2023 Planner

Conference Planner


7:30 am – 5:00 pm

1:00 – 4:00 pm

Round Table Sector Meetings

• Airports • Hospitals/Private Operators • Municipalities • Universities/Colleges

Delegates participate in face-to-face discussions with peers from their sector to share information and experiences.

Open to Sector members only. (Hospital meeting will be open to Private Operators)

4:30 – 5:30 pm

President’s Reception for New Members

(By invitation only)


6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Trade Show Grand Opening

The Opening Trade Show exhibition is a time to visit vendors and scope out the latest in innovation, technology, and to see what’s trending. Start the dialogue and set the pace for the sessions to follow.


8:30 pm

Unscheduled Evening



7:30 am – 5:00 pm

8:00 am – 8:45 am



8:45 am – 10:00 am

Main Stage

Platform Parkade and Innovation Centre
Designing and Planning a Convertible Parking Facility

Joanne Sparkes, Senior Project Architect, Associate, Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd
Jen Lussier, COO, Platform Calgary
Reachel Knight, Leader Strategic Business Planning, Calgary Parking
Kelly Coles, Vice President, Building and Infrastructure, Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (YES)
Ian Washbrook, Principal, Entuitive

Moderator: Ralph Bond, Principal, BA Consulting Group

Panelists from the development team will demonstrate how a convertible parking facility was built through the design steps of concept, schematic and detailed design. We will discuss the site constraints and display the design features that allow for future conversion to alternate uses such as residential and office and demonstrate the process of how to develop complex parking facilities.

*This Facility will be included on the Wednesday Technical Tour.


Educational Breakout Sessions

10:00 am – 10:55 am
Session A

Large-Scale Curb Management in Montréal: Technologies, Challenges and Opportunities

Nicolas Filion, Director IT
Maxime Rivard, Senior Analyst R&D

Agence de mobilité durable de Montréal

Both the geographical area and political landscape of Montreal are challenging and reflected in its curb. Montreal is composed of 19 boroughs, all with high autonomy for parking and curb regulation. This large patchwork covers more than 4000 km of street of all kinds, from dense downtown core to suburban style neighborhoods. With more than 18 000 metered spaces and an estimated 500 000 total spaces, this large scale and varied environment is a challenge to manage.

We’ll explore in this follow-up presentation from 2022 the findings of past projects and potential solutions currently worked on in Montreal, with major work completed or in progress to share with attendees.


Session B

Evolving Sustainable Mobility: A Convergence with Parking

Sharon Lewinson, President, ACT Canada

In an era marked by environmental consciousness and urban dynamism, the spotlight is on Sustainable Mobility – a transformative approach that is redefining how we navigate our cities. Join us for an enlightening presentation that explores the convergence of Sustainable Mobility and parking, shaping the urban landscape of tomorrow. Delve into the world of Sustainable Mobility and uncover how it seamlessly weaves together diverse transportation options, from eco-friendly commuting alternatives to shared mobility services. Discover how this holistic approach not only reduces our carbon footprint but also fosters a more connected, accessible, and vibrant urban ecosystem.

Discover how these twin pillars are reshaping our cities, propelling us towards a future where environmental stewardship and urban efficiency coexist harmoniously. This presentation isn’t just about technology – it’s about envisioning cities that thrive sustainably for generations to come. Case studies will showcase how sustainable mobility and parking are now intertwined.


Session C

Better Occupancy Data Enables Better Parking Policies and Programs

Dan Mathers, CEO, eleven-x
Jamie Zettle, Program Manager, Parking, City of Guelph

Accurate parking occupancy data is critical for the development of an effective parking policy. Until recently, municipalities were making decisions based on insights that reflected a limited picture of how parking resources were being used which resulted in inefficient parking access as well as limited enforcement and revenue. Reliable, detailed, and accurate data takes the guesswork out of knowing how parking assets are being used and helps organizations deliver better policy programs and increase revenues while reducing operational costs. Educated decisions about city planning and infrastructure ultimately enhances the driving experience for citizens/visitors and optimizes the city’s operations.

This session will discuss the best ways municipalities can collect accurate data, what data is essential to help develop effective parking policy and how the insights gained from the data can be leveraged for various parking initiatives. We will also examine real world examples from three Canadian municipalities to highlight how they each leveraged data to implement different parking policies.


11:00 am – 11:55 am
Session A

Roadshow: Coming Together to Ignite a Parking Revolution

David Hoyt, Managing Director & Chief Revenue Officer, ParkMobile
Kacey Siskind, Senior Vice President, HONK

Join ParkMobile and HONK for a game-changing interactive panel filled with curiosity, as we challenge the status quo, embrace innovation, and accelerate your organizations’ growth. Discover cutting-edge trends, transformative technologies, and visionary strategies that will reshape how we navigate a Smarter Way to Park.

This fireside chat includes a surprise guest who’ll be on the hot heat – answering questions from ParkMobile and HONK. Gain insights into the pressing issues our industry faces, emerging trends and technologies, and their perspective on seizing new opportunities to lead the way toward a dynamic, customer-centric future.

Don’t miss this chance to accelerate your journey to parking excellence.


Session B

EV Charging – The New Gold Rush

David Rehimi, Canadian Country Manager, ChargePoint
David Agosti, Director of Parking, SFU
Marc Del Rizzo, EV Program Manager, Indigo Park Canada
Nathan Donnell, Director of Parking, ChargePoint

Join subject matter experts on EV Charging to share their practical expertise in developing EV strategies, integrating them into business goals, and smoothly deploying and installing EV Charging infrastructure. Many people don’t understand the full Total Cost of Ownership picture when it comes to EV charging, as most of the revenue implications come post-install and most parking operators are early in their EV journey and don’t have much data or experience with managing EV Charging. We will discuss potential revenue streams related to EV charging (many of which you probably haven’t thought of) and best practices to consider including right-sizing, pricing policies, and future proofing. Attendees will leave this session with a better understanding of how the implementation of EV Charging infrastructure has become not just more affordable but can actually be a revenue stream generating profit for your organization.


Session C

The Path to Success: Routines of High Achievers – an Interactive Panel Discussion

Melina Morokhovich, Regional Sales Manager, T2 Systems
Jody Backes, Regional Sales Manager, T2 Systems
Cameron Neufeld, Director, Parking & Transportation Management, University of Manitoba
Randy Topolniski, General Manager, City of Winnipeg
Nigel Bullers, CEO, EasyPark

This session explores routines of successful people in the parking industry, sharing how their habits have helped them become leaders in their industries. Discussions will center around integrating positive thinking, effective to do lists, nutrition, and well-being for productivity and how to create a clear work-life balance. The presenters will share their tips on effective communication, team engagement and skills they have developed over the years to be successful. Learn tips and tricks from high achievers that can be applied not only at work, but in all areas of life.


Noon – 1:25 pm

Awards Luncheon


1:30 – 5:30 pm

Trade Show Exhibition


6:00 pm

Unscheduled Evening



7:30 am – 5:00 pm


7:45  – 8:30 am


8:00 – 8:30 am

Annual General Meeting


8:30 am – 9:45 am

Main Stage

ALPR Panel Discussion

One of the hottest topics will be presented by various experts in the field. Join this Panel to learn how ALPR has advanced, is being used in new areas, and ask questions about implementation, merging systems and benefits.

Mike Bourre, VP, of Sales and Marketing, gtechna: Combining Artificial Intelligence, LPR, and Curb Digitalization to Create a Comprehensive Enforcement System for Curbside Enforcement

Mollalign Assefa, Leader, Tag Admin and Support. City of Calgary – Clearing Rush Hour congestion, the newest challenge for LPR in Calgary

Carla Marcano, Leader Sales & Technology, City of Calgary, Calgary Parking: Calgary Parking: Mobile vs Fixed LPR Enforcement: Telus Spark Case Study

Michael Bradner, Product Manager, Genetec: How solar-powered ALPR can address time and cost constraints when deploying a parking solution.

Bill Franklin, P.Eng. President, Tannery Creek Systems Inc


9:45 am – 2:00 pm

Final Trade Show Exhibition

Buffet Lunch – Noon – 1:00 pm


Educational Breakout Sessions

2:00 pm – 2:55 pm
Session A

Calgary’s shift to a modernized Residential Parking Program system (RPP)

Chris Blaschuk, Manager, Calgary Parking
Andrea Sichewski, Supervisor, Communications (Mobility – City of Calgary)
Todd Sullivan, Leader, Patrol and Investigations (Calgary Parking)

In this session you will learn about the history of RPP, what the program was like in the past, where it is now and where it is going, including how Calgary has moved from hang tags to a digital LPR system. Information will be provided on the policy, rate structure and goals of an updated policy.
Information presented will assist other cities and towns in their transition from hang tags to digital RPP Permits.


Session B

Smart Curbside Parking Challenging Complex Urban Environments

Adrien Orceau, Product Owner, Dimonoff Mobility
Jérôme Boulicaut, Technology Solutions Analyst, Agence de mobilité durable de Montréal

Smart parking has become an essential component of modern urban and curbside planning, especially in cities such as Montreal that face numerous transportation and regulation challenges.

With a growing population, limited parking spaces and changing regulations, whether finding or managing a parking place in the city is becoming increasingly challenging. Smart parking systems have the potential to alleviate these problems by using technology to optimize parking management and infringement detections, reduce traffic congestion and emissions, and enhance the overall user experience.

Overall, this presentation will explore the challenges of implementing a curbside smart parking solution in a challenging urban environment like Montreal and present what has been done in partnership with the Agence de Mobilité Durable de Montreal to address these challenges. By leveraging technology, data analytics, and stakeholder engagement, a smart parking system can enhance the overall parking experience, optimize Montreal parking performances and contribute to a more sustainable and liveable city.


Session C

Reimagining Resilient and Lower Carbon Parking Structures

Val Sylaj, Ph.D., President and the Director of Technical Services, Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (CPCI)
Ray Li, M.Sc., P.Eng., Technical Representative – Western Canada, Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (CPCI)

This presentation will focus on designing and constructing resilient, lower carbon parking structures. The session will discuss manufacturing and specifying low carbon precast concrete products, the importance of performance-based specifications, using Supplementary Cementitious Materials (SCMs), understanding Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), and CPCI’s 2050 Roadmap to Net Zero. The presentation will explore the importance of resilient built structures and Canada’s new National Adaptation Strategy, which focuses on Building Resilient Communities for a Safe and Strong Economy in this time of severe climate change.


3:15 pm – 4:10 pm
Session A

The future of parking is faster, greener, connected, and ticketless! But what is beyond?

Free Flow Ticketless Parking. Case Studies from 3 Continents.

Alexandra Maillot, Head of Business Development, Survision

Beyond the elimination of the ticket machine, the same technology that allows Ticketless Parking also allows the gateless feature, with no barrier at all. This method is becoming increasingly popular as it represents even more advantages and revenue. We will take a trip to three different continents to see case studies of Ticketless Parking by LPR. We will discover how LEGOLAND New York makes sure that their customers have an unforgettable day of fun; how Paris Airport helps the travelers to keep the peace of mind before catching their flights; and how Australians benefit the latest technologies in their day-to-day parking life.


Session B

The roadmap towards an all-electric vehicle fleet by 2030

Julie Bachand-Marleau, Senior advisor – Strategic Planning and Sustainable Development
Rolando Sarmiento, Chef de service – Stratégies d’affaires, Agence de mobilité durable

The Agence de mobilité durable (Sustainable Mobility Agency) is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and its ecological footprint, in particular through the electrification of its vehicle fleet. A strategy has therefore been established to optimize the composition of the vehicle fleet and to define a pace of electrification consistent with the strategic planning of the organization, the ongoing modernization of parking enforcement and the current situation of the electric vehicle market.

The approach undertaken by the Agency has made it possible to highlight the main challenges associated with the electrification of the vehicle fleet of a medium-sized public organization, and to adopt clear guidelines for a successful transition to a fully electric vehicle fleet by 2030.


Session C

Hospital Parking Innovation in a Pandemic Era

Gurjeet Dosanjh, Manager, Capital Planning, Lakeridge Health
Matthew Kurtcu, Planning Analyst, Lakeridge Health

Lakeridge Health is a network of five hospital sites and a Long-Term Care Home across Durham Region located 30 minutes east of Toronto, Ontario. In the summer of 2022 Lakeridge Health replaced all of its PARCS equipment across all of its parking facilities. The implementation of new PARCS equipment included a number of benefits.

Hospitals and other not-for-profit organizations can learn the benefits of upgrading and installing new PARCS and LPR technology e.g., hands free touchless technology in a pandemic era, improved social distancing with remote parking passes purchases. Coupled with these intrinsic benefits are the increased revenue opportunities in automating purchases from pay stations and QR code passes and less equipment downtime and human resource interactions.


4:15 pm – 5:15 pm

Main Stage

Converting Underutilized Parking facilities – High Park Panel Discussion

Liz Wreford, Founding Director & Principal, Public City Architecture
Peter Oliver, Director of Public Art, Beltline YYC
Chris Davis, Principal, RJC Engineers
Sidney Starkman, Planning and Development Analyst, Calgary Parking

Reachel Knight, Leader, Strategic Business Planning Calgary Parking,
The City of Calgary – Mobility

Join this engaging discussion on the conception, operational logistics, design and partnership behind the High Park project and its evolution, including various benefits of integrating new uses to underutilized parking facilities and how CP and BNA have gotten High Park to where it is today, from concept to design, to implementation.

Panelists will discuss how the project was pitched to engage residents, how parking services were maintained and the benefits to the community.  Expect a deep dive into project barriers, budget, partnerships, and the project’s future, as well as fundamentals such as risk management, security, vandalism, and structural integrity.

*This Facility will be included on the Wednesday Technical Tour.


5:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Closing Remarks


6:30 – 11:00 pm

Celebrating Success and 40 Years!

Join us on a trip back to the CPA’s roots for a final evening celebrating 40 years of service to the Canadian parking industry.


10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Technical Tour

Platform Parkade & Innovation Centre and High Park installation

Seeing is Believing! After learning about Calgary’s signature  innovative achievements during the event, wrap up the conference with a walking site tour of these state-of-the-art facilities.

Space is limited. Price is included for Full Delegates only, but confirmation of attendance is required during registration.  All others $75.


*subject to change