Transportation Equity Summit 2017

We're bringing equity to the forefront of transportation planning & decision making in Ottawa.

The Healthy Transportation Coalition and EnviroCentre are pleased to bring you the 2017 Transportation Equity Summit.
This year’s summit provides a platform for the ongoing dialogue needed to achieve equitable transportation in Ottawa.  

When: Friday, September 22, 2017 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West

Cost to register: $30* Register through Eventbrite today!

* Subsidies are available for registration, transportation, and childcare. Email [email protected], or call 613-656-0100 ext. 129 for more details.

This full-day event will provide an opportunity for professionals, decision makers and residents to come together to learn about and discuss the challenges and opportunities facing equitable transportation in Ottawa. 

Whether you are an affected resident, a decision-maker, or you work in a field where you see the impact on marginalized populations, you will contribute to and benefit from participating in the Summit.

Lunch and snacks will be provided (gluten-free and vegan/vegetarian options). 


  • Infrastructure/universal design 
  • Policies and spending
  • Process/participation for more grassroots involvement
  • Case studies/promising practices in transportation equity.

The day will include:

  • Speakers – local, national, international
  • Breakout sessions – small group learning opportunities
  • Roundtable discussions – focused on solutions and strategies

Keynote Speakers: 

Zan Gibbs – Portland Bureau of Transportation

Zan Gibbs is the Equity and Inclusion Program Manager for the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT). Zan is responsible for developing, implementing, supporting and managing PBOT’s equity and inclusion initiatives and polices. This includes working with the Office of Equity and Human Rights on a Bureau wide racial equity assessment and 5-year action plan, managing Title VI Civil Rights compliance, advising program staff on the usage of equity lens tools and supporting the Bureau’s overall advancement of cultural responsiveness.

Ryan O’Connor – 8 80 Cities

Ryan's work as an urban planner includes a diverse list of public realm improvement and community development projects – from parklets to plazas – in cities across North America. At 8 80 Cities, Ryan leads inclusive community engagement strategies and works with diverse partners to implement urban projects that create strong active transportation networks and vibrant public spaces. He also supports a variety of initiatives as part of our partnership with the Knight Foundation. He holds a Master's in Urban Planning from the University of British Columbia. In October 2016, Ryan began serving as 8 80 Cities' Interim Executive Director.

If you’re interested in contributing as a speaker at the Transportation Equity Summit, please fill out this Google Form.
The deadline to submit your proposal is July 31, 2017.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2016 Summit!

Our first Sustainable Transportation Summit took place on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 at Ottawa City Hall. We had a great event with many positive interactions and ideas from a diverse group of delegates. We even received some media coverage

EnviroCentre, the Healthy Transportation Coalition, and community partners will host a follow up Sustainable Transportation Summit in 2017.  We hope that you will continue the conversation with us, as we work towards ensuring that equity and inclusivity are crucial components of the next City of Ottawa Transportation Master Plan.

2016 Summit Presentations & Notes 

Breaking Down the Barriers

Dr. Adonia Lugo facilitated a discussion on barriers to an equitable transportation system, what they are and how we can address them.

Speaker: Dr. Adonia Lugo, Urban Anthropologist and Professor at Antioch and California State Universities

Session Summary

Building Equity into Transportation

This session explored how to integrate equity into planning and infrastructure development processes, examples of promising practices from other cities and next steps for our complete streets.

Speakers: Suzanne Doerge, Director, City for All Women Initiative Presentation

Orly Linovski Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of City Planning, University of Manitoba Presentation

Nelson Edwards, Senior Project Manager, Transportation Planning Branch, City of Ottawa Presentation

Living in the Built Environment

Speaker: Inge Roosendaal, Program Development Officer, Ottawa Public Health


Table Activity: The Pathway to Equity

This creative discussion identified and prioritized practical steps toward transportation equity solutions in Ottawa -- research, policy, outreach, services, infrastructure and more. 

Summary Report