Co-hosted by:
Ontario Ministry of Transportation - Canadian Automobile Association

CARSP Conference 2017

Speaker Bio’s

  • Geof Bailey

    Autonomous Vehicles: A Vehicle Manufacturer’s Perspective
    Monday, June 19, 2017
    9:15 – 10:45

    G. F. (Geof) Bailey
    Director, Vehicle Safety, Emissions and Product Programs
    General Motors of Canada Company, Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA

    Geof is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering from Queens University and is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO). He is a career General Motors employee who learned the operation of the business from the ground up. He spent the first phase of his career (19 years) in manufacturing engineering and operations management, culminating in managing the Oshawa North Plant, stamping/assembly operations. Subsequently, he has held an array of leadership roles in engineering problem solving, engineering design, government relations, regulatory evaluation/compliance (both at GM and representing the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers) and product planning. As the Director, Vehicle Safety, Emissions and Product Programs, Geof is a member of the Canadian Executive Committee (CEC) reporting to the President of GM Canada with secondary reporting responsibility to the Vice-President of Marketing and to the Global Director, Safety and Field Investigations.

  • Kate Bassil, Acting Director, Healthy Public Policy, City of Toronto
    Tuesday, June 20, 2017
    1:00pm – 1:20pm

    Kate Bassil, Ph.D.
    Acting Director, Healthy Public Policy
    City of Toronto

    Kate Bassil is the Acting Director in the Healthy Public Policy Directorate at Toronto Public Health. She has a variety of experiences in applied health research and healthy public policy particularly in the area of environmental health. In her role at Toronto Public Health, Kate and her team provide leadership to generate and synthesize evidence to support the development of public policies to protect the health of Toronto residents. A key area of investigation and advocacy includes road safety, and particularly, research and policy work to enable the increased use and safety of walking and cycling in Toronto so as to improve health. Kate is also an Adjunct Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. She holds a PhD and MSc in Epidemiology from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

  • Doug Beirness

    Oral Fluid Testing for Drugs
    Wednesday June 21, 2017
    10:30 – 12:15

    Doug Beirness
    Senior Research Associate
    Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA

    Doug Beirness received his MASc in Addiction Studies and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Waterloo. He spent over 20 years with the Traffic Injury Research Foundation and two years with the Vermont Alcohol Research Center. Since 2005, he has been an independent contractor and a senior research associate with the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse. He has published extensively in the areas of drug and alcohol-impaired driving, the drug evaluation and classification (DEC) program, alcohol ignition interlock programs, roadside surveys of alcohol and drug use by drivers, and the evaluation of impaired driving countermeasure programs. He has attended the Drug Evaluation and Classification and the Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) training programs. He currently serves as the chair of the Transportation Research Board Committee on Alcohol, Other Drugs and Transportation and is Vice-Chair of the Canadian Society of Forensic Science Drugs and Driving Committee.

  • Automated Enforcement in Ontario – Red Light Cameras and the Potential for Future Automated Speed Enforcement
    Wednesday, June 21, 2017
    10:30 – 12:15

    Roger Browne
    Manager, Traffic Safety Unit
    City of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario

    Roger Browne is the Manager for the Traffic Safety Unit at the City of Toronto overseeing the roll-out of the City’s first, recently adopted Vision Zero Road Safety Plan as well as oversight of the city’s Red Light Camera program. He is a professional engineer with over 20 years of varying experience in the field of transportation engineering at the City, MTO and as a consultant. In parallel with his work at the City, Roger teaches transportation engineering part-time at McMaster University as well as being an instructor for a number of years at the Ontario Traffic Council’s Technical Traffic Operations Course.

  • Accessibility, Infrastructure Needs and Child Mobility
    Tuesday, June 20, 2017
    8:45 – 10:30

    Ron Buliung
    University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

    Ron Buliung is a Professor with the Department of Geography and Programs in Environment at the University of Toronto. His research aims to advance current thinking on the relationship between accessibility and mobility in physical (e.g., the built environment) and virtual (e.g., Cyberspace) environments, the spatial structure of cities and regions, and the sustainability of human activities. He is currently leading several research projects focused on four thematic areas: Transportation geography; Population health; Critical disability studies; and Geographies of childhood. He is a member of the international editorial board of the Journal of Transport Geography, the capstone journal of his discipline. His research has been funded by NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR, Metrolinx, and the NEPTIS foundation.

  • Trends in Pedestrian Injuries and Fatalities
    Tuesday, June 20, 2017
    8:45 – 10:30

    Jennifer Crain
    Research and Data Manager
    Public Health Agency of Canada's Surveillance and Epidemiology Division

    Jennifer has worked on award-winning public health initiatives for the past 6 years, including the innovative electronic Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program --eCHIRPP. Jennifer and her team track, analyse, and report on patterns of injury from a wide variety of data sources, and contexts including Canada’s roads. On a personal note she’s an avid runner and cyclist who understands first-hand the risks to vulnerable road users in spite of how far we’ve already come to make Canada’s road users safer. Jennifer is delighted to open the Pedestrian Safety and Technology panel discussion and will speak to the burden of pedestrian injuries in Canada.

  • Véronique Fournier

    Social Media, Education and Engagement
    Tuesday, June 20, 2017
    8:45 – 10:30

    Véronique Fournier
    Piéton Québec, Montréal, Québec, CANADA

    Executive Director of the Montreal Urban Ecology Centre, Véronique is an ambassador for ecological, democratic and sustainable cities by promoting citizen involvement in urban issues and decisions. As a Montreal City Councillor from 2009 to 2013, she chaired the South West Planning Advisory Committee and held several positions related to finance and economic development at the municipal level. She brings over 15 years of experience in local development, social economy and intervention, as well as in urban policy and active citizenship. Building on her strong training in community organization, she holds a Masters in Social Work and Social economy, along with a Masters degree in Public Management; she also teaches collective intervention at the University level. Founding member of Piétons Québec, Véronique seizes every opportunities to advocate on behalf of better public spaces and walkable cities.

  • Autonomous Vehicles: A Regulator’s Perspective
    Monday, June 19, 2017
    9:15 – 10:45

    Mark Francis
    Manager of Provincial Vehicle Registration and Licensing / Co-Chair CCMTA's Working Group on Automated Vehicles
    Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), Vancouver, BC

    In addition to Mark’s current role, in which he oversees vehicle registration and licensing programs and policy for ICBC at the delegation of the province of BC, Mark also co-chairs a national committee on Automated Vehicles for the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators. He is also one of two appointed Canadian members of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators Automated Vehicles working group, which has the objective of developing best practices for U.S. and Canadian jurisdictions in relation to the regulation and management of automated vehicles. He is also currently serving as the Past President of the Insurance Institute of BC.

  • Dr. Andrew Howard

    Pedestrian Countdown Signals
    Tuesday, June 20, 2017
    8:45 – 10:30

    Andrew Howard
    MD, FRCSC, MSc
    SickKids Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

    Dr. Howard is a paediatric orthopaedic surgeon who has a large and diverse clinical practice. His clinical interests include complex orthopaedic trauma and surgery for spinal and lower extremity deformities. In addition to his surgical training, he holds a Masters of Science in Epidemiology (1998) from the University of Ottawa. Dr Howard’s research focuses on prevention of road traffic injuries to children, which are overwhelmingly the leading cause of death for children in developed countries. Dr. Howard studies the biomechanics and epidemiology of child motor vehicle occupant injuries. Dr. Howard also studies the epidemiology of other major categories of unintentional childhood injury, including pedestrian and cyclist injuries.

  • Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner & Executive Director, City of Toronto
    Tuesday, June 20, 2017
    1:20pm – 1:40pm

    Jennifer Keesmaat
    Chief Planner & Executive Director
    City of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario

    As Chief Planner for the City of Toronto, Jennifer is committed to creating places where people flourish. Over the past decade Jennifer has been repeatedly recognized by the Canadian Institute of Planners and OPPI for her innovative work in Canadian municipalities. Most recently, Jennifer was named as one of the most influential people in Toronto by Toronto Life magazine and one of the most powerful people in Canada by MacLeans Magazine. Jennifer is the 2016 recipient of the President’s Award of Excellence, Canadian Institute of Planners. Her planning practice is characterized by an emphasis on collaborations across sectors, and broad engagement with municipal staff, councils, developers, business leaders, NGO's and residents associations. Her priorities include implementing a divisional strategic plan, leading an Official Plan review process, refining public consultation to provide more access to city building conversations, a renewed focus on evidence based transit planning, midrise development on the City of Toronto's many avenues, and overseeing development review for over 4000 applications annually. Jennifer is the founder of Project Walk, which premiered its first short film in 2011, as an official selection at the TIFF. In 2012 Jennifer debuted her first TED talk, Walk to School and in 2013 she delivered her second, Own Your City. Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario (combined honours English and Philosophy) and has a Master in Environmental Studies (Politics and Planning) from York University.

  • Utilizing Automated License Plate Recognition to Target Prolific Prohibited Drivers
    Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
    10:30am -12:15pm

    Insp Michael D. Labossiere
    OIC LMD Traffic Services / A/OIC E Division Traffic Services
    Royal Canadian Mounted Police, British Columbia

    Insp Michael Labossiere has been a police officer with the RCMP for the last 30 years and has worked in several positions starting as a Cst in the BC interior and up the ranks to S/Sgt and then Insp which included positions with the Ops Strategy Branch, INSET and as the BC Hate Crime Task Force Coordinator. Throughout his career, Insp Labossiere has led organizational change to make the most effective and efficient use of available resources to address operational priorities. In 2016, Insp Labossiere was tasked with developing and implementing a pilot project team targeting prolific prohibited drivers. The 9 week pilot project was very successful resulting in the creation of a full time target team.

  • Jean-François Rheault

    Pedestrian Exposure Data
    Tuesday, June 20, 2017
    8:45 – 10:30

    Jean-Francois Rheault
    Director, Eco-Counter North America
    Eco-Counter North America, Montréal, Québec CANADA

    Jean-Francois Rheault is the Director of the Eco-Counter North America. Eco-Counter is the world leader in cyclist and pedestrian counting technology with projects in more than 45 countries worldwide. In North America, Eco-Counter has counting projects in a variety of cities including Montreal, New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Portland, and Vancouver. He has extensive experience in project management, installation assistance, consulting, technical support, and data analysis and has helped install counters in over 200 cities in North America, Europe and Oceania. In 2012, he received the prestigious Profession of Year - Private Sector Award from the Association of Bicycle and Pedestrian Professionals.

  • Robyn Robertson

    Autonomous Vehicles: A User’s Perspective
    Monday, June 19, 2017
    9:15 – 10:45

    Robyn Robertson
    President and CEO
    Traffic Injury Research Foundation, Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA

    Ms. Robyn Robertson is President and CEO of the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF), a charitable, independent, road safety research institute. TIRF is a world leader in research, safety programs, and policy development. Robyn first joined TIRF as a Research Assistant in 1999. She was promoted to increasingly senior positions and appointed President and CEO by the Board of Directors in 2006. Her interests include the development and evaluation of policies and programs and she is well-versed in operational and implementation strategies. She has undertaken several critical reviews of the literature and has considerable experience collecting quantitative and qualitative data. She has also organized and conducted national surveys, focus groups and in-depth interviews with criminal justice and road safety professionals.

  • Levels of Automation
    Monday, June 19, 2017
    9:15 – 10:45

    Nicolas Saunier
    Associate Professor - Transportation Engineering
    Polytechnique Montréal

    Nicolas Saunier has an engineering degree and a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in computer science from Telecom ParisTech (2005). Since 2009, he has worked with the Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering Department of Polytechnique Montréal and is currently an associate professor in Transportation Engineering. His interests include intelligent transportation, road safety, and data science for transportation. He is a member of the Interuniversity Research Centre on Enterprise Networks, Logistics and Transportation (CIRRELT) and co-heads its ITS lab. He is also a member of Prof. Catherine Morency's Research Chair on the evaluation and implementation of sustainability in transportation (MOBILITÉ Chair) and of three Transportation Research Board (TRB) committees, on Artificial Intelligence, Safety Data, Analysis, and Evaluation, and Pedestrians.

  • Utilizing Automated License Plate Recognition to Target Prolific Prohibited Drivers
    Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
    10:30am -12:15pm

    Cst. Paul Walker
    Police Officer
    Abbotsford Police Department , Abbotsford, BC

    Paul has been a police officer with the Abbotsford Police Department (APD) since 2011 completing his training at the Justice Institute of BC. As a member of Patrol, Paul spent his early years of policing responding to a wide variety of calls for service. In 2013, Paul took on the role as one of two Public Information Officer’s for the APD, responding to hundreds of media requests each year. In 2016, Paul was seconded to the BC Integrated Road Safety Unit (IRSU) conducting strategic traffic enforcement focusing on distracted, aggressive and impaired driving. Currently Paul remains with IRSU, conducting targeted enforcement of Prolific Prohibited Drivers.

  • Fred Wegman

    Towards Zero by Safe Systems
    Monday, June 19, 2017
    8:00 – 9:15

    Fred Wegman
    Professor Traffic Safety
    Delft University of Technology, Delft, Nederland

    Professor Fred Wegman is Emeritus Professor at the Delft University of Technology and the former managing director of SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research in the Netherlands. Fred has worked in the road safety field for forty years, mainly as a researcher and research manager, covering a wide range of safety issues including road safety in urban areas and on rural roads, safe road design, road side safety, speed management (traffic calming), vulnerable road users like cyclists and elderly road users, legislation and traffic law enforcement. Fred is a co-author of Sustainable Safety, the Dutch version of safe system thinking in road safety. Fred developed road safety strategies for the Netherlands and worked on road safety research programmes, more specifically related to road safety strategies and action plans. He has advised on road safety in more than twenty countries in the world. Fred worked with and for a wide range of different national and international organizations. Fred is chairman of the International Traffic Safety Data and Analysis Group (IRTAD), a permament working group of the Joint Transport Research Centre of the OECD and the International Transport Forum (ITF). He serves as the director of Delft Road Safety Courses. Fred has received the royal honour of being awarded Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau.

  • Ron Wilkinson

    Use of Radar to Measure Distance Between Vehicles from Bicycles
    Wednesday, June 21, 2017
    10:30 – 12:15

    Rob Wilkinson
    Coordinator of Safer Roads Ottawa Program
    City of/Ville d'Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA

    Rob first started working at the municipal level shortly before the new City of Ottawa was formed in January 2001. His career first focused on the special needs field and supervising programs for residents with Acquired Brain Injuries, as well as developmental and physical disabilities. Later moving to the Office of Protocol, Rob organized many large-scale public events and worked closely with the Mayor, Members of City Council, members of the diplomatic corps and various levels of government. In 2011, Rob was asked to lead the Safer Roads Ottawa program. He has shifted the approach and revitalized the initiative through engaging the community and key stakeholders, and has been instrumental in making the program one of the leading municipal road safety programs in Canada.