How Autonomous Vehicles Could Shape Whistler

On September 26, experts in the Autonomous Vehicle (AV) sector will come together for a panel discussion to explain how the evolution of Autonomous Vehicles could impact Whistler and the Sea to Sky region.

NEW VIDEO LINK! If you missed the live event on Saturday night you can view the discussion and Q&A session online here:
If you enjoy the discussion, follow the link in the description (or below) to make a donation to the the Whistler Learning Centre, a registered Canadian Charity to assist with producing future speaking events.

The rapid uptake and growth of Electric Vehicles combined with the advent of 5G technology opens the door to Autonomous (Driverless) Vehicles. The convergence of these new technologies has the potential to address transportation, environmental, and housing challenges currently faced by communities and will shape the cities of the future. Autonomous vehicle (AV) development has progressed to the point that vehicles are now being tested on public roads, and stakeholders expect they will operate without human supervision in limited areas within the next few years. When AVs are widely adopted, they have the potential to substantially shape transportation patterns and infrastructure, land use and real estate demand, and the built environment. After a brief hiatus due to COVID-19, the WLC is pleased to present a follow-up to the successful Electric Vehicle and Sustainability discussion of November 2019.  On September 26, attend in person or online to learn about the opportunities and challenges that Autonomous Vehicles present and how these will impact the Sea to Sky region. 

Date: Saturday 26 September, 2020 

LIVE Online Video Registration, By Donation

View the panel discussion online via Zoom and submit your questions using the Question and Answer functions. Register for the Zoom event here. The Whistler Learning Centre is a registered Canadian charity, if you would like to make a donation to assist with producing future speaking events please make your donation here.

In-Person Audience Tickets, $50/per person

Be part of an exclusive in-person audience of 50 people. Due to COVID-19 the in-person audience is limited to 50 people to meet public health recommendations and allow for physical distancing. Masks are required when entering the building but can be removed once audience members are seated in the theatre which allows for physical distancing. SEPT 18 EVENT UPDATE: Due to the increasing cases of COVID-19 in BC and an abundance of caution the audience are asked to wear masks for the whole event to proactively protect everyone in the theatre. In-person audience tickets have been limited to 20 people to exceed public health recommendations and allow for increased physical distancing. Read the Event Safety Plan here.  In-person tickets can be purchased below. Scroll down to beneath the panel bios, select the desired quantity, complete the form (required for contact tracing), and click ‘add to cart’ to proceed to the online check out.

Corporate Sponsor: We are delighted to welcome Telus as the Corporate Sponsor of this event. TELUS Smart City and 5G initiatives enable municipal customers, citizens & businesses in their digital transformation journey. 

Community Support: Our thanks to the Whistler Literary Society, PSAV, Whistler Blackcomb, Tourism Whistler, and Resort Municipality of Whistler for supporting this event.

The Panel

Panelists: David Dale-Johnson, Ph.D., Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta David is the Stan Melton Executive Professor in Real Estate at the Alberta School of Business. An expert in real estate markets and cities, he came to the U of A from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and Sol Price School of Public Policy. His degrees include a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science in Business Administration from the UBC and a Ph.D. from the Haas School of Business at the UC Berkeley. He is an NAIOP Distinguished Fellow, a Co-Director of the Urban Land Institute Alberta and a member of the Strategic Planning Committee of the Resort Municipality of Whistler. An avid Whistler skier since ‘68, he has owned a home here since 1991.  

JR Hammond B.Comm., M.Fin., | CEO & Founder of Canadian Air Mobility JR Hammond is the CEO and Founder of Canadian Air Mobility which specializes in creating the marketplace for ‘Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing Vehicles’ (eVTOLs) in Canada. Canadian Air Mobility is spearheading the efforts in organizing, strategizing and facilitating the Air Mobility ecosystem to bring the next frontier of electric flying vehicles to Canada. Canadian Air Mobility successfully hosted the ‘Canadian Inaugural Air Mobility Roundtable’ in their home market of Vancouver, Canada which brought the Federal, Provincial and Municipal Governments, Academia, Industry, Investors and Regulators together to launch the road-map of Air Mobility in Canada. With Vancouver’s unique geographic landscape, the existence of helicopter and floatplane operations and drive for sustainable transport modes, Canadian Air Mobility is working to create the initial marketplace and ecosystem in Vancouver as an inclusive, equitable and environmentally sound transportation method within the Passenger, Cargo and Air Services markets.  

Peter Leathley, Director of Technology Strategy, TELUS Peter Leathley is Director, Technology Strategy at TELUS, with responsibility for developing programs and projects related to smart cities and 5G implementations across Canada. Peter is a graduate of the London School of Economics and has spent much of his career at the intersection of planning and technology related efforts. 

Jack Crompton, Whistler Mayor (Moderator) Jack Crompton has deep roots in Whistler and is passionate about the future of his community. His grandparents were original shareholders in the Garibaldi Lift Company and the Cromptons have been engaged in business and community organizations since the beginning. Jack’s professional life has focused mainly on transportation and software. He founded Whistler Resort Cabs and operated the company until selling the company in 2008. He then founded and served as CEO for Ridebooker; a Whistler based transportation software company. In October 2018, Jack resigned his position with Ridebooker to serve full-time as Mayor of Whistler.