8–10:45 a.m. 

No additional fee for full week Congress registrants (with the exception of the Toronto Cycling Infrastructure Tour, see below), but you must register in advance as space is limited for each tour. Participation will be available on a first-registered, first served basis. Some workshop tours may require an advanced security check. Appropriate shoes are recommended for all tours, but for the Union Station Revitalization Tour, note that you must bring your own safety boots.


R. C. Harris Water Treatment Plant

Constructed in the 1930s, the R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant began operating on November 1, 1941. It was declared a national historic civil engineering site in 1992 and recently affirmed as a Canadian Water Landmark by the American Water Works Association. Today it remains Toronto’s largest water treatment facility. Located in an attractive east-end community called The Beaches, the plant is well known for its architectural features.  It is often described as a “sparkling jewel by the lake.” One of four City water treatment plants, the R.C. Harris takes raw water from Lake Ontario, then cleans, disinfects and converts it into safe potable/drinking water for pumping into the City’s distribution system.



Enwave Deep Lake Water Cooling

Enwave's Deep Lake Water Cooling (DLWC) is the world's largest lake-source cooling system, and an alternative to conventional, energy-intensive air conditioning. Customers include the major downtown hospitals, multi-residential and commercial office towers, entertainment facilities and government buildings.

Cold water from the bottom of Lake Ontario is pumped to the Toronto Island Filtration Plant where it is processed and then directed to Enwave's Energy Transfer Station where heat exchangers facilitate an energy transfer between the cold lake water and Enwave's closed chilled water supply loop. Explore the Enwave's Energy Transfer Station and learn how the system keeps over 80 buildings cool during the summer months.

Toronto Traffic Operations Centre
and Emergency Operations Centre

The City's Traffic Operations Centre (TOC) manages traffic flow through its traffic signal system that operates at over 2,300 intersections and its freeway management system that operates on over 120 km (75 miles) of urban expressways.  The TOC operates 24/7 every day of the year and plays a pivotal role in managing traffic congestion in the City of Toronto.
Located near the TOC, the Toronto Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is a facility from which the City's leadership can gather to collectively and collaboratively support site responders and manage the secondary consequences of an emergency or disaster. The EOC provides coordination of services, resource management, information management and strategic support.

Toronto Cycling Infrastructure Tour

Separate fee for bicycle and helmet rental. See registration form)

Cycling for transportation is growing every year in Toronto. Experience it for yourself with City of Toronto cycling staff.  This bicycle mobile workshop will be split into two groups and experience the tour from the seat of a Toronto Bike Share bicycle. One group will explore some of Toronto's key downtown cycling infrastructure, including new cycle tracks and Waterfront Trail. They will also visit the waterfront to see the transformation of Queens Quay and the innovative integration of LRT, the Waterfront trail and enhanced pedestrian environment. The other group will learn about the Bicycle Parking Strategy - one of the most comprehensive bicycle parking programs in North America. The group will visit the Union Station Bike Station, the ubiquitous post-and-ring rack (more than 17,000 installed) and other innovative bicycle parking installations.

York Region Viva Bus Rapid Transit Project

York Region is pleased to highlight the Highway 7 BRT Rapidways in Markham and Richmond Hill which are now open for Viva service. This segment consists of 6 stations and 12 canopies which are 28m (92’) long and 5m (16’) high.  The curved glass above the platform provides both weather protection and a sense of space at the same time and satisfies long-term needs as platforms accommodate two Viva vehicles at once and eventually LRT (Light Rail Transit).  Each station is equipped with a bank of fare equipment, and a large Variable Message Sign, which scrolls through all the upcoming arrivals. The vivaNext project is not just about transit, it is transforming York Region’s corridors.

Union Station Revitalization Walking Tour

Participants must bring their own safety boots.

The revitalization of Toronto’s Union Station has three objectives: to improve the quality and capacity of pedestrian movement in and around the station; to restore heritage elements; and to transform Union Station into a major destination for shopping, dining and visiting. The station’s revitalization will result in many benefits to commuters, including bigger, brighter transit concourses, more exits and entrances to the station, new underground PATH connections, repair and rehabilitation of an aging facility, and the introduction of an exciting and revitalized retail presence.
Significant improvements are also concurrently being carried out by both the provincial and municipal transit agencies to modernize their infrastructure within and around the station. Over $1 billion of construction is ongoing. Construction is well underway with project completion expected in 2016.


8:30–10:45 a.m.

Climate Risk Assessment for Adaptation Planning
and Implementation Workshop

(Classroom Workshop - no limit on attendance, do not need to sign up in advance.)

This workshop is a must-attend for public works professionals who must consider current and future climate trends when planning for, designing, managing, maintaining, and operating public infrastructure systems and facilities. You will review Canada’s Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee (PIEVC) Protocol for assessing risk and vulnerability to climate change.


Walking … Stepping Into the Transportation Mix

(Combination Classroom Workshop and Walking Tour. No attendance limit on the classroom portion of this workshop. HOWEVER, space is limited for the walking portion of this workshop so you MUST sign up for it in advance. See online registration form.)

We are all walkers! Walking is the first thing a child wants to do and the last thing an older person wants to give up.  Yet, as a form of transportation it has been neglected and virtually engineered out of our lives in favor of faster, more technologically focused forms of transportation. The benefits of walkable environments include healthy people and economies, reductions in traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, and more sustainable communities.  The first portion of this workshop will introduce the WALK Friendly Ontario designation, a program that recognizes municipalities that are working to improve the conditions for walking, and discuss the criteria for designing and building a walk-friendly community. The second part will be an outdoor walkability audit in downtown Toronto to illustrate some of the key features of walk-friendly environments.