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 Pane

Moderator: Josipa Petrunic, CUTRIC Speakers: 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

OSBA/OMCA:
Cannabis Legalization and Alcohol/Drug Policy

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

Moderator: Doug Parker Speakers: Elly van der Made, Brantford Transit; Jason Zimmerman, Barrie Transit; Kevin Jones, Peterborough Transit
14:15 - 14:30

Break

OMCA
Mergers, Acquisitions and the OHTB process

Speakers: Louis Amato-Gauci, Partner, Miler Thomson LLP; Asim Siddiqui CPA(CA), CPA(Illinois),Director at Crosbie & Company

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:
The Future of Seatbelts on School Buses

Over the past 25 years, seatbelts on school buses has remained the most debated school bus safety topic. Join us for this one-hour session as we try and cut through...
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OMCA:
Electronic Logging Devices and US Regulatory Update

Electronic Logging Devices and US Regulatory Update Speaker: Peter Chandler, FMCSA

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

Moderator: Chair: Craig Morneau Speakers: Mike Macas – Reliability Killers; Electric Vehicle Retrofits; Naeem Farooqi and Scott Gillner – MDBF Subcommittee Report

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 – TBC

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

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

  Speaker(s) Shawn Geary, Go McCoy

OSBA:
School Bus Driver Recruitment/Retention Issues and the Driver Retention Program (DRP)

This two-part session will start with an update on the Driver Retention Project (DRP) including considerations for next steps, followed by a facilitated round table discussion on driver recruitment best...
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OPTA:
Universal Design, Bus Configurations, and Securement

Speakers: Brittney Perez, University of Buffalo; Eve Wiggins – Wheel Trans

OPTA:
Small System/Large System Round Tables

Moderator: Dennis Kar / Kelly Paleczny
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