Canadian Transportation Research Forum

Canadian Transportation Research Forum

September 15, 2008 08:21 ET

Future Development of NAFTA Surface Freight Transportation: Infrastructure and Operations II

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 15, 2008) - Canadian and U.S. governments are investing heavily in infrastructure programs and are developing policies to enhance transportation efficiency. However, many would argue that there is some scope to do better, particularly with respect to building capacity and moving the freight that businesses and consumers demand and depend on.

Industry leaders will join with academic experts and government representatives to discuss the challenges of developing infrastructure and moving freight in North America. With perspectives from all three NAFTA nations, this one-day conference; Friday Oct. 24th, 2008 at MacEwan Hall, University of Calgary Campus, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta; is organized by the Canadian Transportation Research Forum, The Van Horne Institute, and the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

The meeting will feature presentations from subject matter experts in the areas of 1) Port and Marine Developments; 2) Rail Developments; and 3) Gateways and Cross-border Trade. Stephen Blank, noted transborder studies expert from the North American Center for Transborder Studies, Arizona State University, will engage attendees and a panel of experts in a conversation about the "drivers of change" expected to shape the North American transportation system through to the year 2030.

The CTRF is a professional non-profit organization with decades of service to the Canadian transportation sector. The Van Horne Institute is a non-profit organization, affiliated with the University of Calgary, focused on addressing key transportation and regulatory issues faced by industry and government in North America and internationally.

For additional information please contact the CTRF (, or the Van Horne Institute ( To register for the conference please contact the CTRF (

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