OTE Program Agenda

Sessions will be added as they are confirmed.

The conference runs through all 4 days, from April 19 - 22, 2020.
The OTE Trade Show takes place on April 21.
*Agenda is subject to change at any time without notice*

Association Acronyms

Ontario Motor Coach Association (OMCA)
Ontario Public Transportation Association (OPTA)
School Bus Ontario (SBO)

Sunday
April 19, 2020
Monday
April 20, 2020
Tuesday
April 21, 2020
Wednesday
April 22, 2020

OMCA/OPTA/SBO
Full Buffet Breakfast and
Plenary Session on Cyber Security:
Business and Personal Protection

It’s hard to deny that we live in a digital world. From doing business to socializing and pretty much everything in-between, we share information in the form of digital content....
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OMCA/SBO
Roadside Impairment and On-Road Enforcement

Back by popular demand! Industry wants to know how police detect and address alcohol- or drug-related roadside impairment. Join Staff Sergeant Mike Hinsperger with the Waterloo Regional Police Service –...
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OPTA
Improving the Customer Experience Through Strategic Partnerships

Speakers: Laura Richard – Tack10 CK Transit Economic Development Jeremy Da Costa – Kingston Transit
10:45 am - 11:00 am

Break

School Bus Ontario (SBO)
Transporting Students with Special Needs

Special needs transportation has unique requirements.  Learn the nuts and bolts of making every student’s ride on the school bus safe and enjoyable by learning the tools needed to help...
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OPTA
Improving Operations with Technology

Moderator: Doug Parker, IBI Speakers: St. Catharines Transit with Transit App Swiftly Metrolinx: Network Operations Centre

OMCA
Current Issues

Join OMCA’s President Doug Switzer and Director of Regulatory Affairs Jennifer Fox for an interactive round table discussion regarding current issues facing the industry, such as the economic impact to...
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OPTA
AV’s in Operation

Moderator: Josipa Petrunic, CUTRIC Speaker: John Stepovy, PWT: Data from recent pilots CUTRIC AV Modelling Durham Transit

OMCA
How to Accurately Assess and Apply HST in the Group Travel Sector

Recently more questions have been raised about the accurate application of HST in an environment where the definition of “continuous journey” can cause confusion and conflicting interpretation. Protect yourself from...
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School Bus Ontario (SBO)
School Bus Technology:
Monitoring the Danger Zone

Just because the driver can’t see the student doesn’t mean they can’t be “seen”.  The development of school bus technology keeps moving forward.  Find out what is being researched and...
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2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Break

OMCA
Financing Your Coach

Purchase outright or lease? This session will focus on the pros and cons of the options available to finance your coach purchases. The session will also touch on accurate vehicle...
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School Bus Ontario (SBO)
Transport Canada Task Force on School Bus Safety

This important Task Force began in early 2019 looking into the issue of seat belts on school buses.  Find out who was involved, the various issues considered, and the conclusions. ...
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OPTA
OPTA and Our Provincial Partners

Speakers: Update from the MTO Transit Policy and Programs Group AODA/OPTA EnAbling Change Project: Public Education and Courtesy Campaign
3:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Break

OMCA
Why Are My Rates on the Rise?

Insurance costs are Increasing – why? What can you do to help control your Total Cost of Risk? Join industry experts from The Magnes Group, Northbridge Insurance and Travelers Insurance...
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School Bus Ontario (SBO)
How to Deliver Effective Driver Training Programs

Drivers are an ever-important representation of your company to the customer and directly affect the safety and efficiency of your operation.  Join us as we explore how to deliver training...
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OPTA
Local Solutions: Different Approaches to On-Demand Services

Moderator: Paul Buck, Belleville Transit Speaker: Sudbury Transit GOVA Zones SSM Transit On Demand Sunday Service App Hamish Campbell Prof. Steven Farber, UTTRI Research

OPTA
The Next Generation of Leaders

Speakers: Teri Fisher, CEO, ENO – Succession Planning: Avoid Brain Drain Mike Bismeyer, Proterra – Workplace Culture and the Importance of Mentors

Dine-Around

For the remainder of the evening, attendees are welcome and encouraged to explore the city for customer dinner options.

Lunch

For purchase on the Trade Show Floor

OPTA
Marketing Committee Meeting

Topics: Increasing Customer Awareness of Service Changes: HSR Survey of Timetables on Websites

School Bus Ontario (SBO)
D250: Ask the Expert

Learn about the D250 standard and the common vehicle compliance issues before a Ministry of Transportation inspection.  Upcoming D250 changes will also be discussed. Bring your questions, and we’ll be...
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Networking Reception

Drink Tickets Sponsored by MCI of the NFI Group    

OPTA
Annual General Meeting

Open to OPTA Members Only

School Bus Ontario (SBO)
School Bus Driver Daily Inspections:
Important Tips and Techniques

Whether it is trying to upgrade to a school bus class driver’s licence or performing a final check to make sure a bus is safe for the road, daily inspections...
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9:30 am - 9:45 am

Break

School Bus Ontario (SBO)
Drive Clean Program Update

The vehicle emissions program for Ontario is changing.  This session will focus on the new emissions compliance inspection and its integration with the Ministry of Transportation periodic inspection program.  How...
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10:45 am - 11:00 am

Break

OMCA/OPTA/SBO
Regulator’s Round Table

Regulations and the rules for your business keep changing.  This session is your opportunity to hear from the Ministries of Transportation and Environment about recent and upcoming changes. Speakers: Chris...
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