2018 Ottawa Briefing

Feb 28, 2018 08:00am -
Mar 01, 2018 06:00pm

Event Description

AED’s annual Ottawa Briefing has become a major event for equipment industry leaders wanting to learn more about how government programs affect equipment demand and dealer costs of doing business. The meeting is also an opportunity to build relationships with government officials and influence federal policy. This event will take place from February 28 - March 1.

February 28 Parliamentary Reception:

This year the annual reception will take place on February 28 in the Parliamentary Dining Room on Parliament Hill. Members of Parliament (MP), industry leaders and key officials will be invited to join us for cocktails. This is an important event as it shows the MPs the face of the equipment industry and fosters engaging conversations and relationships. It provides them a lens into our lives and allows them to hear the concerns that keep us up at night. Sponsored by AEM.

Please note: Dress code for the Parliamentary Dining Room includes a tie and jacket. Also, please check in to the Fairmont Château Laurier no later than 4:00 pm on February 28 and meet in the lobby at 4:15 to depart as a group to the reception.

 March 1 Panel Discussions 

AED has invited a broad array of senior industry, political and bureaucratic officials to discuss issues facing our Canadian members. The discussions will air concerns with an eye to finding solutions to the problems raised. Listed below are the names of the people invited to participate as panelists.


Wednesday February 28th




Check in


Meet in lobby and walk over to Parliament Hill


Parliamentary Reception
Sponsored by AEM

Thursday March 1st




AED and Bluesky Briefing 

Brian P. McGuire, President and CEO, AED

Stuart McCarthy, Sr. VP, Bluesky Strategy Group

AED’s leaders will provide a brief overview of recent association activities, discuss objectives for the meeting, and a special guest (TBD) will share insights on a chosen keynote topic.


10:00am to 11:00am 

Panel 1: Transportation 

Conversation on the impact of regulation, innovative technologies for transportation, and challenges for operators and owners.

Stephen Laskowski - President and CEO of Canadian Trucking Alliance

Garth Whyte - President and CEO of Fertilizer Canada

Doug Switzer - President and CEO of Motor Coach Canada (Invited)

Michael DeJong - Director General, Road Safety & Motor Vehicle Regulation at Transport Canada (Invited)

11:30am to 12:30pm 

Panel 2: Trade 

A discussion on the affects of Canada-US trade relations, the future of NAFTA and trade talks more broadly.

Andrew Leslie – Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Global Affairs  

Timothy Sargent - Deputy Minister for International Trade (Invited)

Perrin Beatty - President and CEO of Canadian Chamber of Congress (Invited)

Andrea van Vugt - Vice President, North America at the Business Council of Canada

1:00pm to 2:00pm 


Lunch with keynote speaker. Minister of Transportation Marc Garneau has been invited

2:15pm to 3:15pm 

Panel 3: Skilled Workforce

An in depth look into skills training and workforce readiness in Canada.

John Tibbits - President of Conestoga College (Invited)

Ann Buller - President of Centennial College

Denise Henning - President of Medicine Hat College (Invited)

Don Gnatiuk - President of Grand Prairie Regional College (Invited)

Bryn Kulmatycki - President of Northern Lights College (Invited)

Paul Thompson - Senior Assistant Deputy Minister of the Skills and Employment (Invited)

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm 

Panel 4: Infrastructure

An opportunity to hear key officials provide an update on natural resource investment and infrastructure spending in Canada.

Chris Bloomer -President & CEO of CEPA (Invited)

Douglas Morrison - President and CEO of the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (Invited)

David Sword – Ontario Director of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers

Vince Aurilio - Interim Chief Operating Officer of the Ontario Road Builders’ Association (Invited)

Tushara Williams - Director General at Infrastructure and Communities (Invited)

4:45 pm – 5:15 p.m.

Summary and Debrief

Event Type:Annual Conference
Early registration ends on Feb 02, 2018.
Regular registration starts on Feb 03, 2018 and ends on Feb 22, 2018.
Late registration starts on Feb 23, 2018.
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

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Registration Fees
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 Member Rate
Member Fee: $395.00$395.00$450.00
Non-Member Fee: $700.00$790.00$900.00