2015 A Symposium for Municipal Officials

  • 24 Sep 2015
  • 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
  • Living Arts Centre 4141 Living Arts Dr Mississauga, ON L5B 4B8


  • Member Only Event

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2015 Public Transit: A Symposium for Municipal Officials
Thursday September 24, 2015
Living Arts Centre 4141 Living Arts Dr
Mississauga, ON

No Registration Fee (This event is designed for OPTA Transit System Members, and the elected officials and senior staff of member cities.)


The theme of the 2015 Transit Symposium is "The Role of Public Transit in City Building".  Please join us as we  profile success stories from across the Province which demonstrate how public transit can shape and influence your community in meaningful ways.  Speakers will provide insight into the changes in philosophy and planning policy that allowed their cities to get out ahead of the curve.

Keynote Address -  Prof. Jeff Casello of the University of Waterloo

Introduce your elected officials to Mayors and Councillors from across Ontario that have successfully implemented "City Building" transit initiatives.

Click here to download PDF copy of the 2015 Symposium e-brochure announcement for the 2015 Public Transit Symposium and forward it to your local elected officials.

2015 Public Transit Symposium Program 

9:00 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast

2nd Floor, Staging Room

9:30 – 9:35 AM

Welcome to Delegates

Alex Milojevic, Chair, Ontario Regional Committee, CUTA

9:35 – 9:45 AM

Introduction to the Day

Wendy Reuter, Vice President, Member Value, CUTA

An overview of “Vision 2040” and where transit investment can take us in the years ahead.

9:45 – 10:15 AM

Keynote Speaker: “City Building – Using Transit to Influence Development”, Professor Jeff Casello, University of Waterloo

Learn how, with a shift in philosophy, cities of all sizes can get out ahead of the curve, and influence development that will support higher-order transit investments

10:15 – 10:45 AM

Networking Break

10:45 – 12:15 PM

Interactive Elected Leaders’ Panel: “How We Got Here from There”

  • Mayor Linda Jeffrey, Brampton
  • Councilor Jim Neill, Kingston
  • Regional Chair Ken Seiling, Waterloo (Invited)
  • Moderator: Kelly Paleczny, Chair, Ontario Public Transit Association

Panel members will present local success stories relating to the role public transit has played in their community, followed by an interactive question period with all participants.

12:15 – 1:30 PM

Luncheon and Special Guest Speaker

Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Mississauga

Mississauga recently received confirmation of provincial funding for its Hurontario LRT, and recently opened the first four stations of the 18-station transitway, due for completion in 2017.  Mayor Crombie will share her insights and explain why improved transit was a key part of her 2014 election platform.

1:30 – 2:30 PM

MiWay Transitway Tour

A specially guided tour of the Mississauga Transit (MiWay) 18 kilometer bus rapid transit system, including the new terminal facilities opened in November 2014.

  • Standard Room $ 121.00 CDN. Standard government rate, which includes parking and buffet breakfast.  There is no deadline on this rate

Phone: (905) 896 1000
3670 Hurontario Street, L5B 1P3, Mississauga