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Future of Mobility

: Nov 21, 2017, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Delta Hotel Ottawa

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The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in partnership with the Conference Board of Canada invite you to a panel discussion on: Shaping the Future of Mobility: Autonomous Driving – Ethical and Societal Challenges

With opening remarks by H.E. Sabine Sparwasser, German Ambassador

And a keynote speech by: Dr. Christoph Lütge, Professor for Business Ethics at the Technical University in Munich and member of the German Ethics Committee for Automated Driving on “A New Ethics Code for Autonomous Cars: What Can it Achieve?”

Followed by a panel discussion with:

Ian Kerr, Ph.D., Canada Research Chair in Ethics, Law and Technology at the University of Ottawa

Craig Hutton, Director General, Strategic Policy, Transport Canada

Shannon Jackson, Associate Director, HR Transformation Research, Conference Board of Canada

Moderator: Dr. Julia Markovich, Senior Research Associate, Centre for Transportation and Infrastructure (CTI), The Conference Board of Canada


Automated vehicles are arriving sooner than we think.  While they offer profound benefits, such as increased access to mobility services, they also bring a series of ethical and societal challenges.

The debates around automated vehicles and ethics have largely centred on how an AV would respond to a situation in which it had to either risk the safety of its passengers or that of other road users.  While understanding the potential for these crash dilemmas is important, there are a host of other ethical issues related to automated vehicles that are worthy of consideration, such as:

  • What role can a code of ethics play in helping us navigate a driverless future?  How might an approach being advanced in Germany work here in Canada?
  • How would a code of ethics be aligned with a regulatory framework for automated vehicles?
  • How would a commitment to ethical AVs affect social and environmental policy decisions? How would it influence our approach to issues such as the workforce impacts and environmental benefits associated with AVs?
  • What would ethical AVs mean for urban planning practice?
  • How would a commitment to ethical AVs affect design decisions in engineering?
  • How can we ensure the technology benefits as many people as possible and not just a minority share?
  • How will issues like liability and data access be addressed?
  • What is the role of public awareness and education in a commitment to ethical AVs?
  • What is the future of licensing human drivers?
  • How might codes of ethics for professional institutes (engineering, urban planning) be updated to account for AVs?


Christoph Lütge is Professor for Business Ethics at the Technical University in Munich. He is a philosopher and economist and his work focuses on business ethics, experimental ethics and political philosophy. Dr. Lütge is the author of multiple articles and books including “Order Ethics or Moral Surplus: What Holds a Society Together?” and “Ethik des Wettbewerbs (The Ethics of Competition)”. He is a member of the German Ethics Committee forAutomated Driving. In addition, he is also a member of the Senate and the Advisory Council of the Bavarian School of Public Policy, the Ethics Advisory Board of the European Medical Information Framework, and the Advisory Board of the Centre for Governance, Leadership and Global Responsibility of Leeds Beckett University. Dr. Lütge is the recipient of a Heisenberg Fellowship from the German Research Foundation.

Craig Hutton is Director General of the Strategic Policy and Innovation Directorate at Transport Canada since 2013. Mr. Hutton joined Transport Canada in 2006. Working in Strategic Policy, he developed and implemented the National Policy Framework for Strategic Gateways and Trade Corridors. In his current position he is responsible for intergovernmental relations, Cabinet Affairs and multimodal policy research, development and analysis, with a special focus on technology innovation, arctic transportation and accessibility. He led the government’s approach to the 2016 statutory review of the Canada Transportation Act and subsequently was responsible for developing and implementing the Minister of Transport’s vision, “Transportation 2030 – A Strategic Plan for the Future of Transportation in Canada”.

Shannon Jackson  Shannon’s 20+ year career has been all about enabling people going through business transition to achieve better organizational performance. Shannon’s industry experience in applied research, consulting, operations, and HR leadership, provides a unique understanding of the interconnected impacts of people, process, technology and culture related to transitioning workforces to a “new normal”. Since joining The Conference Board of Canada in 2015, Shannon’s research has been focused on Workforce Strategies and Analytics. Her team is building the Board’s applied research on the impacts of digital and technology on the workforce. Shannon also leads the Public-Sector HR Executive network, the Public-Sector HR, Better Workplace, and HR Transformation Conferences. She holds a Master’s in Industrial Relations from University of Toronto, a BBA from University of New Brunswick, is certified in various Change Management Methodologies, and is a member of the Centre for Evidence-Based Management.

Ian Kerr holds the Canada Research Chair in Ethics, Law & Technology at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, with cross appointments to the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Philosophy and School of Information Studies. He is the co-director of the Canada Research Chair Laboratory in Law and Technology, a facility supporting the work of 40 researchers. He has published books and articles on topics at the intersection of ethics, law and technology. His ongoing privacy work focuses on the interplay between emerging public and private sector surveillance technologies, civil liberties and human rights. His more recent work, including his new book, Robot Law (with Ryan Calo and Michael Froomkin), focuses on legal and ethical implications of AI, robotics and implantable devices. Dr. Kerr’s research has attracted eight million dollars in support from the Canada’s Tri-Council.

Julia Markovich is a Senior Research Associate in the Centre for Transportation and Infrastructure (CTI) at The Conference Board of Canada. Under her direction, the CTI has been refashioned as a research centre that examines the social, environmental and economic aspects of transportation and infrastructure. In addition to her research duties, Julia chairs The Conference Board’s annual conference on automated vehicles (AVs). This remains the only conference in Canada with national reach to place an urban planning lens over the AV-file. Julia’s research and stakeholder engagement activities at The Conference Board reflect four priority areas: innovation and disruption, climate change, mobility, and ‘the infrastructure gap’. Her work on AVs explores the intersections of the technology with these other policy areas.

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