The Future of Four Wheeled Transportation

FoFWTA panel discussion on how technology is transforming urban mobility and the implications for our society.

The Future of Four Wheeled Transportation panel discussion will examine the societal and policy implications of autonomous vehicles and ride sharing enabled by technological innovation.


6:00pm – Doors Open

6:45pm – 7:25pm – Panel Discussion

7:25pm – 7:45pm – Q&A

7:45pm – 8:45pm – Drinks, Light Refreshments and Networking


Paul Barter – Innovation Lead

Paul Barter is the co-author with PWC Innovation Lead Ted Graham of the upcoming book ‘The Uber of Everything’. In addition he is a venture advisor at MaRS Innovation Centre, executive in residence at the Research Innovation and Commercialization (RIC) Centre, Adjunct Professor of Technology Strategy at the York University Schulich School of business and an angel technology investor.
He’s passionate about disruption, innovation and entrepreneurship and focusses on the intersection of technology, business and society in our rapidly changing world. Paul believes that throughout history, new technologies combined with new business models have disrupted the status quo and led to the transformation of industries, employment and society.


Sanjay Khanna – Futurist

Sanjay Khanna is Futurist-in-Residence at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He has devoted his life to the exploration of how key megatrends may affect mental health, productivity and decision making among leaders and citizen-consumers. In 2009, Sanjay launched the world’s first conference on how climate change may affect human psychology, society and culture. He was one of 21 global experts interviewed for KPMG International’s report Future State 2030: The global megatrends shaping governments; and has been named “an exemplar of social well being” by Corporate Knights, the magazine for clean capitalism. Previously, Sanjay was a Visiting Scholar in Strategic Foresight and the inaugural Resident Futurist at the University of Toronto’s Massey College.


Ian Black – Uber Canada, General Manager

Ian Black is responsible for Uber’s Canada operations. His mission is to reinvent transportation in Canadian cities by seamlessly connecting people and goods with reliable, affordable and safe transportation. Ian joined the company in early 2014 and prior to Uber, he worked at Bain & Co, Google and Helios Solar Energy. He studied economics, politics and business at Queen’s University and INSEAD. Born in St. John’s, Ian now lives in Toronto with his wife, Julia.


Arash Barol – General Manager, BlancRide

Arash runs BlancRide with the mission to build the world’s leading social transportation network. Arash is passionate about connecting human desirability, technological feasibility and business viability. Prior to BlancRide, he worked at Deloitte and NexJ Systems. He has advised CIOs on their strategy and implementation challenges and taken several products to market from inception. He is a software engineer and received his MBA from Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto. Arash is a yoga instructor and loves film and football.


Barrie Kirk – Executive Director, Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence (CAVCOE)

Barrie Kirk is the Executive Director of the Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence (CAVCOE).He has worked in the technology industries in Canada, the U.K., and the U.S., including senior management positions in Ottawa-area companies.

He has been a consultant since 1982.His projects over the last few years have focused on autonomous vehicles, connected vehicles, automotive infotainment, traveller information services, real-time traffic information, and vehicle use surveys.

Barrie received a B.Sc. (Honours) in Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications and Electronics) from Coventry University, U.K.He is a Professional Engineer licensed by Professional Engineers Ontario.


Tim Wooton – Co-Founder of Rover Parking

Tim is a Founder of Rover Parking, an AirBnB host & user of everything in the shared economy. Tim has helped turn-around several businesses and most recently orchestrated the sale of his family company Kingsmill Foods. With an entrepreneurship degree from Dal, an MBA from Queen’s & most recently a lecturer at McMaster University Tim enjoys the privilege of inspiring other entrepreneurs.

*All Ticket Proceeds will be directly donated to Lifeline Syria.

In addition, we will be hosting a cell phone drive at the door to collect used cell phones that will be distributed to Syrian refugees.

When: Thursday, February 25th, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Where: DMZ – Ryerson University,
10 Dundas Street East, 6th Floor, Toronto, ON, Canada


Register now

Recent Posts