CTRF 52nd Annual Conference

May 28-31, 2017
Radisson Hotel Winnipeg Downtown
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Canadian Transportation: 150 Years of Progress
Les transports au Canada : 150 ans de progrès

Hardcopy (pdf) Forms
Conference Registration

L’inscription à la conference

Submitted Abstracts

Hotel Guestroom Reservations

Radisson Hotel Winnipeg Downtown
Portage Avenue and Smith Street
3 blocks west of Portage and Main
288 Portage Avenue

Guestroom reservations for the conference can be made online at https://www.radisson.com/ctrf  or by contacting the hotel directly at 204.956.0410 or toll-free at 1.800.339.5238.

Please quote code “CTRF” or room block #1413729 to receive the conference rate of $149 (+ taxes). This rate applies to either single or double occupancy. If you plan to arrive up to 3 days before the conference dates and/or stay up to 3 days after the conference dates and wish to avail of the $149 rate, please contact the hotel by telephone.

Book early to avoid disappointment. The room block will be held until April 27, 2017. The Hotel will accept reservations after this date on a space available basis, at current available rates.

Note: There are 2 types of rooms available, Standard and Superior. Please review the amenities and bed choices when booking.

The Radisson has a complimentary shuttle service from/to the Winnipeg James Armstrong International Airport. Contact the hotel for availability and arrangements.

22nd Annual Bison Transport Debate

In conjunction with the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Canadian Transportation Research Forum (CTRF)
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

17:00 Warm-up, calisthenics, isometrics, elbow-bending, nibblies, preliminary rounds
18:00 The Main Event

 This House Resolves That Driverless Cars Are More Hype Than Realism.

Father, Founder of The Debate ………………………………….Barry Prentice
Speaker, Moderator of the Debate ……………………………..John Robinson
Incumbents ……………………………………………………………..Mario Iacobacci, Bill Anderson
Challengers ……………………………………………………………..Darren Prokop, Jake Kosior
Timer & Clerk of the Debate ………………………………………Gordo

The MTS Centre, where the AHL Manitoba Moose and the NHL Winnipeg Jets play their home games, is 1 short block west of the Radisson Hotel on Portage Avenue, 4 blocks from Portage & Main. We’d like to promise you a ticket to a Stanley Cup playoff game during the week of the conference, but we wouldn’t want to jinx the Jets.

Federal Minister of Transport Canada Marc Garneau has been invited to deliver a keynote lunch address.

The bagpipes are being tuned.  Wha’?

The charges are being prepared for the fireworks.

CTRF VP Program Barry Prentice informs 70 abstracts have been received on a wide variety of transportation topics and issues. Several panels and plenaries are also in the works. Barry promises a well-rounded technical program of papers and presentations.

Mary Prentice is in charge and command of the Companions’ Program. You can expect to be locked in a mysterious room filled with puzzles and clues. YOU’LL HAVE 1 HOUR TO ESCAPE. Use logic, skill, speed and teamwork to master the game and complete the tasks required to walk out the final door before the hour endshttp://www.therealescape.ca/escape—.html

For our evening out / annual dinner / networking function, skysuites at Shaw Park are booked for the Winnipeg Goldeyes home opener vs. Sioux Falls Canaries on Monday, May 29. We tried/hoped to have the Wichita Wingnuts or the Amarillo Armadillos for the first home-stand of the season, but the league schedule proved to be beyond the reach of our influence. The Goldeyes are the reigning/defending 2016 American Association of Independent Professional Baseball champions.

Be sure to bring your baseball attire and memorabilia as there will be prizes for the most impressive baseball paraphernalia, as judged by Sandy and Diane Hopkins. “Impressive” could mean significant, obscure, unique, meaningful, (ir)relevant, (ir)reverent, relative, interesting, elaborate, bland, unassuming, historically significant, humourous, currently (un)popular, politically (in)correct, futuristic, wishful, and/or wistful baseball apparel; jersey(s)/cap(s), etc. No cleats or bats, please. You’re welcome to bring your baseball glove and try to catch a foul ball.

Throwers of things onto the playing field or from the skysuites to the bleachers below will be ejected from the event and subject to prosecution. If beer is wasted by a Canadian, citizenship will be immediately suspended and permanent revocation recommended.

Fort Garry Brewery has our beer order and the hot dogs will be processed at Winkler Meats. A brewery tour could be doable, but please don’t ask to see hot dogs being made. We’ve made a deposit on peanuts, popcorn, and Cracker Jack.

In preparation for your attendance at the baseball game; suggested reading, viewing, and memorization include;

Take Me Out to the Ball Game” is a 1908 Tin Pan Alley song by Jack Norworth and Albert von Tilzer which has become the unofficial anthem of North American baseball, typically sung during the 7th Inning Stretch.

Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888” written by Ernest Thayer, 1888.

“Who’s on First?”, a comedy routine made famous by (Bud) Abbott and (Lou) Costello, is descended from turn-of-the-century (19th to 20th century) burlesque sketches that used plays on words and names.

Baseball”, a 1994 American television documentary miniseries created by Ken Burns, first broadcast on PBS and winner of the 1995 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Series, consists of 9 innings (episodes) of approximately 2 hours per episode. The 10th Inning aired in the Fall 2010.

There’s no time clock in baseball. It’s the only sport where the defence has possession of the ball.

Tip/hint: You might be well-advised to look up the Infield Fly Rule.

Potential Technical Tours

to be included in the price of conference registration

  1. Bison Transport truck driving s(t)imulator
  2. CN Training Centre Campus
  3. NavCanada regional air traffic control centre

People have been meeting at the confluence of the Assiniboine River and the Red River for more than 6000 years … and now, finally, you’re invited!

The Forks, a National Historic Site, has been the meeting place for Aboriginal peoples, European fur traders, Métis buffalo hunters, Scottish settlers, riverboat workers, railway pioneers, and tens of thousands of immigrants from around the world.

Come early, stay late. The Hotel will honour the conference rate for a few days before and a few days following the event.

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