Co-hosted by:
RoadSafety BC

CARSP Conference 2018

Speaker Bio’s

  • Panel Discussion II – Speed Limits and Speeding

    Tuesday, June 12, 2018
    9:00am – 10:30am

    Neil Arason
    Director
    Ministry of Health, Government of BC

    Neil Arason is a public health director in the BC Ministry of Health. In a previous role in government, Neil was instrumental in the development of the British Columbia Road Safety Strategy. Neil is the author of No Accident: Eliminating injury and death on Canadian roads - published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press in 2014. The book has been featured in Maclean's magazine and in many other media. In 2015, he received two road safety awards - one from the Transportation Association of Canada and the other from the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators.

  • Panel Discussion I – Cannabis Impaired Driving and Road Safety

    Monday, June 11, 2018
    9:30am – 11:00am

    Doug Beirness
    Senior Research and Policy Analyst
    Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

    Doug Beirness received his Ph.D. in Psychology specializing in alcohol studies and an M.A.Sc. in Addiction Studies from the University of Waterloo. He currently serves as Senior Research Associate with the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) and also works as an independent research consultant. During his career that has spanned 30-plus years, Dr. Beirness has participated in a variety of research studies and has published numerous articles in the areas of drug and alcohol-impaired driving, the Drug Evaluation and Classification Program, alcohol ignition interlock programs, young drivers, the development of high-risk lifestyles, and the perception of intoxication and impairment. He has served as the Chair of the Transportation Research Board Standing Committee on Alcohol, Drugs and Transportation Safety and is currently Vice Chair of the Canadian Society of Forensic Science Drugs and Driving Committee. In 2016, he was recognized by the International Association of Chiefs of Police Drug Recognition Expert Section as a DRE Ambassador.

  • Panel Discussion I – Cannabis Impaired Driving and Road Safety

    Monday, June 11, 2018
    9:30am – 11:00am

    Paul Boase
    Chief
    Road Users, Transport Canada

    Paul Boase graduated from York University in Toronto with a BA in Sociology/Psychology in 1979. In 1982, he graduated from University of Toronto with a Masters Degree in Psychology. In 1987, he joined the Ministry of Transportation and Communications Ontario as Assistant Research Officer, and in 1990, was promoted to Senior Research Analyst. In this capacity he worked on the annual collision statistics as well as a number of safety related projects such as graduated licensing, administrative licence suspension and photo radar. In 1999, Paul joined Transport Canada as Chief, Road Users where he is responsible for research related to road user behaviour. Current Affiliations include: Board of Director of the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals (CARSP). Member of the Road Safety Research and Policy Committee of the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA). Paul also co-chairs the Strategies to Reduce Impaired Driving (STRID) and National Occupant Restraint Program (NORP) Task Forces of CCMTA.

  • Panel Discussion II – Speed Limits and Speeding

    Tuesday, June 12, 2018
    9:00am – 10:30am

    Jeff Brubacher
    Emergency Physician
    Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver

    Dr. Brubacher practices as an Emergency Physician at Vancouver General Hospital in British Columbia, Associate Professor in the University of British Columbia Department of Emergency Medicine, and Director of the Emergency Medicine Research Program at the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. Dr. Brubacher’s research focuses on road safety with a special interest in impaired driving and traffic policy evaluation. Jeff holds a scholar award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and was recently awarded a Health Professional Investigator (HPI) award, also from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. He chairs the British Columbia Road Safety Strategy, Research and Data Committee, sits on the City of Vancouver Traffic Safety Advisory group, and was a member of the BC Coroner’s Service Teen Driver Death Review Panel. Jeff is principal investigator on several studies funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, including an evaluation of the road safety consequences of BC’s recent speed limit changes.

  • Panel Session III – Cycling Safety

    Wednesday, June 13, 2018
    11:15am -12:45pm

    Melissa Bruntlett
    Co-founder
    Modacity

    Melissa Bruntlett is co-founder of Modacity, a creative agency focused of inspiring healthier, happier, simpler forms of urban mobility through words, photography, and film. She believes it is imperative to build cities that work for every citizen, and uses her experience as a writer, marketer, producer, and mother to share the human perspective of multi-modal transportation to a mainstream audience. With a background in sales, marketing, and project management, and serving as an active volunteer in her community, Melissa is continually developing written, visual, and audio content that inspires and challenges organizations to reach out to a broad audience, and promote more livable urban environments. "I strive to create cities where my children can flourish, and where the simple act of moving through their city is a safe, simple, and enjoyable act."

  • Plenary Session
    What's Old is New Again – Using Science and Story to Advance Road Safety

    Tuesday, June 12, 2018
    8:00am – 9:00am

    The Honorable T. Bella Dinh-Zarr, PhD, MPH
    Board Member
    U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

    T. Bella Dinh-Zarr, PhD, MPH, is the 42nd Member of the National Transportation Safety Board, an independent U.S. federal agency charged by the U.S. Congress with investigating transportation disasters and making recommendations to advance safety. Dr. Dinh-Zarr trained as a public health scientist, specializing in injury prevention, and has dedicated her career to working to ensure transportation safety is a policy priority, domestically and internationally. At the NTSB, she served as Vice Chairman for 2 years, launched with investigators to rail, marine, and aviation accidents, chaired aviation and highway public investigative Board meetings, and served as the Board Member for the NTSB’s Pedestrian Safety Forum and Rear Occupant Protection Workshop. Previously, Dr. Dinh-Zarr worked at the CDC, NHTSA, AAA, and the Texas Transportation Institute. Most recently, she was the U.S. Director of the FIA Foundation, an international philanthropy active in the development of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and worked to advance safety and sustainability in developing countries. Born in Vietnam, Dr. Dinh-Zarr is a graduate of Rice University in Texas, and studied at La Universidad Católica de Valparaíso in Chile. She has Master of Public Health (MPH) and PhD degrees from the University of Texas School of Public Health, with a fellowship at the Institute of Child Health in London. Nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Dr. Dinh-Zarr has served on the Board since March 2015.

  • Panel Discussion I – Cannabis Impaired Driving and Road Safety

    Monday, June 11, 2018
    9:30am – 11:00am

    Darrin Grondel
    Director
    Washington State Traffic Safety Commission

    Darrin has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Brigham Young University, a Masters in Public Administration from The Evergreen State College, and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Brandman University. Darrin is a graduate of Northwestern University – School of Police Staff and Command, Class 201.

    Darrin began his career as a trooper with the Washington State Patrol on January 6, 1992. He promoted through the ranks to Captain with varying job assignments, leadership and management responsibilities.

    In 2009, he was nominated to the Governors Distinguished Managers Association.

    On March 1, 2012, Governor Christine Gregoire appointed Darrin as Director of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. On March 1, 2013, Governor Jay Inslee reappointed Darrin as Director.

    Director Grondel is an active member with the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) serving as Secretary on the Executive Board.

    He enjoys all sports and spending time with his wife and ten children.

  • Lunch Speaker Session – Autonomous Vehicles
    The Canadian Approach to Regulating Highly Autonomous Vehicles

    Tuesday, June 12, 2018
    1:15pm – 1:55pm

    Mark Francis
    Co-Chair, CCMTA’s Autonomous Vehicle Working Group
    Manager, Provincial Vehicle Registration and Licensing, ICBC

    Mark Francis, currently holds the position manager provincial vehicle registration and licensing at ICBC, and has worked for that organization for over 30 years. 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, and holds the designation of Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional.

  • Panel Session III – Cycling Safety

    Wednesday, June 13, 2018
    11:15am -12:45pm

    Karen Laberee, MSc.
    Executive Director
    BikeMaps.org

    Karen is the Executive Director of BikeMaps.org, a research website that gathers and analyzes crowd sourced bike incident data. Karen is responsible for coordinating the BikeMaps.org team that includes researchers from University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University, and Arizona State University, along with municipal and advocate partners from across Canada. Prior to BikeMaps.org’s creation in 2014, Karen was the manager of the Spatial Pattern and Analysis Research Laboratory at the University of Victoria. Currently, Karen is also the Victoria Program Coordinator with the INTErventions, Research, and Action in Cities Team (INTERACT).

  • Plenary Session
    A New Traffic Safety Paradigm

    Monday, June 11, 2018
    8:15am – 9:30am

    Todd Litman
    Founder and Executive Director
    Victoria Transport Policy Institute

    Todd Litman is founder and executive director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, an independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative solutions to transport problems. His work helps expand the range of impacts and options considered in transportation decision-making, improve evaluation methods, and make specialized technical concepts accessible to a larger audience. His research is used worldwide in transport planning and policy analysis.

  • Panel Discussion II – Speed Limits and Speeding

    Tuesday, June 12, 2018
    9:00am – 10:30am

    Emily Newhouse
    Medical Health Officer
    Vancouver Coastal Health, Vancouver

    Dr. Emily Newhouse is a Medical Health Officer with Vancouver Coastal Health, where she works on public health issues ranging from communicable disease control to injury prevention. She trained as a public health physician at the University of British Columbia, and has had a longstanding interest in road safety and safe speeds. She is active in promoting the BC Road Safety Strategy and works closely with health authority partners, varying levels of government and communities on injury reduction. She is a member of BC Health Officers’ Council and advocates for a Vision Zero approach to our roads that places human health and safety as the highest priority.

  • Panel Discussion II – Speed Limits and Speeding

    Tuesday, June 12, 2018
    9:00am – 10:30am

    Rob Quilley
    Sergeant
    Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Vancouver

    Sgt. Rob Quilley is a 29 year member of the Royal Canadian Police. Sgt. Quilley started his career in rural Detachments in Northern Saskatchewan. For the past 21 years Sgt Quilley has worked in the Lower Mainland in Traffic Services. Sgt. Quilley has worked in many fields in traffic, including enforcement, Collision Analysis, Enforcement Team Supervisor and Traffic Unit Commander. Throughout his career Sgt. Quilley has been engaged in traffic enforcement and safety. Sgt Quilley is an instructor of a number of traffic related courses including radar/laser speed enforcement, impaired driving, and emergency vehicle operation. Sgt. Quilley is also a Police Motorcycle operator and sits on a number of committees dedicated to road safety.

  • Panel Session III – Cycling Safety

    Wednesday, June 13, 2018
    11:15am -12:45pm

    Nancy Smith Lea
    Director
    Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT)

    Nancy Smith Lea is the Director of the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT), a project of the registered charity Clean Air Partnership. Nancy has specialized knowledge in applied research and policy analysis specific to Complete Streets. She has published several articles and led numerous research projects aimed at improving understanding and conditions for active transportation. In 2011, Nancy was awarded the Toronto Foundation’s Vital People grant for “Putting Active Transportation on the map”. In 2016 she was featured in Spacing magazine as a “Safer Streets Crusader” and one of 12 extraordinary women city builders.

  • Panel Discussion II – Speed Limits and Speeding

    Tuesday, June 12, 2018
    9:00am – 10:30am

    Vincent M. Stancato
    Deputy Chief Coroner, BC Coroners Service
    Ministry of Public & Solicitor General, Victoria, BC

    Vince Stancato was appointed Deputy Chief Coroner in British Columbia in August 2013. Vince was previously a Coroner and Regional Coroner and has worked for the service since 2003. Prior to joining the Service, Vince worked in a variety of capacities for the Ministry of Attorney General and Ministry of Solicitor General. He managed several crime prevention projects, coordinated the provincial Restorative Justice Program and was the Director of the BC Safe School Centre. Vince attended Simon Fraser University where he undertook both undergraduate (BA) and postgraduate (MA) work in the School of Criminology.

  • Panel Session III – Cycling Safety

    Wednesday, June 13, 2018
    11:15am -12:45pm

    Kay Teschke
    Professor
    University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

    Kay Teschke is Professor Emeritus, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia. In 2004, she initiated the Cycling in Cities Research Program to investigate which route infrastructure encourages or discourages cycling and which increases or decreases cycling injury risk. She currently serves on the OECD International Transport Forum Roundtable on Cycling Safety, BC Road Safety Strategy Working Committees, the BC Road Safety Law Reform Group, and the Board of Directors of WorkSafeBC. Over the last 5 years, she has been an expert advisor for the BC Coroner Service child traffic death review panel, Public Health Ontario’s bicycle helmet legislation synthesis, the BC Public Health Officer’s Report on Road Safety, and the City of Vancouver Cycling Safety Study.

  • Lunch Speaker Session – Ahead of the Curve: Enhancements to Ontario’s Automated Vehicle Testing Framework

    Tuesday, June 12, 2018
    1:15pm -1:55pm

    Erik Thomsen
    Team Leader
    Safety Policy and Education Branch, Ontario Ministry of Transportation

    Erik Thomsen is a Team Leader with the Ministry of Transportation Ontario’s Safety Policy and Education Branch (SPEB). Over his seven years with SPEB, Erik has worked to promote road safety in Ontario through policy development and issues management work on a range of portfolios, including: automated vehicles, speeding and automated enforcement, senior driver safety, young and novice driver safety, pedestrian safety, and vehicle standards and equipment. Over the last several months, Erik has played a major role in the development of an enhanced framework for automated vehicle testing in Ontario. Erik holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration from Ryerson University and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Toronto.

  • Panel Session III – Cycling Safety

    Wednesday, June 13, 2018
    11:15am -12:45pm

    Sarah Webb
    Manager of Sustainable Transportation Planning & Development
    City of Victoria

    Sarah has fifteen years’ experience working in the capital region on projects to improve safety and comfort for vulnerable road users. Sarah works with inter-disciplinary teams to design, build and operate cycling facilities that encourage riders of all ages and abilities. Using an iterative design process involving road users, enforcement agencies, and maintenance crews, the City applies national and international design standards and integrates practical lessons learned to capital construction projects. Outside the office Sarah is the vice-chair of Modo Car Share Cooperative and volunteers with the SPOKES bicycle program.

  • Panel Discussion I – Cannabis Impaired Driving and Road Safety

    Monday, June 11, 2018
    9:30am – 11:00am

    Jeremy Wood
    Project Director of the Drugs and Driving Initiative
    RoadSafetyBC, Victoria, BC

    Jeremy Wood is currently Project Director of the Drugs and Driving Initiative at RoadSafetyBC. Jeremy recently led the development of Bill 17—Motor Vehicle Amendment Act, 2018, which provides additional administrative tools to police in BC to address drug-affected driving. The Drugs and Driving Initiative will work to implement Bill 17, as well as lead the development of a second phase of legislative changes to further strengthen BC’s provincial laws to deter drugged driving. Jeremy has worked in the BC public service in various roles for more than a decade. He started with RoadSafetyBC in January 2016 and is very passionate about impaired driving, distracted driving, and other public policy areas affecting safety on our roads. Jeremy’s previous work in the policy and legislation field include a number of projects aimed at overhauling police accountability in the province, most notably contributing to the establishment of the legal framework for the Independent Investigations Office (IIO), which investigates incidents of death and serious harm involving police in this province.