The 2018 Vision Zero Advocate Conference focuses on expanding from idea to implementation. Our conference offers diverse perspectives on how to achieve successful implementation. To do this, we have paired case studies from communities with proven and promising implementation ideas. The objective of the conference is to arm delegates with information to create or enhance a Vision Zero initiative in their community or organization.

All events will be taking place a the Delta Toronto Hotel. All sessions will be taking place on the 3rd floor in the SoCo Ballroom and the Tradeshow portion will be taking place on the 2nd floor in the Kensington Ballroom. 


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*Please note that schedule is subject to change

Breakfast and Conference Registration

Welcome from Vision Zero Advocate Institute

Join Vision Zero Advocate Institute founder, and ATS Traffic CEO, Jeff Calibaba, in his welcome on Day Two of the conference. Jeff will detail highlights of the Institute’s international and national work, as well as set the stage for the rest of the Vision Zero Advocate Conference.

Vision Zero for Terror

Traditionally, injury definitions, and the field of prevention, have existed in two separate silos: Unintentional: not planned for, sometimes referred to as an “accident,” unanticipated Intentional: deliberate and planned, includes homicide, suicide, self harm This has carved a divide between the two camps, with interventions focusing either on one or the other, but rarely focusing […]

Impaired Driving: Will Canada’s Cannabis Legalization Kill Our Vision Zero?

This session will discuss the impact of drug use and driving, a topic that will intersect with Vision Zero as cannabis is federally introduced in 2018. When cannabis is legalized, what impact will it have on fatal collisions and what can law enforcement agencies due to combat the problem? Washington State has been on the […]


The Accidental Advocate

In 2011, Canadian mother Erika Lefevre received the phone call no parent wants to receive: her 30 year old son, Mathieu, had been killed while cycling in New York City, when a truck ran over him and fled the scene. Erika’s first trip to New York was identify her son in the city morgue, and […]

Technology and Vision Zero

Vision Zero is evolving at the forefront of technological innovation, pushing boundaries and demanding change. This presentation takes a deeper look at how technology can support the systematic application of Vision Zero, as well as how necessary that technology is to achieving the aspirational Vision Zero.

Exhibit Hall

Meet our exhibitors in the Tradeshow Hall! Located in the Kensington Ballroom on the second floor.

Buffet Lunch

Case Study: Los Angeles

Launched in 2015, Los Angeles’ Vision Zero strategy has ramped up efforts following deep data analysis. Chelsea Richer, a senior transportation planner at Fehr & Peers, delivers an in-depth look at the importance of data-driven decision making and the challenges and opportunities in implementing data-driven projects. Covering technical analysis and implementation strategies in LA, Richer’s presentation […]

Top Down and Bottom Up Synergies: How US cities succeed in Vision Zero

While Vision Zero relies on a strong political commitment, as well as an engaged, diverse group of stakeholders, it is also the focused effort of grassroots groups, and non-profits that support the growth and success of Vision Zero. Hear from the United State’s Vision Zero Network founder and executive director, Leah Shahum, on how the […]

Development of a Vision Zero Road Safety Plan- Lessons Learned

In the past five years, North American jurisdictions have started to adopt the concept of Vision Zero for their RSP. Some of these jurisdictions such as the City of London, Ontario or New York City are a few years into the implementation of their plan and have been able to publish early results. The main objective of this presentation, presented by Pedram Izadpanah, is to explain the process of the development of a successful Vision Zero RSP and share lessons learned from jurisdictions which have developed their plan and are implementing their plan.


Vision Zero in Human Terms

  On November 6, 2014, David’s wife, Erica, was standing on a sidewalk when she was struck and killed by a careless driver. The couple’s three young sons — 11, 9 and 6 at the time — learned of the dreadful news when they got home from school. Vulnerable road users and their safety are […]

Day Two Closing Remarks

For each day of the conference, we will feature a recap of the sessions as well as lessons learned, while we also take a look at what is to come.

Exhibit Hall

Meet our exhibitors in the Tradeshow Hall! Located in the Kensington Ballroom on the second floor.

Gala Cocktail Reception

Enjoy some music and cocktails in the Soco Ballroom – with a plated dinner to follow.

Gala Dinner

Enjoy a plated, four course meal in the Soco Ballroom, with live entertainment to follow!


Opening Remarks

Day Three opening remarks from our emcee, Carrie Doll.

Vision Zero for Youth: An Initiative to Protect Children and Move Communities in Big Ways

Vision Zero requires political will and community support to get started and then be implemented and sustained. Prioritizing places where children walk and bike is both critical to the protection of the vulnerable users and can help build the backing needed to improve safety for all road users. In the session Vision Zero for Youth: […]

Blame (the other) driver: Vision Zero International

Vision Zero focuses on injuries – not crashes – and takes into account that people make errors, mistakes, and misjudgements. Preventing fatalities and injuries in road traffic is not only about street design. According to the Vision Zero philosophy, the chain can be broken in many places; before during and after the crash. In the […]

Case Study: Vancouver and British Columbia

Vision Zero has been applied at the muncipal level in Canada, but the Province of British Columbia was the first to introduce a Vision Zero strategy at the provincial level. This session will cover how Vancouver has developed their road safety plan within a provincially mandated strategy, as well as specific engineering countermeasures that have […]

Exhibit Hall

Meet our exhibitors in the Tradeshow Hall! Located in the Kensington Ballroom on the second floor.

Auditing the System: Share the Road

How can we leverage existing programs and road safety initiatives to move forward with Vision Zero across the province? Since 2010, Share the Road has been working with 90+ municipalities across Ontario as part of their Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC) program. Through the BFC program, communities conduct audits of their cycling investments and work with Share the Road […]

The Future of Road Safety: The Internet of Things

Technology is an essential asset and catalyst to Vision Zero, offering the opportunity to enhance and modernize programming, while innovating implementation strategies. The Internet of Things, defined as connecting networks of devices to the Internet, represents a new global landscape unlike anything experienced before. With respect to Vision Zero, the Internet of Things represents an […]

Infrastructure to Facilitate Automated and Assisted Driving

Over 1 million people die globally on the road each year with 94% of these fatalities attributed to human driving error. Improved road safety is just one of the many benefits associated with the advent of assisted and automated driving systems. To help fully deliver on the promise of autonomous driving, 3M is working with […]

Buffet Lunch

Case Study: Montreal, Quebec

With Vision Zero success around the world, it is important to contextualize it within your own jurisdiction and organization. Montreal has been undergoing this process, applying data driven principles, while also hosting stakeholder consultations. Transportation engineer and planner, Daphne Dethier, will break down the elements for consideration and contextualization when developing a Vision Zero strategy. […]

Changing the System: A Canadian Perspective

With the introduction of Vision Zero to Canada through the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators’ Road Safety Strategy 2025, the concept moved from abstract to concrete. The original Vision Zero strategy, implemented in Sweden, has evolved throughout many iterations, and in Canada, we see further development as communities apply it to their own unique […]


Vision Zero: Driving with Data

Any successful Vision Zero program starts and ends with data- it is imperative to a successful program. This panel presentation and panel will dive into the elements of data collection, intervention prioritization and evaluation. With a panel of leading experts, this session will provide an overview of how to develop a successful program, rooted in […]

Vision Zero in Canada: Building a Network

Vision Zero has had success around the world, and is gaining traction in Canada. How does Canada compare, and what does the Canadian context hold for the future? Hear from Canada’s Vision Zero Network, hosted by Parachute,  on how the iniatitive is evolving, and what stakeholders are contributing the advancement of Vision Zero. This session […]

Final Remarks + Conference Close

Join us for our final closing ceremonies of the 2018 Vision Zero Advocate Conference.