The role of district chapters
Benefits of District Chapters
District Chapters enable the CPA to extend its reach to all levels of the parking industry. Chapter members interact frequently to discuss problems and new concepts with the goal of developing common solutions at the local level. The local chapters are comprised of individuals or companies who are involved locally in the parking industry.
Chapter leaders are required to hold a CPA membership, but participants do not require a membership to attend meetings. Admission fees are required from time to time to cover the cost of speakers, room rentals, or miscellaneous expenses.
Call the CPA office and ask for information on the chapter nearest you or contact the chapter leader in your area.
Chapter Leader Toolbox
Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.
Anna Marie O’Connell
City of Guelph, ON
P 519-837-5612 Ex 2254
Toronto/Guelph Joint Chapter Golf Tournament – June 9, 2016
The best place to park on a sunny Thursday afternoon in June was at the Royal Ontario Golf Club in Milton, Ontario. Chapter members from the Toronto, Guelph and surrounding areas hit the links for an enjoyable time golfing and networking. Thanks to Anna Marie O’Connell from the Guelph Chapter who organized another successful event. Thanks also to the sponsors for their generous support.
Toronto Chapter Event – June 12, 2015
On Friday June 12, 2015 members from the Toronto Chapter gathered for a unique event. Held in the Tim Horton’s Theatre at the Hockey Hall of Fame, attendees were treated to presentations and an open forum discussion.
Ian Maher and Ann Marie Chung from the Toronto Parking Authority started things off with their presentation entitled “TPA Goes Mobile – Paying for Parking Using Your Mobile Device”. In March 2015, the Toronto Parking Authority (TPA) introduced Green P Mobile Pay, which enables parkers to pay for parking using their mobile device, providing users with considerable choice and flexibility to augment the traditional payments at on-street parking machine locations and off-street parking lots. Currently, the initiative is available at Green P non-gated (pay-and-display) parking lots in Toronto, and the TPA, in consultation with Transportation Services, the Toronto Police Service, Parking Tag Operations – Revenue Services, and Legal Services, is working to expand the program at on-street parking locations in the City of Toronto.
The next presentation “Designing Streets for Local Business Communities: Implications for Active Transportation and Parking Infrastructure” was a continuation of a talk given by Daniel Arancibia, M.Sc. in Planning Class of 2015 from the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto, given at the last Toronto Chapter meeting. Daniel continued the complete street discussion, considering how the viability of businesses in urban areas is affected by street design, and what this relationship means for parking and active transportation infrastructure. Daniel delighted the audience with some very interesting photos from the Toronto archives.
To wrap up the event, “Autonomous Vehicles: The Next Disruptive Technology” was presented by Barrie C. Kirk, P.Eng., Executive Director of Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence (CAVCOE). Barrie provided insight into how autonomous vehicles will change our cities and society as much as the arrival of cars did during the 20th Century. The presentation provided an overview of the status and trends of AVs, and described the socio-economic impacts and the specific impacts on the parking industry. This topic will also be presented in Vancouver at the annual conference and trade show in October, 2015.
Comment from Toronto Chapter
Lunch and a tour of the Hockey Hall of Fame rounded out the event. Thanks to the presenters, participants and Panda Parking for offering courtesy parking at Brookfield Place for the event.