2017 Freight Day VI Symposium

Theme: Innovation in Urban Goods Movement

Our 6th annual symposium on freight transportation featured speakers from regional and provincial governments, Metrolinx, WSP, Pembina Institute, Uber as well as McMaster University, University of Windsor and University of Toronto, and expert consultants.  A keynote address was given by Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario.

The invitation-only event was chaired by Professor Matthew J. Roorda.


The symposium attendees were welcomed by David Sinton, Interim Vice-Dean of Research, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, University of Toronto.

Session 1: Updates from U of T and Government Partners

Moderator: Matthew J. Roorda, University of Toronto

Session 2: Freight Corridor Analysis

Moderator: Glareh Amirjamshidi, Parsons Corporation

Session 3: Sustainable Urban Freight Initiatives

Moderator: Eric Petersen, Metrolinx

Keynote address

Facing Climate Change by Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario

Session 4: Applications in Freight Technology

Moderator: Dianne Zimmerman, Pembina Institute

  • Automated Freight Vehicles by Paul Deng, University of Toronto
  • UberEats Overview and Outlook by Keith Cochrane, Uber
  • AV Impacts on Parking in Urban Areas by Mehdi Nourinejad, University of Toronto

Presented by the Centre for Urban Freight Analysis, University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute.