President, University of Dubai,
Former CEO, ICT Fund
Recipient of Emirates for Sciences, Arts & Literature in 2009
Motto: “Made in UAE Sold Globally”
Past President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities,and one of Canada’s Longest Serving Mayors
Vice-Chair, 2016 - present
New Brunswick Insurance Board
Appointed as Vice-Chair of the NB Insurance Board for a three year term. The Board’s mission is to regulate automobile insurance rates under the Insurance Act for all companies doing business in the province of New Brunswick and to ensure procedural fairness to all parties appearing before the Board.
Vice President, Business Development 2016 - 2017
Assisted two UNB graduates with a local start-up, providing marketing mentorship for their product which allows municipalities to cost-effectively measure the integrity of road infrastructure.
Mayor 1986-1999; 2004 – 2016
City of Fredericton
Elected for a record eight terms, Brad Woodside has long been a passionate representative for the capital city and an enthusiastic ambassador to both visitors and new residents. His mayoral duties include providing leadership for the city, facilitating a team approach among council members and the administration, fostering a common vision, presiding at council meetings, representing the municipality at ceremonies, and acting as the key spokesperson for the city. He has led the city’s adoption of initiatives that have earned international awards including:
North American Micro City of the Future – Financial Times of London
International Liveable Community Award (Gold for Green Matters & Green Shops)
Top7 Intelligent Community – Intelligent Communities Forum
Top Ten Places to Live in Canada – MoneySense Magazine
President, National Board of Directors June 2014 – June 2015
Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)
Having previously served as vice-president and as a member of the executive board (2000-2014), Brad Woodside was elected by the FCM membership to lead the organization, which serves as a united voice for more than 2,000 communities across Canada. He was responsible for leading the FCM’s governance and engaging members to understand their needs and challenges and to communicate the organization’s activities. He was the organization’s lead spokesperson in the media and in political venues, maintaining relations with senior federal and provincial/territorial elected officials, and was the organization’s representative on the national and international stages.
Councillor 1981 – 1986
City of Fredericton
First elected to city council in 1981, he served two terms as city councillor representing Ward 1. As part of his duties, he served on various municipal committees including the Finance Committee and the Fredericton Exhibition, in addition to holding the position of chairman of the Planning Advisory Committee. He served as deputy mayor from 1985 to 1986.
Owner/Operator, Carleton Boat Tours 1997 – 2007
Conducting boat tours on the beautiful St. John River, Brad Woodside shared Fredericton’s rich history with visitors and residents alike.
President, St. Anne Consulting Limited 1990 – 1997
Providing public relations and media training to businesses, Brad Woodside effectively taught people how to understand and work with the media, including hundreds of NB Power employees.
Talk Show Host/Announcer, CFNB Radio 1977 – 1988
A well-known personality in Fredericton at one of the oldest radio stations in Canada, he hosted the afternoon drive show for four years before moving up to host the morning show for six years. His program performed consistently high in the BBM Canada ratings. In addition to working early mornings, he also represented the station at numerous community events, often on his own time. He often was requested to emcee fundraising events as his infectious personality and speaking ability contributed to an entertaining evening.
Honours and Distinctions
Honorary Degree – Doctorate of Laws, St. Thomas University
Awarded in 2011, Brad Woodside received an honorary degree from St. Thomas University for his incredible community leadership and in recognition of his dedication, determination and deep-rooted passion for the City of Fredericton. The university recognized that under his leadership, Fredericton achieved both sustainable economic development and innovative environmental protection and has been recognized internationally for its quality of life and the opportunities it offers its citizens. The degree further recognizes his advocacy achievements, including his work as the founding chair of a substance abuse awareness program for children, as a director of Portage Atlantic, and as a public spokesperson on the issue of youth substance abuse in Israel, France, Italy, and Germany. Other work recognized includes his membership of advisory committees such as i-Canada, the National Board of Directors of Federation of Canadian Municipalities, and the National Steering Committee
StartUp Canada Award
Awarded in 2016, Brad Woodside received the national Policy Prize from StartUp Canada. This award is in recognition of his role in the area of public policy for advancing the environment and culture for entrepreneurship in Canada.
Modern Makers of Canada Award
Awarded in 2016, Brad Woodside received the Modern Makers of Canada Award established by the Institute on Governance to recognize Canadians who have contributed to good governance through transformational public sector leadership. This was the first time municipal mayors were considered for this award and Brad Woodside was recognized along with 9 other extraordinary Mayors of Canadian Cities.
Public Sector Leadership Award
Awarded in 2014 by the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA), for the promotion of information technology in Fredericton and the development of information technology infrastructure such as the wireless Fred-Ezone. Fredericton was named two times as a Top 7 candidate in the Most Intelligent Community competition. Brad Woodside has gone across Canada as an i-CANADA representative inspiring other cities to bring themselves forward as intelligent communities.
Other Awards and Nominations
▪ Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal
▪ Paul Harris Fellowship Award, presented by Fredericton Rotary Club
▪ Lions International Melvin Jones Fellow
▪ Presidential Award of Excellence for Outstanding Service as President of Jaycees
▪ Runner-up, World semi-finals of Toastmasters International competitive speaking contest in Hyannis Port, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
▪ Nominated as a Distinguished Citizen, City of Fredericton
▪ Nominated as an Outstanding Young Canadian of the Junior Chamber of Commerce
▪ Honorary Member of the Fredericton Fire Department, in recognition of fundraising accomplishments for the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital Burn Unit
▪ Honorary Patron of Royal Canadian Legion, Branch No. 4
▪ Honorary Member of Commissioning Crew Mess HMCS Fredericton
▪ Honorary Member of the Republic of Madawaska, in recognition of work with the Francophone community
▪ Past Member of the University of New Brunswick Board of Governors for over 20 years
▪ Past Chair of the Regional Service Commission 11
▪ Past Director of the United Way of Fredericton
▪ Member of the Nashwaaksis Lions Club
▪ Founding Chairman of the “Try Hugs Not Drugs ‘HUGGY’ Project” of the Nashwaaksis Lions Club
▪ Director of Portage Atlantic, a residential program providing long-term residential treatment for youth with drug dependencies
▪ Past appointed Member of the National Steering Committee on Safety and Crime Prevention
▪ Member of the Fredericton United Commercial Travelers Association
▪ Charter President of the Nashwaak Jaycees
▪ Past Member of the Fredericton Toastmasters Club, served in the capacity of Administrative Vice-President
▪ Coach of youth soccer and minor hockey
▪ Past Vice-Chairman of the Ruffed Grouse Society of New Brunswick
▪ Past Director of the Fredericton Exhibition
▪ Past Member of Downtown Fredericton Inc.
▪ Past President, Cities of New Brunswick Association
▪ Past President of the Fredericton Junior Chamber of Commerce
▪ Served in the Royal Canadian Air Force
▪ Member of the Royal Canadian Air Force Association, Beaverbrook Wing, Fredericton
General Educational Development (GED) 1976
Proudly one of the province’s first graduates of the program, completing it after returning to Fredericton after his service in the Royal Canadian Air Force.
French Language Training 2014
Completed a French immersion training session through the LOGIBEC-ILAQ program in Québec City, Québec, a program accredited by the federal government for French language qualification achievement.
Brad Woodside’s various interests include fishing, music, travelling with his family, and public service in addition to his more than 20 years of experience in competitive public speaking. He is a past member of various clubs including the Fredericton Golf and Curling Club, the Fredericton Garrison Club, and the Fredericton City Club.
CEO,Arabian Farms Dev. Co Ltd
Dr. Alyani is the executive director of German-based Bloomsbert Associates acting as a specialist counsel on strategic alignment and investment projects, with a current focus on emerging markets and challenges of the Gulf region. His career has spanned positions in the public and private sector and as an executive and advisor to MNCs (on FDIs, PPP, development of local content and lean transformation) developing learning interventions and implementing practical structures to support human capital and capability development for strategic alignment, risk mitigation and innovation. He has developed people and methods (including refinement and localising of Big 4 tools) as enablers of improvement, by utilising lean and Kaizen designs in practice, with high impact on KPIs. His previous project-engagement and -partners include London’s Crossrail (Learning Legacy) in large infrastucture; Microsoft and Adobe in the Health and Public sector; and Atos in the Technology sector; Statoil, Hydro, BP and Saudi Aramco within the Energy sector and a selection of niche technology start-ups at UCL, MIT and EIT; and with policy-designers and policy-implementation teams, within government entities in a number of different countries (including VRPs on skill webs and labour markets) and via the World Bank.
He is an associate and alumnus of LLAKES Centre (Centre for Research on Learning and Life Chances), University College London and a Fellow of Royal Geographical Society in London, UK, with a focus on economic geography of innovation. He remains engaged in human capital; industrial and sectoral policy challenges in, and related to the Gulf region, particularly Saudi Arabia, northern emirates of the UAE, Qatar and Iran in the last decade.
Former Minister for Public Administration and Deputy Prime Minister, Slovenian Government ,
Director Transport Planning,AECOM
Martin Tillman – Speaker and Author Bio
Martin Tillman is Director at international consultancy Aecom leading Strategic Planning and Advisory for the Middle East. He has responsibility for transport modelling, development planning, transport technology, road safety, parking, and freight.
Martin has lived and worked in the UAE for the last 10 years. Prior to this he worked in the UK, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong, Qatar, and France.
He is currently working on transit related master planning projects in Dubai as well as providing transport input to Emirate and city wide master planning projects.
Martin enjoys the challenge of providing innovative and value added advice for clients and adopting a collaborative approach with stakeholders. His key aims are to encourage sustainability, future proof concepts through appropriate measures, and create smart, connected, and liveable communities.
Martin is a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, and the Institute of Highways and Transportation. He is also an advisory member of the Abu Dhabi University Civil Engineering Department.
Martin has authored / featured in the following articles:
• Dubai looks at Autonomous Vehicles for its future
The National 31st October 2017
• Experts seek more incentives to promote electric vehicles
Gulf News 26th September 2017
• Driverless vehicles to free up UAE parking spaces?
Gulf News 28th September 2017
• Unable to find parking spots in Dubai? Here’s the way
Khaleej Times 28th September 2017
• Master planning can help with sustainable travel
Construction Week Online: 13th March 2012
• UAE Bus Lanes could ease road pain
7DAYS newspaper interview: 7th March 2012
• Transport in Destination Development
Locum Destination review: December 2008
• Podcars for the Ipod Generation:
Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Focus magazine: November 2008
• Future Cities Show, Dubai
Panellist: ‘Smart Mobility in Future Cities’
• 6th MENA Clean Energy Summit, Dubai
Panellist: ‘Clean Transportation – Driving the Adoption of Electric Vehicles through Regulation, Policy, and Incentives’
• Mobility 360 Middle East
Chairman and Speaker: ‘Planning our cities for Electric Public and Private Transit’
• Gulf Traffic Conference, Dubai
Panellist: ‘Winning contracts and securing funding for public infrastructure projects’
• Big 5 Conference, Dubai
Speaker: ‘Future Transport Trends and Planning’
• International Conference on Future Mobility, Dubai
Panellist: ‘The road to green and autonomous transportation’
• Electric Vehicles, Dubai
Panellist: ‘How will electric cars change the shape of our cities?’
• Smart Parking UAE, Dubai
Key note speaker and panellist: ‘What is the impact driverless cars will have on parking and urban landscapes?’
Round table chair: ‘Technology and Modelling Techniques for better parking design’
• Smart Traffic Middle East, Dubai
Panellist: ‘Smart mobility and multi modal transportation’
• Smart Mobility UAE, Dubai
Speaker: ‘Parking for the Smart and Liveable City’
• Global Millennium Summit, Dubai
Speaker: ‘Smart City, Smart Transport’
• NextGen Parking Summit, Dubai
Chairman: ‘The future of parking with Autonomous Vehicles’
• Smart City Modelling World, Dubai
Chairman: ‘Transformative Transport Technologies’
• 2nd Annual Traffic Management and Parking Design, Singapore
Chairman and Speaker: ‘Transit Oriented Development and Parking for the Live-Smart City
• 3rd Arab Future Cities Summit, Dubai
Panellist: Automated Networks
• Natrans Expo, Abu Dhabi
• Abu Dhabi University – Civil Engineering Department
Speaker: Aecom and Sustainable Parking
• Smart Parking Second Edition, Dubai,
Panellist: Parking Vision
• Chartered Institute of Building, Abu Dhabi
Speaker: Sustainable Parking for Buildings
• Middle East Parking Summit, Dubai
Speaker: Technology and Modelling Approaches
Gulf Traffic, Dubai:
Chairman’s Address for ITS and Smart City conference
• Big 5 Conference, Dubai:
Speaker: ‘Smart transport planning for Middle Eastern cities’ Workshop CPD
• Smart Parking, Dubai:
Speaker: Sustainable Parking Design
• Middle East Transport Infrastructure Projects, Dubai
Panellist: Dynamic Rail and Infrastructure Developments in the Middle East
• Arab Future Cities Summit, Dubai
Speaker: “Transport for Smart and Liveable Cities’
Panellist: ‘Information Technology Systems’
• GCC 4th Municipalities and Smart Cities Conference, Burj Al Arab, Dubai
Speaker: ‘Future Transport’
• UAE Leaders in Construction, Dubai
Panellist: Impact of Growing Markets on Recruitment
• International Sustainable Transport Conference, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi
Speaker: ‘Future of Sustainable Transport’
2010 – 2013
• Construction Week Infrastructure Conferences: Dubai
• Big 5 KSA, Jeddah
Speaker: ‘Implementing State of the Art Road and Highway Modelling to Enhance the Quality of Roads’
• Dubai Roads and Transport Authority, Dubai
Speaker: ‘Enhancing the Public Transit Experience for Hotels and their Customers’
• Cityscape Saudi Arabia. Jeddah
Speaker: ‘Integrated Transport Solutions for Large Scale Middle East Development Projects’
• New York Transit Group Meeting: Grand Central Station, New York:
Speaker: ‘Global Transport Trends’
• World Wildlife Fund Sustainable Cities and Communities, Geneva
Panellist: Sustainable Transport
• Art Center, Pasadena, California
Speaker: “Visualising the Future City”
• American Institute of Architects Meeting, New York University, New York,
Panellist: ‘Greening the Iron Ribbon’
• Podcar City Conference, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA
Speaker: Personal Rapid Transit Case Examples
• Meeting of Minds conference at the University of California in Berkeley
Speaker: “Transport Planning for a Smart City”
• Urban Regenerative Ecology symposium in San Francisco
Speaker: “Sustainable Transport Planning”
• UK Trade and Investment Mission, Split
Speaker: “Transport Master Planning and Application of Best Practice”