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Distinguished Lecture by Prof. Anne Goodchild, University of Washington

February 5 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

What do we want?
Approaching urban freight from a community lens

CivMin Distinguished Lecture Series
with Prof. Anne Goodchild
Civil & Environmental Engineering
University of Washington

Monday, February 5, 2024 at 5 p.m.
University College UC179, 15 King’s College Circle, University of Toronto

Panel discussion to follow



Presented with 
Mobility Network
Smart Freight Centre


While transportation planning has practiced community-engaged planning for many years, the practice is less well-established for freight projects.  Historically freight activity was associated with industrial and commercial landuses and the impacted communities largely considered to be freight-related businesses.  This oversight has for many years led to conflicts within neighborhoods proximal to significant industrial facilities.  Increased freight activity in residential neighborhoods due to the use of delivery services, exacerbates and expands the scale of problems created by the exclusion of neighborhood views on freight planning activities. In this talk Dr. Goodchild will detail the historic view of the “freight community” and mechanisms for freight community engagement.  She will also present community perspectives from survey results in the Seattle area.  This leads to recommendations as to how we can re-envision freight planning in support of more livable, engaged, communities.

Dr. Anne Goodchild leads the University of Washington’s academic and research efforts in the area of supply chain, logistics, and freight transportation. She is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Founding Director of the Urban Freight Lab (UFL). Goodchild is an international expert in the area of public/private collaboration, and her approach to research has resulted in almost 100 novel publications. She is the recipient of the 2021 PacTrans Outstanding Researcher Award, the 2021 ITE Transportation Education Council Innovation in Education Award, the 2021 Transportation Research Board Urban Freight Commitee Best Practical Implications Paper award, and 2020 Outstanding Mentor award from the University of Washington’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the Transportation Club of Seattle’s, 2017 Person of the Year.





Professor Matthew Roorda is a professor of Civil Engineering in the Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering at the University of Toronto. research program covers both urban freight and passenger travel research initiatives. The research provides challenging and impactful opportunities for graduate students.  There is a strong and on-going need for our research to assess the impacts of many policy decisions being made by our government representatives, and by industry every day.  Our research influences those decisions, resulting in a more sustainable, efficient and equitable urban transportation system.



Nazzareno (Naz) Capano, P.Eng. is the Manager of Operational Policy & Initiatives in Transportation Services with the City of Toronto. He has over 30 years of experience in areas focused on infrastructure asset management, traffic and road operations, transportation policy and environmental initiatives related to climate change and adaption.

Naz has guided a variety of strategic initiatives that include, the development and implementation of a free-floating car-share policy, examination of tolling on the Gardiner Expressway and DVP, and Toronto’s Curbside Management and Freight and Goods Movement Strategies, to name a few.

Naz is a graduate from the University of Toronto with B.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering.


Adam Thorn is the director of the Pembina Institute’s transportation program and is based in Toronto. His work focuses on policies that support the decarbonization of Canada’s transportation sector, especially on-road transportation. Prior to joining the Pembina Institute, he was an assistant professor at the University of Toronto, Mississauga and Toronto Metropolitan University, teaching public policy specializing in environmental policy.


Clarence Woudsma, Ph.D.,MCIP, RPP is a faculty member in the University of Waterloo’s School of Planning and a Registered Professional Planner. He is a Past President of the Canadian Transportation Research Forum and has published on a broad range of transportation subjects over his career including climate change impacts and adaptation, deregulation, urban freight planning, logistics sprawl and the gig economy and last mile logistics.


February 5
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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