Mobility meets Sustainability: The Movin’On 2018 Conference Wrap Up

June 7, 2018 by  Howard Chang

A lot is being said and written about sustainable mobility, electric vehicles, livable cities, etc. but what is actually being done? Moving past the rhetoric, Michelin has created a unique conference for mobility experts that is more lab than conference. The 3-day event brought together disparate stakeholders including automobile brands, regional governments, technology incubators, green energy, mass transit, cycling and many others to solve specific challenges.

My host at Michelin, Vincent Bayet, ensured I was able to attend all the key workshops that ticked off my interests like MAAS (mobility as a service), Ai and autonomous vehicles, city design and of course cycling infrastructure. And work we did! Each work shop had fantastic facilitators who gave us specific problems to work on. Some had already been started by previous groups that we then had to add our thinking and solutions. What I loved about this process was creating tangible proposals for issues such as regulating autonomous vehicles, building sustainable mobility infrastructure and making roads safer for all users. Who knows, some of my ideas may actually make it into the real world!

We were also introduced to very inspiring technology. A key theme was electrification. Ecotune of Montreal displayed a handsome Ford F-150 pickup that was converted to 100% electric power! And the savings on fuel more than pays for the retrofit in just 4 years. We also saw electrified Isuzu short haul trucks, delivery bicycles and even an eye-popping electric police motorcycle. I was truly amazed at the number of small firms literally changing the landscape with electric offerings.

But it was more than just the niche players getting into green tech. BMW had EVs and hybrids on test including the rather intimidating i8 plug in hybrid GT, which I had a chance to drive. Michelin is already a leader in sustainability and is leading a global commitment to recycling tires that will help bring the world to 100% recycled by 2048. In addition, they showed off stunning future tech like the Vision concept tire based on #biomimicry to create an airless wheel/tire system that will allow users to 3D print tread patterns for variable uses: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tyc4Apyk2Rc

The tech and the workshops were inspiring but the best part of #MovinOn2018 was meeting and sharing with thought leaders from around the world. I met people from China, France, USA, Brazil, Japan and Israel, to name a few. This global perspective and focus on finding solutions really differentiated this conference from so many others I have attended in this sector. Next year please join me in beautiful Montreal at the Movin’On 2019 Conference from June 4-6, 2019 and be part of the mobility revolution.

Watch the recap of #MovinOn2018 at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AfcIKZa9E8&feature=youtu.be

East West Refugee Collective and Top Drawer Help Resettle a Syrian Refugee Family

January 18, 2016 by  Top Drawer Creative

Top Drawer is made up of a beautifully diverse collection of talented individuals with roots that span across the globe. As a result, many of us know and understand what it’s like to relocate and rebuild after leaving behind everything we’ve ever known.

For that and many other reasons, we’re big supporters of helping our new neighbours from Syria find refuge within our communities!

Each year around the holidays, we like to select and throw some love toward a cause we’re passionate about. This year, we selected the East West Refugee Collective—a privately sponsored grassroots effort to resettle a refugee family right here in the GTA.

We’re thrilled to say we’ve donated $8,000 to this wonderful cause, which we recently learned will enable East West to help settle a second family as well!

Half of the money was donated to this cause by our staff through a silent auction we held during our Christmas party, and the other half by Top Drawer on behalf of our clients. Rather than sending baskets of cookies, chocolate or other holiday treats to our clients in appreciation of a good year, we felt it would be a lot more fun to give them a gift with a bit more heart and soul.

Here’s what our clients received:

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If you’d like to join us in supporting East West Refugee Collective, we encourage you to visit and join their Facebook page for contacts and for more information.

Another option is Lifeline Syria—an organization recruiting, training and assisting sponsorship groups as they welcome refugees to the GTA. You can visit its website to find a sponsorship group in your area or to donate.

Finally, you can also donate to the Canadian Red Cross in support of Syrian refugees arriving in Canada, as well as those still abroad. The government of Canada will be matching every eligible dollar until February 29, 2016.

On behalf of all of us at Top Drawer, we’d like to extend a warm welcome to our new neighbours. We wish you peace, health and happiness, and all the best in your new homes!

 

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