Speaker Biographies

We are excited to announce that Johan Diepens  Traffic Engineer, CEO and Founder of Mobycon in the Netherlands will be the keynote speaker wrapping up a day of networking, engagement and the development of an action plan to help us move forward on key transportation issues.

johanDutch traffic engineer and mobility strategist, Johan Diepens is founder and CEO of Mobycon. Growing up in one of the first Dutch woonerfs, Johan experienced the living street and a people oriented approach to city building.

 For over 30 years, Johan’s work has been inspired by the principal that each person has the right to travel home safely, regardless of mode, age or ability. Earlier in his carrier Johan worked closely with shared space guru Hans Monderman to pilot the very first shared space concepts in the Netherlands. He later pioneered the star-analysis method for developing cycling networks in collaboration with the Technical University of Delft. Currently, Johan is piloting a new methodology for designing multimodal transportation networks which minimize car-dependance in Dutch cities. Johan has extensive experience teaching post-graduate education courses, and he is a regular speaker at international conferences. He developed an innovative series of bicycle planning master classes, which were delivered in cities across Canada.

While Johan’s work has supported innovation in safe integrated mobility in the Netherlands, he continues to support new approaches in Europe and North America. Johan encourages cities not to copy what works in the Netherlands but to see how the Dutch traffic thinking can inspire local innovations that are context sensitive.

Johan and his team were proud to design the first protected intersection in the US in Davis, California as well as the City of Calgary’s cycle track network.  Mobycon has also contributed to a number of road design innovations in the City of Ottawa such as Churchill Avenue. In 2015 Johan opened a Mobycon office in Ottawa to support the growing demand for Dutch mobility expertise in Canada.

Moderated by Chris Murray, City Manager, City of Hamilton

Chris Murray has been the City Manager of Hamilton since January 1, 2009. Since that time, Chris has spent considerable time moving forward on the City’s priorities and evaluating its delivery of citizen-centred services. Under his leadership, the City has forged ahead with a number of City building initiatives including the Pan Am Games and Pan Am stadium, a renewed focus on the downtown and waterfront, a mobility strategy, healthy neighbourhood program and most recently an Immigrant Entrepreneur Program. He is most committed to ensuring the 7800 employees that work for the City of Hamilton proudly serve the citizens and businesses of this community.

Chris is a registered professional planner with over 25 years’ experience implementing and leading major infrastructure projects, including the recent LRT and GO initiatives, the Downtown McMaster University – City of Hamilton Health Campus, and the Red Hill Valley Parkway.

Prior to becoming City Manager, Chris was the Director of Housing and CEO of City Housing Hamilton, where he worked with community partners to provide housing options for Hamilton’s most vulnerable. Chris has also led various regional transportation initiatives, having been a driving force in the creation of the Golden Horseshoe Transportation Alliance.

Mary Lou Tanner, Director of Planning and Building and Chief Planner, City of Burlington

      MarMary Lou Tannery Lou Tanner is the Director of Planning and Building for Burlington and has worked in municipal management and leadership for over 25 years.  Mary Lou was previously with the City of Hamilton, authoring downtown and waterfront plans including Putting People First and Setting Sail.   While at the City, Mary Lou also worked in Public Works leading the City’s infrastructure planning program.  Mary Lou has been described as a “planner’s planner”, passionate about cities, city building, active transportation, and design.  In her current role, Mary Lou leads the transformation of Burlington from a city growing out to a city growing up.  To quote Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring, sprawl is done like dinner in Burlington.  There’s an exciting urban future in Burlington which drew Mary Lou back to this area from Niagara.

Paul Johnson, Director, LRT Project Coordination Planning and Economic Development Department, City of Hamilton

Paul Johnson      Paul Johnson is the Director of LRT Project Coordination for the City of Hamilton.  In this role Paul leads a project team responsible for working collaboratively with Metrolinx to ensure the completion of the Hamilton Light Rail Transit (LRT) Project. This project is a major urban renewal project for the City of Hamilton and will also require significant engagement with a variety of stakeholders.

      Paul joined the City of Hamilton in 2010 to spearhead the development of the City’s healthy neighbourhood initiative.  Now called the Neighbourhood Action Strategy, the City of Hamilton is working with residents, business and other key institutions to build neighbourhoods across Hamilton that are great places to live, work, play and learn. Most recently Paul was the Director of Corporate Initiatives for the City of Hamilton.  In this role Paul worked with the Senior Management Team to implement strategic priorities.

      Born, raised and educated in Hamilton, Paul’s background includes work in the non-profit sector as Executive Director of Wesley Urban Ministries and in the private sector with Compaq Computer Limited.  Paul is starting his 27th season as a basketball referee and has officiated at the local, provincial and national level.

Barbara Gray, General Manager of Transportation, City of Toronto

Barbara Gray      Barbara Gray took on the position of General Manager, Transportation Services in December 2016. She assumed this role after 17 years with the City of Seattle where she has held a series of senior positions involved in transportation and land use planning and design, culminating in her 2014 appointment as Deputy Director of the Department of Transportation. Her responsibilities in Seattle included complete streets implementation, regulatory code development, design standards, and pedestrian and bicycling planning and design. Barbara also has had extensive experience in the private sector as an urban design and transportation planning consultant providing services to federal, state and local agencies and community groups.

      While in Seattle, Barbara oversaw daily operations for policy, planning, transit, right-of-way management and public realm divisions. She played a key role in both project and program delivery including Mayoral priority initiatives such as the Move Seattle Levy, Complete Streets, safety and transit projects including bus rapid transit and streetcar line extensions. Most recently, Barbara provided executive oversight to the One Center City Transportation and Public Realm Plan–a $1.8M, four-agency partnership that establishes the 20-year plan for Seattle’s growing Center City transportation network and led her team to launch innovative operations and maintenance programs including a public realm activation program, enhanced inspection efforts, improved pedestrian access through construction zones, a 24/7 Transportation Operations Center and a Project Coordination Office.

      In her new role, Barbara will add her unique experiences in leading Transportation division priorities such as the Vision Zero Road Safety Plan, Congestion Management Plan, and Ten Year Cycling Network. In addition, her focus will be on strategies to reduce congestion and commute times as well as improve road closure management. She will also lead initiatives to improve operational efficiencies, provide excellent customer service, improve transportation accessibility and reliability, create vibrant streets and public places, leverage technology and open data to create new partnerships and work toward eliminating the state of good repair backlog.

Vito Tolone, Director of Transportation Services, City of Burlington

Vito Tolone      As Director of Transportation Services for the City of Burlington, Vito is responsible for all activities related to Transportation Planning, Parking operation and enforcement, the School Crossing guard program as well the operation and maintenance of all traffic signals, signs and markings.  Vito has over 30 years of experience in the traffic operation and transportation planning field having worked for all three (provincial, regional and municipal levels of government).

      Vito holds a Transportation Engineering diploma from Mohawk College and is a member of the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists.