The Good Roads
Annual Conference

Program



Sunday, April 21, 2024


The 2024 annual meeting of the Good Roads Advisory Board of Past Presidents.


Quebec Room



Algonquin Room



The annual joint meeting of the Good Roads Board of Directors and the Good Roads Advisory Board of Past Presidents.


Quebec Room



Registration for the 2024 Good Roads Conference opens. Delegates can pick up their conference identification and other materials at the registration booth in the Convention Foyer located immediately adjacent to the main elevator area on the Convention Level.


Convention Foyer



The wave of retirements currently hitting Ontario’s municipalities will continue for the next 5-10 years. In this time, over 50% of municipal employees will be eligible for retirement! As municipalities provide the essential services that are key to maintaining a high quality of life, it is imperative that they be staffed by qualified and competent individuals. Those working in this field help ensure that our infrastructure doesn’t collapse, that our roads remain clear, and that our water is safe to drink.
As part of the 2024 Good Roads Conference, students will have the opportunity to speak directly with municipal professionals about the important work they do every day. Panelists will share their thoughts and experiences with students interested in this type of career. Those in attendance will learn:
Why they should consider a career in municipal government;
The type of knowledge, skills, abilities/competencies, or qualifications required to work for their municipality;
– What it takes to succeed;
– Opportunities for growth;
– How the industry is evolving; and
– What to expect in this line of work.
The panel discussion will be followed by a networking session. Students will have the opportunity to speak directly to those working in municipal government.

Northwest Territories



Discover Toronto’s pioneering road safety measures on this cycling tour. Led by the city’s transportation experts, this tour unveils Toronto’s commitment to cyclist safety through innovative infrastructure and community initiatives. Experience dedicated bike lanes, protected intersections, and traffic calming measures designed to reduce accidents. Explore high-risk areas and learn about targeted interventions driving positive change. Join us as we pedal towards a safer, more sustainable future for all road users.

Please note: Helmets are mandatory and will be provided by the City of Toronto.


York Street



 


Alberta Room



Update on the MECP’s proposed plan to revoke the current Municipal Class EA process and implement a new Regulation “Municipal Project Assessment Process” (MPAP)


Manitoba Room.



The Good Roads trade show boasts more than 100 exhibitors serving the municipal sector. Plan to take some time during the conference to visit our exhibitors. Booths can be found on the Convention Floor Foyer, Ballroom, Concert Hall, and Ontario Room.


Convention Foyer, Concert Hall, Ballroom, and Ontario Room.



Get reacquainted with old friends and make new ones. Join us in the exhibit halls on the Convention Level for the opening reception. Light food and refreshments will be provided. Refreshment stations can be found in the Concert Hall, Ballroom and the Convention Foyer. Be sure to visit with the exhibitors while you are there.


Convention Foyer, Concert Hall, and Ballroom


Monday, April 22, 2024


Registration for the 2024 Good Roads Conference. Delegates can pick up their conference identification and other materials at the registration booth in the Convention Foyer located immediately adjacent to the main elevator area on the Convention Level.


Convention Foyer



Delegates can partake in a delicious continental breakfast of assorted muffins and danishes, whole fresh fruit, juice, tea and coffee. This will be served in the foyer just outside the Canadian Room, Convention Level.


Convention Foyer

 

Sponsored by:
Nuclear Waste Management Organization



The Good Roads trade show boasts more than 100 exhibitors serving the municipal sector. Plan to take some time during the conference to visit our exhibitors. Booths can be found on the Convention Floor Foyer, Ballroom, Concert Hall, and Ontario Room.


Convention Foyer, Concert Hall, Ballroom, and Ontario Room.



The official welcome of delegates to the 2024 Good Roads Conference.

Canadian Room



 


Canadian Room



Toronto Mayor Olivia Chow will provide civic greetings to delegates of the Good Roads Conference.


Canadian Room



American city planner, writer, and lecturer who is the principal at the urban design and consultancy firm, Speck & Associates.

Jeff sat down with the Good Roads Podcast to discuss his upcoming keynote at the 2024 Conference: https://youtu.be/Ii2sEA73v6g?si=OD-bUIwLqFFxnzYH


Canadian Room



Ontario Minister of Transportation Prabmeet Sarkaria will speak to delegates about the role the provincial government is playing in ensuring a robust and skilled workforce across the province.


Canadian Room



Coffee stations will be available throughout the exhibit halls (Concert Hall, Ballroom and Convention Foyer). Enjoy your morning coffee and have a chat with some of our many exhibitors.


Convention Foyer, Concert Hall, and Ballroom



Improving decision making using data modules for asset management.


Canadian Room



This session will provide you with an update and overview of the Ontario Provincial Standards (OPS) 101 course offered by the Municipal Engineers Association. OPS are a comprehensive set of standard designs and specifications prepared and maintained by the Municipal Engineers Association and Ministry of Transportation. These standards are specifically designed to be use by Municipalities to standardize the preparation of contracts. This session will also provide a preview of OPS 201. As a follow up to OPS 101, the OPS 201 course will show how the standards can be used to prepare and manage a contract.


British Columbia Room



Hear from Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation on key initiatives affecting the municipal sector over the next year.


Canadian Room





Embark on a captivating journey through Toronto’s energy landscape on this exclusive study tour. Explore the John Street Pumping Station, a cornerstone of the city’s water supply system, and witness its role in pumping treated water into Toronto’s transmission network. Then, delve into the innovative Enwave Deep Lake Water Cooling system, where cold treated water powers sustainable cooling for downtown buildings. At Enwave’s facility, marvel at heat exchange technology transferring energy to a closed-loop cooling system serving hospitals, data centers, campuses, and more. Led by expert guides, this tour offers a firsthand look at the intersection of sustainability and technology, showcasing Toronto’s commitment to a greener future.


York Street



Embark on an exclusive journey through Toronto’s transit backbone with the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). Harvey Shop offers a glimpse into comprehensive bus and streetcar overhauls, collision repairs, and precise mechanical support. Witness the intricate processes of sheet metal work and welding, essential for maintaining Toronto’s transit excellence. Additionally, explore Streetcar Way Building Shop, the TTC’s rail bending facility, where rails are shaped with precision, emphasizing safety and efficiency in the city’s transit network.

Join us for an immersive exploration of TTC’s critical maintenance facilities, where innovation meets expertise to keep Toronto moving forward.


York Street



The award recognizes the successful collaboration between the municipalities and contractors for project excellence and innovation.


Canadian Room



Annual General Meeting of the Association of Ontario Road Supervisors (AORS). Registration opens at 1:00 pm, meeting begins at 1:30 pm.


Imperial Room



 


Canadian Room




Quebec Room



Marit Stiles, Leader of the Official Opposition, will sit down with Good Roads to discuss how the Ontario New Democratic Party would approach the province’s most pressing issues.


Canadian Room



Bonnie Crombie, Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party, will outline concerns with the government’s current approach and lay out how a Liberal government would do things differently.


Canadian Room



Visit exhibitors in the Concert Hall, Ballroom, Convention Foyer, and Main Mezzanine.


Convention Foyer, Concert Hall, Ballroom, and Main Mezzanine



Preventative Maintenance is critical to extending the life of roads. In this presentation, several options for preventative maintenance will be discussed. The costs and benefits of investing in preventative maintenance will be highlighted. In addition, O. Reg 588/17, related to asset management, will be reviewed with a focus on the key elements that a municipality must comply with.


Northwest Territories Room



Cycling and active transportation are integral components of sustainable mobility, offering a myriad of benefits including improved public health, reduced congestion, and minimized environmental impact. This session will delve into the multifaceted aspects of promoting cycling and active transportation within communities. Leading experts and advocates will share innovative strategies, successful case studies, and best practices aimed at enhancing infrastructure, fostering a culture of cycling, and promoting safety for cyclists and pedestrians alike. From dedicated bike lanes to bike-sharing programs, attendees will explore a range of initiatives aimed at encouraging active modes of transportation and creating more livable cities.


Confederation 5&6



This session will delve into the transformative initiatives fueling cleaner transportation in Ontario. Indra, from the City of Hamilton, will take center stage to share pivotal developments including the impressive growth of their CNG fleet, the inauguration of the new CNG bus barn, the adoption of RNG buses, the utilization of CFR credits, the transition of the city refuse fleet to CNG, and the innovative RNG production at the wastewater treatment plant.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to gain invaluable insights and learn from the trailblazers shaping Ontario’s cleaner fuel landscape. Join us for a thought-provoking session that promises to inspire action and drive positive change.


British Columbia Room



Effective talent management is crucial for the success and sustainability of municipal governments. In this session, we will explore innovative approaches and best practices for attracting, hiring, and retaining skilled staff within the municipal sector.

Experienced HR professionals, municipal leaders, and experts in organizational development will share insights into the unique challenges and opportunities faced in recruiting and retaining talent in the public sector. From addressing workforce diversity and inclusion to implementing competitive compensation and benefits packages, attendees will gain practical strategies for building a resilient and high-performing municipal workforce.


Alberta Room



Collaborative program delivery strategies to free your team from ‘the rock and the hard place.’

Local governments are facing several challenges that have impacted their decision-making and caused uncertainty surrounding their capital investment plans. This risk averse response to current conditions has resulted in delays for both advancing capital works for state of good repair and constructing infrastructure to accommodate pressing demands for housing. For many municipalities the burn rate for capital investment is below 50% of approved budgets and there are growing surpluses in reserve accounts which has drawn attention of provincial authorities and developers.

Heading into the 2024 budget cycle and construction season project teams will continue to navigate significant spikes in inflation, interest rate challenges affecting borrowing, significant impacts of natural disasters in many jurisdictions, and climate change priorities.

How do you effectively deliver your capital program given all these obstacles? And how do you ensure your local delivery partners remain engaged and work together to find solutions?

Join this panel discussion to hear from a diverse group of local government leaders managing through today’s capital project realities. They will share lessons learned from lived experiences, including the creative procurement and project delivery solutions they are leveraging successfully. The panelists will also discuss opportunities they’ve identified to improve collaboration and ultimately deliver more capital projects for their communities.


Tudor 7&8



From recycling and reducing GHG to extending service life, this session features presentations that showcase innovative solutions and new ideas on steering our municipal infrastructure towards sustainability in design, construction and operation.
PRESENTATIONS:
1- MTO Hwy 3 Plant RAP Cold Mix trial as an Environmentally Friendly Asphalt Pavement
2- Evaluation of Permeable Rubber Pavement Performance in Southwestern Ontario

3- Recycling Solutions in Asphalt Paving


Manitoba Room



Hockey Hall of Fame


Sponsored by:
Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers


Tuesday, April 23, 2024


Registration for the 2024 Good Roads Conference. Delegates can pick up their conference identification and other materials at the registration booth in the Convention Foyer located immediately adjacent to the main elevator area on the Convention Level.


Convention Foyer



Delegates can partake in a delicious continental breakfast of assorted muffins and danishes, whole fresh fruit, juice, tea and coffee. This will be served in the foyer just outside the Canadian Room, Convention Level.


Convention Foyer



The Good Roads trade show boasts more than 100 exhibitors serving the municipal sector. Plan to take some time during the conference to visit our exhibitors. Booths can be found on the Convention Floor Foyer, Ballroom, Concert Hall, and Ontario Room.


Convention Foyer, Concert Hall, Ballroom, and Ontario Room



Annual General Meeting of the Ontario Good Roads Association. All delegates from member municipalities and member First Nations are eligible to vote.


Canadian Room



Premier Doug Ford will deliver remarks then sit down with Good Roads Executive Director Scott Butler to discuss the province’s most pressing issues.


Canadian Room



Climate is changing—throughout Canada, across the United States, and for the planet as a whole. Temperatures are increasing, rainfall patterns are shifting, and extreme precipitation and heat wave events are becoming more frequent.
Climate change isn’t just a problem for polar bears or future generations any more – it’s affecting us, here and now. Not only that, but the choices we make today will have profound impact on our future: the faster we cut our carbon emissions, the less adaptation will be needed, and the more suffering we can avert.
In such a politically charged environment, are we still able to act on climate? Or is it too late? Join Katharine Hayhoe as she untangles the complex science connecting our choices to future impacts and highlights the actions that are being taken to combat this critical issue today.

As seen on Jimmy Kimmel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVjmGVufADk


Canadian Room



Mike Schreiner will outline the Green Party of Ontario’s concerns with the government’s current approach and lay out the party’s alternative vision.

Watch Mike Schreiner on the Good Roads Podcast: https://youtu.be/r4c5V9T-OQs


Canadian Room



The Municipal Paving Forecast study, an ongoing initiative since 2016, is driven by Good Roads’ commitment to serve as the vital link between stakeholders in road and infrastructure matters. Spearheaded by Good Roads, this annual survey provides critical insights into the state of municipal paving. Join us as we delve into key findings from the 2024 Municipal Paving Forecast study and learn about: 1- Total Paving Tonnage across Ontario, 2- Paving Sustainability Practices and Trends in Ontario, 3- Variations on Standards Specifications, 4- Geographical Analysis of Total RAP Available and Total RAP Consumed in 2024


Quebec Room



Coffee stations will be available throughout the exhibit halls (Concert Hall, Ballroom and Convention Foyer). Enjoy your morning coffee and have a chat with some of our many exhibitors.


Convention Foyer, Concert Hall, and Ballroom



Electricity demand in Ontario is forecasted to rise by 60 per cent over the next 25 years, which includes a sharp increase from the transportation sector. On the horizon is the dual challenge to double the size of the current system to meet future needs while eliminating emissions from the grid. Join the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) for an engaging session about Ontario’s evolving energy landscape; upcoming procurements to secure new supply; and the crucial role municipalities play in approving projects that can benefit communities and the province.


Alberta Room



In recent years, advancements in camera technology have revolutionized road safety measures, offering unparalleled opportunities for enhancing traffic management and reducing crashes. This session delves into the pivotal role of road safety cameras, specifically automated speed enforcement systems and school bus arm cameras. Experts from across the transportation industry will explore the effectiveness of these technologies in enforcing speed limits, deterring reckless driving behaviors, and safeguarding vulnerable road users, especially children commuting to school. Attendees will gain insights into the implementation strategies, operational challenges, and the impact of these camera systems on overall road safety.


Northwest Territories



Low volume roads play a critical role in connecting rural communities, facilitating economic development, and providing access to essential services. This session will explore the unique challenges and innovative solutions associated with planning, designing, and maintaining low volume roads in rural areas. Transportation professionals, engineers, and policymakers will share insights into best practices for optimizing the performance and safety of low volume road networks. From cost-effective maintenance strategies to innovative design approaches, attendees will gain valuable knowledge on how to overcome the challenges inherent in managing low volume roads and ensure their long-term sustainability.


Confederation 5&6



This session aims to educate and engage municipal stakeholders on the crucial aspects of asphalt production and placement quality in Ontario. With a focus on “Quality and Sustainable Asphalt Pavements,” the OAPC is dedicated to promoting excellence in asphalt products and paving techniques provincewide. The session will provide an opportunity for industry representatives, municipal delegates, and engineers to collaborate, share insights, and strengthen partnerships for the advancement of sustainable road infrastructure in Ontario. Join us for an informative discussion to enhance mutual understanding, foster growth, and ensure the delivery of high-quality asphalt solutions for our communities’ long-term benefit.


Tudor 7&8



Water is an invaluable resource essential for sustaining life, supporting ecosystems, and driving economic development. However, increasing urbanization, population growth, and climate change pose significant challenges to water and wastewater management. This session will delve into the latest innovations, technologies, and strategies aimed at addressing these pressing issues and ensuring sustainable water management practices.

Experts from across the water sector will share insights into cutting-edge approaches for optimizing water use efficiency, enhancing water quality, and managing wastewater effectively. From decentralized treatment systems to smart water infrastructure, attendees will gain valuable knowledge on how innovation is reshaping the landscape of water and wastewater management.


British Columbia



This session will provide a platform for discussing & exploring innovations in technical products & solutions for improving the way the public sector delivers infrastructure services. This platform will showcase the potential of innovative and intelligent technologies.
PRESENTATIONS:
1- Using Mobile and Cloud Technology for Guide Rail Condition Assessments in Ontario
2- Transportation Automation at Scale
3- Using AI for Analyzing Images for Pavement Condition Evaluation

Manitoba Room



 


Quebec Room





Embark on an exclusive tour of Toronto’s iconic R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant. Known as “The Palace of Purification,” this architectural marvel has supplied safe drinking water to Toronto and York Region since 1941, drawing from Lake Ontario. Marvel at its Art Deco design, blending geometric ornamentation with Romanesque Revival and Classical influences. Discover its evolution from a 1930s facility to Toronto’s largest water treatment plant, now boasting a capacity of 950 million litres per day. Recognized as a National Historic Civil Engineering Site and a Canadian Water Landmark, this plant is celebrated for its engineering ingenuity and cultural significance. Don’t miss this opportunity to witness the intersection of innovation and artistry in Toronto’s water infrastructure.


York Street



The panel session aims to unravel the complexities surrounding excess soils management and regulation in Ontario. Offering insights and discussions into challenges, exemptions, and best practices for effective management to overcome challenges. The panel includes subject matter experts from municipal engineering, QPs, Receiving Site owners, and the MECP.


Tudor 7&8



Climate change presents unprecedented challenges to communities worldwide, impacting infrastructure, ecosystems, and livelihoods. This session will delve into the urgent need for climate change adaptation measures and explore innovative strategies for building resilience and promoting sustainability in the face of a changing climate.

Leading experts in climate science, urban planning, and environmental policy will share insights into effective adaptation strategies, from nature-based solutions to infrastructure upgrades. Through case studies and practical examples, attendees will gain valuable knowledge on how communities are proactively addressing climate risks and safeguarding against future impacts.


British Columbia Room



Rural roads pose unique challenges for transportation safety, often characterized by varying conditions, limited resources, and longer emergency response times. This session will explore the complexities of rural road safety and highlight innovative strategies for reducing accidents, injuries, and fatalities in rural communities.

Transportation professionals, safety experts, and community leaders will share insights into the key factors contributing to rural road crashes, from roadway design and maintenance issues to driver behavior and emergency response capabilities. Through case studies and best practices, attendees will gain valuable knowledge on effective interventions and collaborative approaches to improving safety on rural roads.


Alberta Room



 


Confederation 5 & 6



Underground utility locates are essential for ensuring safety and preventing damage to critical infrastructure during excavation and construction projects. This session will delve into the complexities of underground utility locates and explore innovative technologies, best practices, and regulatory frameworks aimed at improving accuracy, efficiency, and safety in this crucial aspect of infrastructure management. Experts from the utility industry, regulatory agencies, and construction sector will share insights into how municipalities can work with them to best deliver this important service. Attendees will gain valuable knowledge on how to navigate the challenges of underground utility locates and mitigate risks associated with excavation activities.


Northwest Territories Room



Training and skills development are fundamental pillars of workforce excellence, driving innovation, productivity, and competitiveness across industries. This session will highlight the critical importance of investing in training and skills development programs to empower individuals, enhance organizational performance, and foster economic growth.

Experts from various sectors will share insights into the benefits of continuous learning and professional development. Attendees will gain valuable insights into effective training strategies, the impact of skills development on career progression, and the role of lifelong learning in adapting to evolving job requirements and technological advancements.


Manitoba



Convention Foyer, Concert Hall, and Ballroom



Tim Tierney, Third Vice-President, Federation of Canadian Municipalities, will provide delegates with an update on the work of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.


Canadian Room



This panel session will provide a platform for discussing the OPS GC and the anticipated updates that would affect project delivery for public and private sector stakeholders. The session outcomes are:
1- Understanding Contractual Obligations
2- Navigating Changes and Amendments
3- Best Practices and Case Studies

4- Claims and Negotiations Best Practices


Northwest Territories Room



The design of transportation infrastructure plays a pivotal role in ensuring the safety of road users. However, inadequacies and deficiencies in design can lead to tragic consequences, resulting in fatalities and serious injuries. This session will shine a spotlight on the critical issue of dangerous infrastructure design within our transportation systems and explore strategies for mitigating risks and improving safety outcomes.


Canadian Room



Canadian Room



Canadian Room



Join your fellow delegates for our afternoon reception where you can network, enjoy some hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, and listen to tunes from The Blackstones.


Imperial Room

 


Wednesday, April 24, 2024


Registration for the 2024 Good Roads Conference. Delegates can pick up their conference identification and other materials in the Toronto Room.


Toronto Room



Start your morning off right with a hot breakfast. Delegates can partake of pork sausage; scrambled eggs; waffles; hash brown; breads; seasonal fruit salad; assorted fruit and yogurt.


Convention Foyer



Win an Apple Watch! To enter, delegates must drop their ticket in the drum on Wednesday morning outside the Canadian Room. Only those present can qualify to win.


Canadian Room

 

Sponsored by:
Maximum Signs



Outgoing Good Roads President John Parsons will pass the gavel to incoming Good Roads President Antoine Boucher.


Canadian Room




Canadian Room



Ontario Minister of Infrastructure Kinga Surma will speak to delegates about the role the provincial government is playing in municipal infrastructure.


Canadian Room




Canadian Room



Canadian Room



Ontario Associate Minister of Transportation Vijay Thanigasalam will speak to delegates about the role the provincial government is playing in transportation.


Canadian Room



The competition showcases the ingenuity of municipal employees and recognizes innovations and achievements that improve the efficiency of municipal transportation and public works services and operations.


Canadian Room



The Final Word provides an opportunity to have your most vexing municipal government questions answered by an all-star roster of experts in the fields of administration, planning, law, construction, drainage, public works and more. Submit your questions in advance at the registration desk or live during the session!


Canadian Room



Win an Apple iPad! To enter, delegates must drop their ticket in the drum on Wednesday morning outside the Canadian Room. Only those present can qualify to win.


Canadian Room

 

Sponsored by:
Maximum Signs



Good Roads President Antoine Boucher will close the 2024 Good Roads Conference.


Canadian Room



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