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Aviation Conference GTA Agenda

Aviation Conference GTA Agenda

Room: ABCD, 4th Floor
9:00 AM Registration & Breakfast Networking

9:30 AM

Welcome & Overview
Jan De Silva, President & CEO, Toronto Region Board of Trade

9:40 AM Panel Introduction
Robert Palter, Director, McKinsey & Co.

9:45 AM Regional Connectivity & the Hub
The Toronto region is blessed with valuable transportation infrastructure assets that serve as economic gateways, and when interconnected, could better support the region's international hub airport.

Benjamin Smith, President Passenger Airlines, Air Canada
Howard Eng, President & CEO, GTAA
Andrew McAlpine, Principal, Arup
Leslie Woo, Chief Planning Officer, Planning and Policy, Metrolinx
Moderator: Robert Palter, Director, McKinsey & Co.

10:30 AM  Networking Break

10:50 AM Panel Introduction
Zak Cutler, Associate Partner, McKinsey & Co.

10:55 AM Innovating the Passenger Experience
The connected passenger experience is thought of as the ideal experience, and innovations, such as new technologies, are enhancing the passenger experience from door to destination.

Kathy Haley, President, UP Express, Metrolinx
Scott Collier, VP, Customer & Terminal Services, GTAA
Derek Vanstone, VP, Corporate Strategy, Industry & Government Affairs
David Powell, General Manager of Operations, WestJet Airlines
Moderator: Zak Cutler, Associate Partner, McKinsey & Co.

11:45 AM Morning Session Observations & WestJet Ticket Draw

Room: Ballroom, 4th Floor
11:30 AM Registration & Networking

12:00 PM


12:35 AM Keynote  -  Elevate, Grow, Connect: The Role of Connected Cities in the Global Economy

Richard Florida, Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute, University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management; Global Research Professor, NYU and Co-founder and editor-at-large, The Atlantic's CityLab; Author of the best-selling, The Rise of the Creative Class, will speak about the role of connected cities in the global economy. He will explore how modern city-regions benefit from vibrant, world class connectivity and why connectivity is key to economic development efforts, specifically for human capital talent attraction and the movement of goods and ideas.

1:20 PM  Closing Remarks & Air Canada Ticket Draw
Jan De Silva, President & CEO, 
Toronto Region Board of Trade & Benjamin Smith, President Passenger Airlines, Air Canada