For Whom the Road Tolls

February 08 2017 , 12 pm
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For Whom the Road Tolls A debate on traffic in the GTA and whether there are tolls in the region’s future



Panelists: Ms. Mahrokh Arefi, Councilor Josh Colle, Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Ms. Teresa Di Felice

Moderator: Mr. Rod Phillips

Ms. Mahrokh Arefi

Ms. Arefi has over 25 years of experience in design, implementation and operation of transportation and transit technologies, including recent All Electronic Toll Collection programs in Western Canada. She has managed and provided advisory services to stakeholders to define, develop and implement various transportation programs. She is a registered Professional Engineer in British Columbia, Canada and Washington State, USA. She has had many speaking engagements in the tolling, ITS and transit related conferences.

She is currently the CEO of emovis technologies america in the New York area.

Councilor Josh Colle

Josh was elected in October 2010 to represent the area of Ward 15 Eglinton-Lawrence. In addition, he was elected to serve as Chair of the TTC in 2015.

Born and raised in Toronto, Josh brings a wealth of private sector and community experience to City Hall. He has worked in Toronto’s financial services sector, the transportation industry, and served as Vice President of an energy and infrastructure firm.

He has previously served residents of Eglinton-Lawrence as a school board trustee from 2000 to 2003, is a former Director of 5 Points Community Action residents group, served as Director for an environmental organization, and is President of the St. Michael’s College alumni association.

As Ward 15 Councillor at City Hall, Josh sits on a number of committees, boards, and agencies including the North York Community Council, the Government Management Committee, Striking Committee, Toronto Arts Council, UrbanArts Community Arts Council, Toronto Music Advisory Council, North Toronto Arena Board and serves as the TTC Chair. In addition, Josh maintains an active presence on the Boards of the York-Eglinton, Fairbank Village, Dufferin-Wingold and Oakwood Village Business Improvement Areas.

Josh obtained an Honours BA in Political Science from McGill University and graduated from St. Michael’s College High School at Bathurst & St. Clair. Josh has lived in the Oakwood and Vaughan area for over 30 years, where he continues to reside with his wife and three children.


Mayor Bonnie Crombie

In 2014, Bonnie Crombie was elected Mayor of Mississauga. Building regionally-integrated transit, igniting new economic development opportunities, and creating a more open, engaging and inclusive city, have been Mayor Crombie’s leading policy priorities for Mississauga.

Mayor Crombie serves as honorary chair of the Mississauga International Partnership Program Committee (MIPP), a working group committed to leveraging Mississauga’s cultural diversity and international contacts to attract foreign-direct investment.

Mayor Crombie launched the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Taskforce, which brings together leaders from business, the public sector and academia, to identify strategies to further transform Mississauga into a thriving hub for innovation, entrepreneurship and capital investment.

Mayor Crombie formed the Mayor’s Advisory Board on Poverty and Homelessness which has a mandate to find practical solutions to combat homelessness, hunger, poverty, and address affordable housing challenges.

Prior to her election, Mayor Crombie served as the Ward 5 City Councillor, and previous to that, as Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Streetsville.

Mayor Crombie has an MBA from York University’s Schulich School of Business and earned a Corporate Director’s Certificate from the Institute of Corporate Directors at the Rotman School of Management.

Mayor Crombie and her husband Brian have three children, Alex, Jonathan and Natasha, and a golden husky, Adonis.

Ms. Teresa Di Felice

Teresa is Director of Government & Community Relations at CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO), Canada’s largest CAA club. She has been with CAA since 2005.

She is responsible for the overall direction and execution of the organization’s advocacy strategies and programs, representing and raising awareness on relevant issues to CAA’s over 2 million Members and with policy makers in Ontario.

Teresa’s breadth and range of knowledge on infrastructure, transportation, safety, automotive and industry issues related to CAA’s work has resulted in many contributions to the development and execution of sound public policy.  These include input into the province’s cycling strategy, being a member of the Premier’s panel on the Transit Investment Strategy, tow industry reform and on the transition team of the Mayor of Toronto, to name a few.

Over the last three years Teresa has released two Conference Board of Canada reports related to how much motorists contribute to the cost of infrastructure and various tools and strategies related to mitigating congestion.

Rod Phillips 

Rod Phillips is the Chair of the Board of Postmedia, Canada’s largest news media company owning over 180 print and digital publications. Rod is also Global Head of Client Services and Country Lead for Canada at Afiniti, a Washington, DC based global technology company.

Active in his community, Rod is the Chair of the Boards of CivicAction and Telus Toronto Community Board and a member of the board of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

Previously, Rod was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG).   From 1997 to 2000, he served as Chief of Staff to Mayor Mel Lastman during his first term as the leader of the newly amalgamated City of Toronto.