Thanks to everyone that attended the Parachute Vision Zero Network Summit 2017.  This two day conference brought together grassroots organizations, enforcement, public health professionals and researchers to discuss the implementation of Vision Zero.  Breakout sessions allowed individuals to learn a variety of different issues as they relate to the elimination of motor vehicle fatalities.

Building off the 2016 conference (highlights available here), the Parachute Vision Zero Network Summit 2017 provided value in expanding the awareness about Vision Zero and move the needle forward in terms of eliminating road violence. 



Monday, October 16th, 2017

8:30 - Grand Ballroom

Welcoming remarks – Steve Podborski - President & CEO, Parachute 

Barbara Bellissimo, Senior Vice-President, State Farm Business Line, Desjardins General Insurance Group (video address)

Councillor Jaye Robinson - City of Toronto 


9:00 – 10:30 - Grand Ballroom

Are we doing Vision Zero properly? How is Vision Zero different from traditional road safety strategies? This panel will look at examples of Vision Zero in the spirit of the goal, the development of standards for their implementation, and the challenges they face. 

  • Paul Steely White – Executive Director, Transportation Alternatives NYC
  • Pamela Fuselli –  VP, Knowledge Transfer and Stakeholder Relations, Parachute 
  • Jeff Groot - Executive Director, Policy & Strategic Initiatives, RoadSafetyBC 
  • David Ferguson - Superintendent of Traffic Engineering, City of Hamilton 
  • Facilitator: Cam Mustard - President & Senior Scientist, Institute for Work and Health 


10:30-10:50 - Grand Ballroom Foyer

Networking break - with snacks and refreshments 


10:50-12:10 - Grand Ballroom

If Vision Zero says to stop putting an emphasis on perfecting human behaviour, why are we spending so much energy and resources on educational campaigns? What does education look like in Vision Zero? This panel will explore both the benefits and drawbacks of trying to change social norms.

  • Meera Paleja – Behaviour Scientist, Behavioural Insights Unit, Government of Ontario 
  • Dr. Peter Donnelly - CEO of Public Health Ontario 
  • Wahn Yoon - President, Bleublancrouge Toronto, Co-founder, L'Institut Idée
  • Matt Evans - Executive Director, Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving (OSAID)
  • Facilitator:  Pegeen Walsh, Executive Director, Ontario Public Health Association 


12:10 – 1:00 - Grand Ballroom Foyer

Lunch (Provided)


1:00 – 2:30

Breakout sessions (parallel sessions)

1. The Vision Zero Advocate Institute Implementation Session (Trinity Ballroom Salon 1 & 2): Many communities are interested in Vision Zero, but are curious about how to take the next step towards implementation. Join the Vision Zero Advocate Institute in this workshop, designed to support communities, stakeholders and advocates create a Vision Zero plan, based on this best practice international traffic safety. 

Facilitators: Alex Kelly - Director, Vision Zero Advocate Institute, Jeff Calibaba, COO of ATS Traffic

2. Research and application to Vision Zero (Trinity Ballroom Salon 3 & 4): This academic approach to research and Vision Zero will look at the following questions: 

  • How are the multiple actors, political process and community involvement managed in each city?
  • Which data are needed or available to establish a baseline and track changes? 
  • Which methods and indicators should be chosen as common benchmarks by cities to measure progress and success?

Facilitator: Marie-Soleil Cloutier - Professor, Centre Urbanisation, Culture et Société of Institut National de Recherche Scientifique 

3. Tour of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 33 Russel Street:  This tour will show CAMH’s latest research on cannabis including the determination between the link of THC and impairment. Transportation will be provided. 


2:30-2:50 - Grand Ballroom Foyer

Networking Break - with snacks and refreshments 


2:50 – 4:00 - Grand Ballroom

What about legalization, per se? The legalization of marijuana in Canada? It will undoubtedly have an impact on impaired driving rates. This panel will discuss the current state of knowledge on impairment with respect to tetrahydrocannabinol.  The panel will also address some of the limitations and concerns to implementation, given the July 1st, 2018 deadline. 

  • Kathryn Stewart - International Council on Alcohol, Drugs & Traffic Safety & Director of the Dissemination and Diffusion of Science-Based Prevention Component of the PRC Centre Grant.
  • Dr. Christine Wickens - Scientist, CAMH
  • Chuck Cox - Chief Superintendent, Ontario Provincial Police
  • Edward Prutschi - Criminal lawyer & Media spokesperson on NewsTalk 1010 
  • Facilitator: Jim Kenzie, Automotive Journalist, Toronto Star


4:00-5:30 - Grand Ballroom Foyer

Networking reception – get the chance to connect with colleagues from across the country

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

7:45 - Grand Ballroom Foyer



8:30 – 9:00 - Grand Ballroom

Keynote speaker: Paul Steely White  - Executive Director, Transportation Alternatives NYC 

9:00 - 9:15 - Grand Ballroom

The Honourable Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation

9:15 – 10:45 - Grand Ballroom

Will technology take over for Vision Zero? This panel will examine some of the positive and negative impacts of technology on our road system. In a world of increased connectivity, sensors and technology… Why are collisions still an issue? What is the role of Vision Zero in the long-run, in respect to automated vehicles? 

  • Emmanuel Chabot - Director of Innovation, Transport Canada
  • Barrie Kirk - Executive Director, Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence
  • Scott Miller - Executive Engineer, Collaborative Safety Research, Toyota 
  • Laura Doddington - VP Automobile and Business Solutions, Desjardins General Insurance group
  • Facilitator: Don Redelmeier -  Senior Scientist, Sunnybrook Research Institute 


10:45 - 11:00 - Grand Ballroom Foyer

Networking Break - with snacks and refreshments 


11:00-12:15 - Grand Ballroom

“If it bleeds it leads”, what is the role of the media in changing our conversation? The way we report motor vehicle collisions has changed. Every day we hear about road related incidents, mostly in terms of how it will affect our drive. From a public health perspective, what is most beneficial to cover? And how should we cover it? What role does the media have in changing the discussion and educating the public?

  • Ben Spurr - Transportation Reporter, Toronto Star
  • Oliver Moore - Urban transportation Reporter, Globe and Mail 
  • Vjosa Isai - Reporter, Toronto Star 
  • Facilitator: John Moore - NewsTalk AM1010


12:15 – 1:00 - Grand Ballroom Foyer



1:00 – 2:30 - Grand Ballroom

Safe or Green? Why not both? Green initiatives inherently imply safe transportation - and safe transportation initiatives inherently assume environmental considerations. But, at the end of the day, what is more important? Should Vision Zero initiatives consider the environment more as a mutually beneficial avenue? What has the bigger burden of injury: Emissions or collisions? 

  • Jennifer Keesmaat - Chief Planner, City of Toronto
  • Raheem Dilgir - President, TranSafe Consulting Ltd. 
  • Brian Crombie - CEO, Transit Alliance/Civic Alliance
  • Clifford Maynes - Executive Director, Green Communities Canada
  • Facilitator: Alison Macpherson, Professor, School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences, York University 


2:30 - Grand Ballroom

Closing Remarks:  Pam Fuselli - VP, Knowledge Transfer and Stakeholder Relations, Parachute

Click here to register for the 2017 Summit