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WTS Toronto - International Women's Day Celebration 2020

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Novotel Toronto Centre

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Toronto, Ontario M5E 1W2

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Location: Novotel Toronto Centre, Champagne Ballroom

Registration/Breakfast: 7:30 am – 8:00 am

Speakers Panel: 8:00 am – 9:20 am

Door Prizes: 9:20am

Tickets: $45 members; $70 non-members

An equal world is an enabled world. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day. We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender-equal world. Women's equality can't wait. It's going to take everyone to think and be inclusive - all the time, everywhere. Let's all be #EachforEqual.

Each year for International Women’s Day (IWD), the WTS Toronto Area Chapter hosts a breakfast in downtown Toronto to bring our members, colleagues, and industry leaders together to celebrate the accomplishments of Women in the Transportation industry. This year’s IWD theme is #EachforEqual: An equal world is an enabled world. Note the date in your calendar and watch for an invitation with full event details next week. You don’t want to miss it — we have brought together the following panel of industry leaders to share their insights and approach to achieving greater equality in the transportation industry



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1. Jennifer Graham Harkness is the Executive Director and Chief Engineer for the Provincial Highways Management Division. Ms. Graham Harkness has been with the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) for over 29 years. She has spent most of her career at MTO working in the Provincial Highways Management Division’s West Region in various roles including Manager of Operations, Manager of Engineering, and Regional Director. In 2017, she joined the Policy and Planning Division as Executive Director for High-Speed Rail and is now back with Provincial Highways.

Ms. Graham Harkness received a BSc. in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University.


2. Kim Stangeby joined the Greater Toronto Airports Authority in 2017 as Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer. Ms. Stangeby has spent the last 17 years working with organizations to implement their strategies and enable their transformation programs. For 10 of those years, she was with the strategy firm McKinsey & Company, where she specialized in change management, results delivery, and the public sector. Since 2010, Ms. Stangeby has led strategic transformation programs both in an executive capacity within organizations such as the Bank of Montreal, and as a special advisor to institutions such as St Michael's Hospital and the Royal Canadian Mint.

Ms. Stangeby holds a PhD in Biomechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto.



3. Tracey Cook is the Deputy City Manager, Infrastructure and Development Services at the City of Toronto. Ms. Cook began her career as a police officer with the Toronto Police Service. After 18 1/2 years she transitioned to the private sector as the Director of Security with Coca-Cola Canada, and then Vice President with Securitas, a security services company. In January 2012, she returned to public service when she joined the City of Toronto as the Executive Director of Municipal Licensing and Standards, the division responsible for bylaw enforcement and business regulation. In that role, Ms. Cooke directed significant policy and regulatory initiatives related to street food & food trucks, taxis & Uber, Short Term Rentals such as Airbnb, a new Apartment Building Standards program – RentSafeTO, and led the city's role in enforcement against illegal cannabis storefronts.

In January of 2019, Ms. Cook assumed the role of Deputy City Manager of Infrastructure and Development Services, which oversees City divisions responsible for Transportation, Water, Solid Waste, Fire, City Planning among others. In this role, she is engaged with the Province and its agencies on the implementation of transit expansion projects in the City.

Ms. Cook has represented Toronto globally in discussions about the role and response of government to disruptive technology, the sharing economy and smart city. She is a recipient of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, in 2016 was named 13th Most Influential Person by Toronto Life magazine, and in 2019 received her MBA from Queen's University.



4. Mario Péloquin is the Chief Operating Officer, State of NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Mr. Péloquin has worked in the Transit and Rail industry for over 30 years and his experience ranges from senior rail and transit regulatory manager, building and operating a new light rail system (Ottawa O-Train), managing the transportation business line for Siemens Canada and leading the transit business line for AECOM in Canada. He also worked, as General Manager for Nova Bus (a Volvo Company), with responsibility for transit buses for the North American Market. Mr. Péloquin worked in Business Development with Thales and his final assignment with that company was President and CEO of Thales Transportation and Security Inc. in Pittsburgh, PA.

Mr. Péloquin took responsibility of the MTA’s agencies (Bus, NYCT, Bridges and Tunnels, Long Island Railroad and Metro North Railroad) in January 2020. He brings a unique understanding of operations, government and regulations, procurement, business development and management to the industry.

Having worked on various sides of the industry (client, government and supplier for rail and bus) allows Mr. Péloquin to understand all the aspects of the business and the subtleties of the levels of governments' decision-making, funding and procurement. He holds an MBA from Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).



5. Melissa Burton is Consulting Practice Leader for Arup Canada. Ms. Burton is Associate Principal and has specialist expertise in climate modelling and wind engineering with a lengthy track record in investigating the interaction of winds and the built environment. She has been involved in developing climate models for wind codes and has most recently collaborated with the Charles Pankow Foundation to publish criteria and methodologies for designing structures with performance and resilience in mind. This publication forms a pre-standard for wind design of buildings to the ASCE-7 design code.

Ms. Burton’s technical expertise extends to beyond code approaches using advanced analytical tools to quantify and reduce design risk. She has been involved in projects concerning the design and analysis of airports, super tall buildings and bridges and has a global portfolio of project work.



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