
MODERATOR: Director of Calgary Transit, City of Calgary
Carole Saab
Chief Executive Officer, Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)
Dr. Catherine Morency
Ph.D. Full Professor Department of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering, Polytechnique Montréal
Michelle Jones
Head - Renewable Energy Programs, Innovation and Sustainability Group, Toronto Transit Commission
Robert Dean
Robert Dean, CEO, Centre for Neighborhood Technology

2:45 PANEL 2: Public Transit and City Building -

Exploring intersections between public transit and housing/land-use 

Public Transit and City Building - Panelists

David Cooper
MODERATOR: MPl., MCIP, RPP, Principal, Leading Mobility Consulting
Kelly Paleczny
General Manager – London Transit Commission
Dr. Matti Siemiatycki
Professor, Geography and Planning, University of Toronto and Canada Research Chair in Infrastructure Planning and Finance
Julianna Charchun
Principal, Julianna Charchun Consulting Inc.
Devon Harlos
RPP, Development Coordinator, CPA Development Consultants

Hotels

A limited number of discounted hotel bookings are available at:

  • Delta Hotels Ottawa City Centre, located at 101 Lyon Street North, Ottawa – 1 (888) 236-2427
    Booking link 
  • Novotel Ottawa, located at 33 Nicholas St, Ottawa – (613) 230-3033
    Please call to book and identify yourself as part of the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) Policy Forum group.