Speakers

Transport Futures Road Pricing Leadership Summit

ELECTED OFFICIALS

MPP Michael Harris, Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, Kitchener-Conestoga, Ontario, Canada

Michael Harris, Progressive Conservative Party of OntarioMichael Harris was first elected to the Ontario Legislature on October 6, 2011, and was re-elected June 12, 2014, as the MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga. He has worked with Waterloo officials to improve regional emergency dispatching; successfully calling for Highway 7 expansion between Kitchener and Guelph; and holding government to account for two-way, all-day GO train commitments. Michael currently serves as PC Transportation Critic where he holds government to account on fulfilling its mandate to meet deadlines and budget targets when building roads, transit and infrastructure to ensure transportation investments promote economic productivity and enhance quality of life. Previously, Michael served as PC Party Vice Chair of Community Outreach and PC Environment Critic where he fought for greater environmental protection using a market-based approach that empowers individuals and business, not government bureaucracy. Michael private member’s bill work has included the Safe Roundabouts Act, and, The Fair and Open Tendering Act, to ensure all qualified contractors have the right, regardless of union affiliation, to work on local infrastructure projects and to allow local officials to get the highest quality work at the best possible price for taxpayers.

Mayor Steve Hogan, City of Aurora (Denver), Colorado, USA

Mayor Steve Hogan, City of Aurora (Denver)Steve Hogan was recently elected to his second term as Mayor of Aurora, after serving as an at-large Aurora City Council Member for 24 years in six non-consecutive full terms ending in 2009. Mayor Hogan also served one term as a Colorado State Representative from House District 40. Throughout his time in Aurora, he has focused his efforts on promoting strong economic development, job creation, regional cooperation, and protecting community assets including Buckley Air Force Base, the Anschutz Medical Campus, and Fitzsimons Innovation Campus. Mayor Hogan has also played a leadership role in several significant areas including city budgeting, air quality, water management, transportation, local business interests, and urban renewal. His leadership earned him the distinction of the Denver Business Journal’s 2015 Power Book award in Economic Development & Government for the region. Prior to serving as mayor, Hogan was a public transportation executive, working as the Executive Director of the E-470 Public Highway Authority and the Northwest Parkway Authority, and a small business owner. He was a frequent speaker on innovative transportation financing to national and international public and private groups, and presently serves as a member of the E-470 Public Highway Authority’s Board of Directors. Mayor Hogan holds a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from the University of Denver.

Commissioner Jim Madaffer, California Transportation Commission, San Diego, California, USA

Commissioner Jim Madaffer, California Transportation CommissionA native San Diegan, Jim’s civic service spans over three decades. He served two terms as Chief of Staff to a City Councilmember and was elected to the San Diego City Council in 2000 and reelected in 2004. Jim’s accomplishments as an elected official are numerous: building libraries, fostering economic development, water and waste water policy and specializing in regional transportation and planning issues. He  is also Past President of the League of California Cities. In 2014, Jim was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the California Transportation Commission and he chairs CTC’s Road Charge Task Force which is tasked to create a program that might eventually replace the gasoline tax.  He is also a Director on the San Diego County Water Authority. The recipient of numerous awards and honors over his career, Jim is a member of San Diego Rotary Club 33, and Lambda Alpha International.  A published author, self-described futurist and serial entrepreneur, Jim speaks frequently to groups, conferences and organizations around the world about the future of transportation, technology innovation and numerous leading edge technologies.

Councillor Geoff Meggs, City of Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Councillor Geoff Meggs, City of VancouverCouncillor Geoff Meggs was first elected to Vancouver City Council in 2008, and re-elected in 2011 and 2014. He has put a strong focus on transportation issues, working on the city’s cycling infrastructure, advocating for rapid transit investment and advancing the case for improved passenger rail links, including high speed rail, on the Cascadia corridor. He has also been deeply involved in Vancouver’s affordable housing program, which has led to a dramatic increase in the construction of rental housing. An award-winning journalist and author,  Meggs's career has combined senior leadership positions in government and the labour movement. He was chief of staff to Vancouver Mayor Larry Campbell during the debate that led to the construction of Vancouver’s enormously successful Canada Line in the run-up to the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.  As a city councillor, he has served as Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, a director of Metro Vancouver, and Mayor Gregor Robertson’s alternate on the Translink Mayor’s Council, the top governing body for the region. In that capacity, he is currently a member of the joint working group of the Mayor’s Council and the Translink board considering options for mobility or road pricing to fund future road and transit investments.

 Councillor Joe Mihevc, City of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Councillor Mihevc, City of TorontoCouncillor Mihevc has served the midtown area for the former City of York and the new City of Toronto since 1991.  Councillor Mihevc's deep concern for social issues has inspired him to be an advocate for strong neighbourhoods, safe and healthy communities, and a clean environment. He has served in a variety of capacities that have allowed him to demonstrate his concern for democratic, accessible and responsible government.  As Commissioner and formerly as Vice-Chair of the Toronto Transit Commission, Councillor Mihevc has facilitated community involvement regarding transit accessibility, as well as championing the smart, timely expansion of the transit network.  He also serves as Chair of the Board of Health as a member of the Community Development and Recreation Committee, and as a Council Newcomer Advocate.  These positions have helped shape his perspective on other types of municipal policy.  Through the lenses of poverty reduction, environmental sustainability, fiscal responsibility, and community development, Councillor Mihevc strives for a Toronto that is aware, engaged, and equitable.  Recently, he has applied this focus critically by advocating for new and progressive revenue tools like road pricing during City Council's discussions of the Long Term Financial Plan.

Mayor Steve Parish, Town of Ajax, Ajax, Ontario, Canada

Mayor Steve Parish, Town of AjaxSteve Parish was appointed as Mayor of the Town of Ajax in December 1995. He is the longest serving Mayor in the Town’s history, having been re-elected to the position in each of the Municipal Elections, from 1997 to 2014. Mr. Parish was first elected to Ajax Town Council in 1980 and held a number of positions thereafter, including: Councillor, Ward 2 (1980 to 1982), Councillor, Ward 3 (1992 to 1994) and Regional Councillor (1994 to 1995). He is currently a member of Durham Regional Council and the Durham Region Planning & Economic Development Committee. Mayor Parish has been an outspoken advocate for the environment and sustainable development. In 2000, he championed the adoption of an environment first Official Plan by the Town of Ajax. A proponent of the Province of Ontario’s Greenbelt initiative, Mayor Parish successfully advocated that all of the Town’s non-urban lands be placed in the Greenbelt. He presently serves as Co-chair of Municipal Leaders for the Greenbelt. A lifelong Ajax resident and avid cyclist, the Mayor can often be seen cycling around the Town’s picturesque waterfront and unique landscapes. He holds a BA in history from York University and an LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School. Mr. Parish was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1978 but retired from actively practicing law in September 2006.

TECHNICAL EXPERTS

Baher Abdulhai, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Baher Abdulhai, University of TorontoProfessor Baher Abdulhai has 28 years of experience in transportation systems engineering and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). He has been a professor at the University of Toronto since 1998. He is the Director of the Toronto ITS Centre, and the co-founder of the ONE-ITS research society. His areas of expertise include: ITS, modelling and simulation of large scale dynamic transportation networks, Artificial Intelligence based street and freeway traffic control, traveller information systems, emergency evacuation optimization, dynamic road pricing, pervasive and mobile ITS, ITS Systems (ITSoS) and open transportation services innovation and network enabled ITS. Abdulhai served on the Board of Directors of the Government of Ontario (GO) Transit Authority from 2004 to 2006 and as a Canada Research Chair in ITS from 2005 to 2010. He has received several awards including IEEE Outstanding Service Award, Teaching Excellence award, and research awards from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, Ontario Research Fund, and Ontario Innovation Trust. In 2014, Abdulhai won the University of Toronto Inventor of the Year Award and, in 2015, he was inducted as a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada. Baher holds a Ph.D. in Engineering from The University of California.

Bill Cramer, International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association, Washington, DC, USA

Bill Cramer, IBTTABill Cramer has 30 years of experience in communications, public relations, marketing, government relations, politics and development – all focused on creating a message and delivering that message to various audiences. Currently, Bill serves as communications director for the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA), where he manages a team of communications consultants, directs all internal and external member communications and is responsible for leading the strategic development and implementation of the association’s Moving American Forward Campaign. Prior to joining IBTTA, Bill served as the director of marketing at the National Association of Counties. He has also done state lobbying for the National Association of Home Builders and served as director of corporate programs at the National Governors’ Association. In the private sector, working at The Chauncey Group International, a subsidiary of the Educational Testing Service, Bill served as Managing Principal of Marketing Communications and Public Affairs. In the 1980s, Bill started his career at the Democratic National Committee, working with the 50 state democratic parties, on presidential campaigns and national conventions. As a volunteer, he has worked as part of the script writing team for the last three National Democratic conventions. Bill graduated from Westfield State University in Massachusetts, with a degree in Criminal Justice. 

Ashley Curtis, City of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Ashley Curtis, City of TorontoAshley Curtis has 28 years’ broad experience in both the public and private sectors covering transportation planning, project planning, project delivery, business planning and management. He joined the City of Toronto in summer 2015 as Director of Transportation Infrastructure Management with responsibility for developing and implementing strategies, policies and systems related to the preservation and enhancement of the City of Toronto transportation infrastructure as well as the development and delivery of capital projects. In August 2016 he took over as Acting General Manager of the Transportation Services Division and is currently Deputy General Manager where he oversees an annual capital budget of around $400M. Prior to joining the City of Toronto, Ashley spent 10 years in consulting with Steer Davies Gleave, moving from the UK in 2010 to set up their Toronto office. He holds a Masters degree, with distinction, in Transportation Planning and Policy from University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England, along with post graduate management qualifications from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge and Henley Business School.