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Conference Planner and Highlights

This event planner provides conference schedule details and activities.

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Registration Opens 

10 am – noon

Technical Tour #1 – Banff Parking Facilities

Join your hosts, Q-Free and the Town of Banff for a site visit to various current projects and initiatives in the Town of Banff.  You will enjoy refreshments while experiencing the parking technology in use, and touring some of the local highlights. Pre-registration required.

1 pm – 4 pm

Round-table Sector Meetings

Airports | Hospitals | Universities/Colleges | Municipalities

Delegates are invited to participate in face-to-face round table discussions with their peers from the parking industry. Bring your topics and questions and discuss them with delegates from your sector, network with colleagues, and learn from each other.


Exhibitor Move In

4:30 – 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. Pre-registration required.


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.


Annual General Meeting

Keynote: Warren Macdonald

Opening of Trade Show Exhibition

Family Feud Game Show – Smart Cities: How does your city fit into the definition?


Awards Dinner

Keynote: Darby Allen

Free Evening after 7:30 pm

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.

Darby Allen

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.


Joint Panel Session – The Future of Parking

Industry Trends Drive the Next Generation of Parking, Speaker TBC, T2 Systems

Big Data and Connected Cars, Nathan Donnell, INRIX

Innovative Solutions in Building Design and Functionality, Manuel Rojo, Clavel Arquitectos

Final Trade Show Exhibition


Social Media & Parking, Chelsea Webster, ParkPlus System

The Impact of Parking in Driving Health Care Reimbursement, Speaker TBC, 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, Laney Solutions

Parking Apps – A look at today’s increasing trends, Dale Fraser, ZipBy


Social Event of the Season  

Cocktails, dinner and entertainment.

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!

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!


9 am – 11 am


UAV’s for Parking Enforcement – A Case Study, Mared Jacobsen, ParkBot Monitoring Services

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

11:30 am – 4 pm

Technical Tour #2 – Calgary

Join your hosts and sponsor ParkPlus, along with the Calgary Parking Authority, for a tour of Calgary’s East Village.  Located on the east side of the heart of downtown, this neighbourhood is currently going through a revitalization including the development of the new Central Library, the National Music Centre and Knightbridge Home’s N3 condominium, Calgary’s first “No Parking” condominium. 

Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) is leading the development in East Village. CMLC and the Calgary Parking Authority are partnering to develop a new parkade in the area that will service East Village and its ongoing redevelopment plan. 

First stop is the heart of East Village, where you will enjoy lunch and a chance to network. Then embark on guided tours of the new parkade site, the N3 development and its bicycle parking facility, and a walk around the area pointing out parking management highlights (weather permitting). 

Poster board displays will highlight facilities around Calgary and how they use the ParkPlus System.   ParkPlus and Calgary Parking Authority leadership will be available to answer questions. Speakers on this tour will include Nicholas Dykstra from CMLC, Joe Starkman from Knightbridge Homes, and the General Manager of the Calgary Parking Authority. 

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


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