Program

The conference runs through all 4 days, from April 14- 17, 2019.
The OTE Trade Show takes place on April 16.
*Agenda is subject to change at any time without notice*
Day 1
14 Apr 2019
Day 2
15 Apr 2019
Day 3
16 Apr 2019
Day 4
17 Apr 2019

OPTA:
Monetizing Transit Data – Privacy, Cyber Security and the Future of Growing Ridership Panel

Speakers: Josipa Petrunic, CUTRIC; Dr. Mitra Mirhassani, University of Windsor; Andrew Miller, Sidewalk Labs; Martin Gray, Manager, Public Policy, Uber; Chantal Bernier, Dentons

OSBA/OMCA:
Roadside Impairment – A Police Perspective

How do police detect and address alcohol or drug related roadside impairment? Join Staff Sergeant Mike Hinsperger with the Waterloo Regional Police Service – Traffic Service Unit as he discusses...
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10:45 - 11:00

Break

OSBA:
B.R.A.V.E. – Policy Considerations for Managing School Bus Rider Bullying

Managing behavior on school buses is a constant challenge for drivers and companies alike. This workshop will discuss policy considerations when examining bullying and behavioral conflicts in the student transportation...
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OPTA:
Change Management – Engaging the Frontline

Speaker: Nancy Ortenburg, Manager, Customer Experience, Mi Way; Barbara Donaldson, People Change Management Lead, Metrolinx

OMCA:
Seatbelts on Coaches – Coach and Tour Operator Panel Discussion

Moderator: Doug Switzer, President, OMCA; Panelists: John Crowley, Coach Canada; Dave Willis, Ayr Coach Lines; Michelle Hundt-Tupman, Great Canadian Holidays and Coaches; John Temple, Temple & Temple Tours

OSBA/OMCA:
Cannabis Legalization and Alcohol/Drug Policy Impacts

2018 saw significant changes to laws addressing alcohol and drug consumption in Canada.  Cannabis was legalized, impaired driving laws were modernized to expand police powers and address drug impaired driving,...
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OPTA:
Technology Implementation by Smaller Agencies – Lessons from the Field

Join agency leaders from smaller cities as they discuss their distinctive challenges in pursuing technology benefits, whether its procurement, implementation or ongoing support. Short presentations will be followed by a...
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14:15 - 14:30

Break

OMCA
Mergers, Acquisitions and the OHTB process

Thinking of Buying a Company? What you need to know to get the deal done! You’ve heard it has been a Seller’s Market for some time now and multiples are...
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OSBA:
Child Seats in School Purpose Vehicles

Join members of the Ministry of Transportation, Safety, Policy and Education Branch to review laws and best practices when using child seats in school purpose vehicles.  Discussions will include proper...
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OPTA:
Driver Recruitment and Retention – Systems, Metrics and What the Experience Tells Us

Speaker: Sharlene Mitchell Driver recruitment and retention is easily one of the most challenging issues we face as an industry.  It’s time to take a step back from the granular...
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15:15 - 15:30

Break

OPTA:
The First-Mile-Last-Mile Challenge – Experimenting at the Local Level

Moderator: Sasha Pejcic Speakers: Doug Spooner, Mobility Integration, Metrolinx; Eleanor Joseph, Via On-Demand Transit; John Stepovy, Pacific Western; Paul Buck, Belleville Transit

OSBA:
Seatbelts on School Buses – Operational Experiences

Over the past 25 years, seatbelts on school buses has remained at the forefront of discussions surrounding student transportation safety.  As 2019 brings more scrutiny to school bus occupant protection...
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OMCA:
Electronic Logging Devices and US Regulatory Update

Peter Chandler will make a U.S. Federal regulatory update presentation which will cover FMCSA’s passenger carrier safety program, the passenger-carrying vehicle leasing and interchange rulemaking, and the applicability of the...
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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.  We encourage you to raise issues from...
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OPTA:
CUTA Ontario Regional Meeting

CUTA Members Only Moderator: Alex Milojevic / Wendy Reuter

OPTA:
Procurement Committee Meeting

Moderator: Leslie Williamson, Milton

OPTA:
Marketing Committee

*Agenda to be confirmed. Topics could include: How New Technology Advances our Understanding of the Customer Experience – A strong visual identity and efficient wayfinding program support the customer experience...
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Lunch

For purchase on the Trade Show Floor

OPTA:
HR/Operations Committee Meeting

*Full agenda to be confirmed. Moderators: Co-Chairs: Heidi Dempster/Greg Brady Speakers: Attendance Management (Paul Finnerty, YRT; Gerry McIlhone, HSR); Chris Wilkinson, DriverCheck – Accommodation and Medical Marijuana

OPTA:
Maintenance Committee Meeting

Welcome and Round Table Introductions –  Chair Craig Morneau, London Transit 3:00 – 3:05 Mean Distance Between Failure – OPTA Subcommittee Recommendation to CUTA MDBF Project 3:05 – 3:45 Cummins:...
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OSBA:
Limited Brake Inspections (LBI) – Have You Made the Change?

2019 brought one of the most significant updates to the annual inspection criteria for buses, school purpose vehicles and accessible vehicles since Ontario’s adoption of the National Safety Code (NSC)...
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OPTA:
HR and the Law – The Year in Review

Moderator: Michael Ledgett, Dentons LLP Speakers: Andy Pushalik, Partner, Dentons LLP; Chris Wilkinson, DriverCheck Inc.

Networking Reception

Drink Tickets Sponsored by New Flyer and MCI           

OMCA:
Attracting and Retaining Talent

In today’s transportation sectors, attracting and retaining talent is ranked among employers as a top priority.  With companies vying for drivers and office staff, every effort needs to be made...
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OSBA:
Driver Assist Technology on School Buses

As driver assist technology becomes more prevalent in our personal vehicles, it is also making its way into school buses and other heavy vehicles.  Join us to hear about these...
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OPTA:
MTO Transit Policy and Programs Group

Moderator: Karen Cameron Speakers: Ewa Downarowicz, MTO
9:30 - 9:45

Break

OMCA:
Cybersecurity Best Practices

Just when you think you have taken all the necessary steps to protect your company and client’s personal information, a hacker has found a way around your firewalls and accessed...
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OSBA:
School Bus Driver Recruitment/Retention Issues

Join us for a discussion on some of the challenges facing driver recruitment and retention in today’s student transportation industry.  This session will explore issues and potential strategies uncovered in...
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OPTA:
Large System Round Table

Moderator: Kelly Paleczny

OPTA:
Small System Round Table

Moderator: Dennis Kar
10:45 - 11:00

Break

OPTA:
Driving Toward a Zero Emission Bus Future

While there are many arguments in favor of zero emissions buses (ZEB’s), the decision to use them isn’t quite as simple as a yes or no. In this session, we...
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OMCA/OPTA/OSBA:
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. Ministry of Transportation – Carrier Safety and...
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OPTA:
Annual General Meeting

Lunch Provided;  Open to OPTA Members Only