About the World Parking Symposium

The World Parking Symposium is a three day biannual conference, held every two years in different worldwide locations.  It is organized by the Canadian Parking Foundation, a non-profit group dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, innovation, and understanding in the parking and transportation industries through sponsorship of educational programmes, research, and dialogue.  The next symposium is tentatively planned for Berlin in June 2018.

The focus of the World Parking Symposium is on forward oriented research and policy that will stimulate creativity, innovation and development in the parking and transportation service sectors.  The Symposium addresses current issues affecting urban parking, transportation, and planning.  It is an opportunity to meet, in a discussion forum, with colleagues and peers from these fields. This allows cross pollination of knowledge with input encouraged from all attendees.  At each symposium, various specific issues are highlighted with discussion on solutions that have been developed and used elsewhere in the world.

What sets us apart from other parking conferences?

The World Parking Symposium is an organization that offers many opportunities for open discussion.   Dialogue is the soul of the Symposium and attendance is restricted to a maximum of 100 individuals to preserve intimacy and collegiality.  This allows for passionate discussions, more intimate social gatherings, and the sharing of knowledge.  You will not hear any promotional presentations or see any trade show booths.  You will make new and long lasting contacts and come away with new ideas and perspectives.

What is the Symposium format?

At the three day Symposium, professionals from around the world present papers on a range of topics selected for their suitability, professional interest and fit with the conference theme.  This can include panels, round table discussions, and even work groups solving real life parking and transportation issues.  The keynote speaker on Sunday is a highlight followed by a welcome reception.  Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are devoted to presentations and panels. Tuesday night is reserved for a Gala reception and dinner.

Who should attend?

The World Parking Symposium will be of interest to professional parking, transportation and urban development administrators, planners, operators, technologists, researchers, and consultants who wish to advance their own theories, knowledge, and networks while participating with their colleagues in the development of new solutions for the global community.