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Changing lanes: the shift to autonomous vehicles

Changing lanes: the shift to autonomous vehicles

This year, our BC Middle Market Growth Conference is tackling disruption. Today, we announce our panel on a topic that is, quite literally, driving transformative change in the transportation sector.

There are a number of disruptive technologies changing our current patterns of behaviour, but autonomous vehicles have the potential for a larger ripple effect, disrupting many other industries along the way:

  • With driverless cars, will there still be a need for insurance?
  • Or car dealerships; will we still own the vehicles that transport us?
  • As an important hub for logistics – what are the implications for B.C.’s moving, trucking and transport companies?
  • How will our urban landscape change – what becomes of parking lots?

The reality of driverless cars on our roads is closer than ever. Suncor recently announced it will begin using autonomous vehicles at company-operated mines, leaving us to think about implications for other kinds of heavy machinery jobs. Google’s autonomous driving company Waymo has been testing and will soon make its official debut as a full-scale service on public streets.

Its a topic full of potential, but not without controversy. While many hail the potential safety improvements and environmental efficiencies, others have raised concerns about potential job losses and an industry operating without human judgement.

The question is: are we ready? ACG has comprised a panel of industry leaders and first movers to talk about the ways different industries and business models may be affected in B.C., and how to prepare for this advancing technology as it becomes part of the mainstream.

Here’s who’s driving this much anticipated panel:

Alan Hart – Founder and CEO of VIA Architecture


Alan Hart is a founding principal of VIA Architecture, creating communities that are most walkable, livable, sustainable, and better connected, for more than 35 years. A strong advocate for clarity and integrity in the design process, his expertise includes the creation of high quality urban environments from transit systems to urban development. He consistently serves as a champion for architectural and urban design of infrastructure as an integral part of a community vision.

Bruce Sharpe – President, Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association

Dr. Bruce Sharpe got his Ph.D. in Mathematics from UBC in 1984. He spent the early part of his career focused on machine learning and data science before those terms even existed. Dr. Sharpe purchased his first Tesla Model S in 2013, then upgraded to a newer model in 2015, specifically for the autopilot features. He and his wife Dale have driven over 100,000 km in the car since then, much of it in autopilot mode. His enthusiasm for electric vehicles led him to join the Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association, where he serves as president.

Donald Wong, BASc, MEng, PEng – Founder and CEO of Moovee Innovations Inc.

Donald Wong is the Founder and CEO of Moovee Innovations Inc. Since 2012, Donald has led an expert team performing R&D and prototyping for an autonomous connected electric (ACE) mobility solution suite. In 2015, Donald led his team to field trial the Moovee autonomous vehicle platform on the UBC campus, through the Transport Canada vehicular connectedness testbed. In 2016, Donald joined multiple Smart City initiatives to showcase the Moovee Automated Transport system in cities across the globe. Most recently, he has signed a MOU with the City of Squamish, BC, to field trial the system there. Donald holds a master’s degree in electronics engineering from Carlton University and a degree in Electrical Engineering from UBC.

Keane Gruending – Communications Manager for the Renewable Cities program at the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue

Keane has a major interest in zero-emissions urban mobility and multimodal transport. He regularly advocates for people-centered urban design, cycling, shared mobility, and transit.
At the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, he regularly convenes events, including solutions-focused workshops, panels and public engagements. Previous stops for Keane include: the Victoria Car Share Co-operative (now Modo); the UN Environmental Program’s Regional Office for North America; and the University of Saskatchewan’s Office of Sustainability. He holds a M.Sc. from the University of East Anglia and a B. Comm. from the Edwards School of Business.

Click here to register. Please visit our event website www.acgbcevents.com to learn more about ACG’s signature event happening on April 10, 2018.

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