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Monday 15 September 2014, 11:00–12:30 (Seymour Room)

J1: Future Challenges – Mobile Radio Network Design and Optimization

Moderator:   Yann Le Helloco, Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, InfoVista, Canada
Panelists:Pascal Chambreuil, Head Software Team, Orange Labs, France
 Faris Alfarhan, Wireless Systems Eng., InfoVista, Canada

 

Monday 15 September 2014, 14:00–15:30 (Seymour)

J2: Millimetre-Wave Access Technologies for 5G

Moderator:   Yi Wang, Huawei Technologies, China and David G. Michelson, UBC, Canada
Panelists:Yves Lostanlen, CEO, Siradel North America, Canada
 David Wessel, Leader, 5G RF Technologies, Huawei Technologies, Canada
 Rapeepat Ratasuk, Wireless Research Engineer, Nokia Solutions and Networks, USA

 

Monday 15 September 2014, 16:00–17:30 (Seymour)

J3: The Challenge of Defining 5G

Moderator:   Peiying Zhu, Huawei Technologies, Canada and Adam Tenenbaum, TELUS, Canada
Panelists:Dean Brenner, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Qualcomm, USA
 David Keegstra, CTO, Ericsson Canada
 Anthony Soong, Chief Scientist for Wireless Research and Standards, Huawei Technologies, USA
 Juan Ranuarez, Director, Technology Strategy, Device Evolution, TELUS Communications, Canada

 

Tuesday 16 September 2014, 10:30–12:00 (Seymour Room)

J4: Autonomous Vehicles

Moderator:   Paul Godsmark, CTO, The Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence
Panelists:Robert Shirra, Managing Director, ITS Canada
 Mohammad Ali, Sr. Researcher, Volvo, Sweden
 Andrew Poliak- Global Director Business Development, QNX, Canada

 

Moderator:   Bradley
Panelists:Mark Francis - Sr. Manager, Provincial Vehicle Registration and Licensing ICBC, Canada
 Geoff Cross, Senior Manager, Policy and Analytics, Translink, Canada
 Garland Chow, UBC Sauder School of Business, Canada
 Donald Wong, Chief Executive Officer, Moovee Innovations, Canada

 

Tuesday 16 September 2014, 15:30–17:00 (Seymour Room)

J6: Automated and Connected Vehicles

Moderator:   John Niles, President, Global Telematics, USA
Panelists:Steve Marshall, Exec Dir, Center for Advanced Transportation and Energy Solutions, USA
 Charlie Howard, Director, Integrated Planning, Puget Sound Regional Council, USA
 Mohammad Ali, Sr. Researcher, Volvo, Sweden
 Geoff Cross, Senior Manager, Policy and Analytics, Translink, Canada

 

Wednesday 17 September 2014, 10:30–12:00 (Seymour)

J8: Electric Vehicle Charging Initiative in BC

Moderator:   Jeff Turner, Powertech Labs, Canada
Panelists:Ahmed Hussein, UNBC, Canada
 Teaque Lenahan, Executive Director of Innovation Strategy, frog design, USA
 Alec Tsang, Senior Technology Strategist, BC Hydro, Canada
 Ian Neville, Project Manager, City of Vancouver, Canada
 Moutie Wali, Director, Technology Strategy and Operations, TELUS, Canada

 

J1: Future Challenges – Mobile Radio Network Design and Optimization

Monday 15 September 2014, 11:00–12:30 (Seymour Room)

As network technologies evolve at a very fast pace, so do all of the techniques, algorithms and methodologies that relate to building and deploying networks based on those technologies. Past technologies have led to a lot of research activities being carried on in areas such as frequency allocation optimization, wave propagation modeling or statistical modeling of network performance, in general covering the fields of predicting and optimizing the performance of the deployed network. This session will review recent progresses in all those areas and will provide multiple insights into challenges to come and research areas in which our knowledge needs to progress.

Yann Le Helloco, Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, InfoVista, Canada (Moderator)

Dr. Le Helloco oversees the development of the InfoVista products portfolio and he is responsible for technological innovation and strategy as Chief Technology Officer. Prior to joining InfoVista, Dr. Le Helloco was CTO at Mentum, heading R&D and product management activities of the company. He has many years of experience in managing technological, research and R&D teams for various companies including Ericsson, Marconi, Siradel and Cap Gemini. Dr. Le Helloco is an expert in the fields of signal processing, radio wave propagation prediction, mobile and fixed wireless simulation as well as imagery and radar systems. He has over 20 years of experience with most air interface technologies and protocols and has acted as a consultant to many public and private sector organizations including wireless operators and military organizations. An IEEE VTS Distinguished Lecturer, he has authored numerous patents, published many articles and speaks frequently at industry conferences. Yann Le Helloco holds a Ph.D. in signal processing and an MSc in radio communications from the National Institute of Applied Sciences in Rennes, France.

Pascal Chambreuil, Head Software Team, Orange Labs, France

Dr. Pascal Chambreuil holds a PhD in Telecommunication and master degrees in both mathematical modelling and computer sciences. He has been highly involved in Orange network design and optimization processes for more than fifteen years. He has also been working on research projects on interference modelling, combinatorial optimization and multi-criteria decision support systems.
After directing several projects on frequency planning, radio performance diagnosis and architecture optimization, he took charge of the radio planning software product line of Orange Labs. He also contributed, as a design and optimization expert, to some strategic engineering projects like UMTS900 or LTE1800 deployment.
He is now the head of the Optimization & Planning Software team at Orange Labs.

Faris Alfarhan, Wireless Systems Eng., InfoVista, Canada

Faris Alfarhan is a wireless systems engineer in the research and specifications team at InfoVista in Gatineau, Canada. He is in charge of researching and validating advanced radio access network planning and optimization algorithms, along with defining product requirements and specifications for InvfoVista's radio network planning and optimization software. Faris received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from McGill University, Montreal, Canada; and a master's degree in wireless communications and radio access networks from the University of Toronto, Canada. Faris has developed his expertise in advanced radio access networks from his current and previous roles as a wireless systems engineer at InfoVista and InterDigital, and a research assistant at the University of Toronto. His domains of interest and expertise include wireless network design and optimization, network performance simulations, network resource allocation algorithms, advanced MIMO schemes, and new disruptive technologies

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J2: Millimetre-Wave Access Technologies for 5G

Monday 15 September 2014, 14:00–15:30 (Seymour)

It is widely expected that 5G will be the first generation of wireless technology to exploit the vast amounts of spectrum available at frequencies above 30 GHz to deliver very high data rate services. Realizing this potential will require that a myriad of challenges be addressed ranging from propagation and channel modeling to antenna and RF design to wireless systems architecture.

Yi Wang, Huawei Technologies, China and David G. Michelson, UBC, Canada (Moderator)

Yves Lostanlen, CEO, Siradel North America, Canada

Dr. Yves Lostanlen is currently President & CEO of SIRADEL North America and is based in Toronto, Canada. This high-tech company provides 3D geographical data, leading 3D propagation software and expertise to the Telecommunication Industry (Wireless, Smart city). Yves Lostanlen is also Adjunct Research Professor at University of Toronto (Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering). His recent scientific interests are on EMF exposure assessment, cost-efficient wireless deployment using big data, and new simulation techniques of physical phenomena. Prof Yves Lostanlen has a personal interest in technologies (ICT4D) supporting global economic growth, sustainability and social development. Born and raised in France, Yves was holds a Doctorate of Science (Habilitation) in Physics, a PhD and an MSc in Electrical & Computer Engineering, and an Executive MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT Sloan.

David Wessel, Leader, 5G RF Technologies, Huawei Technologies, Canada

David Wessel is Leader, 5G RF Technologies at Huawei Technologies, Canada Research Centre. He has been with Huawei in various roles in Wireless and Technology R&D since 2009 where his research has focused on advanced RF technology development in wireless as well as microwave and millimeter wave components, circuits and systems. He was employed from 1991 to 2009 with Nortel Networks in capacities ranging from RF amplifier systems to advanced radio architectures for wireless systems. Previous to Nortel he worked in advanced radar amplifier technology research.

Rapeepat Ratasuk, Wireless Research Engineer, Nokia Solutions and Networks, USA

Rapeepat Ratasuk received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA, in 2000. He is currently a Principal Research Specialist with the North American Radio Systems Research Group, Technology and Innovation Office, Nokia Networks, Arlington Heights, IL. He has extensive experience in 3G/4G cellular system design and analysis, including algorithm development, performance analysis and validation, physical-layer modeling, and simulations. He is a coauthor of the book titled Essentials of LTE and LTE-A. He has more than 35 issued patents and more than 40 journal and conference papers. His current research interests are in the areas of wireless and machine-to-machine communications.

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J3: The Challenge of Defining 5G

Monday 15 September 2014, 16:00–17:30 (Seymour)

This session will consider the myriad of factors that challenge the industry as we seek to define 5G. The four presenters approach the issue from legal, product development, standards and carrier perspectives.

Peiying Zhu, Huawei Technologies, Canada and Adam Tenenbaum, TELUS, Canada (Moderator)

Dean Brenner, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Qualcomm, USA

Dean Brenner is Senior Vice President, Government Affairs for Qualcomm Incorporated. He directs Qualcomm’s global spectrum acquisitions and strategy and is responsible for the Company’s global technology policy. He represents Qualcomm before the Federal Communications Commission and other agencies of the United States and Canadian governments responsible for spectrum and telecommunications policy and interacts with spectrum regulators around the world. He also leads Qualcomm’s policy initiatives relating to mobile healthcare. 
Mr. Brenner led Qualcomm’s bidding team in spectrum auctions in India (the 2.3 GHz band), the United States (the 700 MHz band), and the United Kingdom (the L Band). In addition, he was responsible for obtaining the regulatory approvals for Qualcomm’s sale of Lower 700 MHz spectrum to AT&T in 2011. He has spoken at conferences on spectrum policy in the United States, Canada, South Korea, Belgium, Great Britain, and elsewhere around the world. He joined Qualcomm in November 2003. 
Mr. Brenner received his A.B. degree, magna cum laude with distinction in public policy studies, from Duke University in 1982. He received his J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University in 1985. He is admitted to the Bars of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the D.C., Third, and Eleventh Circuits, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

David Keegstra, CTO, Ericsson Canada

David Keegstra is the Chief Technology Officer at Ericsson Canada. He started his career at Nortel and was involved the introduction of 2G wireless technologies – TDMA, GSM, CDMA. He led a team to design and deploy 2G networks across Canada. In the 2000s Dave was the Wireless Access Technology development head at TELUS in Scarborough introducing wireless data from 2.5G 1XRTT through HSPA+. This involved defining the wireless access strategy and transport evolution to IP using existing wireline broadband IP core networks. At Ericsson, Dave is involved in introducing M2M architectures and middleware, multiscreen TV, new agile OSS/BSS solutions and the evolving network architectures in virtualization and software defined IP networks.

Anthony Soong, Chief Scientist for Wireless Research and Standards, Huawei Technologies, USA

Anthony C. K. Soong received the B.Sc. degree in animal physiology and physics from the University of Calgary, and the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering, the M.Sc. degree in biomedical physics and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Alberta. He is currently the Chief Scientist for Wireless Research and Standards at Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd, in the US. His research group is actively engaged in the research, development and standardization of the next generation cellular system. He served as the chair for 3GPP2 TSG-C NTAH (the next generation radio access network technology development group) from 2007-2009 and vice chair for 3GPP2 TSG-C WG3 (the physical layer development group for CDMA 2000) from 2006-2011. Prior to joining Huawei, he was with the systems group for Ericsson Inc and Qualcomm Inc. His research interests are in statistical signal processing, robust statistics, wireless communications, spread spectrum techniques, multicarrier signaling, multiple antenna techniques and physiological signal processing. He was elected as an IEEE Fellow in 2014. He was the co-recipient, with his co-authors, of the 2013 IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Paper Award. He received the 2005 award of merit for his contribution to 3GPP2 and cdma2000 development. He has acted as guest editor for the IEEE Communications Magazine and IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications.

Juan Ranuarez, Director, Technology Strategy, Device Evolution, TELUS Communications, Canada

Juan Ranuarez is currently Director of Device Evolution at TELUS, a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, where he leads a team responsible for planning, implementing, supporting and retiring technologies on TELUS' wireless devices, from radio access and voice/data services, to mobile application platforms, to emerging services such as Machine to Machine (M2M). For the last 15 years Juan has held positions in different areas of the mobile communications industry, including mobile network engineering, telecom policy development and enforcement and radio-frequency integrated circuit design. Juan holds a BSc in Electronics Engineering from Simon Bolivar University (Venezuela) and a MASc in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada).

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J4: Autonomous Vehicles

Tuesday 16 September 2014, 10:30–12:00 (Seymour Room)

Imagine a world where, on your drive into work, you can catch up on your favorite TV show, check in with friends and family, and get an extra hour of work completed, before you even step into the office. “Drivers” may have that luxury as driving becomes more of a passive activity – and opens up the car interior to even more entertainment options – thanks to autonomous vehicles. Autonomous cars of the future will feature advanced safety elements in addition to the latest infotainment system capabilities. When it comes to supporting both safety and infotainment features, how will automotive technology evolve to meet both aspects of the new car? What technology providers are best suited to satisfy the requirements of OEMs and the demands of consumers?

Paul Godsmark, CTO, The Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence (Moderator)

Paul Godsmark is the Chief Technology Officer, and Co-Founder, of the Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence (CAVCOE). He is a Chartered Engineer (UK) and has 25 years of experience as a road designer, project manager, road safety and ITS specialist in nine countries on four different continents.

Since 2011 Paul has become a self-taught specialist in emerging technologies in transportation and particularly automated vehicles and their socio-economic impacts. He has written numerous papers, articles and blogs on automated vehicles and has been interviewed for both Canadian radio and various syndicated articles. He founded the ITS Canada Autonomous Vehicle Task Force in 2012 and is now a member.
When he retires he hopes to buy a ‘pimped-out' fully self-driving RV and tour North America along with a large community of like-minded itinerant snowbirds.

Robert Shirra, Managing Director, ITS Canada

Robert G. Shirra is Managing Director for ITS Canada, effective June 1, 2014. His areas of focus over his 30+ year IT career include strategic and business planning, enterprise architecture development, program and project management, strategic sourcing and supplier management, large scale technology and systems deployments, change management and training, and technology consulting. He previously served 21 years as President of RGS Consulting International Inc. serving clients in Canada and the U.S. During this period, he was focused on serving clients in the public transport, insurance, telecommunications, retail/distribution industries and government. Rob has served the public transport industry through his involvement in the ISO Technical Committee 204, Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). Rob has gained prominence throughout the IT and ITS professions and has been a frequent speaker at events such as the ITS World Congress and the ITS Canada/ITS America Annual Conferences. In addition to holding Bachelor of Science degree (Computer Science and Economics, 1972), Rob is a Certified Management Consultant (www.cmc-canada.ca). In 2008, Rob was awarded the prestigious Fellow of the Institute of Certified Management Consultants of BC (FCMC), in recognition of his long service to the profession of management consulting. Mr. Shirra is also a Director of the Westminster Savings Credit Union in New Westminster, BC.

Mohammad Ali, Sr. Researcher, Volvo, Sweden

Mohammad Ali received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 2005 and 2012, respectively, both from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. Since 2005 he is with the Volvo Car Corporation, Sweden. He is currently a senior researcher and function developer at the Active Safety and Chassis department. His current research interests involve active safety, vehicle dynamics control and driving automation technologies.

Andrew Poliak- Global Director Business Development, QNX, Canada

As global director of business development at QNX Software Systems, Andrew Poliak is responsible for building, developing, and maintaining relationships in all of the company’s key markets, including automotive, medical, industrial, and networking. 
Automakers, tier one automotive suppliers, and automotive industry analysts all recognize Mr. Poliak as an automotive thought leader. He is a founding member of multiple consortia, speaks frequently at automotive telematics events, and advises analysts on trends and issues in the automotive market. He holds patents for a framework that consolidates access to multimedia devices, and for social in-vehicle navigation via images encoded with location data. He also helped define and launch the QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment, which significantly reduces the upfront engineering needed to develop connected in-vehicle systems. 
Mr. Poliak holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business with an emphasis in Information Systems from the University of Washington.

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Bradley (Moderator)

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Mark Francis - Sr. Manager, Provincial Vehicle Registration and Licensing ICBC, Canada

Mark Francis is the Senior Manager of Provincial Vehicle Registration and Licensing for British Columbia, at ICBC. Mark has served in this position since March 2003, and has been with ICBC for the past 27 years.
Mark represents the province of BC for Vehicle Programs with both the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) and the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) and has done so since 2003. He is also a past Chair of the CCMTA Standing Committee on Drivers and Vehicles and the current Chair of AAMVA’s Unconventional Vehicles Working Group. Mark also Co-Chairs the CCMTA Automated Vehicle Working Group and is the president of the Insurance Institute of British Columbia. Mark has been leading engagement on the subject of Automated Vehicles for ICBC, and promoting long term planning within the organization on this subject due to the many anticipated impacts and implications on the organization, including resources and the overall business model.

Geoff Cross, Senior Manager, Policy and Analytics, Translink, Canada

Geoff's team at TransLink leads the development of the objectives and policies for managing Metro Vancouver's regional transportation system for both the near and longer term. Their diverse mandate includes analyzing how the system is performing and responding with policies, pricing and funding strategies for areas such as transit service, rapid transit and major infrastructure, bicycle and pedestrian planning, network demand and parking management, and integrated land use and transit oriented communities planning. Previously, Geoff managed the development of TransLink's 10 Year strategic plan that most recently included the approval and funding for the new Evergreen rapid transit line and other expansion initiatives. That plan established a new performance-based prioritization tool that has guided how the organization's investment decisions are made. Before joining TransLink in 2008, Geoff worked for public, private and non-profit sectors of the sustainable transportation planning field in Wisconsin, Arizona and Oregon.

Garland Chow, UBC Sauder School of Business, Canada

Garland Chow is Associate Professor in the Operations and Logistics Division and Director of the Bureau of Intelligent Transportation Systems and Freight Security both in the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Chow teaches and writes in the fields of supply chain, business logistics and freight transport management. He is a frequent speaker before professional associations and executive programs and is a member of several editorial boards and an active participant in Supply Chain and Logistics Canada, which awarded him their 2003 National Mentor Award and 2008 National Service Award. He also serves on the accreditation review panel of the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council. His current research interests include: offshore and nearshore sourcing strategy and evaluation, total logistics costs decision making, and the modelling of security and efficiency of cross-border and global freight movement. He earned his BS and MBA degrees from the University of Maryland and doctorate from Indiana University.

Donald Wong, Chief Executive Officer, Moovee Innovations, Canada

Donald Wong is the Chief Executive Officer at MooVee Innovations, a Vancouver-based start up that is developing a compact electric car. The vehicle aims to reduce emissions and use connected vehicle technology to decrease the stress associated with parking in the city. Creating a ride-share structure around these automobiles will be a further improvement, reducing residential parking needs while providing a comfortable form of transportation for individuals and small families. He received a master's degree in Wireless and RF from Carleton University in 1986. His areas of expertise include antenna arrays and nonlinear microwave circuits.

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J6: Automated and Connected Vehicles

Tuesday 16 September 2014, 15:30–17:00 (Seymour Room)

This session will consider the myriad of factors that challenge the industry as we seek to define 5G. The four presenters/panelists approach the issue from legal, product development, standards and carrier perspectives.

John Niles, President, Global Telematics, USA (Moderator)

John Niles is President of Global Telematics, an independent, non-partisan policy research consultancy based in Seattle, Washington since 1982. He does research, design, planning, and evaluation of policies and actions for transportation improvement. He also holds appointed positions as a Research Associate with Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University, and as Research Director for the Seattle-based non-profit think-and-do tank, Center for Advanced Transportation and Energy Solutions, CATES. He is co-author of The New Management (McGraw-Hill, 1976) and many technical reports and articles. He is a frequent public speaker, and maintains an eclectic online presence via Twitter for 1,600 followers. He earned a master’s degree in business at Carnegie Mellon University Graduate School of Industrial Administration, and a bachelor’s in mathematics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Steve Marshall, Exec Dir, Center for Advanced Transportation and Energy Solutions, USA

Steve Marshall is Executive Director of the non-profit Center for Advanced Transportation and Energy Solutions. He has more than 30 years of experience working on energy and transportation issues, including serving as chief outside legal counsel to Puget Sound Power & Light at the law firm of Perkins Coie and at Snohomish PUD in charge of power, transmission and conservation. Steve has served on the boards of numerous civic groups including the Municipal League of Seattle/King County where he is a past chairman and member of its board and transportation committee. He was chair of the Administrative Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association and has been named to “Best Lawyers in America.” He has served as an advisor to the Washington State Economic Development Commission and was on the Regional Transit Task Force working on regional transportation issues. He is a frequent speaker and writer on energy and transportation issues. Steve has organized and moderated a series of conferences on transportation and energy that have become known as the “Beyond Oil” conferences,” including one celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Seattle World’s Fair. Steve wrote the chapter on utility issues in the book “Plug-in Electric Cars: What Role for Washington,” edited by David Sandalow, former Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy. He is one of the authors of a new book, “Road Vehicle Automation,” published in June. He graduated from the University of Washington, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa; and from Harvard Law School with honors.

Charlie Howard, Director, Integrated Planning, Puget Sound Regional Council, USA

Charlie Howard is the Director of Integrated Planning for the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC), a position that brings together the work the agency does in Growth Management, Economic Development, and Transportation Planning and the supporting data and technical resources. He has been with the PSRC since 2005. Prior to joining PSRC, Charlie worked with the Washington State Department of Transportation for 18 years, most recently as the Director of Strategic Planning and Programming. Charlie has been involved in state and regional transportation issues for the past 30 years, including an active role in developing and implementing the state of Washington’s growth management act. Charlie is a graduate of Ohio State University, and has a Master's Degree in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University.

Mohammad Ali, Sr. Researcher, Volvo, Sweden

Mohammad Ali received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 2005 and 2012, respectively, both from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. Since 2005 he is with the Volvo Car Corporation, Sweden. He is currently a senior researcher and function developer at the Active Safety and Chassis department. His current research interests involve active safety, vehicle dynamics control and driving automation technologies.

Geoff Cross, Senior Manager, Policy and Analytics, Translink, Canada

Geoff’s team at TransLink leads the development of the objectives and policies for managing Metro Vancouver’s regional transportation system for both the near and longer term. Their diverse mandate includes analyzing how the system is performing and responding with policies, pricing and funding strategies for areas such as transit service, rapid transit and major infrastructure, bicycle and pedestrian planning, network demand and parking management, and integrated land use and transit oriented communities planning. Previously, Geoff managed the development of TransLink’s 10- Year strategic plan that most recently included the approval and funding for the new Evergreen rapid transit line and other expansion initiatives. That plan established a new performance-based prioritization tool that has guided how the organization’s investment decisions are made.

Before joining TransLink in 2008, Geoff worked for public, private and non-profit sectors of the sustainable transportation planning field in Wisconsin, Arizona and Oregon.

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J8: Electric Vehicle Charging Initiative in BC

Wednesday 17 September 2014, 10:30–12:00 (Seymour)

Recent initiatives to establish electric vehicle charging infrastructure in BC have involved a diversity of players. After an introduction to human factors issues in the design of electric vehicle charging stations, the session considers the role of BC Hydro, the City of Vancouver and TELUS in both city-wide and province-wide initiatives.

Jeff Turner, Powertech Labs, Canada (Moderator)

Jeff Turner is a member of Powertech’s Smart Utility department, his work focusing on EV infrastructure development and integration into the Smart Grid, as well as microgrids and stationary energy storage. Originally from Montreal, Jeff moved to Vancouver to join the team at Azure Dynamics in the development of the Ford Transit Connect Electric. He holds a Masters of Engineering from McGill University, where his work focused on powertrain modeling, simulation and controls.

Ahmed Hussein, UNBC, Canada

Ahmed Hussein is Professor emeritus of Physics at University of Northern British Columbia and the former founding chair of Physics at UNBC. A nuclear and particle physicist, he is widely published, and is co-inventor of a new nuclear power reactor. He conducted research at the Tri-University Meson Facility (TRIUMF) in Vancouver Canada, and Los Alamos Meson Facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico, USA.

Teaque Lenahan, Executive Director of Innovation Strategy, frog design, USA

Teaque is passionate about helping clients create real growth, build conviction, and harness change via research, strategy, design, and technology. Over twenty years, he has helped diverse B2C and B2B clients innovate their strategies, products, services, brands, and organizations. As the Executive Director of Innovation Strategy, he is responsible for driving frog’s clients’ growth, and is the co-lead of frogLabs. He is a frequent lecturer on design + innovation at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern, teaches the “Customer Relevance” course at CEDIM in Mexico, and has spoken at industry conferences and graduate schools of business and design on diverse topics such as healthcare, consumer products, sustainability, and financial services. Prior to frog, he was at innovation consultancy gravitytank, crafted brand strategies at Prophet Brand Strategy, and designed processes and organizations while at Andersen Consulting (Accenture). He holds a BA cum laude from Middlebury College and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Alec Tsang, Senior Technology Strategist, BC Hydro, Canada

Alec is a Senior Technology Strategist with the Technology Innovation Group at BC Hydro, responsible for shaping BC Hydro’s role in the electrification of transportation in the Province of British Columbia. Alec has led pan-Canadian initiatives for reducing barriers to electric vehicle adoption such as the development of EV infrastructure installation guidelines and the deployment of a critical EV infrastructure network in BC. He also works on utility/EV interconnection issues such as grid impacts, customer EV needs and regulatory and policy implications. During Alec’s 10 years at BC Hydro, he also led other emerging technology projects in the area of hydrogen and fuel cells. Prior to BC Hydro, Alec practiced environmental engineering and consulting in Hong Kong, implementing water treatment for the textile industry and conducting environmental impacts and mitigation for the construction industry.

Ian Neville, Project Manager, City of Vancouver, Canada

Ian Neville is the project manager for the City of Vancouver’s Charge and Go electric vehicle infrastructure trial, which recently helped Vancouver win the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ 2014 Sustainable Communities Award for Transportation. Ian co-chairs the Municipal Working Group of Electric Mobility Canada, and is also a contributor to the Emotive BC electric vehicle outreach campaign on behalf of the City of Vancouver. Ian has been working on climate change and sustainability projects for over twelve years. Prior to his entry into municipal government, Ian toured many local utilities, working as an environmental manager for Terasen Gas, BC Transmission Corporation, and BC Hydro.

Moutie Wali, Director, Technology Strategy and Operations, TELUS, Canada

Moutie Wali is the director of Technology Strategy at TELUS. Moutie leads the Mobile Broad Band Planning & Engineering team in the Technology Strategy organization. In his role Moutie is responsible of the design, engineering and planning of all wireless network elements including Outdoor and Indoor cell sites. Projects like introducing Outdoor Small Cells in Canada, expanding LTE network, and building indoor coverage in complex large venues were all born in the Broad Band Engineering team. Moutie has been in the telecommunication industry for more than 12 years, where he held several positions in Product Development, RF engineering Design, and Technical Sales at Alcatel-Lucent before joining TELUS in 2011. Moutie has a Master of Engineering Degree from Versailles University, France

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