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Transportation Symposium: Are We There Yet?

Join us as we bring together industry leaders, experts and visionaries to take stock of our existing challenges and examine the long-term trends influencing transportation, transit and urban mobility in the Toronto Region.

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With over $80B of transit infrastructure projects underway in Ontario, we face historic opportunities and daunting challenges.

“Are we there yet?” is not just a question; it’s a gateway to exploring the present and future of how we live, work, and move in the Toronto Region. Are we equipped to meet our current infrastructure commitments, and what visionary initiatives are required to prepare for the future?

In its 9th year, our Transportation Symposium is a perennial success, consistently selling out. Don't miss your chance to hear and connect with the top players executing these mega-projects and gain profound insights into the challenges, investment imperatives, policy adaptations, and groundbreaking opportunities necessary to keep our vibrant region moving ahead. Stay at the forefront of sector trends, elevate your professional development, and play an active role in shaping the future of our region. 

Featured Speakers

  • Andy Byford

    Andy Byford

    SVP, HSR Development Programs, Amtrak

  • Eddy Thésée

    Eddy Thésée

    Vice President of Cybersecurity, Alstom

  • Angela Clayton

    Angela Clayton

    President, Project Delivery, Infrastructure Ontario

  • Dan Gardner

    Dan Gardner

    Co-Author, How Big Things Get Done

Why You Should Attend

  • Insightful Discussion: Engage in thought-provoking discussions on critical urban mobility issues. 

  • Strategic Planning & Innovation: Gain valuable insights into current and future transportation infrastructure innovations. 

  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with public transit leaders, technology innovators, business influencers leaders and policy experts. 

  • Global Perspective: Benefit from lessons learned across global cities. 

  • Professional Development: Stay ahead on the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities in the transportation sector.

Agenda Topics

Global Insights into Building World-class Infrastructure

Hear from an international speaker with unparalleled local expertise. CEO of the Toronto Transit Commission; President of the New York City Transit Authority; Commissioner of Transport for London, and now, Senior Vice President for High-Speed Rail at Amtrak, Andy Byford has had an extraordinary career, leading transport authorities and projects around the world. Andy will share his top 5 lessons learned from his global experience, followed by a sit-down Q&A session.

Speaker:

  • Andy Byford, Senior Vice President, HSR Development Programs, Amtrak 

Moderator:

  • Angela Clayton, President, Project Delivery, Infrastructure Ontario 


Special Presentation: Getting Big Things Done on Budget and on Time

In a special presentation, Dan Gardner, co-author of one of the Economist’s Best Books of 2023, How Big Things Get Done, joins us to share his insights on successful project leadership. Explore the staggering statistics revealing the challenges of completing projects of all sizes and types. Dan explores the prevalence of failure and the exceptional success of rare projects offering invaluable insights applicable to effectively planning, executing, and delivering complex projects of any scale.


The Next Big Project: VIA HFR

Join Martin Imbleau, CEO of VIA HFR – VIA TGF INC., for a compelling exploration of the transformative High Frequency Rail project. Set to redefine intercity travel in Canada, this initiative aims to connect the Toronto Region, eastward through to Quebec, with the potential to reach speeds up to 200 km per hour. Learn more about how one of Canada’s most critical infrastructure projects will enhance travel experience between Canada's major cities and communities and contribute significantly to the nation's economic growth.


Mobility Partners & Patterns in the Toronto Region Today

Join us for an engaging look into our region’s dynamic mobility patterns, how different networks interact, and opportunities for improvement. Gain a comprehensive understanding of the dynamic changes that have occurred in recent years. This session cuts through complexity to provide attendees with a clear, data-driven picture of our current mobility landscape, directly from those making it happen.

Speakers:

  • Shakir Hussein, Director of Traffic and Planning, 407 ETR
  • Teresa Di Felice, AVP, Government and Community Relations, CAA
  • Laura Miller, Head of Public Policy & Communications - Canada, Uber
  • Eve Wiggins, Director of Transit, City of Mississauga

Moderator:

  • Karla Avis-Birch, Chief Planning Officer, Metrolinx


Successfully Delivering Transit Infrastructure

Our infrastructure must keep pace with the Region to effectively support its evolving needs and demands. Historically, our region has struggled to deliver massive infrastructure on time and on budget. How can we transform infrastructure delivery to do better? By examining key projects in the Canadian market, our panelists will enhance your understanding of how we can harness national best practices and cutting-edge approaches to build a world-class transit system.

Speakers:

  • Richard Inglis, Executive Vice-President - Ontario Line, Metrolinx
  • Fred Antunes, Senior Vice-President, Capture Management for Major Projects, AtkinsRéalis
  • Russell Jackson, Global Transit Director, AECOM

Moderator:

  • Godyne Sibay, Senior Strategic Advisor, McCarthy Tétrault LLP


Digitization of Transit Infrastructure

Digitalization is driving innovation in infrastructure investment globally – facilitating advancements in automation, collaboration and operational performance that are revolutionizing transit and transportation systems. As we move towards more automated, digitized transit systems, how do we ensure transit is resilient and secure while providing passengers with safe and reliable service? Learn why these investments are vital to the future of our increasingly interconnected region and how your projects can maximize this potential.

Speakers:

  • Eddy Thésée, Vice President of Cybersecurity, Alstom
  • Mustafa Mirza, Vice President of Rail and Transit - Ontario, WSP

Moderator:

  • Neel Dayal, Head of Innovation and Partnerships, Rogers

Tickets

Individual:

  • Member: $149
  • Non-Member: $229


Table of 10:

  • Member: $1,490
  • Non-Member: $2,290

Symposium Partners

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