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Conference Planner and Highlights

This event planner provides conference schedule details and activities.

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8:30 am – 5 pm  •  Riverview Lounge, Mezzanine II (Hotel)


9 am – Noon • Departs Offsite Shuttle/Coach Area

Tour Banff Parking Facilities – “Stall-ed: The evolution of parking in Banff”

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. There will be coffee to go served at the coach loading area.


9 – 9:10 am • Pick up at Banff Springs Hotel coach loading area

9:15 – 9:45 am  Mt Norquay Road – The historical arrival experience

9:45 – 10:15 am  Bear Street Parkade – The evolution of downtown parking

10:15 – 10:45 am • Beaver / Buffalo Lot – Parking guidance at the facility scale

10:45 – 11:15 am  Upper Hot Springs / Gondola – TDM strategies

11:15 – 12 noon  CPR Station – The future of parking in Banff – Proposed Intercept Lot

Tour Hosts:  

Darren Enns, Manager of Development Services, Town of Banff
Adrian Field, Director of Engineering, Town of Banff
Dave Radford, Q-Free TCS


1 – 4 pm  •  Mezzanine II (Hotel)

Round-table Sector Meetings

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

Airports – Angus

Hospitals – Riverview Lounge

Universities/Colleges – New Brunswick

Municipalities – New Brunswick Extension

3 – 4 pm  • Open Round Tables

Non-sector members are invited to join the groups in the final hour.


 TUESDAY EVENING (Tickets required)

4:30 – 5:30 pm  •  Shuttles to Sulphur Mountain Offsite Shuttle/Coach Area

Departing every 15 minutes.

Attendees must register before 4 pm in the Riverview Lounge where tickets will be provided with your registration kit.  Lost or mis-placed tickets will not be replaced.

5 – 7:30 pm  •  Sulphur Mountain

Welcome Reception

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



7  – 11:30 pm • Conference Centre Ballroom

Exhibitor move in & set up


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6 – 8 am • Conference Centre Ballroom

Final exhibitor set up

7:30 am – 5 pm • Conference Centre Foyer


8 – 8:45 am • Theatre Foyer

Morning Coffee

8:45 – 10 am • Theatre

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 • Conference Centre Ballroom

Trade Show Exhibition

10 am • Coffee  

Noon – 1 pm • Lunch  

Learning Lounge:

3 Perspectives:  The RFP Process, Richard Simpson, ParkPlus System (10:30 – 11 am)

The World of the Internet of Things, Sergio Mastronardi, gtechna (11:15 – 11:45 am)

Implementing ALPR Technology; Perspectives From Across Canada, Charles Pitman, Genetec (1 – 1:30 pm)


2 – 3 pm • Theatre

Family Feud Game Show (The Parking Version)

Hosted by Nathan Berry, Passport

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


3 – 5:15 pm • Conference Centre Ballroom

Trade Show Exhibition

3 pm • Coffee Break & Cash Bar 

Learning Lounge:

On-street Sensor Technology, Johnny Waldo, IPS Group Inc. (3:30 – 4 pm)

What would Nostradamus say?  Rick Duffy & Darin Witt, WPS Canada (4:30 – 5 pm) 


WEDNESDAY EVENING (ticket required)

5:30 – 8:15 pm • Alhambra Ballroom (Hotel)

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 event concludes



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7:30 am – 5 pm • Conference Centre Foyer


7:30 – 8:15 am  • Theatre Foyer

Morning Coffee

8:15 – 8:45 am • Theatre

Annual General Meeting

8:45 – 10 am • Theatre

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 • Conference Centre Ballroom

Final Trade Show Exhibition

10 am • Coffee

Noon – 1 pm • Lunch

Learning Lounge:

Using Data to Inform Parking Policy Decisions, Cassius Jones, Smarking (10:30 – 11 am)

Industry Trends Drive the Next Generation of Parking, Michael Hamilton, T2 Systems (11:15 – 11:45 am)

Innovative Solutions in Building Design Functionality, Manuel Rojo, Clavel Arquitecto (1 – 1:30 pm)


2 – 6 pm

Exhibitor Move Out

2 – 5:30 pm •  Session A: Shaughnessy/Beatty Room • Session B:  D.C. Coleman Room

Break Out Sessions

2:10 – 3:05 pm

Session ASocial Media & Parking, Chelsea Webster, ParkPlus System

Session BThe Impact of Parking in Driving Health Care Reimbursement, Michael Hamilton, T2 Systems

3:05 – 3:20 pm •  Coffee •  President’s Hall Foyer

3:20 – 4:15 pm

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

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

4:20 – 5:30 pm

Session AParking as a Profession:  Preparing for the Future, Kathleen Laney, Laney Solutions

Session B:  Parking Apps – A look at today’s increasing trends,  Dale Fraser, ZipBy Canada Ltd.


THURSDAY EVENING (tickets required)

CPA Social Event of the Season

Join us for great food and entertainment at the CPA’s Premier Social Event of the season.

6:30 pm • Cocktails • Riverview Lounge

7:15 pm •  Dinner • Cascade Ballroom

Featured Entertainers:

Opinions & Points of View, Rex Murphy

The Heebee Jeebees a Capella


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!


Click HERE to see Friday’s presentation details

8 – 9 am • Conference Centre Foyer


8 – 9 am • Conference Centre Foyer

Morning Coffee

9 – 11 am  •  Session A: Shaughnessy/Beatty Room • Session B:  D.C. Coleman Room

Break Out Sessions

9 – 9:55 am

Session AVision Zero – An Essential Solution for Parking, Jeffrey Calibaba, ATS Traffic

Session BBusines Analytics & Revenue Management, Nimesh Inamdar, Indigo

10 – 11 am

Session APavement Preservation for Parking Lots, Scott Sounart, Kleinfelder

Session BCar Sharing, Jon Wycoco, Car2Go Calgary

Conference schedule concludes at 11 am.

Calgary Technical Tour

11:30 am • Bus departs promptly for Calgary, departing from Offsite Shuttle/Coach Area

1 pm • Tour Starts

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 and 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).

4 pm • Tour Concludes at Calgary’s East Village

4:30 pm • Bus Tour will end at Calgary Airport for those departing on flights.



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