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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). 


  • Prioritizing equity in transportation planning
  • Challenges in public transportation
  • Social housing and other promising practices in transportation equity
  • Actions for more grassroots participation

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.

Sean Hertel - Urban Planning Consultant

Sean Hertel is a Registered Professional Planner with 19+ years of experience, and leads a Toronto-based practice that is uniquely positioned at the intersection of different disciplines, environments and processes. As a connector of ideas and people to shape cities, Sean and his collaborators lead a diverse range of projects that reflect the complexity of the urban landscape. He  has a particular expertise in transit oriented development, policy analysis and formulation, implementation strategies, and facilitation and public engagement. In addition to his practice, Sean is a researcher at the City Institute at York University, a frequent speaker at university planning programs in planning, and a popular source for planning commentary in the media.

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