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2023 Heavy Vehicle and Equipment Technology Conference

25 October 2023 - 26 October 2023

October 25-26, 2023 – Victoria Inn and Conference Centre

This in-person event brings together Manitoba’s heavy vehicle and equipment manufacturing community for two days of discussion and discovery. Some presentations will be virtual. 

RRC Polytech and the Vehicle Technology Centre are hosting the third biennial Heavy Vehicle and Equipment Technology Conference at the Victoria Inn and Conference Center – 1808 Wellington Ave in Winnipeg on October 25 and 26, 2023.  

The conference is oriented to researchers, engineers, practitioners, and operations professionals involved with advances in vehicle technologies and practical applications.

The conference will focus on top-of-mind topics like zero emissions, smart and autonomous vehicles, and digital production technology for low volume manufacturing. Most speakers will be live with some out of province speakers joining us virtually.

Invited speakers are from New Flyer, Siemens, Buhler, Airport Technologies, Manitoba Hydro, Mode 40, University of Manitoba, National Research Council, Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute, Cummins, Carfair and more (Agenda subject to change without notice).

Conference Agenda

Day 1 – Wednesday, October 25, 2023

7:45 am – 8:30 am

Breakfast and Registration

8:30 am – 8:45 am

Conference Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:45 am – 9:45 am

Keynote Presentation: Lessons Learned Over 1 Million Zero Emission Fleet Miles – Zero Emission Bus Program – Salvador Llamas, AC Transit

9:45 am – 10:30 am

Hydrogen and Battery Electric Bus Technology Refinement – Minh Vuong and Michael Sosnowsky, New Flyer

10:30 am – 11:00 am


11:00 am – 11:30 pm

Observations of Real-World Canadian Operation of Zero Emission Fleet Vehicles – David Holt, National Research Council

11:30 am – 12:00 pm

ABB Insights – Rachit Khanna, Sales Manager, Bus & Transit, Central Canada ABB E-Mobility

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Right Sizing Infrastructure and Grid Implications –  Tony Cianflone and Sean Woroniak, Manitoba Hydro

1:45 pm – 2:15 pm

How to Build Community Hydrogen Capacity – Daniel Charette, Charbone

2:15 pm – 2:45 pm

Hydrogen vs Battery Electric vs Other Technology? – Panel Discussion and Q&A

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm


3:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Cummins Hydrogen Spark Ignition Engine and Zero Emissions Technologies – Daniel Bungay, Cummins

3:45 pm – 4:30 pm

Pushing Innovation, Protecting Your People – Jordan Friesen and Dan Doerksen, Mindset Mental Health Strategy

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Cocktail Reception

Day 2 – Thursday, October 26, 2023

7:45 am – 8:30 am

Breakfast and Registration

8:30 am – 8:45 am

Welcome and Announcements

8:45 am – 9:30 am

Digital Twins – Can They Be a Tool to Getting Innovation to Market Faster? – Gorve Rekhi, Siemens

9:30 am – 10:00 am

Flexible Robotics for Flexible Manufacturing – Matt Khoshdarregi, University of Manitoba and Jasper Arthur, National Research Council

10:00 am – 10:30 am


10:30 am – 11:00 am

Industry 4.0 – Is it really that complicated? – Cameron Bergen, Mode 40

11:00 am – 11:30 am

Additive Manufacturing of Fibreglass Molds – Ryan Cummine, RRC Polytech and Mark Matousek, Carfair

11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Cab Diagnostics and Wireless Smart Tool Integration – John Cruz, Buhler Industries

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

The Future of Smart and Autonomous Vehicles – Darcy Cook, JCA Technologies

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Inner Workings of Autonomous Technology – Owen Kinch, Mojow Autonomous Solutions

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Autonomous Integration in Heavy Vehicles and Equipment – Erron Leafloor, Buhler Industries and Bryan Lung, PAMI

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm


3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Integration of Telematics in Heavy Equipment – Les Funk, Airport Technologies and Rhyse Maryniuk, Audesse

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Panel Discussion and Q&A – Connected Vehicles and Equipment – Where will this Technology Take Us?

4:00 pm – 4:15 pm

Next Generation Supercluster Funding – Arthur Kong, NGen

4:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Closing and Announcements

Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors


Bronze Sponsors

Lode King
Heavy Vehicle and Equipment Technology Conference

Supported by

Sector Council

Increase your company’s exposure, heighten your brand recognition, and drive your sales by partnering with the Vehicle Technology Conference.

To take advantage of sponsorship opportunities, please contact Angela Concepcion
by email: lconcepcion@rrc.ca or phone: (204) 588-1855

A networking reception will take place on Wednesday, October 25, from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm at the Victoria Inn exhibition booth area. It brings together all delegates, sponsors, and exhibitors. Light refreshments, appetizers and cocktails will be available.

About RRC Polytech’s
Vehicle Technology and Energy Centre

Red River College Polytechnic’s Vehicle Technology & Energy Center (VTEC) drives innovation through supporting Manitoba’s heavy vehicle industry sector, helping the province grow as a major transportation hub. Home to two facilities unique to Western Canada: MotiveLab™ and the Vehicle Technology & Research Centre (VTRC), VTEC provides applied research, technical, and training services. VTEC is a leader in sustainable vehicle technologies, focusing on the electrification of vehicles and alternative fuel sources.

About the Vehicle Technology Centre

The Vehicle Technology Centre is a non-profit organization whose mission is to collaborativly accellerate the growth of Manitoba’s heavy vehicle and equipment cluster through technological advancement and equipping our workforce for the future.  The organization is governed by a board of representatives from major manufacturers within the industry, providing a forum for promoting industry collaboration and identifying ways to improve technological capacity within the industry and academia.












Victoria Inn and Conference Centre
1808 Wellington Ave
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3H0G3 Canada
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