Co-hosted by:
City of Calgary

CARSP Conference 2019

Post-conference Workshop Speaker Bio’s

Vision Zero – Understanding and Action

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 9:00am-3:30pm

  • Mavis Johnson

    Panel 1 – Building Blocks to Vision Zero Implementation
    How the Safe System Approach Supports Vision Zero and Sustainability Principles

    Thursday, May 30, 2019
    Morning Session

    Mavis Johnson
    Community Development Advisor
    Traffic Injury Research Institute

    Mavis Johnson has been involved in road safety in the UK and Canada for 50 years. In the last fifteen years she has undertaken many international road safety projects, particularly in low and middle income countries. Her major focus is in comprehensive, strategic and operational road safety planning and the implementation of the Safe System Approach. She also works part-time for the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) in developing their community learning centre, now called Action2Zero. She was the Principal Author on the BC Provincial Health Officer’s Report “ Where the Rubber meets the road” and sits on Road Safety BC’s Safe Roads and Communities Working Committee. She is a Board member and past president of CARSP.

  • Adam Bell

    Panel 1 – Building Blocks to Vision Zero Implementation
    Vision Zero and the Need for Public Health Data and Root Cause Analysis

    Thursday, May 30, 2019
    Morning Session

    Adam Bell
    National Vision Zero Lead and Team Leader
    Traffic & Safety, WSP Canada

    Adam Bell, is the National Vision Zero Lead and Team Leader, Traffic & Safety at WSP Canada. With over 17 years of experience he specializes in the areas of transportation operations, planning, design and construction. Adam has worked in both the consulting and municipal sectors with a primary focus on the development of Safe Systems and Vision Zero. Adam serves as the Director of Engineering on the Ontario Traffic Council (OTC) and is a member of the Transportation Safety Standing Committee with the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC). He is also a member of the Ontario Road Safety Forum Organizing Committee and the Expert Advisory Board for the Child Active Transportation Safety and the Environment (CHASE) study.

  • Tony Churchill

    Panel 1 – Building Blocks to Vision Zero Implementation
    Demonstrating the Value of Environmental Changes to Support Vision Zero

    Thursday, May 30, 2019
    Morning Session

    Tony Churchill
    Traffic Safety Operations, City of Calgary

    Mr. Churchill is a professional engineer who has focused his career on road safety. He obtained a civil engineering technical diploma from SAIT Polytechnic prior to studying at the University of Calgary where he completed BSc. and MSc. degrees in civil engineering with a focus on road safety. Following the completion of his MSc. Degree, Mr. Churchill worked for a year at the SWOV in the Netherlands where he contributed to and managed research projects and road safety analyses. He was lured back to Canada by EBA Engineering Consultants Ltd. where he spent over 5 years completing road safety audits, in-service road safety reviews, safety evaluation studies, research, functional planning studies and traffic engineering studies. In 2013, Mr. Churchill began working at the City of Calgary where he is the Leader of Traffic Safety. Mr. Churchill is responsible for the coordination of efforts across the City using a multi-disciplinary approach as outlined in the Calgary Safer Mobility Plan. He is married to Laura and has a son, Jonathan, and a daughter, Anneke.

  • Shabnem Afzal

    Panel 1 – Building Blocks to Vision Zero Implementation
    Path to Vision Zero - Experience from Surrey, BC

    Thursday, May 30, 2019
    Morning Session

    Shabnem Afzal
    Road Safety Office, City of Surrey

    Shabnem holds a BA (hons) and an MSc (Distinction) from the U.K. She joined the City of Surrey early 2018 as the Manager of Road Safety. Shabnem has developed a new Vision Zero Surrey Safe Mobility Plan to eliminate death and serious injury on Surrey’s roads. The Plan was adopted by Council and launched February 8th, 2019, by the City of Surrey’s Mayor at BC’s first Vision Zero Summit which was hosted and led by Surrey. Shabnem is leading a road safety team within the City of Surrey to undertake a holistic, cross-sectoral and collaborative effort towards having the safest roads in Canada. Shabnem also currently Chairs the Safe Roads and Communities committee of the BC Road Safety Strategy. Shabnem has worked internationally during her career as a university researcher, a policy professional and senior consultant across all levels of government. Her work has spanned wide areas across crime reduction, road safety, and social policy. She has worked with the Organized Crime Unit of Scotland Yard where she led the creation of a performance measurement framework in several areas of policing and has been influential in shaping UK national policy on a number of controversial public safety issues. Shabnem has held several Director positions within the Province of BC, including Director of Crime Reduction and Director of Road Safety, and has a demonstrated track record of leading large-scale provincial programs and initiatives. She had the honor of working with the current speaker of the house in her role as Provincial lead for the Blue Ribbon Panel on Crime Reduction. Her experience in road safety in BC stretches back 15 years, beginning with her role as architect of the award winning Integrated Road Safety Units—a partnership with ICBC, RCMP, and Independent Police across BC. These proactive dedicated policing units use a data-driven approach to deliver targeted traffic safety enforcement which led to significant decreases in collisions across the Province, for which she won a Premier’s Award. As Director of Road Safety, she oversaw the Enhanced Traffic Enforcement Program (ETEP), which is a partnership between the province, police and the Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC). The enforcement program provides tools, technology and additional officers to help target problem areas or issues related to traffic safety. Shabnem held memberships on a numerous national and Provincial Road Safety Committees including the CCMTA; the BC Association of Chiefs of Police Traffic Safety Committee; the JIBC Police Academy Traffic Safety Training Committee. Her provincial responsibilities included oversight of the Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team (IMPACT) that operates the Bait Car program; B.C.’s Intersection Safety Camera Program in partnership with ICBC; as well as the Automated License Plate Recognition program which was started in B.C. as a pilot project in partnership with the RCMP. ALPR supports auto crime reduction and identifies un-licensed or uninsured drivers as well as drivers prohibited or suspended under the Motor Vehicle Act or Criminal Code.