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"ITS Today: Technologies Across Ontario" Workshop

When: Wednesday, June 19 2019
Time: 8:45 am - 4.30 pm
Where: University of Waterloo Automotive Research Center (WatCAR)
Fees: ITSC/OTC member $150 / Non-Member $200 / Student $40

ITS Canada and the OTC have joined to offer this one-day workshop which will look at the role ITS Technologies play in Smart Cities and where are we with respect to the deployment of Connected and Automated Vehicle Technologies in Ontario. The morning session is dedicated to ITS in smart cities and the afternoon session covers topics related to autonomous and connected vehicles technologies and initiatives. This workshop is set up in the form of panel presentations and discussions attended by experts from the public sector, academia, consulting, and industry. The keynote presenter is Dr. Brendon Hemily who will talk about recent advances in ITS and public transit right after the lunch. The workshop will be concluded by a short tour of WatCAR labs and facilities.. 


Workshop EMCEE Stefanie Bruinsma (University of Waterloo)




8:45 am   

Registration and Networking


WelcomeITS Canada Janneke van der Zee


WelcomeOTC Geoff Wilkinson


Agenda OverviewStefanie Bruinsma, University of Waterloo


ITS in Smart Cities Part 1 – Panel Presentations
Chair: Matthew Trushinski, Miovosion

  • Ryan Mounsey, Economic Development, Region of Waterloo
  • "ITS in Smart Cities, an Industry Supplier Perspective" by Jeff Smart, TACEL 
  • “Smart Towns – A Case for Rural Applications” by Chris Philp, CIMA+ & Katelyn McFadyen, Town of Caledon 

Health Break & Networking


ITS in Smart Cities Part 2 – Panel Discussion Are we ready? Role of Big Data 
Chair: Jessie Coleman – City of Toronto, Big Data Innovation Team

  • Jeff Smart, TACEL
  • Chris Philp, CIMA+
  • Katelyn McFadyen, Town of Caledon

Lunch & Networking

12:30 pm  

 Keynote: "Transit ITS: Developments, Challenges, Opportunities and Future Directions" by Dr. Brendon Hemily
Independent Consultant, Public Transportation Industry


Autonomous Vehicles
Ross McKenzie, WatCAR

  •  AVs 1–2–3, Challenges, Market Overview

Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) Technologies
Chair: Fahad Shuja – Ontario Good Roads Association

  • “CAV Readiness in the GTHA" by Mara Bullock, WSP Canada
  • "Driving Technology for a Better Future: The City of Toronto's Draft AV Tactical Plan" by Ryan Lanyon, City of Toronto 
  • "The Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network | Demonstration Zone" by Colin Dhillon, APMAtec

Summary & Closing Remarks by Stefanie Bruinsma


uWaterloo/ WatCAR Tours -participants can select 1 or 2 tours (30 minutes/ tour)

  1. RoboHub/ IDEAs Clinic/ Student Design Centre (E7, E5)
  2. Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing [MSAM] Laboratory – 3D Printing (E7, EC4)
  3. Green and Intelligent Automotive [GAIA] Facility – Advanced Powertrain (E3) 

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June 19, 2019
8:45 am