CTRF’s 50th annual conference scheduled for May 24-26

by Sonia Straface

MONTREAL, Que. — This year marks the 50th anniversary for the Canadian Transportation Research Forum’s annual conference and organizers of the event say it is sure to be an memorable one.

Taking place May 24-26, 2015 at the Marriott Chateau Chaplain in Montreal, Que., the CTRF’s 50th annual conference will include a keynote luncheon address by the federal Minister of Transport, Lisa Raitt, an interactive panel session on the Canada Transportation Act Review, and close to 40 paper presentation covering a number of transportation research topics.

Marc-André Roy, president of the CTRF, said one of the more exciting things the forum is doing this year to mark the milestone is inviting former federal ministers of transport to the event to have a panel discussion.

“Former federal ministers Benoit Bouchard, David Collenette, Doug Lewis, Chuck Strahl, and Tony Valeri will all be panelists,” said Roy. “They will present the major issues that they dealt with in their day and talk about how they dealt with those issues and the lessons learned as far as transport policy goes.”

Roy said he hopes that what the panel will do is show the evolution of the changing transportation regulations over the last 50 years.

“Fifty years is a major milestone for us,” Roy said adding the CTRF began as a way to start the dialogue between policy makers and the research community on how to tackle transportation issues. “And the fact we’re around 50 years later, really speaks to the work we do here.”

You can view the full agenda or register for the event at the CTRF’s official Web site, www.ctrf.ca.

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