Heavy Vehicle and Equipment Technology Conference

by Vehicle Technology Centre and Red River College Polytech

December 7-8, 2021 – Victoria Inn and Conference Centre

This event brings together the Manitoba heavy vehicle and equipment manufacturing community in an in person event with livestream option.

The Red River College Polytech and the Vehicle Technology Centre are hosting the second Bi Annual heavy vehicle and equipment technology conference at the Victoria Inn and Conference Center – Wellington Ave in Winnipeg  December 7-8, 2021.

The conference will focus on top of mind topics like zero emissions, smart and autonomous vehicles, and digital production technology for low volume manufacturing.  Out of province speakers will be brought in virtually with in person attendance by the local participants.

Speakers from New Flyer, Siemens, Ekso Bionics, Frontiers North, Ballard Power Systems, Canadian Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association, Vuforia , JCA Technologies, NorthStar Robotics, Manitoba Hydro, Winnipeg Transit and others (subject to change without notice). There will also be a keynote address from Paul Soubry of the New Flyer Group on maintaining product segment leadership in markets with fast evolving technology.

Conference Agenda

Day 1 – Tuesday December 7, 2021

The day opens with a Keynote address from Paul Soubry of New Flyer on maintaining product segment leadership in fast evolving technology markets.  This is followed by presentations from Red River College Polytech and University of Manitoba on the importance of industry academia collaboration and what we can do to make collaboration our first thought. 

This is followed by Siemens speaking on The future of zero emissions for on road vehicles and later in the day on the drive to zero emissions in agriculture.  New Flyer are going to present on their latest electric city and highway bus projects and the path it took to be a market leader in this technology.  The afternoon starts with presentations by Manitoba Hydro, Winnipeg Transit and Siemens on the effect of fleet vehicles on the grid and how to reduce peak power demand. 

The day continues with MacDon presenting on their attempts to capture manual human labor digitally, and Ekso Bionics on the use of exoskeletons in manufacturing to reduce worker fatigue and injury which includes experiences from some of the major auto manufactures experimenting with this technologies.  The day ends with a networking reception including appetizers and drinks from 4 pm until we end where you can meet your peers in the industry and the presenters. 

Day 2 – Wednesday December 8, 2021

The day includes a presentation by Frontiers North Adventures (the tundra buggy operators in Churchill) who are completing the retrofit of their first unit to battery electric technology titled what they wished they knew going into their first project.  We then move to some short presentations by Ballard Power Systems, the Canadian Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association,, and the Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) on their Fuel Cell class 8 truck project followed by a panel discussion with audience Q&A on hydrogen in heavy vehicles.  We then shift gears (pun intended) and learn about the use of digital glasses in manufacturing. 

Vuforia and Neurostrategy will present on the process of creating content that your workers can refer to without taking their hands off their work increasing labor efficiency.  We will then move to a discussion on smart and connected vehicle technology with JCA electronics, and Northstar Robotics presenting on their work in agriculture and snow clearing, and the AMTA presenting on their autonomous truck platooning project with opportunity for Q&A. 

We will then shift gears and Dr. Mark Levine from the University of Denver will provide a view on how smart and connected vehicle and equipment will change the way live and where we live.  The conference ends with a virtual tour of the new NRC Brookside facility and a presentation by the University of Manitoba on a joint research project that adds low volume flexibility to automated fiberglass trimming perfectly suited for any low volume multiple part application considering a move to robotics. 

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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.

Learn more at rrc.ca/vtec

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.

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– You must be double vaccinated and have proof of vaccination (including 3 weeks after your last dose) to enter the conference.

– Masks must be worn at all times when in the conference with the exception of eating, drinking, or presenting on stage.

An optional name badge color coding system will be in place to display your comfort level when meeting other attendees.

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