Moving at the Speed of Change

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Each year ACEC-British Columbia, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, and TransLink co-host a one day transportation conference showcasing the future direction and trends surrounding the province's transportation plans.

Moving at the Speed of Change will look at new technologies, changing priorities and innovative developments in BC’s transportation  systems, and where we may be going in the future.

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Preliminary Conference Agenda

Morning Tour Option 1 - Guided Port of Vancouver Tour (Burrard Inlet)

A guided boat tour of key Port of Vancouver infrastructure sites along the north and south shores of Burrard Inlet.

  • Boarding begins at 7:15 a.m., downtown Vancouver (tba)
  • Tour boat departs at 8:00 a.m.  Breakfast provided on the boat.
  • Tour boat returns to downtown Vancouver at 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast and Registration

7:30 Registration and Breakfast at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Vancouver

8:00 Welcome and Introductions by Conference Chair, Joel Weiss, P.Eng.

Morning Keynote Presentation

Kevin Desmond, CEO, TransLink

Morning Tour Options 2 and 3

9:00 Departure from the Hyatt Hotel:

    • Tour Option 2: BC Ferries Fleet Maintenance Unit, Richmond
    • Tour Option 3: Corvus Energy Storage Systems, Richmond

Morning Presentations

9:20 Vision Zero Road Safety Strategy - Kenedee Ludwar, P.Eng., Director, Traffic & Highway Safety Engineering, TRAN

10:40 YVR's $9.1 Billion Expansion - Don Ehrenholz, P.Eng., VP Engineering, YVR

Luncheon Plenary Session

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Keynote presentations by:

Kevin Richter, P.Eng., ADM Highways Division, TRAN

Paul Godsmark, CTO, CAVCOE

2:30 Health Break

Afternoon Stream Presentations

Stream A - Smart Cities


Stream B - Adapting to Change


High Speed Data Systems for Transit

Dr. Walter Mérida, Director,
UBC Clean Energy Research Centre



Flood Management in the BC Interior

TRAN speaker, tba


Smart Cities Challenge

Lon LaClaire,
Director of Transportation, 
City of Vancouver



High-speed rail from Vancouver to Seattle

Jonathan Hopkins, Paige Malott, Cascadia Rail


Cell phone based travel demand forecast/planning

Cynthia Albright, Principal,
Urban Planning & Design, Stantec



Calgary's Green Line

Speaker tba


Stream A Panel Discussion



Stream B Panel Discussion

4:30 Networking Reception

6:00 Deputy Minister's Awards Dinner

Previous Transportation Conferences

Program information and Presentations from past Transportation Conferences: