Transportation Equity Summit

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 8:00am

Transportation Equity Summit
Fri, 22 September 2017, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

We're bringing equity to the forefront of transportation planning & decision making in Ottawa.

The Healthy Transportation Coalition and EnviroCentre are pleased to bring you the 2017 Transportation Equity Summit. This year’s summit provides a platform for the ongoing dialogue needed to achieve equitable transportation in Ottawa.

This full-day event will provide an opportunity for professionals, decision makers and residents to come together to learn about and discuss the challenges and opportunities facing equitable transportation in Ottawa.

Whether you are an affected resident, a decision-maker, or you work in a field where you see the impact on marginalized populations, you will contribute to and benefit from participating in the Summit.

Cost to register: $30 (Register on-line here:

Subsidies are available for registration, transit costs, and childcare. Contact or 613-656-0100 ext 129 for details.

Lunch and snacks will be provided (gluten-free and vegan/vegetarian options).


  • Infrastructure/universal design
  • Policies and spending
  • Process/participation for more grassroots involvement
  • Case studies/promising practices in transportation equity.

The day will include:

  • Speakers – local, national, international
  • Breakout sessions – small group learning opportunities
  • Roundtable discussions – focused on solutions and strategies

Keynote Speakers:

Ryan O’Connor – 8 80 Cities

Ryan's work as an urban planner includes a diverse list of public realm improvement and community development projects – from parklets to plazas – in cities across North America. At 8 80 Cities, Ryan leads inclusive community engagement strategies and works with diverse partners to implement urban projects that create strong active transportation networks and vibrant public spaces. He also supports a variety of initiatives as part of our partnership with the Knight Foundation. He holds a Master's in Urban Planning from the University of British Columbia. In October 2016, Ryan began serving as 8 80 Cities' Interim Executive Director.

Zan Gibbs – Portland Bureau of Transportation

Zan Gibbs is the Equity and Inclusion Program Manager for the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT). Zan is responsible for developing, implementing, supporting and managing PBOT’s equity and inclusion initiatives and polices. This includes working with the Office of Equity and Human Rights on a Bureau wide racial equity assessment and 5-year action plan, managing Title VI Civil Rights compliance, advising program staff on the usage of equity lens tools and supporting the Bureau’s overall advancement of cultural responsiveness.