TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 29, 2016) - Transportation visionaries, developers, funders and end users came together at the inaugural Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) Forum today in Ottawa.
"At this Forum, we're facilitating RD&D partnerships to get the projects off the ground and into practice by Canadian transit systems," says CUTRIC Executive Director & CEO Josipa Petrunic.
In partnership with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), the CUTRIC research, development and demonstration Forum is showcasing presenters dedicated to advancing transit and transportation solutions and technologies.
"Driving down emissions, improving transportation, and creating greener, cleaner and more mobile communities starts here," says Petrunic. "What we are seeing here today are dozens of projects ready to move forward."
The Forum is offering a platform for presentations on technology innovation proposals by Canadian companies and universities keen to invest in and develop zero-emissions vehicles, light-weight materials, advanced transit and transportation analytics, automated and connected vehicle systems and cyber security solutions for vehicle communications.
Joining Josipa Petrunic to open the Forum were Michel Dumoulin, General Manager, Automotive and Surface Transportation, NRC; Pam Damoff, MP, Oakville North-Burlington; Cristina Martins, Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament for Davenport, and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economic Development and Growth; Mario Peloquin, Vice President, Business Development, Thales Canada, Transportation Solutions and CUTRIC Vice Chair and Board Member; and Alexandre Beaudet, Project Manager, InnovÉÉ.
NRC is a founding member of CUTRIC, and contributes to the evaluation and development of new technologies tailored to meet transit needs. The Research & Development Forum will play an essential role in bringing partners together to develop and deploy technologies and solutions that meet Canada's current and future climate change goals.
"Meeting Canada's Climate Change goals drives this leading edge research development and demonstration work," continues Petrunic. "These projects prove Canadian innovators are ready to support Canada's Paris climate change commitments with emissions reducing transportation technologies."
Over 50 researchers from across Canada presented at this forum from a wide range of private sector companies, public sector companies, universities, and colleges leading advanced transit and transportation innovation projects to an influential group of senior government decision makers and potential users of the emerging innovations.
The program listing over 50 project proposals may be found at: http://cutric-crituc.org/ri-forum/
CUTRIC is a member-based organization that partners members of transit and transportation industries with academic researchers.