April 2018

Reducing Distracted Driving: A Social & Business Imperative

12:00pm-2:00pm | One King West Hotel - 1 King Street West, Toronto

According to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), and for the fifth consecutive year, distracted driving has claimed the lives of more people on OPP patrolled roads and highways than speed-related, seatbelt-related or alcohol-related collisions. But thus far, efforts to curb distracted driving have fallen short of the mark. With 94 percent of crashes involving human error*, can brain science and psychology provide insights to dramatically reduce distraction-related roadway fatalities and injuries? Can technology play a role in solving the problem it helped to create? What role do employers play in this conversation? Join us and our expert panel of representatives from law enforcement, provincial government, federal agencies and automobile insurers as we explore employee safety, business liability, and the most promising approaches to combat distracted driving.

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Reducing Distracted Driving: A Social & Business Imperative

Gord Keen

Provincial Constable
Ontario Provincial Police

Gord Keen

Gord Keen has been a police officer for over 30 years, serving 10 years with the Metropolitan Toronto Police and over 20 years with the Ontario Provincial Police. He has spent 10 years in training Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Police Vehicle Operations, Immediate Rapid Deployment Tactics and First Aid/CPR. Throughout his career he has also served as a Public Order Unit member & trainer, Evidentiary Breathalyzer Technician, Coach Officer and Police Fitness Appraiser.

Keen has spent 15 years as a Traffic Specialist, including Off Road Vehicles, Marine, & Bicycle Safety and is recognized as an expert in E-bikes & e-bike enforcement. He is also a police driving instructor, Master Radar/Lidar Instructor, StarChase Trainer, Automated License Plate Recognition Instructor Trainer, and Aircraft Enforcement Trainer

He has served as the liaison between Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Central Region Ontario Provincial Police, where Keen has assisted in implementing a safety program called Campaign 911, a program designed to encourage the public to report possible impaired drivers immediately as this is a life threatening situation. Keen is a member of the Provincial Speed Advisory Committee (OACP) and regularly teaches traffic related programs at the Ontario Police College, and Ontario Provincial Police Academy.

Away from work, Keen is happily married to his wife of over 30 years and has three grown sons (a police officer, a paramedic and an Economics and Financial Planning Analyst). He enjoys running, cycling, boating and is a multi-time Ironman finisher.

Joan Woodward

President, Travelers Institute
Executive Vice President, Public Policy, Travelers

Joan Woodward

Joan Woodward is Executive Vice President of Public Policy for Travelers and President of The Travelers Institute. She is a member of the companyís Management Committee and Operating Committee, and also serves on The Diversity Council, and the Travelers Foundation Board. Joan also chairs the Travelers Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Committee.

Woodward joined Travelers in 2008 from Goldman Sachs to establish The Travelers Institute as the companyís thought leadership and public policy platform.

Prior to her current role, Woodward worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. for ten years, where she was the founding Executive Director of the companyís Global Markets Institute, the firmís international public policy and institutional investor educational platform. She also served as Vice President and Director of Washington Equity and Bond Research for Goldman Sachsí Global Investment Research where Institutional Investor magazine recognized her as a top Washington analyst for investors.

Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Woodward worked on Capitol Hill for 12 years, as Deputy Chief of Staff for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee working for Chairman Bill Roth, where she was instrumental in creating the Roth IRA. She also was the Chief Economist for the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee and the U.S. House Budget Committee under Chairman John Kasich.

She serves on the Board of Directors of the United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is a member of the Board of Overseers of the RAND Institute for Civil Justice, and a member of the Presidentís National Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Export Council. Reactions Magazine named her to the Top 50 Women in Insurance, and in 2016, she was named to the Hot 100 in Insurance list by Insurance Business America Magazine. In 2017, she received the 2017 Power Womenís Leadership Award by NY Moves magazine.

Woodward holds bachelorís degrees in economics and political science and a masterís degree from The American University. She also studied at the University of London.

Jordan Solway

Group General Counsel & VP Claim
Travelers Canada

Jordan Solway

Jordan leads the Legal & Compliance and Claim functions for Travelers Canada, which consists of a Canadian branch and two insurance subsidiaries that are ultimately owned by The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) (“Travelers”), a leading provider of property casualty insurance for auto, home and business. Jordan also is a member of the Executive Management Committee and the Executive Risk Committee for Travelers Canada.

Jordan holds a juris doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School and was admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1993. He is presently completing his LLM in the area of trust law with a specific emphasis on commercial trust arrangements. He has worked in private and public practice and has extensive experience in the areas of director and officer liability, professional liability, governmental liability and commercial insurance coverage disputes.

Jordan has been a speaker for organizations such as the National Insurance Conference of Canada, the Canadian Institute, L’Expert, the Law Society of Upper Canada Continuing Legal Education Program and Osgoode Hall Law School Professional Development. He has also been a faculty member of the DeGroote Directors College since 2006. Jordan has also authored various articles for Canadian Insurance, Canadian Underwriter, the Canadian Insurance Regulation Reporter, CCH Ultimate Corporate Counsel Guide, CCH Director’s Briefing and CCH Corporate Brief. He has co-developed and taught a course for the Insurance Institute of Canada on director and officer liability and insurance and is a contributing editor of the CCH Directors’ Manual.

Jordan is a former board member of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Ontario Region, and also the Chair of the Governance Committee. Jordan also sits on the Board of Directors for the Canadian National Insurance Crime Services and is a member of the Privacy & Risk Management Committee.

Jordan lives in Toronto with his wife, Pia and two children, Rachel and Daniel.

Pamela Fuselli

Vice President, Knowledge Transfer & Stakeholder Relations
Parachute Canada

Pamela Fuselli

Pamela Fuselli became the Vice President, Knowledge Transfer and Stakeholder Relations in July 2012 when Parachute was created. Prior to that she was the Executive Director at Safe Kids Canada. Fuselli has worked in the health care/injury prevention field for 20 years. She is responsible for leading Parachute in translating evidence to action through strong relationships with key stakeholders and organizations across Canada. She is a member of numerous committees such as the Canadian Collaborative Centres for Injury Prevention, the Canadian Paediatric Society’s Injury Prevention Committee and is the Chief Editor the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals (CARSP).

Fuselli was responsible for publications including The Cost of Injury in Canada Report (2015) and the Canadian Injury Prevention Resource the first such resource in Canada. Her areas of interest are centered on knowledge mobilization resulting in behaviour change, the impact of good public policy on injury prevention and the importance of collaboration to further the impact on social change.

Fuselli is a co-principle investigator on two CIHR funded research grants. The first a multi-city project on the impact of the built environment on children’s active transportation. The second is a live pilot project to develop a peer to peer concussion model for high school students.

In addition, Fuselli is a speaker and a media spokesperson on a wide range of injury prevention topics, public policy issues and knowledge mobilization.

Fuselli received her BSC in Psychology from the University of Toronto in 1992, her BHA (2002) from Ryerson University and MSc (2010) in Creativity and Change Leadership from the State University of New York College at Buffalo.

Yvan Baker


Yvan Baker

Yvan Baker was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2014 as the MPP for Etobicoke Centre.

He currently serves as Parliamentary Assistant to Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance. Previously, Yvan served as Parliamentary Assistant to Deb Matthews, President of the Treasury Board from 2014-2016.

In addition to his role at the Ministry of Finance, Yvan also holds several other legislative responsibilities including Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister Responsible for Digital Government; Commissioner, Board of Internal Economy; and a Member of the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs.

Yvanís background is as a business advisor, teacher and community leader.

Yvan most recently operated his own business, working as a management consultant to help Canadian companies grow and solve their strategic challenges. Previously, Yvan was a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group in Toronto and New York. He has consulted to clients that include Fortune 500 companies in a variety of sectors. Yvan has consulted in industries such as retail, energy, financial services and telecommunicatiPons.

Until being elected, Yvan also taught Master of Business Administration students at York University.

For years, Yvan has worked to foster opportunity for those less fortunate and to build stronger, more prosperous communities. He has volunteered for a variety of charitable and humanitarian organizations, including Leave Out Violence as Board Director; the Emerging Leaders Network where he worked with civic leaders on projects promoting Torontoís economic and social prosperity; and Global Grassroots where he supported emerging women leaders in Rwanda on projects that address issues such as lack of access to water, domestic violence and health education. Yvan has also served our constituency as an Executive Assistant to a former MP for Etobicoke Centre.

In recognition of his service to the community Yvan was awarded the Queenís Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Yvan holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a BBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

Yvan was raised in Etobicoke where he has lived for over 25 years. He is a proud native and resident of Etobicoke Centre.

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