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Teresa Di Felice - CAA Club Group. Thornhill, ON, CA

Teresa Di Felice Teresa Di Felice

Assistant Vice President, Government and Community Relations | CAA Club Group

Thornhill, ON, CANADA

Teresa oversees CAA SCO's advocacy and community relations efforts in Ontario.

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For Whom the Road Tolls Teresa Di Felice explains drop in auto insurance rates

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Biography

Teresa is the Assistant Vice President of Government & Community Relations at CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO), Canada's largest CAA Club. She has been with CAA since 2005.

Road safety for all users is a key focus of CAA Club Group’s advocacy portfolio. Teresa is responsible for the overall direction and execution of the organization’s advocacy strategies and programs — including one of Canada’s largest elementary school safety programs, the CAA School Safety Patrol program — representing and raising awareness on relevant issues to over 2 million CAA Members and with policymakers in Ontario. She also coordinates public affairs strategies, particularly provincial government relations, with CAA's two other Ontario based clubs and works with CAA National on a number of public and government affairs files.

Teresa’s breadth and range of knowledge on infrastructure, transportation, safety, automotive and industry issues related to CAA’s work has resulted in many contributions to the development and execution of sound public policy. These include input into the province’s cycling strategy, being a member of the Premier’s panel on the Transit Investment Strategy, tow industry reform and on the transition team of the Mayor of Toronto, to name a few.

Over the last three years Teresa has released two Conference Board of Canada reports related to how much motorists contribute to the cost of infrastructure and various tools and strategies related to mitigating congestion.

Industry Expertise (6)

Public Policy

Government Relations

Legislative Office

Automotive

Safety

Highways / Railtracks

Areas of Expertise (8)

Community & Government Relations

Road Safety

Policy Advocacy

Towing Regulation

Congestion Management

Roadside Assistance

Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

Cannabis and Road Safety

Education (1)

University of Toronto, Victoria University: B.A., Political Science and Criminology

Media Appearances (23)

Speakers Corner: Are you a lane budger or an early-bird merger?

City News Toronto  tv

2021-04-14

Teresa Di Felice, AVP of Government and Community relations speaks to Pat Taney from City News. Research shows the Zipper Merge can reduce congestion by as much as 40 per cent. The Zipper Merge is a driving technique that at the source of the merge, drivers alternate, like the teeth on a zipper, into the open lane so that no line of traffic is held up. This technique maximizes available road space, which results in less time spent in line.

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New Ontario tow zone pilot project

AM 640 - Corus  radio

2020-12-17

Mike Stafford the host of AM 640 Toronto's Morning Show interviews Teresa Di Felice, assistant vice-president of government and community relations for CAA, on the new provincial towing pilot program.

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Ontario government announces tow zone pilot to curb roadway corruption

The Globe and Mail  online

2020-12-16

Teresa Di Felice, assistant vice-president of government and community relations for CAA South Central Ontario, said she is hopeful that the pilot will not only address problems within the towing industry but also issues of overall road safety: "CAA has long talked about the need for solutions to deal with congestion as a result of major highway incidents," she said, "and [the pilot] will hopefully lower the number of secondary collisions that arise from the impact these have."

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90 per cent of Ontario drivers want regulation in violence-plagued tow truck industry, CAA poll says

Toronto Star  print

2020-07-22

According to the CAA study, commissioned in April, only one in five Ontario drivers currently feels “very protected” by the current towing system. “Consumers should have the confidence that they will be protected regardless of where in the province they are and what kind of towing services they may require,” Teresa Di Felice, assistant vice-president of government and community relations, said in a prepared statement.

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Doug Ford unveils task force for towing industry

The Globe and Mail  

2020-06-29

Teresa Di Felice, assistant vice-president of government and community relations for CAA South Central Ontario, said she is “really encouraged by the announcement,” and is eager to work with the task force. “We’ve already developed what we think a framework could be, or what it should entail when it comes to regulating or licensing the towing industry in Ontario,” she said.

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Insurance workers report they were ‘muscled’ by body shops as probe into tow truck wars continues

The Globe and Mail  online

2020-06-12

Teresa Di Felice, assistant vice-president of government and community relations for CAA South Central Ontario, said Thursday that the roadside-assistance provider and its partners have been “working on the building blocks for several years now” of what regulation of the tow-truck industry in Ontario should look like. “It’s kind of striking that this industry has gone for so long without it – especially in light of the fact that there have been many calls for it, over many years.”

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In the GTA’s tow-truck turf wars, the race for profit leads to road rage, violence and intimidation

The Globe and Mail  online

2020-02-15

CAA has also long been calling for change. The company conducted a survey in 2017 that found most Ontarians support the idea of province-wide regulation for the towing industry. But the survey also found that people have very limited understanding of how the current industry works, or who is overseeing it. Teresa De Felice, assistant vice-president of government and community relations for CAA South Central Ontario, says it is a challenging issue to engage the public on. Most people don’t give the towing industry a second thought until they find themselves in a jam. “On Ontario’s highways, everybody else needs a permit to work. Whether you’re an area-maintenance contractor providing grass cutting services or trimming hedges, or you have an incident and need to set up a blocker truck. Or you’re a utility company that needs to access a pole,” she said. “Everybody else. ... except for the towing industry.”

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A New Highway for the GTA?

The Agenda, TVO  tv

2019-11-27

Can the proposed GTA West highway help alleviate traffic congestion? The Ontario government announced plans to revive the Greater Toronto Area West Highway, also known as Highway 413. Called the missing link in Toronto-area highways, GTA West is meant to address congestion and bring relief to drivers. But is adding another highway the right approach to changing transportation landscape? The Agenda looks at the pros and cons of the proposal.

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CAA turns to ping-pong to show why driving high is never a good idea

Insurance Business Canada  online

2018-12-20

To hold your own at ping-pong, you need to react quickly, make strategic decisions, and have decent hand-eye coordination, along with the other motor skills that allow you to hit the ball over the net instead of just swinging wildly at the air – a skillset that diminishes when a player is impaired by cannabis.

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Drivers react to playful drug impairment campaign

CTV News Toronto  tv

2018-12-17

The new CAA campaign is meant to target millennials uses ping pong to demonstrate the impact of drug impairment

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Company calls for tow truck operator training standards

Canadian Underwriter  online

2018-11-14

If you have a Class G driver’s licence, you could go to a tow truck company tomorrow, get some on the job training, and basically have a truck to drive and you could be towing a vehicle,” said Teresa Di Felice, CAA SCO’s assistant vice president of government and community relations, in an interview. “There really should be some provincial certification requirement to operate a tow truck in Ontario and that would come along with licensing and training requirements.”

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CAA unveils Ontario 'Towing Bill of Rights' to prevent drivers from being overcharged

CTV News  online

2018-08-23

"It can often be very stressful for motorists after a collision or vehicle issue, and the Towing Bill of Rights is a quick and easy reference guide to help put the power and knowledge back in the hands of consumers,” Teresa Di Felice, a vice-president of government and community relations at CAA South Central Ontario, said in a press release.

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CAA, Ontario association sign towing bill of rights

Global News  online

2018-08-22

“There are operators who do not prioritize customer service and have been taking advantage of people in need at the sign of the road,” said Terese Di Felice.

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Ontario gov’t to focus on road safety as cannabis is legalized

CI Top Broker  online

2018-08-14

“It is important that the government makes road safety and motorist education a top priority,” says Teresa Di Felice, AVP of government and community relations for CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO). “Ontario roads are some of the safest in North America, and we want to keep it that way when cannabis is legalized.”

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CAA Report highlights ways to reduce traffic congestion

Global News 640 Toronto  radio

2018-06-29

Tasha Kheiriddin is joined by Teresa Di Felice, the AVP of Government and Community Relations from CAA SCO to go over the report.

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CAA: 'Dooring' Is A Growing Problem

Extra Peterborough  online

2018-05-09

Teresa Di Felice of the CAA says dooring is continuing to be a major issue, a situation where a cyclist is hit by an opening car door.

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CAA pushes the 'Dutch Reach' in annual share the road campaign

Ottawa Matters  online

2018-05-07

"We're so used to opening the door with our hand closest to the door," said Assistant Vice President of Community Relations with CAA, Teresa Di Felice. "The Dutch Reach is actually suggesting that you open the door with the opposite hand. So, if you're a driver, it would be your right hand."

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C.A.A bike safety campaign underway

Breakfast Television Toronto  radio

2018-05-07

Teresa Di Felice joins us to discuss a C.A.A program that will ensure Toronto bikers stay safe.

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#OBS18: Share the Road recognizes cycling leaders with Wheels of Change Awards

Share the Road Cycling Coalition  online

2018-05-01

Advocate of the Year — Teresa Di Felice

Advocate of the Year — Teresa Di Felice

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Traffic Congestion Costing Drivers Millions

CityNews  tv

2017-12-11

Toronto is home to some of the worst traffic in Canada – that’s not news. In fact, the city has the dubious honour of being home to 10 of the 20 worst bottlenecks in the country.

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Road Tolls: Will they Actually Reduce Congestion?

The Globe and Mail  

2016-11-22

“We have to be very clear about what we’re trying to achieve,” says Teresa Di Felice, director of government and community relations, CAA SCO. “If we want to achieve reductions, there are various tools, land use planning, ride sharing transit. When you move the conversation to road pricing there has to be a clear objective … If you want to change behaviour, that is a different pricing strategy.”...

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Motorists Already Paying their Share: CAA

Toronto Sun  

2016-12-18

Teresa Di Felice, director of government and community relations for the CAA, said the income levels of drivers shouldn’t be a factor in the DVP/Gardiner tolling debate. “These are people who are making sacrifices in other places because they feel that they have no other choice but to drive,” Di Felice said...

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One in Three Ontario Drivers Admit to Distracted Driving: Survey

Canadian Underwriter  

2016-10-25

“There is no excuse for driving distracted,” said Teresa Di Felice, CAA SCO’s director of government and community relations, in the release. “Making a phone call or sending a text message isn’t worth putting your life or someone else’s at risk.”...

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