Wednesday, March 7th at 6:00 p.m., join us to hear from expert speakers providing us with an introduction to smart cities and a great overview on the plans and current projects that the city of Toronto is implementing in order to make our community more efficient and one of the top technological cities in North America.
Day & Time: Wednesday, March 7, 2018
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Lucia Casacia – Presentation Slides
Vice President, Cities and Infrastructure Projects, Siemens Canada
Dr. Tom Murad
Country Lead – Engineering, Technology & Academic Relations, Siemens Canada
Gregg Loane – Presentation Slides
Manager, ITS Capital Delivery for the City of Toronto
Fahad Khan – Presentation Slides
Project Lead, City of Toronto
Natasha Apollonova – Presentation Slides
Associate Vice President, Policy, Toronto Board of Trade
Location: Room 2106, Sidney Smith Hall, University of Toronto
100 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 3G3
Contact: Omid Alizadeh
Organizer: This seminar is organized by IEEE Toronto’s Industry Relations Committee and the Power & Energy Chapter, in collaboration with Siemens Canada IEEE Committee and Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE), and IEEE University of Toronto Student Branch.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Abstract & Agenda:
Intelligent infrastructure paves the way for smarter, more integrated systems that keep economies running and contribute to economic success, efficiency savings, and economics of scales. Buildings not only offer space for working and living, they are also capital investments. Their value can be maintained only if they are operated cost-effectively. A constant reliable energy supply is central for economic growth and stability, as well as social wellbeing. However today’s grids were not designed to handle the growing power requirements or the increasing proportion of fluctuating power generated from renewable sources. Transportation of people and goods is a top priority for metropolitan areas. Population growth, congestion and the growing demand for mobility all place increasing burdens on transport systems with negative impacts for businesses, residents and overall quality of life. A Smart City applies state-of-the-art solutions enabled and improved by holistic Integration for the sake of the people, of the administration, of the business as well as of the environment.
6:00 pm-6:30 pm: Opening
6:30 pm-7:00 pm: Introduction to Smart Cities by Lucia Casacia, Vice President, Cities and Infrastructure Projects, Siemens Canada & Dr. Tom Murad, Country Lead – Engineering, Technology & Academic Relations, Siemens Canada
7:00 pm-7:20 pm: Transportation Initiatives and Vision of the City of Toronto by Gregg Loanne, Manager of ITS, City of Toronto
7:20 pm-7:40 pm: Preparing for Automated Vehicles at the City of Toronto by Fahad Khan, Project Lead, City of Toronto
7:40 pm-8:00 pm: Focusing on Smart to Move Toronto from Good to Great by Natasha Apollonova, Associate Vice President, Policy, Toronto Board of Trade
8:00 pm-8:10 pm: Open Panel Discussion on Job Opportunities in Technology Infrastructure and Smart Cities
8:10 pm-8:20 pm: Q&A
8:20 pm-8:30 pm: Closing
As the Vice President, Cities and Infrastructure Projects, Lucia leads Siemens Canada’s strategic focus on cities account management in order to leverage federal, provincial and municipal government infrastructure investment in cities across Canada. Lucia brings to Siemens extensive experience in the areas of engineering, construction management and commissioning of capital expansion projects. She is a valued member of Siemens Canada’s leadership team, most recently as the head of the Low Voltage & Products business unit in the Energy Management division.
Lucia is a graduate of McMaster University and has a Masters Certi_cate in Strategic Leadership from the Schulich School of Business in Toronto. Other areas of certi_cation include Operational Excellence and Lean Manufacturing (5S).
Dr. Tom Murad
Tom is a respected leader, thinker, and distinguished speaker on the topics of Engineering, Technology and Technical talents development and education and a member of PEO Engineering Order of Honour. Tom joined Siemens Canada in 2010, he is the founder of the Siemens Canada Engineering and Technology Academy “SCETA”, that he established and directed since October 2014. He is also serving as a member of various advisory Boards of Directors in the Industry and Academia. Tom has about 40 years of Professional Engineering and Technical Operations Executive Management including Academic and R&D work in Electrical power, Industrial Controls and Automation. Dr. Murad holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical & Electronics), and a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Power Electronics and Industrial Controls from Loughborough University of Technology in the UK, with a Leadership Program Certificate from Schulich Business School, York University in Ontario, Canada. Dr. Murad is a Fellow of Engineers Canada, a licensed (P.Eng.) member of The Professional Engineering Ontario (PEO); APEGA in Alberta, and NAPEG in the North Western Territories. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, and is member of Board of Directors – IEEE Canada, past chair of Executive Committee – IEEE Toronto Section, member of Board of Directors – Canadian-German Centre for Innovation and Research, member of the PEO Licensing “Engineering Experience Review” – ERC Committee since 2002, member of OSPE’s Hamilton – Halton Engineering week Committee, and he is serving on various Advisory Boards in the Industry and the Academia.
Gregg is currently the Manager – ITS Capital Delivery for the City of Toronto. He has over 25 years of ITS experience, split evenly between the public and private sectors, with a focus on connecting client / user needs with appropriate transportation technology solutions, as well as education in the field of ITS. His current responsibilities include deploying ITS for a variety of municipal applications (e.g. signal control, incident management, traveller information, etc.), and for providing technical representation on Toronto’s Autonomous Vehicle Preparation and Unattended Aerial Vehicle Working Groups. In the private sector, he led large-scale ATIS deployments (e.g. the Los Angeles and Florida 511 systems). These experiences built his strengths in project management, project finance, and personnel management, and have provided insight into a wide range of ITS-related user needs.
Fahad is the Project Lead for Automated and Autonomous Vehicles with the City of Toronto. He is the first person in North America to be hired by a leading municipality tasked with the sole purpose of investigating and preparing for automated vehicles. Being a deep car lover and a person known for pushing boundaries, Fahad has worked hard to push Toronto’s transportation system to new levels of innovation and technology.
Natasha is the Assistant Vice President, Policy with Toronto Region Board of Trade (the Board). The Board is the chamber of commerce for Canada’s largest urban centre representing 12,000 Members and connecting more than 250,000 business professionals and influencers throughout the Toronto region. The Board is an influential thought leader on key business and public policy issues impacting the Toronto region’s globally competitive economy. Over the past eight years, Natasha has been actively engaged in the Board’s municipal and provincial campaigns. She has also been instrumental in raising the profile of Toronto as an international city region by leading the Board’s benchmarking analysis and liaising with key stakeholders including all three levels of government and business leaders. Natasha currently leads the Board’s Smart Cities Initiative and the Movement of Goods files. Natasha holds a Master degree in Business Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University, an Honours degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario and is fluent in Russian. She is on the Board of Directors for Toronto Association for Business Economics (TABE) and mentors several young women professionals through Women in Capital Markets and TABE.