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Planes, trains and automobiles: Talking about Uber, taxis, regulation and more

Transportation Law Symposium

January 26, 2016 — 

Join us for an afternoon about the future of transportation and learn about pressing issues that have immediate impacts on our community. On Thursday, February 4, the University of Manitoba welcomes many prominent individuals in the field of transportation, business and law to campus to share their thoughts on current issues related to transportation.

Students from various programs and faculties are welcome to attend and join the conversation about the future of taxi transportation in Winnipeg, transport to northern Manitoba communities, rail relocation and consultation with Aboriginal communities, and improving Winnipeg’s role as a central transport hub of North America via CentrePort Canada. Students will have opportunities to ask questions, network with professionals and learn about potential job opportunities in the industry.

Among the speakers will be Distinguished Visitor, The Honourable Marshall Rothstein, retired justice of the Supreme Court of Canada and University of Manitoba alumnus, who before his appointment to the bench had an extensive career practicing transportation law. The Keynote speaker of the event is president and CEO of VIA Rail Canada, Mr. Yves Desjardins-Siciliano.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a free event and open to all students (lunch is provided for students and RSVP recommended and appreciated, $10 for non-students and RSVP required).

Find out more about the speakers and RSVP.

What: Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Transportation Law Symposium
When: Thursday, Feb. 4, 12 – 5 p.m.
Where: Robson Hall, Moot Courtroom, 224 Dysart Rd.


12:00 P.M. – Welcome offered by President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. David Barnard

12:05 P.M. – Distinguished Visitor

  • The Honourable Marshall Rothstein: Regulation and Competition in Transportation Law: Working Both Sides of the Street

1:00 P.M. – Break and lunch

2:00 P.M. – Panel on emerging issues for transportation in Canada

  • Diane Gray, CEO, CentrePort Canada Inc.: Building CentrePort Canada, North America’s Largest Inland Port – Policy Implications and Opportunities
  • David Sanders, Chair of the Taxicab Board of Manitoba: Taxi, Taxi! Uber, Taxicab Regulation and the Public Interest
  • Sacha Paul, Partner, Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP: Duty to Consult with Aboriginal Communities when Developing and Using Transportation Corridors

3:30 P.M. – Break and light refreshments

3:45 P.M. – Keynote

  • Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, President and CEO, VIA Rail Canada: The Future of Passenger Rail in Canada

4:45 P.M. – Closing Remarks by David Duval, Director, Transportation Institute, University of Manitoba

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