OTE Program Agenda

Program

The conference runs through all 4 days, from April 22 - 25, 2018.
The OTE Trade Show takes place on April 24.
Click here for a printer-friendly version of the current schedule (PDF) - Updated Mar. 16
**Schedule is subject to change
Day 1
22 Apr 2018
Day 2
23 Apr 2018
Day 3
24 Apr 2018
Day 4
25 Apr 2018

Full Buffet Breakfast + Opening Remarks

Speaker Annie Sovcik, Busing on the Lookout
Annie Sovcik

OPTA:
Greening Transit, Part 1 – Carbon Pricing Policies: Benefits and Challenges for the Transit Sector

At last year’s OTE, OPTA launched a research project designed to position the industry to make a strong case for funding from the Cap and Trade Greenhouse Gas Reduction Account....
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Dr. Josipa Petrunic

OMCA:
Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)

This session will cover off the responsibilities of an employer when someone is hurt on the job, from the time of report of injury, and through the entire process.  We’ll...
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Earl Glyn-Williams

OSBA:
Student Transportation – Update on the Driver Retention Program (DRP)

Hear from OSBA and the DRP team as we discuss where the DRP project stands today, what tools/templates and training will be available to bus operators, and next steps as...
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10:45 - 11:00

Break

OMCA/OSBA:
Cannabis Legalization and Alcohol/Drug Zero Tolerance – Impacts for Bus Operators

From Cannabis legalization to zero-tolerance for commercial drivers, 2018 is bringing a host of new changes which will impact how bus companies and drivers deal with alcohol and drug related...
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Shelley Brown

OPTA:
Greening Transit, Part 2 – Practical Experience

The transportation sector is the largest GHG emitting sector in Ontario (producing up to 59MT of a total of more than 166MT of CO2E from all sources). While a small...
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Merlin Maley
Morley Fortier
Bem Case
Dr. Josipa Petrunic

OMCA:
Crisis Management

This session will host an expert from the insurance sector to talk about the necessary steps to take, or not to take, in the unlikely event of an accident. Reduce...
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Lynne Cool

OSBA:
B.R.A.V.E. – How to Empower a Positive Student Transportation Culture

School bus drivers are pulled between having their eyes on the road and managing the growing list of behavioral problems from students. This workshop will cover practical tools on how...
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Carrie Leigh Percival

OPTA:
The Service Advantage of Onboard Technologies

This session will challenge you to think about the future and your technology priorities, with a focus on trends in technology that will improve the passenger experience. Moderator(s) Sasha Pejcic,...
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Sasha Pejcic
Peter Grande
Anthony Shannon
Sean Sparrow
Bruce Payne
14:15 - 14:30

Break

OMCA:
U.S. Electronic Logging Devices Enforcement and FMCSA Audit Best Practices

This session will focus on the recent US mandate and enforcement of mandatory electronic logging devices for commercial vehicles. Our speaker, an FMCSA enforcement officer will address the facts around...
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Michael J. Cerasa

OSBA:
School Bus Stop Arm Cameras – Where We Are Today and Considerations for Next Steps

Join members of the MTO Road Safety Policy Office to hear about the legislative changes made to Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act in preparation for school bus stop arm camera enforcement. ...
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Sebastian Policht

OPTA:
Ridership Growth Success Stories

Understanding ridership trends has become a full-time job. And with ridership factoring heavily into formulas for provincial and federal funding, the stakes are high. With that in mind, we’ve invited...
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Karl Dren
Jeremy DaCosta
Vincent Rodo
15:15 - 15:30

Break

OPTA:
Microtransit 2.0 – Real World Experience

Whether you call it shared mobility, microtransit or ride-sourcing, transit agencies are launching innovative partnerships to solve the first-mile-last-mile challenge and more. Moderator(s) Doug Parker, IBI Group Presenter(s) Mark Mis,...
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Doug Parker
John Stepovy
Peter Soutter
Mark Mis
Paul Petikainen

OMCA/OSBA:
Benchmark Tools for School Bus and Coach Operators

How Do You StakUp? OTE Profitability Workshop –   Chris Henry, President of StakUp Inc., which manages the OMCA Benchmarking Initiative will lead a workshop with attendees focused on strategic planning,...
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Chris Henry

Dine-Around

For the remainder of the evening, attendees are welcome and encouraged to explore the city for customer dinner options.

OSBA:
Annual General Meeting

OSBA Members Only –  Join President Mark Begg and the OSBA Directors for the latest update on association activities and elections to the Board.

OSBA:
OASBO Transportation Committee

Session TBD Speaker(s) TBD

Lunch

For purchase on the Trade Show Floor

OPTA:
AODA Recommendations – Marketing Culture Change

The mandated 5-year review of the AODA Transportation Standard is now complete. How should the transit industry, in cooperation with the Province, move forward on recommendations that speak to marketing...
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Alfred Spencer

OSBA:
School Bus Inspections and the MTO BITS Program

This two-part session will start with a discussion on how the MTO Enforcement Program uses the Bus Inspection Tracking System (BITS) to schedule school bus terminal inspections and how these...
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Alex Bugeya
Jason Leeman

OPTA:
Maintenance Committee Round Table

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm – OPTA Transit System Members Only 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm – OPTA Business Members and Transit Members

OPTA:
HR Topics – Changes to Employment Standards Act; Cannabis Legalization

OPTA Transit System Members Only –  Moderator(s) Michael Ledgett, Dentons Canada LLP Speaker(s) Andy Pushalik, Dentons Canada LLP
Michael Ledgett
Andy Pushalik

OSBA:
CSA D250 Listening Session

Join us for an interactive discussion on proposed updates to the D250-20 school bus manufacturing standard.  This is your opportunity to hear about concepts being considered for the standard and...
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Robert Monster

Networking Reception

Drink Tickets Sponsored by New Flyer and MCI           

OMCA/OSBA:
Driver/Employee Training – Ensuring Consistent Training Delivery and Support

This highly interactive session conducted by P.R.I.D.E. Program Master Trainers will explore how organizations can ensure consistency in training delivery and provide support for their driver and employee training programs....
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Jillian Graves
Peter Muhl

OPTA:
MTO Update from the New Transit Policy and Programs Group

Every year, OTE provides an opportunity to hear directly from the MTO staff who work closest with the municipal transit industry. This year’s update will include PTIF Phase 1 and...
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Adam Meldrum
Luke Hillan
Jennifer Bailey
Kevin Dowling
9:30 - 9:45

Break

OMCA/OSBA:
Ontario College of Trades: Inspections and Enforcement – Know Your Rights and Responsibilities

Have a Motor Vehicle Inspection Station (MVIS) or garage? Do you employ licenced mechanics or apprentices?  Hear from subject matter experts as they discuss your legal responsibilities and your rights...
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OPTA:
Small System Round Table

Open forum for peer-to-peer information sharing and problem-solving.

OPTA:
Large System Round Table

Open forum for peer-to-peer information sharing and problem-solving.
10:45 - 11:00

Break

OPTA:
Determining the “Useful” Life of a Bus

What’s the methodology for determining the useful life of a bus in your operation? And how do you map out total lifecycle costs? Our presenters will tell their unique stories...
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Naeem Farooqi
Dave Partington
Bem Case
Scott Gillner

OMCA/OPTA/OSBA:
MTO Carrier Safety Enforcement Branch – Facility Audit, CVOR Program and Policy Updates

Ministry of Transportation (MTO) staff will highlight commercial vehicle safety enforcement topics with a focus on the Facility Audit and CVOR Programs, as well as road safety updates for 2018....
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Kelly Boudreau

OPTA:
Annual General Meeting

Lunch Provided;  Open to OPTA Members Only