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Transportation Forum 2023 presented by Deloitte

Wednesday, May 17, 2023
8:00 AM
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Schedule:Registration and Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. PT
Program: 8:30 - 12:00 p.m. PT

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As Canada and B.C. look towards the future and leadership roles in the global economy, several focuses emerge for the transportation industry. B.C. is working to create a competitive, lower carbon economy and supply chain, wherein transportation supports sustainable, connected communities that balance living and working environments. With newly arising challenges, we are working to bring in the best ideas of the world to B.C. and exporting our ideas and innovation to the benefit of the world.

Deloitte helps transport and mobility organizations address their unique market challenges through results-driven insights. We support government policy decision-makers, regulators and operators tackle escalating competition, technological demands, and shifting trends in transportation.

CN A Leading North American Transportation and Logistics Company
Essential to the economy, the CN team of approximately 23,000 railroaders transports more than C$250 billion worth of goods annually for a wide range of business sectors, ranging from resource products to manufactured products to consumer goods, across a rail network of approximately 20,000 route-miles spanning Canada and mid-America.

FortisBC is a Canadian-owned company based in BC. It has a diverse team of 2,600 dedicated employees delivering safe and reliable natural gas, Renewable Natural Gas and electricity to 1.2 million customers in 135 BC communities and 58 First Nations communities across 150 Traditional Territories.

FortisBC is transforming BC’s energy future by delivering renewable and low-carbon gases to customers and offering new energy-efficient technologies for BC homes and businesses. As an electricity provider, they continue to provide customers in the Southern Interior with clean, renewable energy and operate electric vehicle charging stations to support cleaner transportation. Visit to see how they’re moving ever-closer to a lower-carbon energy future.

Transportation Forum 2023

Nearly 40 years ago, over 22 million visitors descended upon Vancouver for Expo 86, the second largest event in B.C.’s history, to explore the future of transportation by land, air, and water. Although innovative at the time, no one could have imagined how Vancouver would look in 2023.

Fast forward 25 years from today, the population of Greater Vancouver is predicted to increase to 3.8 million people, an increase of 1 million. Cities everywhere are facing new realities such as climate change, global pandemics, and energy transitions. It is time for communities to consider how they will build forward-thinking, sustainable, resilient infrastructure and networks that will serve the needs of our rapidly changing world.

  • What are the scalable, innovative, and clean solutions that industry and government can collaborate on to ensure Metro Vancouver citizens can move sustainably and efficiently between work, home, and play?
  • How can Metro Vancouver build upon its award-winning transportation infrastructure as we become a city of 4 million residents, and what is our role in the Cascadia Mega Region of 10 million?

The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade invites you to the 2023 Transportation Forum presented by Deloitte which will bring together industry experts and government officials to discuss the future of moving people around Metro Vancouver and beyond.

Opening Keynote

Hon. Rob Fleming

Hon. Rob Fleming
Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure
Province of British Columbia

Closing Keynote

Stijn Vandeweyer

Stijn Vandeweyer
Stijn Vandeweyer, Infrastructure, Transportation and Regional Government Leader,
Deloitte Belgium

Panel 1

Technology and Climate Change: Moving Forward Sustainably

There is no question that B.C. companies and the government are responding to the call to act on climate, spurring rapid innovation of cleaner technologies that contribute to sustainable transportation. Despite the common goal and an abundance of startups, the path to commercialization and scaling up continues to be the biggest challenge.

This expert panel will discuss innovative made-in-B.C. transportation solutions and the opportunities that exist for government and industry to scale up, accelerate adoption and export these solutions.


Herman Chandi   Chris Gilliland   Erika Holtz   Sarah Smith  Hayley Woodin

Herman Chandi, COO & Co-Founder, UrbanLogiq
Chris Gilliland, Director, Technology Development, Vancouver Airport Authority
Erika Holtz, Engineering & Quality Manager, Harbour Air Group
Sarah Smith, Director, Low Carbon Transportation and LNG Business Growth, FortisBC
Moderator: Hayley Woodin, Editor-in-Chief, Business in Vancouver


Panel 2

Urban Mobility: Moving through a Region of Change

Getting to sustainable transportation goes beyond low carbon and cleantech solutions, it requires lowering the barriers to access and getting people to where they work, live and play faster.

As the Metro Vancouver region and nearby suburbs face rapidly expanding populations, housing affordability challenges, new patterns of movement, congestion and accessibility – what is the cost of this congestion and how can industry and municipal governments work together to keep up with the pace of growth? What are the investment opportunities?

This panel will be a case study of other jurisdictions that are having similar conversations, offering innovative ideas and opportunities for mobility in the future.


Hayden Harvey   Kaye Krishna   Brad West  Andrew Pau

Hayden Harvey, Senior Manager, Government Affairs - Pacific Northwest, Lime
Kaye Krishna, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Province of British Columbia
Mayor Brad West, City of Port Coquitlam, Chair-Translink Mayors' Council
Moderator: Andrew Pau, Deloitte Canada's Transportation Leader

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