For Whom The Road Tolls
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
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For Whom The Road Tolls
A debate on traffic in the GTA and whether there are tolls in the region’s future
Ms. Mahrokh Arefi, CEO, Emovis technologies america in the New York area
Ms. Arefi has over 25 years of experience in design, implementation and operation of transportation and transit technologies, including recent All Electronic Toll Collection programs in Western Canada. She has managed and provided advisory services to stakeholders to define, develop and implement various transportation programs. She is a registered Professional Engineer in British Columbia, Canada and Washington State, USA. She has had many speaking engagements in the tolling, ITS and transit related conferences.
She is currently the CEO of emovis technologies america in the New York area.
Mr. Josh Colle, Toronto City Councillor for Ward 15, Eglinton Lawrence
Josh was elected in October 2010 to represent the area of Ward 15 Eglinton Lawrence. In addition, he was elected to serve as Chair of the TTC in 2015.
Born and raised in Toronto, Josh brings a wealth of private sector and community experience to City Hall. He has worked in Toronto’s financial services sector, the transportation industry, and served as Vice President of an energy and infrastructure firm.
Josh obtained an Honours BA in Political Science from McGill University and graduated from St. Michael’s College High School at Bathurst and St. Clair. Josh has lived in the Oakwood and Vaughan area for over 30 years, where he continues to reside with his wife and three children.
Ms. Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of Mississauga
In 2014, Bonnie Crombie was elected Mayor of Mississauga. Building regionally integrated transit, igniting new economic development opportunities, and creating a more open, engaging and inclusive city, have been Mayor Crombie’s leading policy priorities for Mississauga.
Mayor Crombie has an MBA from York University’s Schulich School of Business and earned a Corporate Director’s Certificate from the Institute of Corporate Directors at the Rotman School of Management.
Mayor Crombie and her husband Brian have three children, Alex, Jonathan and Natasha, and a golden husky, Adonis.
Ms. Teresa Di Felice, Director, Government and Community Relations CAA South Central Ontario,
Teresa is Director of Government and Community Relations at CAA South Central Ontario, CAA SCO, Canada’s largest CAA club. She has been with CAA since 2005.
She is responsible for the overall direction and execution of the organization’s advocacy strategies and programs, representing and raising awareness on relevant issues to CAA’s over 2 million Members and with policy makers in Ontario.
Over the last three years Teresa has released two Conference Board of Canada reports related to how much motorists contribute to the cost of infrastructure and various tools and strategies related to mitigating congestion.
Mr. Rod Phillips, Global Head of Client Services Afiniti / Chair of the Board Postmedia
Rod Phillips is the Chair of the Board of Postmedia, Canada’s largest news media company owning over 180 print and digital publications. Rod is also Global Head of Client Services and Country Lead for Canada at Afiniti, a Washington, DC based global technology company.
Active in his community, Rod is the Chair of the Boards of CivicAction and Telus Toronto Community Board and a member of the board of the Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF.
Previously, Rod was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, OLG. From 1997 to 2000, he served as Chief of Staff to Mayor Mel Lastman during his first term as the leader of the newly amalgamated City of Toronto.