Approximately 6,000 participants a day from 44 countries took part in the 2019 edition of the Movin'On Summit, organized by Michelin, in collaboration with C2 and the City of Montreal. (Photos: Josée Hamelin)
The 3rd edition of the Movin’On Summit, organized by Michelin–which took place June 4 to 6 in the Montreal borough of Pointe-St-Charles’s Grandé Studio–focused on the importance of mobilizing stakeholders from the various fields of expertise so as to maximize the impact of environmental sustainability and carbon reduction efforts.
Once again, the event, organized in conjunction with C2 and the City of Montreal, attracted and united thousands of experts from across the globe to discuss the fact that we can no longer put off until tomorrow the implementation of initiatives that will provide an environment in which future generations may thrive.
A total of over 6000 participants from 44 countries and 40 cities participated in the three-day Movin’On event. The conference featured 95 guest speakers, 42 workshops, with over 31,000 networking initiatives occurring over the three days.
“The advent of modern modes of transportation proved to be a powerful lever of economic development,” pointed-out new Michelin CEO, Florent Menegaux. “Now, the challenge is to increase the mobility offering in a more inclusive manner, with less impact. By 2050, two thirds of the world’s population will be living in urban areas, and the total number of vehicles worldwide will exceed 2 billion.
Under the theme “From Ambition to Action”, Florent Menegaux explained that the conference will serve to develop a global vision, which will be shared and applied, “as the immenseness of the problem which we must overcome requires a collective and concerted approach.”
As the upcoming year is likely to be an important one in terms of environmental agenda and biodiversity, event organizers have already announced that this gathering of sustainable mobility ecosystem stakeholders will be returning to Montreal from June 3 to 5, in 2020.
If you missed out on this year’s Summit, check out the following summary.
The Summit opened with a modulated performance by pianist Mimi Blais illustrating the fact that mobility evolves similarly to the rhythm of traffic and musical notes.
Montreal Mayor, Valérie Plante, attended the opening session, where she affirmed that she is personally involved in the evolution of sustainable mobility in her city. She is pictured here alongside new Michelin CEO, Florent Menegaux.
WWF France Interim Co-Director, Pierre Cannet, reminded those present that the moment when the Earth’s annual supply of natural resources has been completely depleted arrives earlier every year.
Pierre Cannet moderated a panel discussion with five young PhD’s from different disciplines and regions of the world who represent hope for a greener future.
Porous City Network Founder and CEO, Bangkok architect, Kotchakorn Voraakhom, stated that: "when you live in a city which is slowly disappearing under water, you are reminded of the urgency of finding solutions every time it rains."
The NAVYA autonomous shuttle was part of the fleet of futuristic transportation solutions which summit participants could try out.
The first ever all-electric refuse truck, developed by eLion, is now part of the Boivin Évolution fleet.
The Einride electric truck, developed for a Swedish company, performs automated parcel deliveries. Although it is driverless, workers are still required for loading and unloading.
The Movin'On Summit is a sustainable mobility ecosystem in which participants learn in an engaging environment conducive to out-of-the-box thinking and solutions.
Positioned directly by the main entrance, the hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai attracted a fair bit of attention from Summit participants.
Michelin Senior Vice-President of Research and Development, Eric Vinesse, and GM Senior Vice President Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, Steve Kiefer, unveiled the new airless, puncture-proof Uptis tire, which is set to be launched by 2024.
Michelin presented the first 3D printed version of the Uptis tire, which also featured a replaceable tread surface, at the 2017 Movin'On Summit.
Transition énergétique Québec signed a three-year partnership agreement with French environment and electrical efficiency government agency (l'Agence de l'environnement et de la maîtrise de l'énergie de France).
The selection of electric vehicles available for testing included these superb BMW vehicles.
David Ducasse, from Énergir, posing beside the first CAT truck available in Canada powered by a renewable source of bio methane natural-gas produced in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec.
Ecotuned CEO Andy Ta estimates that with available subsidies, it costs approximately $35,000 to convert a combustion-engine truck to electrical power.
Marion Hatton, from Wello, pictured alongside a diminutive, and very promising electrically-assisted bicycle produced in a social–reintegration facility, which could facilitate last-mile deliveries.
Pierre Cannet and Florent Menegaux closed the Summit accompanied by Luis Alfonso, the United Nations Secretary General for Climate’s Special Envoy, from Alba. They discussed ways in which they could combine their efforts in order to conjugate and accelerate their initiatives for the better good of the planet.