OTE Program Agenda


This conference runs through all 4 days, from April 9 - 12, 2017. The OTE Trade Show takes place on April 11.
Click here to download the OTE Program at a Glance (PDF) Updated March 22
Day 1
09 Apr 2017
Day 2
10 Apr 2017
Day 3
11 Apr 2017
Day 4
12 Apr 2017

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, drug testing, etc.
10:45 - 11:00


OMCA: Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs)

Examination of Electronic Logging Devices in Canada and the U.S., perspective from operator using ELD’s, benefits, costs, etc.

OSBA: Student Transportation – Let’s Have a New Conversation

The issues facing the student transportation industry are well known and have not changed substantially in the last 5 years.  The challenge faced by OSBA is how to most effectively...
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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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Sponsored by Prevost and Nova Bus

OMCA: A View from the Bridges

Local ports highlighting improvements to infrastructure, policies for smoother border crossings. Speaker Michael Smith, Operations Manager, Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition (NITTEC)

OSBA: Seat Belts – Experiences and Challenges

Seat belts on school buses continue to be a hot topic of conversation when discussing student transportation safety.  Learn from a transportation industry official familiar with the controversy that surrounds...
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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


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

Attendees will learn about the importance for every level of an organization to understand the full picture of how their day-to-day decisions can impact contracts, stakeholder’s expectations, and overall organizational...
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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


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

Session description to be updated.

OSBA: Ontario School Bus Contract Renewals and Operating Cost Benchmarks

This two-part session will start with a discussion on the Broader Public Sector Procurement Directive and the directive’s impact on contract renewal/extension options.  This will be followed up by exploring...
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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

OPTA and CUTA Members Only

OPTA Marketing Committee Meeting (Customer Direct Communications; Investing in Brand Marketing)

To register for the Marketing Committee Meeting, click here. Speakers Omar Khan, BLVD Agency Scott Christie, BLVD Agency


For purchase on the Trade Show Floor

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

OSBA: Transporting Students with Special Needs

This session will provide school bus operators of students with special needs, efficient and effective decision-making strategies to improve safe transportation.  Scenarios will be presented to facilitate an open dialogue...
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OPTA: Transit HR and Legal Issues

By Invitation Only; Open to OPTA Transit System Members Our annual look at recent human rights complaints, arbitration cases and legal decisions affecting transit operations. Topics include medicinal marijuana, drug...
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Networking Reception

Drinks sponsored by Motor Coach Industries and New Flyer Industries

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

Technology integration in buses continues to grow at a rapid pace.  New technologies will be explored along with the opportunities and realities that technology in school buses offer.  Learn about...
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OMCA/OSBA/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


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

This session will discuss the popular topic of recruiting and retaining better drivers through the use of non-financial tools, tactics and practical ideas, as well as creating a culture of...
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OPTA: Strategic Procurement – OPTA Procurement Committee Ideas for Bringing Value to Transit System Members

OPTA Members Only OPTA Procurement Committee ideas for bringing value to large and small transit systems alike. Speakers Leslie Williamson, Manager Purchasing and Risk Services, Town of Milton Scott Gillner,...
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OPTA: Small System Roundtable

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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10:45 - 11:00


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 may include:...
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OPTA: Annual General Meeting

By Invitation Only; Lunch Provided

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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