Transport Futures Mayoral Debate Participants (click for bio)

Joseph Berechman, City College, City University of New York, New York, USA

Joseph BerechmanDr. Joseph Berechman is a Professor and Chairman of the Department of Economics, at City College, the City University of NY. Previously, he was the CN Chair Professor in Transportation and International Logistics, the Sauder School of Business, the University of British Columbia.  He has consulted on a variety of transportation and urban projects in different countries and has been a principal investigator in several major studies done for the European Union.  For the past several years, Dr. Berechman has engaged in major cost and investment studies of transportation infrastructure projects in New York. He has published numerous journal papers and four research books. Dr. Berechman’s current research interests focus on transportation infrastructure investment evaluation and pricing; the relationships between transportation development and economic growth, and the estimation of full marginal costs from additional truck traffic.  He received his Bachelor degree from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, his MBA from the Wharton School and PhD degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.  Subsequently, he was on the faculty of SUNY Buffalo, Tel-Aviv University and the University of California, Irvine. He also was a Fellow at The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies. 

Bill Denning, Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Bill DenningBill has managed MTO’s Transportation Economics Office (TEO) since 2009.  The office was created that year to promote and oversee applications of economics within the Ministry.  The office has been concerned with microeconomics in the application of cost benefit analysis to transit and provincial highway projects across Ontario.  The office also undertakes macroeconomic analysis in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance to explore the effects of transportation activities on output and productivity.  Bill has worked on international transportation economics assignments for Canadian Pacific Consulting Services and the World Bank, and closer to home in the mid-1990's at GO Transit.  He has been part of the Ontario Public Service since 2003, working initially in the Ministry of Finance before moving to Transportation.  Bill's has a BA in Economics and Geography from the University of Toronto and an MA in Regional Science (spatial economics) from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Jane Hayse, Atlanta Regional Commission, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Jane HayseJane Hayse is the Director of the Atlanta Regional Commission's Center for Livable Communities. She leads and coordinates efforts among four divisions within the regional planning agency: Community Development, Natural Resources, Research & Analytics and Transportation Accessibility & Mobility. These divisions account for over 70 planners, engineers, and analysts in the fields of transportation planning, environmental planning, land use, economics and demographic forecasting. Ms. Hayse joined the regional planning agency in 1989 and has led ARC’s transportation planning division since 1998, coordinating the development of the Atlanta region’s $61 billion long-range transportation plan. Prior to that, she worked in Cobb County’s Planning and Zoning Department and for the Metropolitan Council of the Twin Cities in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She has served in many local and national leadership positions in her field and has received numerous awards, including the 2008 National Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement in Metropolitan Transportation Planning by the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations. Ms. Hayse holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from the University of North Carolina and a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University. She is a graduate of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership and the Regional Leadership Institute.

Robin Lindsey, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

26Dr. Lindsey's research interests include road pricing, traffic congestion models, paying for roads, traveler risk aversion and advanced traveler information systems. He has participated in several European Union projects concerned with efficient transportation pricing, usage of user charge revenues, and institutional factors in transport policy implementation. Dr. Lindsey has also studied private provision of roads and other topics related to market structure and efficiency. He holds a Ph.D in economics from Princeton University as well as an M.A. and B.A. (Economics and Physics) from Queen's University.


Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute, Victoria, BC, Canada

Todd LitmanTodd Litman is founder and executive director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, an independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative solutions to transport problems. His work helps expand the range of impacts and options considered in transportation decision-making, improve evaluation methods, and make specialized technical concepts accessible to a larger audience. His research is used worldwide in transport planning and policy analysis. Mr. Litman has worked on numerous studies that evaluate transportation costs, benefits and innovations. He authored the Online TDM Encyclopedia, Transportation Cost and Benefit Analysis: Techniques, Estimates and Implications, and Parking Management Best Practices. Mr. Litman has worked as a research and planning consultant for a diverse range of global clients, including government agencies, professional organizations, developers and non-government organizations.  Along with being a frequent speaker, Mr. Litman regularly blogs on the Planetizen website. He is active in several professional organizations including the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Transportation Research Board. 

Michael Sutherland, Metrolinx, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Michael SutherlandMichael Sutherland is the Director of Economic Analysis and Investment Strategy at Metrolinx. Michael has been with Metrolinx since 2007 where he has been involved with the development of rapid transit projects and investment strategies, including cost-benefit and P3 appraisal. Michael has played a major role in starting Metrolinx's real estate development program, focusing on collaboration with developer partners to make transit-oriented development happen. His areas of expertise are transport infrastructure planning and finance, transport economics, public-private partnerships, urban real estate development, and cities. Michael previously worked in the capital planning division at the Ontario Ministry of Infrastructure.  He has an Undergraduate Degree in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University and a Master’s in City Design and Social Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science, in London, England.

Nicole Swerhun, SWERHUN Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Nicole SwerhunNicole helps connect decision makers in the public and non-profit sectors to the constituencies they serve.  She works to make complex, often controversial and high profile, multi-stakeholder projects constructive and manageable. Nicole does this by creating processes that get information flowing between all those involved, addressing the issues people care about, and putting a heavy focus on demonstrating how different perspectives and priorities influence the end result. Nicole’s expertise includes: strategic process planning; collaborative decision making; public and stakeholder consultation; civic engagement;  public participation; and facilitation. She has worked extensively in Canada, the United States and internationally -- most recently on the City of Toronto's "Feeling Congested?" public consultation.

Matthew Turner, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Matthew TurnerDr. Matthew Turner is a professor of economics at the University of Toronto.  His research focuses on the economics of land use and transportation. Current projects investigate; the relationship between public transit and the growth of cities, whether and how `smart growth’  development affects individual driving behavior,  whether and when land use regulation makes cities more attractive, and the role of transportation infrastructure in the economic development of Chinese cities. Recent projects examine the relationship between the extent of a city’s highway network and urban growth, total driving in the city, and patterns of trade. Professor Turner holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California and a Ph. D. in economics from Brown University. His research appears in academic journals such as the American Economic Review and Econometrica, and is regularly featured in the popular press.