The Future of Mobility Speaker Series: Tim Papandreou

The transportation sector is about to experience its biggest shake-up since the combustion engine replaced the horse and carriage. Electrification, automation and the sharing economy are converging to change the modes we use to move and the services we expect.

Explore this transformation with Tim Papandreou, the leading global expert in the future of mobility and automation who led strategic partnerships to commercialize Waymo and launch the world’s first fully self-driving ride-hailing service.

The City of Vancouver and City of Surrey will also take the stage to talk about their joint Smart Cities Challenge proposal.

Following his presentation, Tim will be joined on stage for a moderated Q&A with Andy Yan, director of Simon Fraser University’s City Program.


Thursday, Jan 24

6 pm

SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings, Room 1400

This event is free but registration is required due to limited seating available. Save your spot.


  1. To those who attend … see if the anything is said about the WHY of mobility.
    There is a Pareto principle here.
    80% of mobility is unnecessary – wasted time; wasted resources.
    The opposite of mobility in this case is not immobility (which sounds bad), but what?
    One of the most successful people I met was an architect who commuted to his studio at the back of his property.
    I recall a dentist that commuted from West Van to Commercial/Broadway; and another that drove from the East Side to Langley. Who pays for this stupid mobility; this illogical behaviour. We do.
    So many of the courses at UBC could be done anywhere, including the comfort of home. Paying to “study” sociology; commuting. If the parents weren’t paying, or predatory student loans weren’t available, this silly money-maker would dry up. Why do students commute to listen to Dr Jordan Peterson? All of his lectures are on Youtube. It’s way better than physically being there.
    And, of course, the movement of stuff: bottled water and caca cola; junk products from around the world.
    The opposite of mobility is what? Rational movement? Ecological purchasing?
    It would be useful to do an analysis at the city dump. If it’s there, and came from away, it probably shouldn’t have come here in the first place.

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