OmniAir Consortium has announced the speaker lineup for its OmniAir Québec Plugfest May 6-10 in the Montreal region.

The week-long event, hosted by Propulsion Québec at Transport Canada’s Motor Vehicle Test Centre in Blainville, Québec, is the premiere Connected Vehicle testing event in North America.

The first two days will feature a Connected Vehicle Policy Conference and Technical Workshop.

Our special presenter for the event is Pierre Fitzgibbon,  Minister of Economy and Innovation for Québec.

Panels of leading technical and policy experts from around the world will explore technical and policy issues, including global interoperability, cybersecurity, autonomous shuttle projects, as well as sustainable transportation options. There are representatives from Transport Canada, the Québec Government, and local industry leaders along with connected mobility experts, and researchers, from world, renowned universities and privately traded corporations.

Live demonstrations of connected vehicle safety applications, tours of the indoor bench and track testing will be offered to attendees and media representatives.

Day 1 – Connected Vehicle Policy Conference 

Welcome to OmniAir Québec Plugfest
Jason M. Conley, Executive Director, OmniAir Consortium

Welcome to Québec and Introduction of Minister Fitzgibbon 
Sarah Houde, Chief Executive Officer, Propulsion Québec

Special Presentation
Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of Economy and Innovation, Québec

OmniAir Certification and the Path to Interoperability
Steve Novosad, Associate Vice President, HNTB Corporation, Chairman, OmniAir Consortium, Board of Directors

Panel 1: V2X Testing & Certification Around the World
Moderator: Paul Sakamoto, Chief Operating Officer, Savari
Dr. Alain Vouffo, Ph.D., Spirent
Ryan L. Klomp, Director, Multi-Modal Technology Development Research & Testing, Transport Canada
Dr. Young-Kyun Lee Ph.D., Executive Director Center for Overseas Business, Intelligent Transportation Society of Korea
Laszlo Virag, Chief Technology Officer, Commsignia, Inc.

Panel 2: Connected and Automated Vehicle Deployments
Moderator: Suzanne Murtha, Vice President, Connected and Automated Technology, AECOM
Sue Bai, Principal Engineer, Automotive Technology Research Division, Honda R&D Americas, Inc.
M. Marc Rouleau, General Director, City of Candiac, Quebec
Kristina Mlakar, MScSM, National Operations & Project Manager, Canadian Urban Transit and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC)
Baptiste Le Poittevin, Customer Solution Architect EasyMile

Special Presentation – State of V2X Cybersecurity: Developments in V2X Misbehavior
David Sequino, CEO INTEGRITY Security Services

Panel 3: State of Cybersecurity for V2X and IoT
Moderator: François Bégin, Principal, Catalyst Partners, LLC
Dr. Jonathan Petit, Ph.D., Senior Director, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
Dr. Tony Qiu, Ph.D., Canada Research Chair Professor, University of Alberta
Michael Bruce, Vice President, Leidos
Ryan Brander, Associate Vice President, Geotab

Panel 4: Future Trends in Connected and Smart Mobility
Moderator: Patrick Lauzière, Enabler-in-Chief, Intersect (an Orange Traffic Venture)
Dr. Dave Michelson, Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia
Marc-Antoine Ducas, CEO, Netlift
Raed Kadri, Director, Automotive Technology and Mobility Innovation, Ontario Centres for Excellence
Jean-Francois Barsoum, Canadian Leader and Senior Managing Consultant, Smarter Cities, Water and Transportation, IBM
Justin Johnson, Senior Research Specialist, 3M
Peter Esser, Head of Government Affairs, NXP Semiconductors USA

Day 2 – Technical Workshop 

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About C-V2X 101
Dr. Jim Lansford, Ph.D., Director, Technical Standards, Qualcomm
Sean Maschue, Principal Engineer, Qualcomm

Plugfest Testing Overview – Preview of Testing Stations
Dmitri Khijniak, Service Development Manager, Bureau Veritas (7Layers), Chair, OmniAir Technical Working Group
Randy Roebuck, Vice President Engineering & Technology Programs, OmniAir Consortium

Advances in Connected & Automated Vehicle Research
Moderator, Mike Brown, PMP, Institute Engineer, Southwest Research Institute
Prof. Dave Michelson, Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia
Prof.  Hossam Gaber, Ph.D., University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Mike Corby, Director, IBI Group
David Chuang, National Research Council of Canada

V2X Cybersecurity – Security Certificate Providers Roundtable
Moderator, Matthew Krech:  Senior Engineer, ACATS, Innovation Centre, Transport
William Lattin, Chief Security Architect, INTEGRITY Security Services
Dr. Kevin Henry, Ph.D., Security Consultant, ESCRYPT
Jaeson Yoo, Chief Security Evangelist, Penta Security Systems, Inc.
James Lepp, Senior Standards Manager, Blackberry Ltd.

Testing will begin immediately following the technical workshop: For more information and to register for the event, please visit the Plugfest website:

About OmniAir Consortium:
OmniAir Consortium is the leading industry association promoting interoperability and certification in ITS, tolling, and connected vehicles. OmniAir’s membership includes public agencies, private companies, research institutions, and independent test laboratories. Learn more about OmniAir at

About Propulsion Québec:
Quebec’s smart and electric vehicle cluster brings industry stakeholders together to work on joint projects aimed at positioning Quebec as a leader in smart and electric land transportation. Created in 2017, Propulsion Québec currently has over 100 members from a variety of sectors and deploys its resources across seven distinct working groups tasked with developing and supporting innovative projects. The cluster receives financial support from the Government of Quebec, the Government of Canada, and Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM).

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