Speakers and Presentations


Antoine Belaieff, Director, Regional Planning, Metrolinx

Antoine Belaieff is the Director of Regional Planning at Metrolinx. He oversees the development of the Regional Transportation Plan, the corporate Sustainability Strategy as well as research in and development of new and emerging mobility models.

Antoine is a Professional Planner, who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from McGill University in Montreal, a Master’s Degree in Planning from the University of Toronto, and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden.

Erin Toop

Presentation: City of Edmonton Automated Vehicles Program

Erin Toop is a Senior Engineer in the Transportation Strategies group at the City of Edmonton, where she leads the policy and planning work on automated vehicles. She currently manages a variety of projects at the City including the Main Streets program and the delivery of the Edmonton and Region Household Travel Survey. 

Erin holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Alberta and a masters from the University of Toronto, both in Civil Engineering.

Matt Smith, ITS Program Administrator, Michigan Department of Transportation
Presentation: Connected Vehicle Deployment in Michigan

Matt Smith’s career in transportation has spanned 22 years.  Matt is MDOT’s Intelligent Transportation Systems Administrator, and has been with the Department since 2006.  In this role, he is responsible for setting and implementing the strategic direction for the state’s ITS and Connected Vehicle programs, and managing the Department’s $30 million annual ITS budget. He also participates in a number of national connected and automated vehicle initiatives, as a member of the AASHTO Vehicle to Infrastructure Deployment Coalition Executive Committee, a member of the AASHTO Transportation Systems Management and Operation Leadership team, a member of two NCHRP panels for Connected and Automated Research activities, and a member of TRB's Standing Committee on Vehicle-Highway Automation. Matt received a degree in Civil Engineering from Penn State University in 1993.


Presentation: Redefining Mobility - CV/AV Program

Iwasaki was appointed by the CCTA Board on April 16, 2010. In his role as Executive Director, he administers the on-half percent sales tax program. The 1988 "Measure C" program consists of $1.1 billion in projects and programs; the 2004 "Measure J" program totals $2.7 billion and will run for 25 years. The Authority is also the Congestion Management Agency, so he makes recommendations on how state an federal transportation funds will be used in Contra Costa. He partners with local agencies to provide opportunities to enhance goods movement on our highways with projects such as SR 239 transportation corridor, transportation circulation studies and the widening of SR 4 from Pittsburg  to Antiock. He started a "Tech Series" to provide knowledge transfer opportunities for the public and private sector....Read More



Tarek Sayed, Professor, University of British Columbia

Dr. Sayed is a Professor and a Distinguished Scholar at the University of British Columbia. He has a number of prestigious awards including the appointment as a UBC Distinguished University Scholar, the ITE Wilbur Smith Distinguished Transportation Award, the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering Sandford Fleming Award, the Transportation Association of Canada Academic Merit Award, and several best paper and teaching awards. Dr. Sayed is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering. He is the the Director of the Bureau of Intelligent Transportation Systems at UBC. Dr. Sayed has more than 300 publications and has supervised 70 Master and Ph.D. students...Read More

Invited Speakers


Dr. Ahmed El-Aassar, Vice President - Noise, Vibration and Air Quality Manager, Gannett Fleming

Dr. El-Aassar has 18 years of experience providing noise, vibration and air quality analyses on transportation projects and is responsible for all phases of acoustical analyses, including noise measurements, monitoring, impact and mitigation analyses, and noise barrier design. He has been involved in sound level measurement for highway, HUD, light rail, heavy rail, On-Board Sound Intensity (OBSI) for pavement and bus transit projects. He is experienced in the use of noise analysis modeling, including the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Traffic Noise Model (FHWA TNM) including the new TNM Version 3.0, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Transit Noise and Vibration Impact Assessment procedure, and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) CREATE Noise and Vibration Assessment methodology...Read More

Presentation: Connected Vehicles: Opportunities and Challenges for Transportation Professionals

Bruce Hellinga is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies for the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo.  The emergence of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles presents a host of interesting opportunities for enhanced mobility and increased safety.  However, there are also a number of technical, institutional, and policy challenges that will need to be addressed. Dr. Hellinga has published over 170 technical papers in the area of traffic and transit operations during his 20 year academic and research career and is now focussed on addressing some of the current and anticipated challenges associated with Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. 

 Dave Michelson Dr. David Michelson, Professor, University of British Columbia

Prof. David Michelson is leader of the UBC Radio Science Lab, co-director of the AURORA Connected Vehicle Technology Test Bed, and a founding member of the Transportation Futures Group at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He is a member of the Board of Governors of both the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society and the IEEE Communications Society, Chair of the IEEE VT-S Technical Committee on Propagation and Channel Modelling, founding editor of the Wiley/IEEE Press Series on Vehicular Technology, Member of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Standards Committee and Vice-Chair of the ITS Canada Technical Committee on Connected Vehicles and Automated Vehicles...Read More
 Ken Moshi  
Ken Moshi, Senior Analyst, Transport Canada

Ken Moshi is a Senior Analyst with Transport Canada’s ecoTECHNOLOGY for Vehicles Program.

After moving to Ottawa in 2008, Ken joined the Federal Public Service as an Analyst with Natural Resources Canada’s Fuels Policy and Programs Division. Ken provided insight and analysis to senior managers on biofuels, CNG/LNG, electric vehicles and other alternative transportation fuels/vehicles.

In 2015, Ken transferred to Transport Canada to work on policy and program development for smart transportation and connected vehicles...Read More


Presentation: Advancing Transportation Engineering Using Big Data, IoT, and Crowdsourcing

Dr. Liping Fu is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of the Innovative Transportation System Solutions (iTSS) Lab at the University of Waterloo. He is a Fellow of Canadian Society for Civil Engineering and the past Chair of Transportation of Division of CSCE.  Dr. Fu received Transportation Association of Canada (TAC)'s 2011 Academic Merit Award sponsored by Transport Canada for his long-term contribution to the advancement of the academic field and to the development of tomorrow's transportation leaders...Read More


Presentation: Moving Freight on Public Transit: Best Practices, Challenges, Opportunities

Matthew J. Roorda is a Professor of Civil Engineering and has been faculty at the University of Toronto since 2005. Dr. Roorda obtained his P.Eng. in 1999.  He completed his BEng at McMaster University, and his MASc and PhD degrees at the University of Toronto. He has 7 years of professional experience in transportation planning and engineering in the Greater Toronto Area, prior to becoming a professor, including 3 years as a transportation engineer at McCormick Rankin Corporation and 4 years as a research associate at the University of Toronto Joint Program in Transportation.

Dr. Roorda is a Canada Research Chair in Freight Transportation and Logistics...Read More
Randy Goebel  

Dr. Randy Goebel, Professor, Computing Science, University of Alberta

Presentation: Digital Exhaust in Context: When Smart Phones Have Wheels

R.G. (Randy) Goebel is currently professor of Computing Science in the Department of Computing Science at the University of Alberta, Associate Vice President (Research) and Associate Vice President (Academic), and principle investigator in the Alberta Innovates Centre for Machine Learning (AICML). He received the B.Sc. (Computer Science), M.Sc. (Computing Science), and Ph.D. (Computer Science) from the Universities of Regina, Alberta, and British Columbia, respectively. Professor Goebel's theoretical work on abduction, hypothetical reasoning and belief revision is internationally well known, and his recent application of practical belief revision and constraint programming to scheduling, layout, and web mining is now having industrial impact...Read More  

Ryan Lanyon

Presentation: Preparing for Automated Vehicles at the City of Toronto

Ryan Lanyon has been working in urban transportation for 15 years, in the areas of policy development, demand management, public realm management, mobility, and senior-level public administration. He is the Chair of the AV Working Group for Transportation Services at the City of Toronto. He also serves as the Manager of the City's street furniture program, a public-private partnership with Astral Out-of-Home to install and maintain 25,000 transit shelters, litter bins, benches and other elements...Read More