We are pleased to announce the APTF 2015 keynote speakers:

Hon. David BrazilMinister of Transportation and Works & Member for Conception Bay East- Bell Island (Government of Newoundland and Labrador)

A graduate of Memorial University, CONA and York University, Mr. Brazil has been an independent business owner, has worked in the non-profit sector and has been a senior manager with the Provincial Government for the past 26 years. He has worked for the departments of Human Resources, Labour and Employment; Health and Community Services; Tourism, Culture and Recreation; Education and Municipal Affairs.

Mr. Brazil has extensive experience and knowledge particularly in dealing with issues related to employment, education, healthy lifestyles, tourism, youth and infrastructure. Very active in his community, Mr. Brazil has held many roles in various organizations, including as the Chair Conception Bay East-Bell Island PC District Association, Director of the Conception Bay East-Bell Island PC District Association, National Vice-Chair of the Boys and Girls Club of Canada, National Board member of the Movement for Canadian Literacy, Provincial President of Boys and Girls Club of Newfoundland and Labrador, Executive member of both the St. John’s Jr. and Avalon East Sr. Hockey Leagues, Vice-Chair of the Avalon East Economic Development Board, and a Committee Member of Recreation NL. Mr. Brazil was re-elected to the House of Assembly on October 11, 2011.

In July, 2014, Minister Brazil was appointed Minister of Service NL. , Minister Responsible for the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission, Minister Responsible for the Office of the Chief Information Officer, and Minister Responsible for the Government Purchasing Agency.

On September 30, 2014, Minister Brazil was appointed Minister of Transportation and Works.

Ryan BrainCMC, MMSc, Deloitte (Toronto)

Theme: Atlantic Canada in the Global Economy

Ryan Brain is a Partner at Deloitte in Toronto and is responsible for the Consumer Business industry group across the Canadian firm, which includes Retail, Consumer Packaged Goods, Transportation, and Travel, Hospitality and Leisure sectors. Mr. Brain has very deep experience across a number of consumer businesses, working with organizations such as Air Canada, ALM Airlines, Air Transat, Ontario’s Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Transport Canada, along with many others. Much of his work focuses strategy, market, and policy related matters in Canada. Mr. Brain is a frequent speaker and author, and has been referenced in a number of external sources on subjects across tourism and transportation. He is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC), and has his Masters of Management Science (MMSc) from the University of Waterloo.

Brian FlemmingCM, QC, Van Horne Institute (Halifax)

Theme: Economic and Policy Aspects of Transportation 

Brian Flemming is one of Canada's leading experts on transportation policy. He was chair of the Canada Transportation Act Review Panel of 2000-1 and the principal author of Vision and Balance, regarded by many as the “bible” of Canadian transportation policy. Since 2001, he has written and given many articles and speeches on transportation policy. He is currently the only Senior Fellow at the Van Horne Institute in Calgary, Canada's foremost think tank on transportation issues. His most recent paper is “Automated Vehicles: The Coming of the Next Disruptive Technology” which he co-authored. He is a lawyer and lives in Halifax.

Michael BaileyM.Eng., P.Eng., FITE Intelligent Transportation Systems Canada (Toronto)

Theme: Innovating Transportation

Michael Bailey has worked in the public and private sectors of the transportation industry for more than 35 years. During the past 19 years, Mr. Bailey has held a number of executive level positions with HERE (formerly NAVTEQ), a Nokia company that is a global leader in the mapping and location intelligence business. He presently holds global responsibility for development of best practices and technology deployment, supporting more than 3,000 personnel in Production Centres and Field Operations. Prior to joining NAVTEQ in 1996, Mr. Bailey was the Director of Transportation Policy and Planning for the Government of Prince Edward Island. He holds Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Engineering from the University of New Brunswick. He has served on the Executive and Boards of a number of prominent national and regional transportation sector organizations including the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC), the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and the Atlantic Provinces Transportation Commission (APTC). He is a Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of ITS Canada and has served on that board since the organization was established.

Dr. Susan HansonDistinguished University Professor Emerita, School of Geography, Clark University (Worcester, Massachusetts)

Theme: Social and Equity Aspects of Transportation

Susan Hanson is an urban geographer with interests in transportation, gender and economy, local labor markets, and sustainability. Her research has examined the relationship between the urban built environment and people’s everyday mobility; within this context, questions of access to opportunity, and how gender affects access, have been paramount. Her publications include The Geography of Urban Transportation and numerous journal articles and book chapters. She currently serves as Division Chair of the Transportation Research Board of the National Research Council and is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences as well as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her B.A. is from Middlebury College, and before earning the M.S. and PhD at Northwestern University, she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya.


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