Transportation Summit 2017: The Future of Our Region

Friday, March 3, 2017
7:15 AM
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Schedule:Registration & Buffet Breakfast:  7:15 - 7:45 a.m.
Program: 7:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Networking Lunch:  12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

2017 will be a critical year for transportation in Greater Vancouver, one that will fundamentally shape the future of our region.

Important decisions such as Phase 2 transit funding, investments in trade-enabling gateway infrastructure, and the future governance of Canada's airports and ports will significantly impact transportation in and around Greater Vancouver for years to come.

Greater Vancouver Economic Scorecard 2016 identified just how crucial the movement of people and goods is to our regional economy, and how as Canada's Pacific Gateway, our transit and transportation networks are key to keeping our regional, provincial and national economies moving.

To build and sustain the strategic importance of our region, we must look to the future and invest in our transit and transportation networks, while protecting and properly maintaining our critical regional transportation infrastructure today.

This summit will provide an opportunity for the business community to discuss the future of our region's transit and transportation networks, and the decisions that will guide our economic growth for the next 25 years and beyond.

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Opening Keynote


The Honourable Peter Fassbender
Minister of Community Sport and Cultural Development, Minister Responsible for TransLink
Province of British Columbia

Session 1

Future of Regional Transit

Learn how the Metro Vancouver Mayors' approval of the 10-year vision will transform transit in our region for decades to come. The panel will discuss the next phases of transit investment, and the next steps necessary to secure the efficient movement of people throughout our region.

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Kevin Desmond, CEO, TransLink
Mayor Gregor Robertson, City of Vancouver
Moderator: Frances Bula, Urban affairs contributor, The Globe and Mail

Session 2

Future of the Gateway

As Canada's gateway to the Asia Pacific, greater Vancouver's transportation sector is essential to the future of our nation's economy. This panel will discuss how the health and governance of air, marine, and rail networks are changing and will continue to take on a national significance.

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Mike Henderson, Managing Director, Greater Vancouver Gateway Council
Christoph Rufenacht, Director, Capital Facilities Development, Vancouver Airport Authority
Derek Stanger, Senior Manager, Corporate Development, CN
Peter Wallis, President and CEO, Peter Wallis Consulting
Peter Xotta, Vice President, Planning and Operations, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
Moderator: Natalie Obiko Pearson, Bloomberg News

Internet of Things Keynote


Steve Grywul
Director, Corporate Sales – BC
Bell Mobility

Session 3

Future of Mobility

Transportation is in an era of disruption. With the use of big data, electrification, digital infrastructure, and mobility pricing, the future of mobility is rapidly changing. This panel will provide the audience insight into these important developments.


Simon Dixon, Global Transportation Sector Leader / Partner, UK, Deloitte
Jordan Gilbertson, Product Manager, Uber Movement
Josipa G. Petrunic, Executive Director & CEO, Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC)
Moderator: Iain Black, ICD.D, President and CEO, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade

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Sponsorship Opportunities
Gain direct access to the senior-level audience through enhanced visibility and exposure to attract new business. A wide range of opportunities are available, for more information please contact Lisa Kaisers ( or call 604-640-5484).