Smart Freight Symposium 2020 Resources

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The 2020 Smart Freight Symposium was hosted by the Lassonde School of Engineering, York University, on the mornings of November 20 and 27, 2020, via Zoom.


Agenda and Speaker Short Biographies

Presentation Files

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Video Recordings

View Smart Freight Symposium 2020 video recordings on YouTube:

Industry Session, November 20, 2020

9:00 Opening Remarks

Amir Asif, Vice-President, Research, York University

9:05 Welcome

John E. Moores, Associate Dean, Lassonde School of Engineering, York University

9:10 Introduction to the Smart Freight Centre

Peter Park, Associate Professor, York University

Session 01: Challenges in Freight Transportation

Moderator: Judy Farvolden, Executive Director, University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute

  • “GGH Transportation Plan,” Michael Casey, Manager, System Policy Office, Ontario Ministry of Transportation
  • Canadian Centre on Transportation Data,” Michael Scrim, Assistant Director, Statistics Canada
  • “Logistics Challenges Faced Over the Pandemic,” Sebastian Prins, Director, Government Relations, Retail Council of Canada

Session 02: Plans for Future Freight Transportation

Moderator: Todd Letts, Chief Executive Officer, Brampton Board of Trade

Session 03: Smart Freight Centre Research Update

Moderator: Merve Bodur, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

Closing Remarks

Matthew Roorda, Professor, University of Toronto

Academic Session, November 27, 2020

9:00 Welcome

Louis-Paul Tardif Director, Transport Canada

Session 01: Current Issues in Freight Transportation

Moderator: Mehdi Nourinejad

Session 02: Future Freight Transportation

Moderator: Glareh Amirjamshidi, Senior Transportation Engineer, Parsons

Session 03: Supply Chain and Logistics

Moderator: Elkafi Hassini, Professor, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University

12:00 Closing Remarks

Gurpreet Singh Dhillon, Region of Peel Councillor