Conference Planner and Highlights

This event planner provides you details of the conference schedule and activities. As the program schedule is finalized, this planner will be updated.

Register online now, or on Level 4 at the Westin Ottawa

Sunday: 8 am – 7 pm | Monday: 7:30 am – 6 pm | Tuesday: 7:30 am – 6 pm


Congratulations to the following Early Bird Winners who have won a seat in the MacKay Meters Suite for the Ottawa Senators vs Tampa Bay Lightning at the Canadian Tire Centre. Sponsored by: MacKay Meters

Fred Dieno, City of Red Deer | David Duncan, City of Kelowna
Cathy Palmer, City of Vancouver | Anthony Fabrizi, City of Toronto

Pre-Conference Events


Come to Ottawa early to take part in pre-conference networking events

Proceeds support the CPA Scholarship Fund.

Take advantage of Air Canada discounts and come to Ottawa early to take in some Capital activities. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited. Likewise, if insufficient registrations are received, some events may be cancelled, so register now! 

SATURDAY October 22

Parliament Hill Tour & High Tea

Noon – 4 pm  | Registered delegates meet in the lobby

Take a short walk from the Westin Ottawa to Parliament Hill, where you can see where the drama unfolds! Discover the history, functions, and art of Canada’s Parliament with a guided tour of Centre Block. This iconic building is home to the Senate, House of Commons, and Library of Parliament. After the guided tour, visitors can to go to the top of the Peace Tower to get a scenic view of the City of Ottawa, Gatineau, and the Ottawa River. Be sure to visit the Memorial Chamber to finish your tour.

Following the tour the group will walk back to the historic Fairmont Chateau Laurier for afternoon High Tea in Zoé’s Lounge, named after Sir Wilfrid Laurier’s beloved wife. Zoé Laurier Lafontaine was a young piano teacher known for her kindness, simplicity and most of all her big heart. Enjoy Ottawa’s most stylish and elegant lounge with its chic decor, glowing chandeliers, and a beautiful glass adorned atrium. Zoé’s Lounge is famous for its light fare menu, freshly prepared vintage cocktails and its wonderful Afternoon Tea.

Afterwards, enjoy free time for shopping in the Byward Market or Rideau Centre, just steps away from the hotel.

Ottawa Senators vs Tampa Bay Lightning

Canadian Tire Centre  |  Game time: 7:00 pm  | Meet in the lobby at 5:30 pm

Enjoy the game from the comfort of a private suite, or select a preferred seat in a lower level section (Seat locations and availability to be confirmed).


1:00 – 4:00 pm | Level 4

Round Table Sector Meetings 

Airports – Alberta Room

Hospitals – New Brunswick Room

Universities/Colleges – Nova Scotia Room

Municipalities – Quebec Room

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.

NEW These sessions are open only to sector members. A second session, open to all attendees will be offered during Tuesday’s schedule.


5:00 pm | Ballroom Foyer Level 4

Welcome Reception

5:15 – 8:30 pm | Ballroom

Gala Opening and Trade Show Exhibition

Acquaintances, old and new will once again meet to network and kick off the 2016 event.  Enjoy refreshments and an exhibition that will be sure to please.

We welcome delegates from ACT Canada.



7:45 – 8:30 am | Ballroom Foyer Level 4

Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00 am | Ontario Room

Annual General Meeting

9:00 – 10:00 am

Breakout Sessions

SESSION A | Ontario Room

Big Data – Municipal Case Study

Nigel Bullers, CEO, EasyPark
Cassius Jones, Smarking

Big data, it’s all the talk at conferences, but what does it really mean. This presentation will showcase how EasyPark approached accessing big data in a way that would benefit front line operations and impact change on a day to day basis. EasyPark will highlight a number of software solutions including Smarking that they utilize to capture parking data from EasyPark lots. Also showcased is their approach to raw data and the access on dashboards to represent a number of KPI’s; real time occupancy, real time revenues, parking durations, and many other key statistics. Additionally the data is also optimized for viewing on a mobile device.

SESSION B | Les Saisons Room

North American E2EE EMV Implementation Case Study

Michael Hughes, Manager, NA Strategic Partner Sales, Moneris Solutions

Moneris will provide lessons learned from North America’s first U.S. and Canadian EMV implementations. Case studies will address implementation considerations for on-street and off-street pay stations including: contactless / mobile acceptance, CVM vs. No-CVM, tokenization, and gift / loyalty 

10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Trade Show Exhibition 

10:00 – 10:30 am

Mini Session 1 | Chauntry Connection Lounge

Mini Session 2 | CPA Connection Lounge

Noon – 1:00 pm | Luncheon in the Exhibit area

2:00 – 2:30 pm

Mini Session 3 | Chauntry Connection Lounge

Mini Session 4 | CPA Connection Lounge

 2:30 – 3:30 pm | CPA Connection Lounge

Exhibitor Meeting

 2:30 – 3:00 pm | In Session Rooms: Ontario & Les Saisons

Coffee Break

3:00 – 4:00 pm

Breakout Sessions

SESSION A | Ontario Room

Accelerating Transportation Electrification – Opportunities and Challenges

Chantal Guimont, President and CEO, Electric Mobility in Canada

With close to 25,000 electric vehicles on the road in Canada, more than 5 years after market introduction, the time for a strong national policy, with contributions from all stakeholders, public and private,  is even more relevant to move from an early adopter market to a mass market.

Awareness, incentives, infrastructure and availability of EVs are the key elements to make EVs an affordable choice now.  How can each player contribute directly to this objective, and make a difference in Canada’s GHG reduction targets.

SESSION B | Les Saisons Room

How Connected Cars will Disrupt and Innovate the Parking Industry

Nathan Donnell, Director of Business Development – Parking, INRIX

There’s not a week that goes by without seeing or hearing something in the news about connected cars or autonomous vehicles. Company’s like Google and Apple are racing to be the first to market with a fully independent vehicle. What does this mean for the parking industry? Will this truly change inventory demands for both on and off street spaces? Join for an interactive conversation on how connected vehicles will change and revolutionize the parking industry.


4:30 – 8:00 pm | Location: Canadian War Museum | Tickets required

Shuttle buses depart from the lobby at: 4:15, 4:20, 4:45, 4:50 pm

Dinner and Keynote Address 


Join us at the Canadian War Museum for dinner, awards and a special Keynote presentation by Major-General (ret’d) Lewis MacKenzie

When it comes to being a leader, few people—anywhere in the world—can approach the level of experience and credibility that military hero Major-General MacKenzie has reached. Considered the most experienced peacekeeper on the planet, MacKenzie distills four decades of experience into ten practical and enduring lessons that will enhance anyone’s leadership style.

8:00 pm

Free Evening

Private Events, by invitation


8:15 – 9:00 am | Quebec Wall Foyer – Level 4

Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00 am

Round Table Sector Meetings

NEW  This second session is a follow up to Sunday’s session, and is open to anyone with an interest in sharing information with a specific group.
The agenda is open forum.

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Trade Show Exhibition  

10:00 – 10:30 am

Mini Session 5  | Chauntry Connection Lounge

Mini Session 6  | CPA Connection Lounge

Noon – 1:00 pm | Luncheon in the Exhibit area

2 pm | Trade Show Closes

2:10 – 3:05 pm

Breakout Sessions

SESSION A | Ontario Room

Demand-Based Parking Pricing – The Challenges and the Opportunities

Brett Bain, Director, Parking and Ground Transportation, Edmonton Airports
Theresa Hughes, CEO, Chauntry

Selling your parking at the right price, to the right customers, at the right time is a bit like looking for the Holy Grail. You might be surprised to learn that airports are very adept at this. Dynamic pricing in many parts of the world is commonplace. In our session we will look at what are the factors you need to take account of to arrive at the right price and how do you implement and manage your dynamic pricing going forward.

SESSION B | Les Saisons Room

Zero Parking Development in Calgary: Policy and Practice

Dale Lynch, P.Eng. PTOE, Senior Transportation Engineer, City of Calgary
Ezekiel Dada, Ph.D., P.Eng, Senior Associate, Bunt & Associates

The City of Calgary approved the City’s first zero-parking condominium, a residential development without any car parking in the building.  Following that City Council approved new parking policies to provide direction for implementation of future zero-parking multi-family developments throughout the City.

3:05 – 3:20 pm | In Session Rooms: Ontario & Les Saisons

Coffee Break

3:20 – 4:15 pm

Breakout Sessions

SESSION A | Ontario Room

Applications of Artificially Intelligent Robotic Autonomous Vehicles for the Parking Industry

Shawn Walker, Research Associate, Department of Space Engineering, York University 2016
Recipient of the Tom Arnold Scholarship at York University

Artificially intelligent robotic autonomous ground and air vehicles have many potential applications for the parking industry. These applications will reduce costs, reduce liabilities, attract new customers and clients, and increase profits. This presentation will: provide an introduction to robotic autonomous vehicles and how the artificially intelligent computer algorithms work; discuss the latest advancements in these technologies; present the applications of these technologies and algorithms to the parking industry; and outline the business risks and benefits of these technologies.

SESSION B | Les Saisons Room

The Aesthetic Versatility of Modern Parking Structures

Brian J. Hall, Managing Director, Canadian Precast / Prestressed Concrete Institute

Rolfe Kaartinen, Vice President, NORR Ltd.

Many regions of Canada now have specifications that outline the expectations for the aesthetics of today’s new modern parking structures. Modern parking facilities have become a community building type. Indeed, the role that they play as the point of entry to our cities, towns, campuses, airports and communities presents opportunities to integrate even more seamlessly into the fabric of the overall built environment. The integration of parking into the evolving mixed-use urban setting, and transportation systems, requires the modern parking facility to address new expectations regarding aesthetics, sustainability, functional and operational issues, including health and safety, and security.

This presentation will provide an overview of the many architectural finishes available with today’s modern parking facilities, along with methodologies to achieve them. We will also discuss combining multiple finishing and structural materials into a single parking project for maximum aesthetic versatility. Case studies of North American parking projects will be highlighted.

4:20 – 5:15 pm

Breakout Sessions

SESSION A | Ontario Room

Deep Cove Parking and Access Study

Floris van Weelderen, P.Eng, PTOE, Manager, Transportation Planning, MMM Group Limited

Located on the forested mountain slopes of North Vancouver in British Columbia, Deep Cove is a unique and beautiful place that attracts visitors from around the world.  This presentation addresses the traffic and parking problems that this idyllic waterfront community is experiencing given that while the number of visitors and special events in Deep Cove continues to increase, its capacity to accommodate those visitors remains unchanged.

SESSION B | Les Saisons Room

Session to be confirmed


6:15 pm: Opens  | 6:30 pm: Cocktails | 7:15 pm: Dinner | 8:00 pm: The Debaters | 9:30 pm: Music & Dancing

Conference Closing Event

This final social event brings attendees together to enjoy a final evening of great food, fun and relaxation.


Driverless Vehicles – Heaven or Hell on Wheels?

Featuring The Debaters live!

Hosted by award winning comedian and CBC host, Steve Patterson, this special live event features Steve and two of his favourite comics, Dave Hemstad and Ron Sparks, who will examine the pro’s and con’s of autonomous vehicles.

Now in its 10th season on CBC Radio One, The Debaters is the hit show where comics go toe to toe in a battle of laughs and logic and the audience picks the winner.  Steve and his cast are excited to be in Ottawa for the CPA’s conference and invite you to be part of the live audience to witness this once-in-a-life time, never-to-be-repeated comedy event.


9:00 – 11:30 am

CPA Optional Sessions offered by ACT Canada ACTCanada_2016

Breakfast on own

Ottawa University, Demarais Building (Telfer School of Management)
55 Laurier Ave E Ottawa, ON
(Map available at CPA registration desk)


8:30 – 10:00 am

Morning Keynotes  

Walking the (Walk) Talk

Antonio Gomez-Palacio, Principal at DIALOG

So How’s That Plan Going? A Framework For Measuring Health and Equity Impacts of a Municipal Active Transport Plan 

Michael Schwandt, Deputy Medical Health Officer at Saskatoon Health Region

10:30 – 12:00 pm

Session 10A    

Autonomous Vehicles: Status, Trends, and the Large Impact on Commuting

Barrie Kirk, Executive Director at Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence (CAVCOE)

Planning for Automated Vehicles in Cities

Sean Rathwell, Transit & Urban Mobility Specialist at Dillon
Consulting Limited

Integrating Car Sharing into Urban Transportation Infrastructure: Why, and How?

Nicola McLeod, Regional General Manager at Zipcar

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