Investments Driving Connected and Electrified Transportation

Future of Transportation and Mobility Series

Date: November 1, 2023 9:00AM-1:00PM

Location: Virtual Conference

Investing in Smart, Connected and Electrified Transportation

FTMS hosted it’s 6th year with its exciting virtual conference, “Investments Driving Connected and Electrified Transportation“!

Hosted by CITM, Durham RTDS and Windsor-Essex RTDS , this year’s conference took a deep dive into the myriad investment opportunities in today’s electric and connected transportation, from multi-model goods movement and connected vehicles to electrification in municipal transportation and their impact on infrastructure. 

We heard from insightful keynotes, listened to engaging panel discussions around Canada’s public, private and corporate investment opportunities and witnessed an exciting debate around the electrification of commercial trucking. Plus networking with participating regional technology development sites at virtual exhibition booths!

About the Future of Transportation and Mobility Series

Held annually, The Future of Transportation and Mobility Event Series (FTMS) explores and promotes a variety of topics and solutions to accelerate the future of the connected and autonomous technology sector. The series — featuring a new theme each year — is designed to engage decision-makers, industry, government, innovators and academia in exploring opportunities for critical sectors of the economy and prepare for disruption in the transportation and mobility industries.

Your Must-Attend Event Here's Why:

  • Expand your network and connect with innovators, influencers and decision-makers.
  • Get a first-hand look at the latest ventures, sector headwinds, technology milestones, and key challenges facing the future of the goods movement and the supply chain sector.
  • Gain access to key stakeholders within the electrified technology and smart transportation sectors.


Wednesday, November 1, 2023 9:00AM - 1:00PM (EST)

NexStar Energy Inc. is introducing Canada’s first large-scale lithium-ion battery production plant, a joint venture between Stellantis and LG Energy Solution. It will be one of the largest in the world! Listen in as CEO Danies Lee utilizes his experience in promoting EV battery programs to get this monumental investment off the ground in Windsor, Ontario for early 2024. 

Danies Lee – CEO, NextStar Energy Inc. Stelantis and LG Energy Solution

What’s the current appetite and risk profile for investments in Canada? Join us for a Q & A chat with an industry expert on the supply chain for EV and FCEV. Get real time opinions on the scale of private and public sector investment.

Nino Di Cara – Founder & President, Electric Autonomy Canada

Richard Dunda – Director, Center for Integrated Transportation and Mobility (CITM)

Parsons Corporation, a recognized leader in transportation infrastructure and the winner of the Durham RTDS “Safe and Accessible Transportation Challenge,” has provided its systems solutions to public and private clients in smart cities and intelligent Transportation Systems for 78 years.

In this engaging session with Durham RTDS, these experts will analyze how infrastructure has transformed to accommodate an electric future! From personal cars to public transit, Parsons Corporation will explore the incentives and policies that propel insights for ensuring energy reliability.

Daniel Weng
(Moderator) – Transformation & Innovation IT Specialists, Parsons Corporation 

Mark Gander – Program Director Transit & Rail, Parsons Corporation

Paul Godsmark -Senior Project Engineer, Parsons Corporation

Yannis Stogios -Senior Director Transport & Mobility Planning, Parsons Corporation




Transportation is undergoing a powerful transformation. Yet, one question remains: Which powertrain is right for each mobility category? In this lively debate, we explore supply chains, energy delivery systems, and the balance between payload weight and overall vehicle weight. Join us as industry leaders go head-to-head with the critical factors driving the trucking industry forward.

Brett McQueen Director of Innovation, Linamar Corporations

Chris Manuel Business Development Manager, Lion Electric

Pat Troy (Moderator) – Co-Founder & CTO, ETTRACTIVE Inc 

With the tech downturn and climbing inflation rates, investors may be tightening their purse strings, but they haven’t taken their eye off the future of the transportation sector. Tune in for a captivating panel discussion that dives into transportation investment from the lens of public, private, and corporate Investors. Plus, hear their take on evaluating investments in manufacturing/infrastructure technologies, software and hardware and the battery supply chain.

Erik Gustafsson – Investment Manager  Technology & Venture, Magna International

Shawn Chance – Partner, OMERS Ventures

Brenda Hogan – (Moderator) Chief Investment Officer, Venture Ontario

Join us with three virtual exhibit booths to network with participating regional technology development sites. 


 Learn more about the 2023 FTMS speakers below.

Danies Lee
NextStar Energy Inc.
Nino Di Cara
Electric Autonomy Canada
Paul Godsmark
Parsons Corporation
Yannis Stogios
Parsons Corporation
Mark Gander
Parsons Corporation
Erik Gustafsson
Magna International
Brett McQueen
Linamar Corporation
Chris Manuel
Lion Electric
Shawn Chance
OMERS Ventures
Daniel Weng
Parsons Corporation
Pat Troy
Brenda M. Hogan, MBA
Venture Ontario

Virtual Conference

The FTMS virtual conference featured a thought-provoking keynote, and several engaging panel discussions featuring industry leaders and innovators! Plus, participating regional technology development sites at the virtual exhibition booths!

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