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Burlington Convention Centre

October 22 – 23, 2024

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Where Innovation Drives Evolution in Transit and Mobility

At CUTRIC’s 6th annual 2024 ZETM conference, we will be diving deep into the world of transit electrification strategy, technical information on zero-emission bus (zeb) rollouts, grid decarbonization strategy, charging infrastructure developments, hydrogen transit opportunities , on-demand transit case studies, carbon credit funding and bus procurement policies and standards. 

 

 

Our annual conferences provide industry-leading content, aimed at enriching attendees’ technical knowledge and equipping them with the resources to initiate or advance their zero emission transit strategies. 

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TICKETS

Members (Early Bird)

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$999
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Members Bundle (5)

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$4495
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Transit Agency (Early Bird)

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$299
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Non-Members Bundle (5)

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$6299
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Academic Non-Members

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$899
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$1399
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Academic Members

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$699
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Why
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You
Attend?

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Gain Exceptional Thought Leadership

Discover new insights and practical knowledge from industry leaders to enrich your understanding of zero-emission transit strategies.

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Actionable Takeaways

Leave the conference equipped with actionable strategies and resources to initiate or advance your own zero emission transit initiatives.

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Real-world Examples

Learn from successful case studies showcasing the environmental, financial, and public perception benefits of zero-emission transit.

Collaborate

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

Networking Opportunities

Connect with like-minded individuals who are passionate about sustainable transportation and be part of the conversation towards a net-zero future

Stay Updated

Stay informed about the latest industry trends and innovations in the field of zero-emission transit.

Our emphasis lies in delivering exceptional thought leadership and practical insights, ensuring that every participant leaves the conference with newfound knowledge and actionable takeaways. Our primary focus remains on crafting and delivering the highest quality content.

Where to stay?

CUTRIC has partnered with the Burlington Marriott Hotel to offer a special group rate exclusively to conference attendees. This discounted rate applies to a limited number of rooms and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

The Burlington Marriott is conveniently connected to our conference venue at the Burlington Convention Centre, ensuring close proximity and seamless access to the conference activities.

PANEL TOPICS

Powering the Future: Decarbonizing Canada's Electricity Grids for Transit Electrification
Powering Progress: The Path to Clean Transit Electrification in Eastern Canada
Charging Ahead: Demystifying On-Route Charging Challenges for Transit Agencies in Canada
Fueling the Future: An Interactive Unpacking of Hydrogen Transit Technologies and Supply in Canada
On-Demand Transit in Canada: Insights from Feasibility Studies and Case Studies
Unveiling CUTRIC's ZEB Database: Pioneering Projects Shaping the Future of Transportation
Carbon Credits and Transit Electrification in Canada: A Sustainable Path Forward
Transit Electrification in Western Canada: Challenges, Opportunities, and Case Studies
Zero Emission Transit in Canada: Exploring Procurement and Policy Perspectives
Building the Future: A Deep Dive into Transit Depot Infrastructure

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AGENDA

8:30 am - 8:45 am

Opening and Welcome

8:45 am - 9:30 am

Keynote

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10:00 am - 11:00 am

Powering the Future: Decarbonizing Canada's Electricity Grids for Transit Electrification

This panel will explore the multifaceted challenges and opportunities that lie in the path towards a carbon-neutral energy system, with a specific focus on transit electrification. In this enlightening and engaging discussion, our panel of experts will shed light on the technical, economic, and regulatory hurdles that currently impede the transition to a fully decarbonized grid. From the integration of renewable energy sources to the modernization of infrastructure and the development of supportive policy frameworks, we'll explore the full spectrum of complexities involved in this monumental task. At the same time, we'll highlight the numerous opportunities that grid decarbonization presents. From fostering innovation and job creation to improving air quality and public health, the benefits of a decarbonized grid extend far beyond the realm of environmental sustainability. The panel will also delve into the role of transit electrification within this context. We'll discuss how electric vehicles (EVs), buses, and trains can not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions but also provide valuable services to the grid, such as demand response and energy storage.

11:00 am - 12:00 am

Powering Progress: The Path to Clean Transit Electrification in Eastern Canada

Join us for a pivotal dialogue on the pressing environmental issue of transitioning from 'dirty' electricity grids to cleaner, sustainable energy sources for transit electrification in Eastern Canada. Our distinguished panel of experts will delve into the distinct challenges Eastern Canada faces with its existing energy infrastructure, which is heavily reliant on fossil fuels.This panel will explore case studies from transit rollout plans in Canada's eastern regions, special assumptions and challenges and the alternative opportunities for energy supply.

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Charging Ahead: Demystifying On-Route Charging Challenges for Transit Agencies in Canada

Join us for an enlightening panel discussion that aims to demystify the complexities and concerns surrounding on-route charging systems for transit agencies across Canada. Our esteemed panel of experts will delve into the heart of the matter, discussing the unique challenges that transit agencies face when it comes to implementing and managing on-route charging systems for electric buses and vehicles. From infrastructure requirements to cost implications, from technological barriers to operational disruptions, we'll provide a thorough understanding of the issues at hand. The conversation will not only focus on the problems but also explore viable solutions and strategies. We'll discuss how advances in charging technology, strategic planning, partnerships, and policy support can help transit agencies overcome these hurdles and successfully transition to electric transit systems.

2:45 pm - 3:30 pm

Interactive session Fueling the Future: An Interactive Unpacking of Hydrogen Transit Technologies and Supply in Canada

Join us for a dynamic and interactive panel discussion that dives into the potential and complexities of hydrogen transit technologies and supply chains within Canada's transit system. In this session, our panel of distinguished experts will engage in a vibrant exchange of ideas, examining the prospects and challenges of implementing hydrogen as a clean energy source for public transportation. From the feasibility of hydrogen-powered buses to the logistics of establishing a reliable hydrogen supply chain, we'll explore every facet of this cutting-edge energy alternative. But it won't be just our panelists doing the talking; we invite you, the audience members, to be an integral part of this conversation. We value your opinions, questions, and feedback and encourage you to actively participate in the discussion. Your insights will add a rich, real-world perspective to the dialogue, making it a truly comprehensive exploration of the topic.

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

On-Demand Transit in Canada: Insights from Feasibility Studies and Case Studies

Join us for an enlightening panel discussion that delves into the burgeoning landscape of on-demand transit in Canada. This conversation will be particularly unique as it draws upon a wealth of case studies from feasibility studies conducted across the country. Our panel of distinguished transportation experts and industry leaders will dissect these studies, bringing to light the operational complexities, customer experiences, technological advancements, and policy implications of on-demand transit systems. The discussion will not only analyze the current state of on-demand transit but also project what the future might hold. We'll discuss how on-demand transit can enhance accessibility, improve service efficiency, reduce congestion, and contribute to sustainability goals.

8:30 am - 9:00 am

Opening and Welcome

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Keynote

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9:30 am - 10:00 am

Unveiling CUTRIC's ZEB and ACES Databases: Pioneering Projects Shaping the Future of Transportation

This technical session takes you behind the scenes of the ZEB and ACES databases. They'll provide an in-depth exploration of the objectives, methodologies, challenges, and breakthroughs of these pioneering initiatives. The ZEB database, a comprehensive resource documenting the transition towards zero-emission buses across Canada, plays a crucial role in supporting decision-making and policy development in this area. Our panelists will discuss how the database can help transit authorities, policymakers, and manufacturers navigate the complexities of transitioning to zero-emission transportation. Similarly, the ACES database project is an ambitious endeavor aimed at mapping and analyzing the proliferation of automated, connected, electric, and shared vehicles in Canadian transit systems. We'll delve into the potential of this data to influence planning, investment, and policy decisions in the emerging ACES sector. We invite audience members to participate in the discussion, sharing their insights, questions, and feedback. Your perspectives will add depth to our conversation, helping us to better understand the impact and implications of these databases on various stakeholders.

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Carbon Credits and Transit Electrification in Canada: A Sustainable Path Forward

Join us for an enlightening panel discussion on the intersection of carbon credits and transit electrification in Canada. This panel will explore the potential of carbon credits as a catalyst for accelerating the transition to electric public transportation systems across the country. Our panel features a diverse group of experts, including policymakers, transit authorities, environmental economists, and sustainability consultants. They will provide a comprehensive overview of the carbon credit system, explaining how it works, its benefits, and its challenges. The discussion will also address the policy implications, exploring how government regulations and incentives can support the use of carbon credits for transit electrification. We'll look into the role of various stakeholders - from transit agencies and local governments to private sector partners and community members - in driving this sustainable transformation.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Transit Electrification in Western Canada: Challenges, Opportunities, and Case Studies

This panel will explore the unique challenges and opportunities these regions face as they transition towards more sustainable public transportation systems. Panelists will share insights from real-world case studies, discussing how cities in the western provinces are navigating the shift to electric transit. We'll look at the successes and hurdles of projects in cities like , Saskatoon, Medicine Hat, Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary, among others. We'll also delve into the specific challenges faced by the West, such as geographical vastness, varied terrain, and differing climatic conditions, and how they impact the implementation of electric transit systems. Additionally, we'll discuss how these regions can leverage their unique strengths, like rich renewable energy resources, to support transit electrification. The discussion will also cover various strategies and solutions, such as partnerships with electric vehicle manufacturers, innovative financing models, and supportive policies, that can accelerate the adoption of electric buses.

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Zero Emission Transit in Canada: Exploring Procurement and Policy Perspectives

This panel aims to delve into the complexities, challenges, and opportunities that arise when transitioning to sustainable public transportation systems. The panel will also explore the role of policy in this transition, discussing how government regulations, incentives, and long-term sustainability goals can drive the adoption of zero-emission transit. We'll look at both the successes and challenges of these policy measures, providing insights into how they can be optimized for maximum impact.

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Building the Future: A Deep Dive into Transit Depot Infrastructure

This panel aims to explore the challenges, opportunities, and innovative solutions in designing, building, and maintaining depots for modern transit systems. Our panel comprises experts from diverse backgrounds including urban planning, civil engineering, public transportation authorities, and sustainability consultants. They will collectively provide an in-depth look at the complexities associated with developing efficient and sustainable transit depots. We will delve into case studies from across the globe, highlighting how different cities are adapting their depot infrastructure to accommodate new transit technologies such as electric buses and autonomous vehicles. Panelists will discuss the unique requirements of these technologies, like charging stations for electric buses or specialized maintenance facilities for autonomous vehicles. The discussion will also cover the role of sustainable design in transit depot infrastructure, discussing how considerations like energy efficiency, water management, and waste reduction can be integrated into depot design and operation.

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