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Montreal, QC: Chancellor's Dinner & Presentation

Join fellow U of T alumni and friends for a lecture that explores how 21st century cities are adapting to transformations in urban mobility.

  • Dinner & Presentation
  • Q & A to follow

Please note that this event is at capacity and we are no longer accepting registrations. To be added to the wait list, please contact Laura Dykstra at

Dr. Rose M. Patten
Chancellor, University of Toronto

cordially invites you to a dinner for University of Toronto alumni and friends, featuring a special presentation on 

Transforming Urban Mobility - Ride-Hailing's Global Reach 


Professor Shauna Brail
Urban Studies Program
Innis College
University of Toronto

Urban transportation is currently undergoing dramatic change, including the emergence of ride-hailing as a relatively new, disruptive mobility option. While at first it may have appeared that ride-hailing firms such as Uber were focused on disrupting the taxi industry, it is now evident that disruptions associated with ride-hailing are connected to wide-ranging transformations in urban mobility. These include a move towards mobility as a service, efforts to reduce private vehicle ownership, and the convergence of ride-hailing with autonomous vehicle technology.

In this talk, Prof. Brail will discuss a brief history of ride-hailing and its connection to innovation, regulation and cities; the emergence of a global network of ride-hailing firms in which headquarters and R&D activities are highly concentrated in select global cities; and the entrance of major automotive manufacturers and big tech firms as investors, partners and innovators. It provides a glimpse into how 21st century cities are transforming, and being transformed, as a result of a shifting mobility landscape.

Prof. Brail's presentation is part of an ongoing series of compelling lectures for alumni, hosted in cities around the world. U of T Where You Are brings the University right into your community, keeping you informed, inspired and connected.


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