Ontario Good Roads Conference Highlights The Latest In Transportation and Infrastructure

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From climate change affecting our communities, infrastructure, autonomous vehicles, e-scooter demonstrations and Viking Biking, all will take over downtown Toronto in February.

Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) 2020 conference brings innovation, industry best practices, idea sharing and local leaders together with the outcome to better their communities. OGRA’s conference is the oldest provincial municipal conference in Ontario. Over 70 speakers’ will be taking the stage at the Fairmont Royal York as provincial and municipal politicians from across Ontario and hundreds of professionals from the municipal, public, and corporate sectors gather to take advantage of this great networking and learning experience.

This year’s highlights include:

  • Keynote speaker Dr. James Orbinski. This Canadian physician, humanitarian activist, author and leading scholar in global health will look at emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, and global health governance and how climate change is impacting our urban and rural communities. Dr. Orbinski accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999 for his extensive fieldwork with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders, while President of the International Council.
  • Hop on an E-scooter and try out the latest trend in mobility. E-scooters are currently part of a Provincial government pilot to determine whether they should be allowed in Ontario.
  • Bundle up and be prepared to peddle as we go on a Viking Biking Tour in Toronto courtesy of Share the Road. The first 20 attendees that show up to ride will receive a Viking helmet cover.
  • Gatik AI will present and open the doors of its autonomous delivery truck to attendees.

For a full program schedule please visit http://www.ograconference.ca for a list of workshops, presentations and speakers.

New this year - childcare services available. OGRA has partnered with a third-party provider to help working parents attend the conference. Detailed information about the childcare program and reimbursement can be found here, http://ograconference.ca/accommodation/child-care-services/

About Ontario Good Roads Association
The Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) was founded in 1894. Based in Oakville, Ontario, OGRA is governed by a 15 member board with 17 staff supporting its membership. The mandate of the Ontario Good Roads Association is to advance the infrastructure and transportation interests of its members through training, advocacy and services. OGRA currently has more than 650 members, which includes, municipalities, First Nations and private sector companies. For more information visit http://www.ogra.org

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