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Concurrent Sessions


We are pleased to be holding concurrent sessions again in 2017. Subject matter experts will present on a variety of road safety initiatives including emerging issues our members are facing.

This year, we have the flexibility to have a selection of 6 different sessions in three different time slots. Upon registering, delegates will be asked to select their top 4 preferred sessions. From there, we will be able to plan accordingly and determine how best to organize the schedule to accommodate our members' needs as much as possible.

The concurrent sessions will be held the afternoon of Sunday, June 4 between 13:00 and 17:00.

Silmutaneous interpretation services will not be offered during the concurrent sessions.

Cannabis on the road – minimizing harms and ensuring road safety

Recent observational surveys have shown that people drive after using drugs and this behaviour is likely to increase once cannabis is legalized in Canada. Whether alcohol or drug related, driving impaired is a punishable offence. This session will report on activities underway in support of road safety and cannabis impairment.

Distracted Driving: Your attention please

Distracted driving increases the chance of a motor vehicle crash and seriously threatens the health and safety of all road users. National surveys indicate that the use of electronic communication devices (ECDs) is on the rise. Over the last five years, the development of technologies that reduce distraction, as well as those that cause distraction, have increased. In this session, delegates will learn about distracted driving research and what recent findings reveal.

Framing the Future of Transportation

Ontario’s driver and vehicle population is growing. By 2020, it is projected that the licensed driver population will increase by approximately 10 percent while the registered vehicle population will increase by approximately 8 percent. There are currently 12.3 million registered vehicles, 9.8 million licensed drivers, and 1.42 million commercial vehicles in the province. Kevin Byrnes, Executive Director for the Road User Safety Division with the Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation, and a CCMTA Board Member, will provide an overview of how his province is preparing for this growth amidst the changing road safety landscape. He’ll address three key pillars of Ontario’s work related to evolving technology, research, as well as the modernization of Ontario’s driver and vehicle program design and delivery.

Ice road construction and safety training program

The Government of the Northwest Territories constructs and maintains over 1,400 km of winter roads and ice crossings. How are these road constructed and maintained to ensure the safety of those building them? Moreover, how is the territory ensuring the safe movement of people and goods on these winter roads? Ice Road construction expert Garry Snyder will explain the Department of Infrastructure’s approach as well as the process of engaging with its public and commercial stakeholders.

In addition to the advantages of reducing the cost of living, increasing employment and making these remote communities more accessible for tourists, the Northwest Territories ice road construction has enabled its residents to travel for recreation, shopping, training, and employment. The ice road network ultimately makes these communities less isolated and better able to sustain themselves all while enhancing connections with each other.

Issues Facing the Canadian Motor Carrier Industry

The trucking industry plays a vital role in the economic health of Canada. It is also an industry that shares its workplace with the public. In this session, David Bradley, President and CEO of the Canadian Trucking Alliance will discuss the challenges faced by the industry, as well as potential solutions. Issues include: the continuing focus on truck safety (e.g., ELDs, the legalization of cannabis), Canada-US trade, the impact of automated vehicles and the industry’s human resource challenges.

Legalization of Cannabis and traffic safety considerations in Canada -- Pharmacokinetics of THC and detection of impairment

The legalization of cannabis in Canada requires preventive measures to counter drug impaired driving. This session will address key challenges of impaired driving and detection of impairment for those involved in road safety. Presenters Dr. Matt Goledzinowski, Senior Research Scientist; Abe Verghis, Regulatory Affairs Supervisor; and Felix JE Comeau, Chairman and CEO of ACS Corporationwill explore the pharmacokinetics of THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol — psychoactive chemical present in cannabis which enters the blood and then the brain immediately after it is inhaled or ingested). It is THC which impairs driving. Attendees will learn about the different technologies for roadside drug detection, the most reliable and efficient approach for identifying THC impaired drivers, the impact of various legislative approaches for dealing with drug impaired driving, and the importance of distinguishing policies on medical marijuana from social policies related to decriminalization and legalization.