Opening Plenary

Monday, September 26 – 08:30-11:00

Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel

Recommended attire: Business Casual

The Opening Plenary will feature welcomes from TAC, the City of Toronto and the Province of Ontario, as well as:

Keynote Address

Driving Changes: Vehicle Automation, a New Paradigm for Transportation in the Digital Economy - David Ticoll

Digital mobility in the 21st century may not be quite as transformative as gas-powered mobility in the 20th, but it will come close. In the shift from physical to digital mobility assets and competencies, new players and market forces have already begun to disrupt jobs, industry incumbents, regulatory models and the habits of everyday life. The benefits of vehicle automation are compelling and far reaching. What can Canada do to maximize these outcomes? And how do we minimize or mitigate the downsides and risks? David Ticoll will discuss some big things we need to get right to ensure the best possible future for Canada in the era of digital mobility. 

David Ticoll, Distinguished Research Fellow, Innovation Policy Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
David Ticoll is the author of the internationally recognized 2015 report, Driving Changes: Automated Vehicles in Toronto. He advises governments and organizations across Canada on the practical and strategic implications of vehicle automation. He has a successful track record as a CBC journalist, social entrepreneur, academic researcher and author. His co-authored books include The Naked Corporation: How the Age of Transparency Will Revolutionize Business, and Digital Capital: Harnessing the Power of Business Webs.

Panel Discussion

Ethics: It's YOUR Choice!

Organized by TAC’s Education and Human Resources Development Council.

This panel discussion will introduce tools and hints to be proactive in adopting and exhibiting ethical behaviours. A panel of experts will discuss ethics and compliance issues, from an academic, public and private perspective, as well as the professional associations sector and young professionals.

Participants and experts will be asked to participate by answering a series of questions on specific ethics and compliance issues using an electronic audience voting response system.

Objectives include:

  • highlight positive actions and offer successful hints of how to identify and address situations and resolve ethical dilemmas
  • provide an overview of trends and future approaches as new ethical practices and regulations are implemented

TAC than​ks the following sponsor for their support of the Plenary Session.


Peter Dent, CPA (CA), IFA, CIA, CPA•CFF (US), CFE, ICD.D
Partner, Americas Leader of Deloitte Forensic and Global Leader of Deloitte’s Center for Crisis Management

Peter sits on the Global Executive Committee of the Forensic service line. He has over 20 years of experience working with clients conducting internal investigations and providing advice around anti-fraud and anti-corruption compliance frameworks to enhance accountability, transparency and governance.  

Peter’s specialties include working with international organizations in post-disaster and post-crisis environments in over 30 countries.  Between 2000 and 2004, he was Team Leader of the Forensic Services Unit within the Department of Institutional Integrity of the World Bank Group in Washington, DC, leading international fraud and corruption procurement investigations for World Bank financed projects. Peter also has experience working with the United Nations (UNDP and UNPS) evaluating and strengthening the accountability and transparency of their procurement processes.

Currently Peter is Chair and President of Transparency International – Canada, and a former
member of the Board of the Alliance for Excellence in Investigative and Forensic Accounting.


Susan Tighe, Director, Centre for Pavement and Transportation Technology, University of Waterloo
Professor Susan Tighe currently holds an endowed chair in Sustainable Pavement Engineering and acts as President Elect of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering. She is a member of the inaugural class of the New College of Scholars of the Royal Society of Canada and was named one of Canada's Top 40 under 40 for her leadership and vision in the Canadian transportation community. Recipient of TAC’s Award of Academic Merit in 2014, Susan was the principal investigator on the Pavement Asset Design and Management Guide (2013). She has served on various TAC committees, subcommittees, task forces and councils for over 20 years.


Kevin Bentley, Director, Maintenance, Ministry of Transportation of Ontario
After graduating from McMaster University in Hamilton with a degree in Engineering and Management, Mr. Bentley joined the Ministry of Transportation Engineering Development Program in Southwestern Region. Upon completion of the program, he became a Project Engineer in Planning and Design, working on a wide range of projects including managing several large highway expansion and planning studies. In West Region, Kevin held a number of senior positions including Area Operations Engineer, Head of Planning and Design, Manager of Construction, Manager of Engineering and acting Regional Director.


Amee Sandhu, Sector Compliance Officer – Power Sector, SNC-Lavalin
As experienced in-house counsel, compliance officer, project lawyer and commercial operations manager with over fifteen years of wide ranging experience. Ms. Sandhu is accredited by Trace International as a Trace Anti-Bribery Specialist. Amee is a member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Anti-Corruption Team, as well as the Legal Committee of Transparency International – Canada. She is an Executive member of Ontario Bar Association’s Chapter of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA), and a member of the CCCA’s Diversity Committee. Amee obtained her LLB from McGill University, her MA from Queens University and her BA from the University of Toronto. She was called to the Ontario bar in 2000.


Bernard Ennis, P. Eng., Director, Policy and Professional Affairs, Professional Engineers Ontario
In his current capacity, Mr. Ennis monitors and responds strategically to issues of concerns regarding the regulation of the practice of professional engineers. His previous role was Manager of Practice and Standards at PEO. After graduating from University of Toronto in Mechanical Engineering, Bernard obtained a Bachelor degree with a certificate in Professional Ethics, and a Master of Value Theory and Applied Ethics, both from York University in Toronto.


Max Mantha, P. Eng., MBA, General Manager and Area Manager, Looby Construction, part of the EllisDon Group of Companies
Looby Construction is a heavy civil general contractor, specializing in bridge, culvert and dam construction and rehabilitation projects. Prior to joining Looby, Mr. Mantha successfully led P3 pursuits in Ontario for EllisDon. He has also worked in the public sector for Infrastructure Ontario as Vice President of Civil Infrastructure and for the Canadian Pacific Railway as a Project Engineer. Max holds a Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering degree from Queen's University and a Master of Business Administration from the Ivey Business School.