B.E.S.T. Lecture Series: Low-Carbon Smart Mobility in Canada
University of Toronto Faculty Club
41 Willcocks St
Low-Carbon Smart Mobility in Canada: Why It Isn’t Happening and How to Fix the Problems
This lecture will focus on the technical, cultural and political challenges that prevent low-carbon smart mobility innovation from taking root in Canada and across Canadian cities. The talk will dive into details related to the opportunities, challenges and solutions associated with battery electric transit and transportation systems, hydrogen fuel cell transit and transportation systems, and “smart” autonomous and connected transit and transportation systems in Canada. The speaker will conclude with a set of achievable, realistic and immediate action steps that can be taken to overcome these challenges and put Canada on an immediate pathway to job-creating and IP-rich low-carbon smart mobility solutions for Canadians across the country.
Josipa Petrunic is the Executive Director & CEO of CUTRIC. She is leading the formulation of several national transportation technology trials related to zero-emissions transportation and “smart vehicles” innovation, including the Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration & Integration Trial, the Pan Canadian Hydrogen Fuel Cell Demonstration & Integration Trial, and the National Smart Vehicle Demonstration Project. Dr. Petrunic has built up CUTRIC’s consortium to include more than 100 private and public sector companies and organizations across Canada. Previously, she served as the lead researcher in electric vehicle policy studies at McMaster University, and as a senior research fellow at University College London (UCL) in the United Kingdom in Science and Technology Studies. Dr. Petrunic continues to lecture in Globalization Studies at McMaster University and in interdisciplinary research methods as part of the Master’s of Arts in Integrated Studies program at Athabasca University.
This lecture qualifies for 2 structured learning hours.