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2nd International Road Safety Symposium – Oct 31 to Nov 1, 2022

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On behalf of co-hosts Prof. Tarek Sayed and Megan Oakey, UBC and the BC Center for Disease Control are excited to announce the 2022 2nd International Road Safety Symposium to be held in Downtown Vancouver.

The two days will cover:

International Expert Presentations followed by discussions on:

  • Road safety challenges and opportunities in the smart mobility era
  • Cycling Safety – Now and Into the Future
  • Equity and Road Safety
  • Autonomous Vehicle Safety
  • Advances in Autonomous Vehicles

Interactive Attendee Panel Discussions:

  • Road Safety and Reconciliation
  • Improving Active Road User Safety
  • Successful Safety Initiatives in BC
  • How big data analytics is shaping the future of safety initiatives and auto insurance
  • Understanding the Impact of Advanced Vehicle Technology on Safety

Keynote Speaker:

  • Honourable Bowinn Ma, P.Eng., MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale; Minister of State for Infrastructure

Our distinguished line-up of international experts include:

  • Dr. Johnathon Ehsani – Assistant Professor, Dept. of Health Policy & Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Dr. Susan Handy – Professor, Environmental Science and Policy, University of California, Davis
  • Dr. Alain Kornhauser – Professor, Operations Research and Financial Engineering, Princeton University
  • Dr. Tarek Sayed – Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering, University of British Columbia
  • Dr. John Scanlon – Senior Safety Research Engineer, Severity and Safety Impact Team, Waymo


  • Tony Churchill – Leader Traffic Safety, City of Calgary
  • Dr. Marie-Soleil Cloutier – Professor, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique
  • Dr. Karim El-Basyouny – Associate Professor, University of Alberta
  • Clark Lim – Principal, Acuere Consulting
  • Kenedee Ludwar – Executive Director of Traffic and Highway Safety Engineering, BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Michele Martin – Seniors Business Insights Advisor, ICBC
  • Dr. Chris Monsere – Professor, Portland State University
  • Lucy Sager – CEO, All Nations Driving Academy
  • Rafael Villarreal – Manager – Transportation Division, City of Surrey
  • Chad Williams – Senior Transportation Planning Engineer, City of Kelowna
  • Dr. Meghan Winters – Professor, Simon Fraser University

October 31 – November 1, 2022 at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel (1180 W Hastings St).

To join us, go to the registration page here:


Coast Coal Harbour Hotel 

1180 W Hastings St. 

Vancouver, BC, Canada 


Early Bird: $350 (until Sep 30) 

Regular: $450 

Student: $200 

Written by Stephen Rees

September 29, 2022 at 12:36 pm

Posted in Transportation

Partnership will expand area served by Richmond, BC clean energy system

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It is not often these days that I post anything at all to this blog. Generally speaking the news – especially about the climate crisis – is pretty bad. So to get a Press Release about a good news story in the general vicinity – I no longer live in Richmond, but I do go there quite a bit – caught my attention. It is also a public private partnership that usually is a model that I am uncomfortable with, but even so here is the Canada News Wire release in full as received.

Canada Infrastructure Bank, Lulu Island Energy Company and Corix achieve financial close on $175 million district energy investment

RICHMOND, BC, Sept. 26, 2022 /CNW/ – The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB), Lulu Island Energy Company (LIEC) and Corix Infrastructure Inc. (Corix) have achieved financial close on a district energy expansion project in the City of Richmond, British Columbia.

Under the agreement, the CIB will provide $175 million in financing for the LIEC City Centre District Energy Utility project. It will enable expansion to more than 170 new residential and mixed-use commercial development sites in the area by 2050, using low-carbon heat recovered from the Gilbert Road regional sewer system.

When complete, the project is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by one million tonnes by 2050, with the amount of connected space to the district energy system increasing 10–fold to 50 million square feet.

The LIEC is a municipal corporation wholly owned by the City of Richmond. It was established to implement and operate district energy utility systems in Richmond’s City Centre area in British Columbia’s Metro Vancouver region.

The CIB financing will enable the district energy expansion which will drive economic benefits through new construction work and deliver an expanded sustainable energy network which will reduce the operating costs of property owners.

Corix will provide expertise in district energy management and be responsible for the design, construction, financing, operations and maintenance of the City Centre system. Corix has been LIEC’s partner since 2014 in the delivery of the Oval Village District Energy Utility under a previous agreement.

District energy systems leverage proven technology to create a long-term reliable, efficient and cost-effective energy distribution network. Through a system of underground pipes, energy stored in water from central energy plants is transported to buildings, alleviating the need for separate heating and cooling systems in connected buildings. 

This financing will support the City of Richmond, an award-winning leader in district energy systems, in meeting its Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP) 2050 goals to achieve a 50 per cent reduction in community GHG emissions by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2050.  The project also supports the City’s goal to provide low-carbon energy services to customers that is competitive with conventional heating and cooling costs.


We are proud to invest $175 million to help create a green energy network which will benefit businesses, institutions and residents of the City of Richmond for generations to come. Our investment will help Richmond meet its ambitious climate change goals and create spin off economic benefits in one of British Columbia’s largest cities.
Ehren Cory, CEO, Canada Infrastructure Bank

The benefits of this expansion will be realized not only by the residents and businesses connected to the utility, but the entire community as it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated one million tonnes when completed. District energy is a key pillar for achieving Richmond’s short- and long-term community greenhouse gas emission reduction goals as well as the delivery of efficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly energy for the community.
Mayor Malcolm Brodie, City of Richmond

We are thrilled to be building upon the success of the Oval Village District Energy Utility project and our partnership with Lulu Island Energy Company which has spanned nearly a decade. The closing of the City Centre District Energy Utility project marks a major achievement in demonstrating how Public Private Partnerships can be used as an effective tool in leveraging financing and transformational strategies to deliver affordable, low-carbon infrastructure for consumers.
Lisa Sparrow, President and CEO, Corix Group of Companies

Quick Facts

  • The project is expected to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 34,000 tonnes per year, when compared to conventional heating and cooling systems used today.
  • District energy is a component of the City of Richmond’s climate change strategy toward the Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP).
  • Corix is a leading provider of sustainable energy infrastructure solutions across Canada and the U.S.
  • The CIB seeks to invest up to $5 billion into clean energy projects which are in the public interest and support Canadian sustainable economic growth.
  • All CIB investments are subject to approval by its Board of Directors

Learn More:

Canada Infrastructure Bank
Lulu Island Energy Company
City of Richmond

SOURCE Canada Infrastructure Bank

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Written by Stephen Rees

September 26, 2022 at 8:46 am