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Conference Planner and Highlights

This event planner provides conference schedule details and activities.

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8 am – 5 pm

Registration Open 

9 am – noon

Technical Tour #1 – Banff Parking Facilities

Join your hosts, Q-Free and the Town of Banff for a site visit to view parking projects and initiatives in the Town of Banff.  Pre-register for this tour, as space is limited.

1  – 4 pm

Round-table Sector Meetings

Airports | Hospitals | Universities/Colleges | Municipalities

Delegates participate in face-to-face, round-table discussions with peers from their sector to share experiences during this informal session.

3 – 4 pm – Non-sector members are invited to join the groups in the final hour.



5 – 7:30 pm

Welcome Reception on Sulphur Mountain

Reach new heights as you are whisked to the top of Sulphur Mountain for the official opening reception. Get acquainted while enjoying local food and drink and panoramic views as we officially launch the event.  


Journey to the top of the Banff Gondola to see a whole new side of Sulphur Mountain and the Canadian Rockies. We’ve completely rebuilt, redesigned and reimagined our mountaintop experience, creating a world-class indoor experience that equals the awe-inspiring ridgetop boardwalk 2900 ft. above Banff. From new restaurants and interactive exhibits to a multisensory theatre and a breathtaking 360-degree rooftop observation deck, the all-new Banff Gondola experience heightens every sense.


7  – 11:30 pm

Exhibitor move in & set up at Conference Centre


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6 – 8 am

Final exhibitor set up

7:30 am – 5 pm

Registration Open

8:30 – 9 am

Annual General Meeting

9 – 10 am

Keynote: Warren Macdonald

One catastrophic moment redefined Warren’s life in April 1997 with a freak rock fall on a remote Australian island that left him pinned under a one-ton boulder. For two days he lay trapped and alone, surviving the ordeal only to lose both legs at mid-thigh.

Doctors told him he’d never walk again. Warren’s response: “I don’t recall them saying anything about cycling, kayaking, or climbing mountains…” Just ten months later he scaled Cradle Mountain, and in February 2003 Warren became the first double above-knee amputee to reach the summit of Africa’s tallest peak, Mt Kilimanjaro.

Born in Melbourne, Australia; Warren now lives in Canmore, Alberta in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. His story is fascinating, and his message is profound.


10 am – 1:45 pm

Trade Show Exhibition

Learning Lounge Presentations:

3 Perspectives:  The RFP Process, Richard Simpson, ParkPlus Systems

Innovative Solutions in Building Design Functionality, Manuel Rojo, Clavel Arquitecto

Implementing ALPR Technology; Perspectives From Across Canada, Charles Pitman, Genetec


2 – 3:15 pm

Family Feud Game Show – General Session

How much do parking professionals know about Parking? They will be put to the test in this interactive General Session.


3:15 – 5:15 pm

Trade Show Exhibition

Learning Lounge Presentations:

On-street Sensor Technology, Johnny Waldo, IPS Group Inc.

What would Nostradamus say? Bold predictions of the evolutionary path of parking system technology, Rick Duffy & Darin Witt, WPS Canada



5:30 – 8 pm

Awards Dinner

Featuring Keynote Darby Allen, Fire Chief (Ret’d), Fort McMurray

During the Alberta wildfire of 2016, fire chief DARBY ALLEN shot to global acclaim for guiding the 88,000 residents of Fort McMurray to safety with no loss of life—the largest evacuation in Canadian history. The retired Fire Chief will offer guidance on how to be a stoic, quick-thinking leader in tough situations. We all face emergencies and crises—Allen shows us how to stay the course.


Free evening after 8 pm



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8 am – 6 pm

Registration Open

8:45 – 10 am

Joint Panel Session

Autonomous Vehicles:  What’s in store for parking operations, and how are you to prepare?

Ralph Bond, BA Consulting Group (Moderator)
Paul Godsmark, CAVCOE
Chris Blaschuk, City of Calgary
Brett Bain, Edmonton Airports
Nick Spensieri, GO Transit

10 am – 2 pm

Final Trade Show Exhibition

Learning Lounge Presentations:

Using Data to Inform Parking Policy Decisions, Cassius Jones, Smarking

Industry Trends Drive the Next Generation of Parking, Mike Hamilton, T2 Systems

The World of the Internet of Things, Sergio Mastronardi, gtechna


2 – 5:30 pm

Breakout Sessions

Social Media & Parking, Chelsea Webster, ParkPlus Systems

The Impact of Parking in Driving Health Care Reimbursement, Mike Hamilton, T2 Systems

Future-proofing Parking Structures, Chris Davis, Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.  

PCI DSS – Common PCI Myths and Lessons Learned, Vanya Okuka, Desjardins Group

Parking as a Profession:  Preparing for the Future, Kathleen Laney, President, Laney Solutions 

Mobile Parking Apps – They Are Changing Our IndustryDale Fraser, ZipBy Canada Ltd. 


Social Event of the Season  

Join us for some great food and entertainment at the CPA’s premier social event of the season.

6:30 pm – Cocktails

7:15 pm – Dinner

8:15 pm – Featured Speaker Rex Murphy

As elusive as Big Foot is to the Canadian Rockies, Rex Murphy is to the Canadian Parking industry! There just may be a sighting in Banff!

9: 30 pm – Heebee Jeebees

Four Canadian guys started an a Capella band to meet girls. These guys are seriously serious about not taking themselves too seriously.



Rex Murphy

Social Commentator, Editorialist & Distinct Canadian Voice

The one and only Rex Murphy is a trusted face and voice across Canadian media. His intellect and biting humour strike through the heart of profound political and social issues. Currently he writes and reports for CBC’s The National and is a columnist in the National Post.

Scheduled to appear at the CPA’s 2015 conference in Vancouver, Rex was pulled away from us to tend to the last Federal election – inconveniently scheduled over our event dates. Rex will join us in Banff, so expect to be simultaneously informed and entertained by his provocative commentary. He knows what makes Canadians tick, and what drives our political and social affairs. Rex makes us important, reminds us we have culture beyond hockey. His thought-provoking, sometimes stinging commentary and original insights are delivered through a vocabulary to make Webster’s consider updating.

A Rhodes Scholar, Rex was born and raised in St. John’s, Nfld., where he graduated from Memorial University. In 1968, he went to Oxford University, along with former U.S. President Bill Clinton. Rex later ran twice in provincial elections and lost both times. Maybe he was too honest?


We’ve got the Heebee-jeebees!

The Heebee-jeebees are four Canadian guys who started a band to meet girls.

This Calgary-based comic a cappella group have performed about a gazillion gigs for fans, families, corporations and charities since 1993. They have won three CARA Awards (the Grammys of a cappella), produced eight CDs (available worldwide on iTunes or out of the trunk of their van) and were honoured as the first inductees into the Canadian A Cappella Hall of Fame.

These guys are seriously serious about not taking themselves too seriously.

The Heebee-jeebees are… the most fun you’ve ever heard!


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9 – 11 am

Breakout Sessions

Pavement Preservation for Parking Lots, Scott Sounart, Kleinfelder

Vision Zero:  An Essential Solution for Parking, Jeffrey Calibaba, ATS Traffic

Business Analytics & Revenue ManagementNimesh Inamdar, Indigo


11:30 am – 4 pm

Technical Tour #2 – Calgary

Join your hosts ParkPlus, along with the Calgary Parking Authority, for a tour of Calgary’s East Village.  First stop is the heart of East Village, where you will enjoy lunch networking. Then embark on guided tours of a new parkade site, and its bicycle parking facility, the N3 development with Calgary’s first “no parking” condominium, and a walk around the area pointing out parking management highlights (weather permitting).

The tour includes one-way bus transportation from Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, through the tour and a final stop at the Calgary airport (YYZ) by 4:30 pm.  There is no cost for this tour, however pre-registration is required to guarantee a spot.


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