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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.


From trolley cars to rapid transit: The future of urban transportation

From large suburban developments to gentrification of downtown cores, growing urban centres create new challenges for how people get around within cities. And the challenges aren’t only about moving people – they include issues around funding infrastructure projects, land-use designations, engineering considerations, and anticipating the behavior of future generations.

How should our cities be developing transit, and what transportation needs will we see in the future? Explore this question with engineer Dr. Jeff Casello, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo, and geographer Dr. Zachary Patterson, professor and Canada Research Chair in Transportation and Land Use Linkages for Regional Sustainability at Concordia University. Together, in a conversation moderated by John Geddes, Ottawa Bureau Chief at Maclean's, they will discuss research advances and the policy relevance for all levels of government.

This presentation will be in English.

A Bacon & Big Thinking breakfast
May 1, 2014 – 7:30-8:45am
Parliamentary Restaurant, Centre Block

No charge to parliamentarians and media. All others $25. Hot breakfast is served.
Click here to register by April 25
For information contact: Donna Boag pagse@rsc-src.ca or 613-991-6369

For the last two decades Parliamentarians, their staff, and others have had an opportunity to engage with leading researchers through two breakfast series. The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE) has brought you Bacon and Eggheads and the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences has organized Big Thinking breakfasts. Urban transportation is a hot topic that requires research from a wide variety of disciplines, so we’ve banded together to bring you Bacon & Big Thinking, a special breakfast event featuring different perspectives on this pressing issue.

Bacon & Big Thinking is supported by: CANARIE, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.