3rd Annual Eastern Ontario Active Transportation Summit
Speaker BIOS and Presentation Descriptions
Executive Director, Ontario By Bike / Transportation Options
Keynote Presentation: Ontario By Bike: Engaging the Business Community and Tourism Opportunities
Louisa has considerable experience working in the tourism industry and worked for private tourism businesses at international destinations before turning her sights on Ontario travel and tourism. As Executive Director at Transportation Options, Louisa has launched, actively contributed to and managed programs that include the Ontario By Bike Network, Ontario By Bike Industry Partnership and Bike Train. A keen cyclist and outdoors enthusiast, she holds much knowledge of the cycle tourism and outdoor adventure sectors in Ontario – and is always keen to get out there to learn more.
Learn more about programs, best practices and destination development tools to attract more cycle tourists to your community. Making use of cycling infrastructure and active transportation network, benefit from the positive economic impact of visitors through product development and promotions.
Active & Safe Routes to School Program Manager – Ottawa & Eastern Ontario, Green Communities Canada
Keynote Presentation: Why Don't Our Kids Walk to School Anymore?
Wallace discovered his inner active school travel advocate in 2007 as a parent volunteer at his children’s school. In 2009 he joined Green Communities Canada (GCC) as the part-time facilitator for the Ottawa School Travel Planning (STP) pilot project which has since grown into one of the largest programs of its kind in Ontario. He also conceived and launched the innovative Ottawa Walking School Bus program, co-chairs the Ottawa School Active Transportation Network and has been recognized by both the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Safety Council for his commitment to active and safe school travel.
Prior to joining GCC, Wallace worked on climate change issues for the British High Commission and has many years’ experience in communications and project management with various non-governmental organizations and federal agencies. He is a graduate of Queen’s University, Université Laval and Algonquin College and a fellow of LEAD (Leadership for Environment & Development) Canada.
Keynote and Breakout Presentation: Executive Director, Share the Road Cycling Coalition
Jamie joined Share the Road is 2013 and worked as the Youth Education Manager until stepping into the role of Executive Director in December 2014. Jamie has cycled for fun and for transportation since elementary school, but her real passion for getting around on two wheels began with a bike trip between Ottawa and Kingston while pursuing her undergraduate degree at Queen's University. Since then, she has completed a Master's thesis exploring people's motivations for cycling, worked as a School Travel Planning Facilitator in Ottawa and coordinated Ottawa's Bike to Work Month with EnviroCentre. Jamie is a resident of Ottawa and a new home owner in the Vanier neighbourhood.
Keynote Presentation: Cycling Advocacy in Ontario Update
The objective of this presentation is to update delegates on Share the Road's advocacy efforts at the provincial level and the programs and policies that exist to support their municipal work. This will include a report back from the 8th Annual Ontario Bike Summit, an update on the Minister's Working Group on Cycling, a CycleON Action Plan 1.0 status update, Share the Road's Advocacy Goals for 2016 and how to engage (info graphic attached).
Breakout #1 Session B: Share the Road/CAN-BIKE cycling curriculum development.
In 2016, Share the Road has partnered with Cycling Canada (owners of the CAN-BIKE Program) to modernize the CAN-BIKE Program. With funding from the Ministry of Transportation's Cycling Training Fund, we conducted a 3-stage stakeholder consultation process, during which we connected with more than 200+ stakeholders to explore how CAN-BIKE can me made more accessible to Ontario residents. As part of this presentation, we will share the results from our online survey, conference calls and individual interviews, as well as our recommended next steps for CAN-BIKE. A final report outlining our recommended next steps is currently under development, and will be released in April 2016 at the Ontario Bike Summit.
Presentation AM: CAO, Lanark County
Professional Accountant, worked 15 years in the private sector and 9 years in municipal government. Ride my bike to work year round!
Why paved shoulders make sense
He will be sharing his experience and knowledge around municipal work on paved shoulders.
Breakout #1 Session B: Manager, Bicycle Friendly Ontario, Share the Road Cycling Coalition
Justin joined Share the Road in 2013, and has overseen the growth of the Bicycle Friendly Ontario Program ever since. Throughout his teens and early adulthood, Justin never rode a bike. It wasn’t until the summer of 2007, while completing his Master’s at the University of Toronto, that he decided to get back on his bike to explore the City. Since that first ride, Justin’s love affair with all things two-wheeled has been constantly gathering speed. He sees the bicycle as a tool for developing healthier, better connected and more prosperous places, and loves working with stakeholders to make their communities more bikeable and livable. Justin has a passion for pragmatic advocacy – working together to find common solutions is what drew him to Share the Road. His areas of expertise include project management, oral and written communication and project facilitation.
Bicycle Friendly Communities Program
My presentation will focus on how smaller centres can leverage the Bicycle Friendly Communities program to make significant advances in cycling and active transportation in a short time.
Breakout #1 Session C: Community Planning Consultant
Kate Hall is a planner with twenty years of experience working in community development as a professional and leadership volunteer. Over the past decade Kate's work has focused on engaging communities in active transportation planning and design. She developed the WALK Friendly Communities designation with Green Communities Canada (Canada Walks) in Ontario and managed the program for four years. Kate has worked with Communities in Action - Haliburton County since 2004 coordinating and advising on active transportation initiatives and is seen as a leader in planning and promoting active transportation in small, rural communities. Kate has a Master's degree in Planning from the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph. She is a member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals and a board member with the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition.
C.E.T. Director of Public Works and Utilities, Town of Smiths Falls
Building an Active Transportation Plan – The Mississippi Mills Experience
Troy is currently working as the Director of Public Works and Utilities for the Town of Smiths Falls. His broad portfolio coverers numerous front line services including road maintenance, winter control activities, water and wastewater treatment, water distribution, waste management, environmental services, and capital project management. Over his 22 year career, he has held several key leadership positions; most recently as Director of Roads and Public Works for Mississippi Mills. He has also amassed a broad range of public works and engineering experience having worked previously with the City of Ottawa, the Town of Perth and the City of Parksville on Vancouver Island. Troy earned a diploma in Civil Engineering Technology from St. Lawrence College in 1994 and holds a Certified Engineering Technologist (CET) designation with the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists.
Description of Presentation: Troy is here to provide an overview of the process and steps taken by Municipality of Mississippi Mills to build an Active Transportation Plan for a mixed rural and urban community of approximately 13,500. His presentation will walk through all of the steps taken in assembling the RFP, budget and public engagement plan to develop the new walking and cycling spine network serving the municipality. The presentation will also provide an overview of the challenges experienced over the 18 month long process to complete this major study.
Breakout #1 Session D: Planner, Municipality of North Grenville
Phil has been a land use planner for the past six years in the Municipality of North Grenville. He is passionate about three-season cycling and has been adopting an active lifestyle since purchasing his first road bike in 2012. Phil also appreciates the financial and health benefits that have presented themselves since making the switch to active transportation.
Active Transportation in action
Phil will share a personal story about the switch to active transportation as a way of life.
Breakout #2 Session E: Executive Director, Causeway Work Centre
Don Palmer lives in Merrickville and can often be seen cycling the beautiful rural roads of Lanark and Leeds & Grenville. Don has been the Executive Director of Causeway Work Centre since 1992. Causeway is a Community Economic Development Organization located in Ottawa with a focus on employment options for persons living with a disability. Causeway operates 4 social enterprises with annual earned revenues in excess of $650,000, two of which are cycling-related businesses. Cycle Salvation is bicycling refurbishing & retail business. Right Bike is a community bike share program with hubs in Ottawa and in Almonte. Don is an avid cyclist, a vintage bicycle collector, personal trainer & indoor cycling instructor.
Increasing the Affordability & Accessibility of Cycling Through Social Enterprise
Breakout #2 Session F: Coordinator, Healthy Communities Partnership: Lanark, Leeds & Grenville
Lois has been a nurse for more years than she cares to admit and has worked on Neurosurgery and Intensive Care at the Ottawa Civic Hospital, and Labour and Delivery at the Great War Memorial Hospital, Perth. She has held, somewhat more recently, various positions at the Health Unit, and since 2010 has taken on the role of Coordinator of the Health Communities Partnership: Lanark, Leeds & Grenville, 'Working Together to Make the Healthy Choice, the Easy Choice'. They partnership’s priority areas are: the Healthy Communities Vision, the Rural Recreation Association, School Travel Planning, Nature 4 Life!, Mental Well Being and Resiliency for Youth – Municipalities, Healthy Eating and Alcohol and Substance Misuse Prevention.
Working Together on Active Transportation
Sharing Tools, Resources, Plans and Recommended Practices.
Breakout #2 Session F: Public Health Nurse and Almonte School Travel Planning Committee Chair.
Danielle has spent the last 18 years working in Public Health. The majority of this time she has spent working on the topics of Physical Activity, Healthy Bodies/Healthy Minds and Healthy Eating. She has worked with schools, communities and workplaces in the Mississippi Mills, Carleton Place and Beckwith Area for the majority of this time and has been able to build many positive relationships within these communities. She led the School Travel Planning (STP) process for the Naismith Public School STP group in Almonte as one of the two original pilot sites in Leeds Grenville and Lanark. Since then other schools have shown interest, and with great community support having already been established the Almonte committee was formed which Danielle is currently facilitating. She is also a member on the newly created Active Transportation Advisory Committee for Mississippi Mills.
School Travel Planning in Action
She will share an overview of the School Travel Planning Process, how it was implemented locally and sharing some local activities and successes.
Ian Warner Presenting on behalf of Reid Kilburn
Breakout #2 Session G: President Lanark County Municipal Trails Corporation
Love for the outdoors (and a great recruiting effort on the part of a good friend) brought Reid to LCMTC over 3 years ago. Reid and his wife, love camping and hiking and have been blessed with opportunities to hike some of Canada’s most beautiful trails from coast to coast. He looks at his time on the LCMTC Board as a great opportunity to “give it back”.
Lanark County Municipal Trails Corporation
A description of the Lanark County Municipal Trails Corporation, who they are and what they do, and an update on Lanark County Trails.
Breakout #2 Session G: Senior Manager, Global R&D and Government Incentives, Deloitte
Jordan has had eclectic professional and sporting careers. Professionally he’s worked in high tech development, manufacturing, and marketing; now he advises tech companies on taxation and R&D strategy. Athletically, Jordan has been a climber and amateur mountaineering guide, and is a long-time cyclist both on- and off-road. He was a member of Canada’s national duathlon team and competed at two World championships and other international races. Jordan’s focus now is volunteering with OMBA and IMBA Canada to build more singletrack trails near his home in Almonte, west of Ottawa, to create a regional tourist destination for summer and winter mountain biking.
Plenary: Sharing successes from Belleville on bicycle infrastructure
A lifelong resident of Belleville, Councillor Egerton (who goes by "edge") Boyce graduated from college in the mid eighties and persued a career in youth corrections at various youth correctional detention/custody facilities. An avid mountaineer, he has climbed approximately 90 various United States mountains in eastern and western states and is a member of the adirondack 46ers having climbed the 46 highest peaks over 4000 peaks in the adirondack mountains.
His love of politics started at an early age having worked through high school at the grocery store of Belleville's longest serving Mayor. His father was also a city politician who instilled in him the non confrontational team buy in approach to being a successful Councillor.
A self confessed junk food addict and adrenaline junkie who has struggled with his weight for the last 25 years, he decided to put away the gas guzzling Jeep and limit the hostess ho hos and Big Macs last June and get on board for 30 days with a challenge to turn Belleville into a bike friendly town from a bike hating town. Through his presentation, he will talk about successes and failures and tell you his secrets to making your town or city politicians more engaged in the process through a non confrontational buy in approach that educates the staff and decision makers into making right choices while enjoying the process.
Nothing fancy… just results.