Invitation to Report on Accessible Transportation Panel to Kick Off National Transportation Week

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OTTAWA - May 14, 2004 - The Canadian Transportation Agency, in conjunction with National Transportation Week (NTW), will be kicking off this year's NTW celebrations with a panel discussion on best practices in accessibility for persons with disabilities. Entitled "The Future of the Transportation Business in an Accessible World", the event will be an opportunity to report on the latest ideas and trends about travel, both positive and negative, for people with disabilities and to learn about cost-effective, new and profitable innovations.

  Date: Thursday, June 3, 2004
  Time: 2:00 p.m.

Ottawa Congress Centre, Capital Hall


On the panel will be:


  • Sally Thomas, a member of Canada's national paralympic powerlifting team, discussing her experiences as a person with a disability travelling around the world representing her country;



  • Stuart Coventry, Director of On-Board Guest Services for Rocky Mountaineer Railtours, with a focus on accessible tourism;



  • Pierre Lanoix, Vice-President, Operations, of the Ottawa Airport Authority, speaking on the importance of accessibility considerations in the construction and refurbishment of transportation facilities;



  • Lorraine Card, Greyhound Canada's Director of Safety and Driver Development, providing a perspective from the intercity bus sector; and



  • Dale Tinevez, Director, Airports, WestJet, who will be speaking on what the company has been doing to better meet the needs of passengers with disabilities.


This panel discussion will be a highlight of Canada's National Transportation Day, which is being hosted in the nation's capital this year. Among the other events at the Congress Centre will be that evening's NTW Annual Dinner, to be presided over by Canada's Minister of Transport, at which the Canadian Transportation Person of the Year will be honoured.

National Transportation Week is a national non-profit organization that promotes understanding of the vital importance of our transportation system in Canada's economic and social development. All sectors of the industry come together in events across the country each year in the first week of June. NTW is a once-a-year opportunity to celebrate the efforts of special achievers from among the many thousands that work in the transportation industry and its related fields, and to discuss new developments in policy and technology. Safety, energy conservation and environmental impact are also emphasized. Accessibility and innovation are the major themes for this year's NTW, which will run from June 3 to 12.

The Canadian Transportation Agency is an independent, Government of Canada, quasi-judicial tribunal. Its mandate includes the responsibility to eliminate undue obstacles to the mobility of persons with disabilities in the federal transportation network. Its mission is to administer transportation legislation, regulations and Government of Canada policies to help achieve an efficient and accessible transportation network.


For more information on the panel discussion or to discuss any accommodation requirements, please contact:

Marc Comeau
Senior Communications Adviser
Canadian Transportation Agency
(819) 953-9961

For more information on NTW events, please contact:

National Transportation Week
(613) 599-7060

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