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CTRF 2005 conference to discuss "old foundations, modern challenges"

Hamilton, Ont. -- The Canadian Transportation Research Forum is holding its 40th Annual Conference in the Ramada Pl...

Hamilton, Ont. — The Canadian Transportation Research Forum is holding its 40th Annual Conference in the Ramada Plaza Hotel, Hamilton, Ontario, May 8 -11, 2005.

The conference theme is Old Foundations: ModernChallenges. Details including registration forms and hotel information are available at

A panel of nine CTRF Life Members will reflect, discuss and debate the wide scope of the Conference theme in the Opening Plenary Session on May 9. The following days are filled with presentations and discussions on "old foundations" (e.g. inland marine infrastructure, short line railways), and "modern challenges" (e.g. infrastructure accessible for an aging population, capacity and service issues).

New technologies to integrate needs and capabilities will also be showcased. CTRF’s traditional coverage of modes of transportation and policy issues (economic, social, environmental and regulatory) will be at the usual high standard, CTRF says. The Closing Plenary Session will bring students and some Life Members together to stimulate a discussion about engaging young people in transportation careers.

Two luncheon speakers will be highlights of the Conference. Dr. Peter George, President and Vice-Chancellor of McMaster University will address delegates on Monday. The Hon. Harinder Takhar, Minister of Transportation, Province of Ontario, will speak on Tuesday.

The CTRF Conference traditionally includes an Oxford-style debate on a transportation issue of current interest. This year’s Bison Transport Debate will discuss the proposition "This house resolves that users shall pay the full cost of transportation."

For more information, contact Gail Sparks at or, or (306) 242-6199.

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