Joe Lam received his engineering degree from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland and has been active in the ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) field for over 40 years. He started his ITS career by spending 11 years with the Metropolitan Toronto Traffic Control Centre, managing the first computerized signal system in the world.
Since March 2014, he has been acting as an independent advisor to public agencies and private companies in North America, Europe and Asia on various aspects of ITS, including planning and implementation, business strategies, product development, partnering and tender competitions. His most recent efforts include advising the Hong Kong Transport Department on the development of a Smart Mobility Roadmap, in conjunction with the University of Hong Kong.
Prior to March 2014, Joe Lam served as the Managing Director of Delcan International Corporation, with his main focus on ITS business development and management of client and partnership relations around the world.
During his tenure as Delcan’s President of Systems Business, Canada & International Operations, Joe directed a group of traffic, communications and software engineering professionals on numerous innovative and award winning ITS projects, and contributed significantly to the export of Canadian technology to manage traffic congestion problems around the world. In this position, he developed an extensive network of ITS professionals and transportation decision-makers in the global ITS arena.
He has authored numerous reports and papers on various aspects of ITS, and regularly speaks on this subject at conferences and lectures in universities around the world. He was the Chairman of ITS Canada between 1998 and 2009, during which he dedicated himself to the development of ITS in Canada. He was also a Director and Vice President of the Transportation Association of Canada between 2001 and 2009.
In the Year 2000, he received from the Canadian National Transportation Week an Award of Excellence for an Outstanding Contribution to Transportation in Canada. In 2012, he received an award from ITS Canada as the Distinguished Member of the Year for his past contribution to the ITS industry around the world. His business development and operation efforts in Hong Kong in the past two decades led to Delcan being awarded in early 2014 the Inaugural Hong Kong – Canada Business Performance Award jointly by the Hong Kong Trade and Development Office and the Hong Kong-Canada Business Association.
Joe Lam currently serves ITS Canada as the Chair of the International Business Development Committee.