• Event Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2019
  • Event Time: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Registration: 8:00 AM
  • Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street W, Toronto
  • Room: South Building – Room 718


Now or Never – Building a Global AV Hub in the Corridor

While a future of autonomous transport still seems far away, the next few years will be critical in determining the global hubs that will drive this future. Travis Hester, the President and Managing Director of GM Canada, will deliver a keynote highlighting the urgent need for action in the Corridor to secure our place in the development and deployment of AV mobility solutions.

Travis Hester, President and Managing Director of GM Canada

*More keynotes to be announced


Panel 1: Industry Collaboration

In order to build global industry leaders in the Corridor, we need to improve collaboration among businesses of all sizes and post-secondary institutions. As interconnected technology becomes more integrated in all stages of manufacturing, companies need to understand how to establish an industry advantage in our region.

This expert panel of leading companies and organizations will discuss how they are pushing the envelope on productivity-enhancing technology in manufacturing. The speakers will highlight their successes and provide insight on how to build productive partnerships.


Pam Vermeersch, Partner, Gowling WLG

Ryan Gariepy, CTO, Clearpath Robotics

Mike Baker, Executive Director, Bluewater Wood Alliance

Humera Malik, CEO, Canvass Analytics

Panel 2: Commercializing Research

Whether led by post-secondary institutions or innovative companies, research needs to be transformed into products that find customers. While the region features many examples of companies that have made this leap, more can be done to accelerate this process. This expert panel will highlight those success stories and discuss how to overcome barriers and bring new products to market.

Peter H. Holz, Senior IP Broker/IP Liability Product Leader, Aon Intellectual Property Solutions

Sanjeev Gill, AVP Innovation, University of Waterloo

*More speakers to be announced

Panel 3: Advancing Mobility Solutions

Researchers and companies across the Corridor are actively collaborating to test and validate connected and autonomous vehicles. As the future of mobility takes shape, it presents the Corridor with two major opportunities: to build the technologies and vehicles for this new era, and to solve the challenges we face moving around the region. This expert panel will discuss the growth of the regional ecosystem and how to enable deployment of next-generation vehicles in the Corridor.

Inmar Givoni, Senior Engineering Manager, Uber ATG

Yvonne Rene de Cotret, Co-lead, Future of Mobility Canada, Deloitte

John Wall, COO and VP Engineering, QNX

Sam Saad, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Innovation Factory

Panel 4: Civic Leadership – the City Managers’ Perspective

The Innovation Corridor is made up of cities and regions that are each facing different challenges and opportunities. This final panel invites a perspective from city managers on their role in making these economic opportunities possible. How can municipalities become first customers of technologies? Does public procurement need to change? And what regulatory changes can municipalities make to encourage innovation while maintaining public safety?

Chris Murray, City of Toronto

*More speakers to be announced

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