Monday May 13, 2019

12:00 - 16:15

Executive Committee meeting

(by invitation only)
Room: Victoria 1

Tuesday May 14, 2019

08:00 - 09:00

Regional Chairs Committee meeting

(by invitation only)
Room: Battery

08:00 - 17:00

Registration

Room: Foyer, Convention Centre

09:00 - 11:00

Transit Board Members Committee meeting

(by invitation only)
Room: Victoria 1

09:00 - 12:00

Technical Services Committee meeting

(open to all members)
Room: Bannerman 3

10:00 - 11:00

Statistics Sub-Committee meeting

(open to all members)
Room: Bannerman 3

11:00 - 13:00

Business Members Committee meeting

(open to all members)
Room: Pippy 1 & 2
 

Communications & Public Affairs Committee meeting

(open to all members)
Room: Victoria 1

12:15 - 16:45

Board of Directors meeting

(by invitation only)
Room: Bowring 2 & 4

14:00 - 16:30

Technical Tour - Metrobus

Metrobus' new home is St. John's first LEED facility. The 11,000 square-metre facility boasts various environmental features that reduce the transit system's carbon footprint and also provide a more cost-efficient building to operate. These include a geothermal heating system and heat recovery systems combined with energy-efficient lighting. Rainwater harvesting cisterns are employed to collect water to wash the fleet at the end of each service day.

The building houses Metrobus' administrative offices, operations areas, bus storage for 60 buses, state-of-the-art repair garage, bus wash and maintenance areas. The newest technologies and the latest architectural design in the transit industry provides the infrastructure to establish public transit as an important part of the solution to urban mobility and the achievement of sustainable transportation throughout the region.

Room: Foyer, Convention Centre

17:00 - 18:00

Annual general meeting

Room: Bowring 2 & 4

18:00 - 19:00

Atlantic Regional Committee meeting

(open to all members in the Atlantic Region)
Room: Pippy 1
 

Ontario Regional Committee meeting

(open to all members in Ontario)
Room: Battery
 

Québec Regional Committee meeting

(open to all members in Quebec)
Room: Victoria 1

19:00 - 20:30

Welcome reception

Room: Bannerman 1 & 2 and Foyer

Wednesday May 15, 2019

08:30 - 10:15

Opening plenary - technology keynote

Our opening breakfast will feature greetings from the Premier of Newfoundland and Nora Young. We will set the stage for an exciting day of plenaries and breakout groups.

Nora Young - Host of CBC Radio’s Spark | Author of The Virtual Self

Nora Young is an informed and ideal guide for anyone looking to examine—and plan for—the ever-changing high-tech landscape; she helps audiences understand trends in social media, big data, wearable tech and more, while showing them how to better protect their privacy in our increasingly digital world. The host and creator of Spark on CBC Radio, and the author of The Virtual Self, she demystifies technology and explains how it is shaping our lives and the larger world in which we live.

Young was the founding host of CBC Radio’s Definitely Not The Opera, where she often discussed topics related to new media and technology. Her work has appeared online, on television, and in print. Along with Cathi Bond, she has been a hobby podcaster of The Sniffer since 2005. Her favourite technology is her bicycle.

Room: Bowring 2 & 4

10:15 - 10:30

Networking break

Room: Foyer of Bannerman

10:30 - 11:45

Session 1: Small systems round table

Our popular round-table format will feature a moderated discussion on topics relevant to small systems, chosen by those in attendance. Come with your questions and challenges and a desire to share your solutions.

Room: Bannerman 1
 

Session 2: Large systems round table

Our popular round-table format will feature a moderated discussion on topics relevant to large systems, chosen by those in attendance. Come with your questions and challenges and a desire to share your solutions.

Room: Bannerman 2
 

Session 3: Accessibility round table

Our popular round-table format will feature a moderated discussion on topics specific to paratransit systems, chosen by those in attendance. Come with your questions and challenges and a desire to share your solutions.

Room: Bannerman 3

11:45 - 13:00

Lunch

Room: Bowring 2 & 4

13:15 - 15:00

Session 4: Plenary - Big data

We will explore the many sources of big data available to your company and how to best use them to improve operations, performance and the customer experience.

Speakers
  • Steve Halberstadt, Clever Devices
  • Mr. Chuck Ebbets, ViriCiti
  • David Block-Schachter, Transit App
Room: Bowring 2 & 4

15:00 - 17:15

Session 5: How technology drives new mobility

Most new mobility providers would not exist without cutting-edge technology applications driving their business. As a result, they are accustomed to thinking creatively about technology in ways transit systems could learn from. Come and hear how they use the latest technology to drive their business and reach as many customers as possible.

Speakers

  • Chris Schafer, Lime E-Scooters
  • Martin Grey, Uber
  • Lyft (invited)

Room: Bannerman 1
 

Session 6: Smart fare systems

While many systems have moved beyond just paper tickets and cash, payment systems technology continues to advance at a breakneck pace. Come and hear from Canadian industry leaders how they are using these advances to grow ridership and improve the customer experience.

Speakers

  • Doug McKinnon, TransLink
  • Rob Bryans, Routematch
  • Tim Luey, St. Catharines Transit

Room: Bannerman 2

18:30 - 00:00

Business members’ evening - George St. pub crawl

Thursday May 16, 2019

08:30 - 10:00

Session 7: Plenary

How artificial intelligence will improve transit system operations

Artificial intelligence is still bleeding edge technology in the transit world, where applications may not be quite as obvious as they are in other fields. Learn from organizations that are applying machine learning to some complex transit and transportation problems and what some of the issues are.

Speakers

  • Ricardo Margalho, Stratio Automotive
  • Luke Mellor, Pantonium

Room: Bowring 2 & 4

10:15 - 10:30

Networking break

Room: Foyer of Bannerman

10:15 - 11:45

Session 8: Technology and TOD/TDM

Technology isn't just about apps and vehicle systems. The tech world is also moving into fields like urban planning and transportation demand management. Come and hear from some of the most innovative voices in the field about how their industries are being transformed by technology.

Speakers

  • Andrew Miller, Sidewalk Labs
  • Sean Rathwell, Dillon Consulting

Room: Bannerman 1

10:30 - 11:45

Session 9: Workshop E-bus 101

Following on our electric bus training program in Montreal in March, we will share some of what was learned there and explore the uniquely Canadian challenges of an e-bus implementation.

Speakers

  • Pascal Renaud, Société de transport de Montréal (STM)
  • Norman Hendry, Edmonton Transit Service (ETS)
  • Phil Herritt, Edmonton Transit Service (ETS)

Room: Salle: Bannerman 2

11:45 - 13:45

Closing lunch: On-demand transit - A global perspective

On-demand transit: A global perspective

The way Canadians want to move around our cities is changing. We want to experience our cities quickly, cheaply, from our smartphones and with a view to greater accessibility for all.

The magnitude of traffic problems demands new mobility solutions. In addition, on-demand consumption by Canadians (Netflix, SkipTheDishes) has created a new desire for flexible ways to get around. The need for demand-responsive transit (DRT) solutions is clear.

The closing session speech will touch on steps that today's transit systems can take to evolve from fixed routes, fixed prices, and fixed stops and work to address what our customers want. DRT will create new mobility opportunities for commuters and new-choice riders and even expand service to low density and rural areas.

By using global examples, this session will highlight key features of on-demand transit programs and introduce players from around the world. A review of emerging technology and data platforms as well as the range of operating models will be discussed.

Delivering on new mobility options, including creating demand-responsive solutions, will be a key goal for transit's next generation of innovation.

Speakers

  • Marco D'Angelo

Room: Bowring 2 & 4