OTE Program Agenda

Program

This conference runs through all 4 days, from April 9 - 12, 2017. The OTE Trade Show takes place on April 11.
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Day 1
09 Apr 2017
Day 2
10 Apr 2017
Day 3
11 Apr 2017
Day 4
12 Apr 2017

Full Buffet Breakfast + Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker Brian DePratto, Senior Economist, TD Economics

OMCA/OSBA/OPTA: Marijuana Legalization – Impacts for Bus Operators

An overview of the implications of medical marijuana use, as well as the potential impact of legalized marijuana to the transportation sector, including reducing risks, managing employees, and drug testing....
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10:45 - 11:00

Break

OMCA: Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs)

Examination of Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) in the U.S. and potential implications for Canadian operators. Speaker Dan De Palma, Streamline Transportation Technologies Timothy Grimley, Safety Investigator – NY Division, USDOT/FMCSA...
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OSBA: Student Transportation – Let’s Have a New Conversation

Mark Begg, General Manager of Delaney Bus Lines and OSBA President, will provide the latest OSBA information regarding activities such as joint OSBA/ISBOA initiatives, inter-community bus modernization-regulation vs. deregulation, Ontario’s...
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OPTA: What Do Autonomous Vehicles Mean for Transit?

At this session you’ll learn from pilot projects and early adopters as presenters share their experience with how to take the first steps. Speakers Rod Schebesch, Vice President, Regional Business...
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Lunch

Sponsored by Prevost and Nova Bus

OMCA: A View from the Bridges

Local ports highlighting improvements to infrastructure, policies for smoother border crossings. Speaker Mark Butler, Director of Communications, Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority  Download: WDBA Presentation (PDF) Todd Kealey, Principal, Business and...
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OSBA: Seat Belts – Experiences and Challenges

Join Barry Stock, founding principal of Landmark Bus Lines and Past President of the National School Transportation Association (NSTA), in an engaging discussion surrounding the use of seat belts on...
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OPTA: Evolution of Specialized Transit Service Delivery

As the first 5-year review of the AODA Transportation Standards nears completion, it’s time to ask: What will integration look like in the years to come? Speakers Shelley Ayres, Supervisor,...
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14:15 - 14:30

Break

OMCA: InGauge – Industry Benchmarking

A new tool developed to help motor coach industry examine KPIs and maximize investment. Chris Henry, president of StakUp Inc., will lead a discussion with OMCA members to gauge interest...
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OSBA: Skill Sets and Professional Development Needs in Today’s School Bus Industry

This interactive session will be lead by members of the Certificate in Pupil Transportation Management (PTM) Planning Committee.  The speakers will equip attendees with information about the changing demands on...
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OPTA: MTO Update from the Transit Policy Branch

This session is a staple of the Monday program, and especially so in 2017 with the focus on transit from all three levels of government. Join us for an update...
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15:15 - 15:30

Break

OPTA: Turning Big Data into Useful Data

As transit systems make investments in technology, it can be difficult to know what to do with all the data.  You are not alone! Speakers Cynthia Albright, Senior Associate, Community...
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OMCA: Crisis Communications

A “How To” effectively manage/run damage control with public relations and customer perceptions when faced with a crisis situation. Speaker Doug Switzer, President and CEO, Ontario Motor Coach Association (OMCA)

OSBA: Preparing Proposals for School Bus Contracts

Facilitated by KPMG Canada, this session will highlight key points of the Broader Public Sector Procurement Directive (BPSPD), explore how the Directive impacts service procurement contracts across Ontario, and discuss...
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Networking Reception

Sponsored by The International Plaza Hotel

ISBOA Annual Meeting

ISBOA Members Only

OSBA Annual General Meeting

OSBA Members Only OSBA continues to be a grass roots organization here to serve the needs of its members, and the best way we can do that is by hearing...
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OPTA/CUTA Ontario Regional Meeting

Open to OPTA and CUTA Members Only Speakers Wendy Reuter, Vice President, Member Value, Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) Kirsten Watson, Deputy Service Officer, Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)

OPTA Marketing Committee

Agenda includes: Customer Direct Communications; Why Transit Agencies Need to Invest in Brand & Marketing. Speakers Scott Christie, Partner, Creative, BLVD Agency Omar Khan, Partner, Marketing Strategy, BLVD Agency Ryan...
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Lunch

For purchase on the Trade Show Floor

OPTA: Small System Roundtable (Applicability of On-Demand Dynamic Transit Service Models in Small Systems)

This session is designed for those transit managers who are responsible for everything from infrastructure planning to eligibility, from bus shelter maintenance to wi-fi on buses.  If you want to...
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OPTA: Staffing Your Social Marketing Strategy

In 2016, OPTA’s Marketing Committee “got social” and shared their approaches to and experience with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more.  This time the discussion focuses on staffing for a successful...
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OPTA Maintenance Committee Roundtable

Open to OPTA Transit and Business Members Only Download: Calgary Transit Presentation (PDF) Cummins-CUTA Workshop Presentation (PPTX)

OSBA: Transporting Students with Special Needs

Hear from Dr. Linda F. Bluth, Ed. E., Special Initiatives Program Specialist Consultant with Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Special Early Education/Early Intervention Service!  Dr. Bluth is also...
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OPTA: Transit HR and Legal Issues

Open to OPTA Transit Member GMs Only Our annual look at recent human rights complaints, arbitration cases and legal decisions affecting transit operations. Topics include medicinal marijuana, drug testing, and...
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Networking Reception

Drinks sponsored by Motor Coach Industries and New Flyer Industries

OMCA/OSBA: Motor Coach and School Bus Technologies – Opportunities and Realities

OSBA and OMCA are jointly presenting a panel discussion on “Motor Coach and School Bus Technologies – Opportunities and Realities”.  The speakers will discuss topics such as the future of...
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OPTA: Two Year Update – Community Transportation Pilot Projects

Community Transportation Pilot Projects: In 2015, 22 pilot projects received funding from MTO to test solutions to local transportation needs, including ways to better utilize existing transportation resources.  In true...
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9:30 - 9:45

Break

OMCA/OSBA: Driver and Skilled Trades Persons – Retention and Recruitment

This session will discuss the popular topic of recruiting and retaining drivers and other employees including skilled mechanics through the use of non-financial tools, tactics and practical ideas, as well...
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OPTA: Strategic Procurement – OPTA Procurement Committee

OPTA Procurement Committee ideas for bringing value to large and small transit systems alike. Speakers Leslie Williamson, Manager Purchasing and Risk Services, Milton Transit Scott Gillner, Senior Policy Advisor, Brampton...
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10:45 - 11:00

Break

OPTA: CUTRIC Initiatives – OPTA Cap and Trade Research Project and Pan-Ontario Electric Bus Demonstration Project

As of January 1, 2017, carbon pricing has come to Ontario. This session is part of the transit-led research and consultations that are underway to provide the government with advice...
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OMCA/OSBA/OPTA: Regulator’s Roundtable

This one and a half hour session is your opportunity to hear from various regulators on issues that impact every bus company and transit system in Ontario.  Topics include Ministry...
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OPTA: Annual General Meeting

Lunch Provided Open to OPTA Members Only

OPTA: CUTA Fact Book Workshop

Following the OTE Conference, CUTA will be hosting a workshop around its conventional and specialized Fact Book publications.  CUTA Research and Statistics Staff will discuss issues around filling out the...
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