#TransitSchool: Going to School: A Transit Summit

“Going to School: A Transit Summit” took place on Friday September 28, 2012 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, York University, Toronto.


  1. This forum is a call to action for the coordinated and sustained funding, construction and maintenance of a regional transit system to support and enhance the civic and economic vitality of Toronto and the entire Greater Golden Horseshoe region. In a broad context of transportation and transit debates in the Toronto region, Going to School will focus on the needs and issues of providing smooth region-wide transportation for the 300,000 students, instructors and staff at Southern Ontario’s institutions of secondary education.
  2. 10:00 Opening Remarks  

    Roger Keil, Director, City Institute at York University 

    10:15 Opening Keynote Address 

      10:45 Panel 1 – Presidents Panel 

    John Tory, Chair, Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance (moderator)

    Mamdouh Shoukri, President, York University

    Tim McTiernan, President, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

    Chris Whittaker, President, Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning

    Deanne Fisher, AVP, Students,  OCAD University

    Rob MacIsaac, President, Mohawk College

    David Agnew, President, Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology 

    Brad Chapman, Chief Financial Officer & Vice President Business Development, Centennial College  

        11:45 Break

        12:00 Panel 2 – Transit and Land Use:  planning for transit-oriented (campus) development

    Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner, City of Toronto (moderator) 

    Bryan Tuckey, President and CEO, Building Industry and Land Development Association 

    Chris Wong, Director of Transportation and Master Planning, York University Development Corporation

    Marcy Burchfield, Geomatics/Research Program Manager, Neptis Foundation Sean Hertel, Urban Planning Consultant

      13:00 Lunch

      14:00 Panel 3 – Transit operators: serving and linking the region’s learning institutions

    Royson James, Urban Affairs Columnist, Toronto Star (moderator) 

    Andy Byford, CEO, Toronto Transit Commission

    Gary McNeil, President, GO Transit

    Michael Collens, Student, York University   15:00 Panel 4 – Lessons: academics from the region Leslie Woo, Vice President – Policy, Planning & Innovation, Metrolinx (moderator) Pierre Filion, Professor and Associate Director, University of Waterloo, School of Planning – Graduate Studies 

    Laura Taylor, Assistant Professor and Planning Programs Coordinator, York University, Faculty of Environmental Studies

    Zack Taylor, University of Toronto, Department of Geography, Program in Planning

        16:00 Closing Remarks  

    Adam Vaughan, City of Toronto Councillor