Media Advisory - Self-Driving Cars: Is Canada Ready for the Next Disruptive Technology?

TORONTO, April 14, 2016 /CNW/ - According to a Conference Board of Canada report, automated vehicles (AVs) could be on the roads by 2020–25 and economic benefits for Canada could total over $65 billion per year. As self-driving cars merge with traditional vehicles on roadways, motorists and governments need to prepare for this disruptive technology.

National and international experts will gather at The Conference Board of Canada's Automated Vehicles: Planning the Next Disruptive Technology conference on April 19-20 in Toronto, to consider a number of the issues surrounding the arrival of AVs, such as: 

  • Current technology status and market trends;
  • Transportation planning;
  • Urban forum implications;
  • Data privacy;
  • Autonomous transit;
  • Goods movement; and
  • The future of work.

When: April 19–20, Toronto                                                                      
Where: One King West Hotel & Residence, Toronto, Ontario

Speakers include:

  • Stephen Buckley, General Manager, Transportation Services, City of Toronto
  • Stephen Erwin, Head, Intelligent Transportation Systems Program, Ontario Ministry of Transportation 
  • Brian Flemming, Senior Fellow, Van Horne Institute, Calgary
  • Raphaël Gindrat, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, BestMile 
  • Barrie Kirk, Executive Director, Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence (CAVCOE) 
  • Philippa Lawson, Consultant, Philippa Lawson, Barrister & Solicitor 
  • Dr. Julia Markovich, Senior Research Associate, Transportation and Infrastructure, The Conference Board of Canada
  • AnnaLisa  Meyboom, Director, Transportation Infrastructure and Public Space Lab (TIPSlab), University of British Columbia
  • David Ticoll, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Innovation Policy Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
  • Karlyn Stanley, Adjunct Senior Researcher and Lawyer, RAND Corporation        

For the full schedule and times visit:

Media Accreditation is required.

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The Conference Board of Canada's Automated Vehicles: Planning the Next Disruptive Technology is made possible thanks to generous contributions from our partners: CAA, Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence (CAVCOE)  Blancride, Arup and Van Horne.


SOURCE Conference Board of Canada

For further information: or media accreditation, contact: Sean Burgess, Media Relations, The Conference Board of Canada, Tel.: 613- 526-3090 ext. 221, E-mail:; Juline Ranger, Director of Communications, The Conference Board of Canada, Tel.: 613- 526-3090 ext. 431, E-mail:


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