The Future of Mobility Speaker Series: Tim Papandreou

Thu, 24 Jan 2019 6:00 PM

The transportation sector is about to experience its biggest shake-up since the combustion engine replaced the horse and carriage. Electrification, automation and the sharing economy are converging to change the modes we use to move and the services we expect.

What changes are coming, and what does this mean for public and private transportation services? When will automated vehicles take to—and take over—our roads? And what do these changes mean for our cities and how we choose to use and navigate space?

Explore this transformation with Tim Papandreou, the leading global expert in the future of mobility and automation who led strategic partnerships to commercialize Waymo and launch the world's first fully self-driving ride-hailing service.

As TransLink prepares to update Metro Vancouver’s transportation plan through to 2050, we’re proud to bring Tim to the region to introduce the challenges and opportunities of next-generation mobility. He’ll speak about new modes and services, and the need to prepare to plan, operate and manage new mobility in radically different ways.

The City of Vancouver and City of Surrey will also take the stage to talk about their joint Smart Cities Challenge proposal. The cities are working to pilot autonomous shuttles in Metro Vancouver’s largest and fastest-growing cities.

Following his presentation, Tim will be joined on stage for a moderated Q&A with Jen St. Denis of The Star Vancouver.

This event is free but registration is required due to limited seating available. Save your seats now!

Emerging Transport Advisors


City of Vancouver and City of Surrey Smart Cities Challenge


This lecture is made possible by TransLink Tomorrow, the City of Vancouver and the City of Surrey


Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019, 6-8 pm

Regular Admission: Free but reservations required. Reserve tickets on Eventbrite. 

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Venue: Room 1400, SFU Vancouver (Harbour Centre), 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Related topic: Community Building


Tim Papandreou, Founder, Emerging Transport Advisors

Tim is a global expert and thought leader in the future of mobility and automation. He is the founder of Emerging Transport Advisors, a company that helps bridge and guide investors, companies, governments and institutions in successfully harnessing the revolution in active, shared, electric and automated transport of people and things. He recently worked at Google X and Waymo creating strategic partnerships to help commercialize Waymo and launch the world's first fully self-driving ride-hailing service. As the City of San Francisco's Transportation Agency's chief innovation officer, he co-founded the ‘Start Up In Residence’ program, connecting startups with government agencies utilizing technology to address civic challenges.

Opening Comments

Andy Yan, Director, SFU City Program
Jen St. Denis, The Star Vancouver

Other Speakers

  • Kevin Desmond, Chief Executive Officer, TransLink
  • Joanna Clark, Citywide Transportation Planner, City of Vancouver
  • Douglas McLeod, Transportation Planning Manager & Acting Transportation Infrastructure Manager, City of Surrey


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