Railvolution: Pioneering Canada’s Smart Rail Transit Future
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Network with industry leaders, policymakers, and technology providers.



Gain deep insights into the latest smart rail innovations and trends.



Explore real-world case studies and success stories.


Collaborate with peers to address common challenges and find innovative solutions.


Stay ahead of the curve in the ever-evolving field of rail transportation.


Showcase your organization’s commitment to sustainability and transit innovation


  • Hydrogen Rail Revolution

    Discover the potential of hydrogen-powered rail systems as a sustainable and eco-friendly alternative in the transportation sector. Learn from experts who are driving innovation in hydrogen fuel cell technology and its application in rail networks.

  • High-Speed Rail Vision

    Delve into the future of high-speed rail in Canada and explore the economic, environmental, and social impacts of these cutting-edge transportation systems.

  • Overcoming LRT Challenges

    Gain insights into the challenges and opportunities associated with Light Rail Transit (LRT) development and expansion across Canadian cities. Explore case studies and best practices for successful implementation.

  • Cybersecurity in Rail

    In an era of increasing digitalization, safeguarding rail networks from cyber threats is paramount. Learn about the latest cybersecurity strategies and technologies to protect critical rail infrastructure.

  • Electrifying Transit

    Explore the integration of battery electric buses with rail systems and the deployment of rail station charging equipment. Discover how these innovations are shaping the future of public transportation.

  • Passenger Data Analysis

    Harness the power of data analytics to improve passenger experience, optimize routes, and enhance rail operations. Explore real-world applications and success stories.

  • Rail-to-Bus Transit Integration

    Learn about seamless transit scheduling integration between rail and bus services, fostering a more efficient and convenient public transportation network.

  • Autonomous Transportation

    Dive into the feasibility analysis of autonomous bus crossings with autonomous rail systems. Explore the potential of autonomous technologies in making rail and bus networks smarter and safer.

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Smart Rail Innovation Conference Agenda
9:50 am - 10:15 am

Fireside Chat: TransPod's Alberta Feasibility Study


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10:15 am - 11:15 am

Riding the Rails: Exploring the Opportunities and Challenges of Light Rail Transit in Canada


Join us for an engaging panel discussion that delves into the intricacies and complexities surrounding the implementation and operation of Light Rail Transit (LRT) systems in Canada. LRT projects are touted as a sustainable and efficient means of urban transportation, but they come with a unique set of challenges in the Canadian context. This panel will bring together experts, stakeholders, and industry leaders to examine the multifaceted challenges that LRT projects encounter, and explore potential solutions and best practices.

10:15 am - 11:15 am

Fast Tracks or Frequent Stops: Transforming Canada's rapid rail landscape


Canada's rail infrastructure is a vital component of its transportation network, connecting vast regions and facilitating the movement of goods and people. However, as the nation's demands and expectations evolve, so too must the rail sector. The tension between high-speed rail systems and high-frequency, rapid transit services presents a unique challenge and opportunity. Join us at the annual Smart Rail Innovation Conference as we delve into one of the most critical debates in Canada's rail industry: "High Speed vs. High Frequency." In this panel discussion, industry experts and thought leaders will explore the multifaceted strategies and innovations aimed at improving rapid rail service in Canada.

11:15 am - 11:45 am

Fireside Chat: The Rail Innovation Landscape in Alberta


12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Rails, Bytes, and Beyond: Operational Efficiency in Canadian Railways


Join us for a dynamic panel discussion that explores the multifaceted world of rail operational efficiencies in Canada, focusing on three critical aspects: Cybersecurity, Autonomous Rail Crossings, and Design-Build Implications. The Canadian rail industry is at the forefront of technological advancements, and this panel will delve into the innovations and strategies driving operational excellence.

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

All Aboard the Hydrogen Express: Fueling Sustainable Rail Travel in Canada and Beyond


Join us for a captivating panel discussion as we dive into the innovative world of hydrogen rail and its transformative potential in both Canada and international contexts. Hydrogen-powered rail systems are on the cusp of revolutionizing sustainable transportation, offering a clean and efficient alternative to traditional diesel-powered locomotives. In this panel, a diverse group of experts, industry leaders, and pioneers in hydrogen rail technology will explore the opportunities and challenges associated with this groundbreaking mode of transportation.

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Rails, Rules, and Regulations: Crafting Policy and Standards for Canada's Railways

Explore the intricacies of rail policy and standards in Canada in this enlightening panel discussion. Navigating the complexities of rail transportation in a vast and diverse nation like Canada requires a robust framework of regulations, and this panel delves into the intricacies of crafting and implementing rail-related policies and standards.

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Charging the Future - Battery Electric Buses and Rail Station Integration


Join us for an electrifying panel discussion that delves into the seamless integration of battery electric buses with rail station charging equipment. As public transportation undergoes a green revolution, the convergence of electric buses and rail systems offers a promising solution to reduce emissions and enhance urban mobility. In this panel, we'll bring together industry experts and pioneers in sustainable transit to explore the innovative solutions and opportunities presented by this fusion.


Mayor Olivia Chow

Mayor of the City of Toronto

Dr. Josipa Petrunić

President & CEO

Dr. Ryan Janzen

Co-Founder and CTO

Hon. Charmaine Williams

Associate Minister of Women's Social and Economic Opportunity of Ontario
Government of Ontario

Phil Verster


Hon. Prabmeet Sarkaria

Minister of Transportation
Government of Ontario

ADM Paul Smith

Assistant Deputy Minister, Transportation and Economic Corridors
Government of Alberta

Veronica Marin

Manager, Advanced Algorithms, Research & Technology, Transportation Systems
Ground Transportation Systems Canada

Alice Rodriguez

Deputy Director of External Affairs
California High-Speed Rail Authority

Dennis Uvbiama

Manager, Transit Service Systems
City of Calgary – Calgary Transit

Brendon Simon

Program Manager, Light Rail Transit
Region of Waterloo – Grand River Transit

Matthew Klippenstein

Executive Director, Hydrogen BC
Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association

Chelsey Waterman

Transportation Planning Senior Manager

Stéphanie Plouffe

Director Regulatory Affairs, Rail Safety
Transport Canada

Terence Johnson

Transport Action Canada

Michael Urban

Manager, Strategic Standards Development
CSA Group

Giorgio Travaini

Executive Director
Europe's Joint Rail Undertaking

Anne Mercier

Business Development & Innovation Director - Rail and Algorithms/AI

Erika Priester

Zero Emissions Project Manager

Lucia Capogna

Cybersecurity and Software Assurance Team Leader

Lora Smith

Vice-President, Public and Government Affairs
Railway Association of Canada

Sujit Sengupta

Senior Consultant, Safety, Cryogenics, Hydrogen
Admira DHES

Ian Hodkinson

Head of Technical Sales and Marketing

Nicolas Pocard

Vice President Marketing and Strategic Partnerships

Paige Malott

Researcher, educator and influencer - High Speed Rail

Ben Faulkner

Senior Vice President – Rail & Transit
Ricardo plc

Michael Sutherland

Director, Urban Solutions and Associate
Hatch LTK

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Webinar: High Frequency Rail vs. High Speed Rail Focus in Canada


As part of CUTRIC’s first Episode of our Inaugural Webinar Series, join us for a discussion on High Speed vs