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Recovery and Resilience: Transportation after COVID-19

The pandemic’s impacts on travel behaviour, transportation service delivery, and government budgets have presented opportunities as well as challenges. The conference’s two plenary sessions explored different takes on the conference theme, “Recovery and Resilience: Transportation after COVID-19”, including transportation’s new look, what has happened, and what lies ahead.

OPENING PLENARY | Monday, September 20, 15:00-16:30 ET

What’s Normal Now: The New Look of Transportation

The Opening Plenary session examined the pandemic’s many impacts on travel demand, with an eye to understanding which changes are most likely to persist or even accelerate. Will working from home and shopping online continue to dominate? When will traffic congestion and transit demand return to previous levels? What will happen to development patterns, business location decisions, and trade? Join us to hear our invited experts consider “the new normal” and what it means for transportation.

Moderated by Sarah Wells, Executive Director, Transportation Association of Canada

Our featured panelists were:

  • Christian Dea – Chief Economist and Director General, Transportation and Economic Analysis, Transport Canada
  • Sylvain Ducas – Strategic Advisor, Transportation Planning and Mobility, ARTM
  • Catherine Morency – Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Mobility of People, Polytechnique Montréal

SPOTLIGHT PLENARY | Monday, September 27, 13:00-14:30 ET

Action and Collaboration: Recovering (and Preparing) Together

The Spotlight Plenary session focused on how different agencies and even sectors can work together to help Canada “build back” after COVID-19 while remaining vigilant for future pandemics. How can federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments collaborate to set priorities and get shovels in the ground? What mechanisms can help the public and private sectors make the most of new investments in transportation? And how can we improve outcomes when the next pandemic arrives?

Moderated by Sarah Wells, Executive Director, Transportation Association of Canada

Our featured panelists were:

  • Deborah Matherly – Director, WSP Canada
    Overview of TRB’s Pandemic Playbook for Transportation Agencies
  • Jennifer Graham Harkness – Assistant Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Transportation
  • Lon LaClaire – General Manager, Engineering Services, City of Vancouver


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