April 17, 2014

Rethinking Transportation: Carl Guardino

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Carl Guardino

Connecting the dots: Making transportation decisions that foster growth and prosperity

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 – 7 pm
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (at SFU Woodwards), 149 West Hastings, Vancouver

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Carl Guardino, a business leader and champion of transportation policy and funding, brings real-life lessons from a region that has become synonymous with progress and innovation – Silicon Valley.


In Metro Vancouver, two-thirds of the region’s jobs and about a half of its population are located within walking distance of frequent transit. When transportation works, people can get to jobs, employers can attract and keep the best talent, students have access to education, and manufacturers and distributors can be confident of “just-in-time” deliveries within the region and around the world.

Businesses, labour and civil society groups all have a stake in the region’s transportation decisions. But, how can these groups work together to advance the conversation on sustainable transportation and the economy?


Carl Guardino is the President and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a public policy trade association that represents more than 385 of Silicon Valley’s most respected companies.

He also serves as the Chair of the California Transportation Commission, an independent public agency responsible for programming and allocating of funds for the construction of highway, passenger rail and transit improvements throughout California.

Guardino led efforts that resulted in $1.4 billion of funding for 19 key road and rail improvements and co-managed a traffic relief initiative that will generate $5.5 billion in local funds for transit improvements.

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  1. Will Christy Clarke and her transportation minister show up too to listen to these exciting and important developments elsewhere as it appears much resistance exists in the provincial leadership ?