Suncor Presents

The Walrus Talks Transportation

Toronto Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 6:30 p.m. ET



  • “Home Location Math” by Cherise Burda, Ryerson City Building Institute
  • “So, Is Big Transportation Data Really a Big Deal?” by Stephen Buckley, Transportation Services, City of Toronto
  • “It’s the Through-Put That Matters” by John Lorinc, Spacing
  • “Uber v. Taxi” by Jonathan Kay, The Walrus
  • “Just Enough Just-in-Time Food?” by Evan Fraser, Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security
  • “Shock Absorber” by Sanjay Khanna, futurist
  • “Changing Corridors, Changing the City” by Jacquelyn Hayward Gulati, Cycling Infrastructure & Programs, City of Toronto
  • “The Rise of the Electric Car” by David Dodge, Green Energy Futures

And more!


Stephen Buckley is the general manager of transportation services for the City of Toronto. Prior to joining Toronto, Steve was the director of policy and planning for the deputy mayor for transportation and utilities in Philadelphia, and he also served as deputy commissioner for transportation in the Philadelphia Streets Department. Steve was a licensed professional engineer in the US and was a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners. He is an active member of the Transportation Research Board, the National Association of City Transportation Officials, Transport Association of Canada, and a Board Member of ITS Canada.


Cherise Burda is executive director of the Ryerson City Building Institute, where she and a diverse leadership team bring policy innovations to bear on today’s critical urban challenges. Cherise was previously the Pembina Institute’s Ontario director, where she developed research, advocacy, and communications strategies on transportation, sustainable cities, and clean energy. She has written dozens of publications and regularly blogs, tweets, and addresses live audiences.


David Dodge hosts Green Energy Futures, a multimedia storytelling project about the clean-energy revolution. As an environmental journalist, he produced more than 350 Ecofile episodes for the CKUA Radio network, edited Borealis magazine, and was the production manager for a Canadian nature publisher. David has worked for non-profit organizations such as the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Destination Conservation, and the Pembina Institute.


Evan Fraser, a professor of geography, holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security at the University of Guelph. He is also a fellow of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and an elected member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists. Evan has worked extensively with climate modellers, economists, ecologists, anthropologists, and journalists to explore solutions to food insecurity. He has written seventy academic articles and book chapters, two popular books on food and sustainable agriculture, and numerous articles for,,, the Ottawa Citizen and The Walrus.


Jacquelyn Hayward Gulati is the manager of cycling infrastructure and programs at the City of Toronto, where she plans cycle tracks, bike lanes and trails, bike parking spaces, and cycling-promotion activities. She has over twelve years of experience in sustainable transportation and transportation-demand management in the municipal and non-profit sectors. Jacquelyn was previously the manager of cycling at the City of Mississauga, where she helped to create 60 kilometres of cycling routes over four years.


Sanjay Khanna is a futurist, speaker, thought leader, and current futurist-in-residence with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He studies how key megatrends impact mental health, productivity, and decision making among leaders and citizen-consumers. In 2009, Sanjay launched the world’s first conference on how climate change affects human psychology, society, and culture. He was among the twenty-one global experts interviewed for KPMG International’s report Future State 2030: The Global Megatrends Shaping Governments, and Corporate Knights magazine named him “an exemplar of social well-being.” Previously, Sanjay was a visiting scholar in strategic foresight and the inaugural resident futurist at the University of Toronto’s Massey College.


John Lorinc is a senior editor at Spacing magazine and an award-winning Toronto writer specializing in urban affairs, education, culture, and business. John has contributed to the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, The Walrus, and the New York Times. He wrote three books, including The New City, and co-edited The Ward: The Life and Loss of Toronto’s First Immigrant Neighbourhood.

The Walrus
Art Gallery of Ontario

The Walrus Talks is a national series of events produced by the charitable, non-profit Walrus Foundation as part of an educational mandate to provide forums for conversation on matters vital to Canadians. The Walrus Foundation produces The Walrus magazine, the most awarded publication in Canada, as well as producing content at, on Walrus TV, and on stages from coast to coast to coast.

The Walrus Talks format features eight speakers for seven minutes each on various themes relating to a single topic. Each event offers lively, thoughtful, inspiring, riveting, smart, new thinking from scientists, writers, performers, scholars, and leaders of business and the arts. Each Talks event is followed by a spirited reception with attendees and participants.

The Walrus Talks delivers fresh ideas and new ways of looking at big issues. The Walrus has no “wings.” Our speakers are chosen to reflect a range of experiences and viewpoints, but they all have one thing in common: the desire for real conversation about issues that affect the future of Canada. Our goal is for audience members to think “I never thought about it that way” when the Talks are over.

In 2015, The Walrus Talks will be held in Calgary, London, Winnipeg, Montreal, Edmonton, Ottawa, Toronto, Halifax, and Victoria. They will address themes including vice, creativity, the Arctic, the animated city, the Aboriginal city, being human, play, and water.

The Walrus Talks 2015 will feature more than 100 speakers from all walks and from across the country. The Walrus Talks are sponsored by forward-thinking members of the private and public sectors whose support enables the Canadian conversation and encourages dialogue on a wide range of issues.

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