8:00 am - 4:00 pm

If you are a Transportation Professional or involved with the transportation industry, developing, or implementing plans for autonomous vehicles and connected cities within your municipality, are developing plans, or are interested in learning more about autonomous vehicles and connected cities and how this topic will impact your community, this OTC Symposium is ideal for you. Some technology is already in place, other innovations are being piloted, or planned for the future. Autonomous vehicle and connected cities topics are evolving so quickly you want to make sure this topic remains on your radar.

In-Person: Hilton Garden Inn 1870 Matheson Blvd Mississauga & Virtual (via Zoom)

7:30 – 8:30 Breakfast & Networking
8:30 – 9:10 OVIN Update Asad Farooq Manager, Strategic Initiatives, OVIN
9:10 – 9:50 The Road Ahead: Preparing Ontario for New Mobility Technologies Victoria Musial, Team Lead, New Mobility, Emerging Technologies Office, Ontario Ministry of Transportation
9:50 – 10:30 From the Few to the Universal: The Importance of Accessible Design in Product Development Dr. Hanna Haponenko, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC)
10:30 – 10:50 Break & Networking
10:50 – 11:30 Global Latest Update of Research and Development in Connected Vehicles and Infrastructure Technology, Dr. Tony Z. Qiu, NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Intelligent Transportation Systems, University of Alberta
11:30 – 12:10 Autonomous Vehicle Technology and Innovations Greg Overwater, Global Automakers of Canada
12:10 – 1:00 Lunch & Networking
1:00 – 1:40 Limitations and Advancements in the Drone Delivery Commercial Market, Steve Magirias, Chief Executive Officer, Drone Delivery Canada
1:40 – 3:30 Smart Cities and Big Data, Paul Godsmark, BSc, PEng,CEng, MICE, Senior Project Engineer, Parsons, Big Data in Transportation Consulting: Finding the Niche, Andrew J. Larter, BASc, BSc, EIT, Transportation Planner, TYLin, and Smart City Resiliency, Brandon Orr, MCIP, RPP, Director of Planning, Urban SDK

Special overnight accommodation rates are available at the Hilton Garden Inn Phone 1 (905) 361-6300.

Member Price $289 + HST (In-Person and Virtual)

Non-Member Price $389 + HST (In-Person and Virtual)

STUDENT – Students receive 20% discount on registration fees. (Proof of enrollment at a College or University must be emailed to along with name and contact details for manual registration prior to the event.)

Did you know OTC symposiums, workshops, and our conference count towards professional development points for those professions requiring professional development?

As a not-for profit association, proceeds from OTC events are re-invested into the association to help fund projects, communications, advocacy and member products and services. Your participation at OTC events goes a long way to helping make municipal multi-modal transportation in Ontario that much better.

Event registration closes at 5:00 p.m. EST on March 21, 2023

Register Online HERE


Asad is the Director of Sector and Cluster Development & Acting Director of Strategy and Programs, at the Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN) at the Ontario Centre of Innovation (OCI). In his current role, Asad works with OVIN strategy and helps develop the sector and automotive cluster.

Previously, Asad worked as a Senior Consultant and Policy Advisor for social development organizations, leading technology services companies, and one of the largest multilateral institutions – the G20. Asad has over twelve years of experience in strategy, startups, and policy. Received two international awards in the field of international development.


Victoria Musial is the Team Lead of the Emerging Technologies Office in the Integrated Policy and Planning Division at the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. She leads the team responsible for MTO’s overall strategic planning and policy development for files related to the technology of new mobility vehicles (e.g. connected and automated vehicles, micromobility). Victoria has worked for the Ontario government since 2018 on a variety of transportation, accessibility, and consumer protection portfolios, and holds a B.A.H in Political Studies from Queen’s University and an M.A. in Political Science from McMaster University.



Dr. Hanna Haponenko graduated with a PhD in Experimental Psychology (Human Cognition) from McMaster University in 2022. During her PhD, Hanna designed, developed and marketed a facial gesture recognition driver assistance system used by drivers with disabilities to activate functions like windshield wipers and turn signals with simple facial expressions. She is currently working at McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC) as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow developing virtual reality and mobile apps, along with artificial intelligence models, for the smart mobility sector. Today, Hanna is most passionate about collecting and analyzing human behavioural data to learn how to increase trust between humans and autonomous vehicles through the development of effective human machine interfaces. Her mission at MARC is to pique people’s interests about design and human factors research, interact with an interdisciplinary group of researchers, developers, and engineers, and get everyone’s mental gears turning about how we as a collective can work towards making our roads safer, connected, and more accessible.


Greg Overwater is Senior Director of Safety, Innovation and Regulation at Global Automakers of Canada, the trade organization for 15 global automobile manufacturers that account for the majority of automobile production and sales in Canada. He oversees all of the Association’s technical and regulatory affairs activity and is the lead on occupant safety and connected and automated vehicles. He has been actively involved in many of the ongoing collaborative efforts between industry, governments and other sector stakeholders in the development of codes, standards, guidance documents and best practices that will enable the safe deployment of CAVs throughout Canada. Greg’s experience, which includes six years as regulatory lead for an OEM, spans a number of different engineering, communications and marketing roles across the automotive, aerospace, agriculture and manufacturing sectors. He has an insatiable interest in the intersection of advanced technology and business, and is excited to be part of the most transformation era in the automotive sector since the advent of the car. Greg is a graduate of Carleton University’s Aerospace Engineering program and has held the designation of Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario for 26 years.


Steve Magirias has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from Ryerson University, an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, York University and is a licensed professional engineer. His background includes manufacturing, engineering, product development, continuous improvement and operations in wholesale, retail and direct to consumer markets having previously worked for Husky Injection Molding Systems, Curtiss Wright Corporation and Orthotic Holdings Inc. Steve joined DDC in February 2022 and is responsible for the overall leadership of the organization. He brings over 20 years of experience with both mature well-established organizations and entrepreneurial companies in a variety of industries including aerospace and defense, capital equipment and medical devices.


Andrew is a Mobility Planner and specialist in transportation big data collection, analytics, and geospatial analysis for TYLin’s Mobility Planning team. With over four years of experience in mobility planning and traffic engineering and a graduate of the University of Toronto’s civil engineering, physics, and mathematics programs, Andrew applies his experience in scientific computing and software development to develop programming solutions for the unique challenges posed by transportation projects.



Brandon Orr is TYLin’s mobility planning lead and a registered professional planner with over 10 years of experience in multi-modal transportation master planning across North America. His alma mater is the University of Waterloo where he studied planning and GIS and had the opportunity to contribute to emerging smart city research. Today Brandon and his team focus on leveraging both new mobility and A.I. technologies to obtain more holistic insights into the issues and challenges that clients face.





$495 + HST $745 + HST
Sponsor’s name and logo will be featured on all marketing material and will be listed on our sponsor slide at breaks. Plus 50% off one(1) attendee registration. Please contact to confirm the sponsorship.
$1200 + HST $2000 + HST
Applies to all 2023 OTC Workshops and Symposiums.
Sponsor’s name and logo will be featured on all marketing material and will be listed on our sponsor slide at breaks. Plus 50% off one(1) attendee registration at each event.
Please contact to confirm the sponsorship.


Should a registrant decide to cancel attendance at an in-person or virtual event, training or symposium based on health concerns, unexpected travel issue or emergency, OTC will provide a credit to the registrant.

Rescheduling to another event is permissible and the registrant will be charged an administrative fee of $75.00. If the request is made within five business days, no cost will be applied.

If a registrant wants to cancel attendance at an event (in-person or virtual) and requests a refund, the registration fee less 50% will be refunded.

Please note that from time-to-time additional consideration may be given based upon circumstance and situational need. However, the above policy will be strictly enforced as the policy governing our events, trainings and symposia in all circumstances.