Overview of our Association

Board of Directors

The affairs of the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals are managed by an elected Board of Directors and the Executive Director of the national office. The members of the current 2017 board are:

Jennifer Kroeker-Hall

Jennifer Kroeker-Hall

President (CARSP)

Sirius Strategic Solutions
Victoria, BC

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After more than two decades of public service in B.C. and Alberta, Jennifer started her own strategic management consulting company, Sirius Strategic Solutions. Following on her work in driver licensing and road safety at ICBC, she specializes in enhancing road and public safety and security by providing expert advice and facilitating policy and program solutions to governments, associations and organizations.

Prior to starting her own consulting firm, Jennifer had a progressive career in the public sector and has a broad based understanding of government, having overseen policy, administrative and operational programs in the justice and road safety environments. Over more than 20 years, she has held senior management and executive positions with the Province of B.C. and ICBC. In her most recent positions, Jennifer worked both nationally and internationally, being recognized by the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators for her outstanding contributions; receiving the Jennie Howie Government Member Award in 2006.

Jennifer has extensive volunteer and board experience having been elected to, and chaired, the Board of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC, Victoria Regional Group), the Alumni Board of the School of Public Administration, University of Victoria, and the Greater Victoria Police Victims Services Board. She has also served on the IPAC National Board and the Greater Victoria Public Library Board, in addition to her volunteer commitments with the United Way and Santas Anonymous. Her skills and volunteer commitment are evidenced by her most recent role as Chair of the Organizing Committee for IPAC’s national conference held in Victoria in 2011.

Jennifer holds both a Master of Arts in Criminology from Simon Fraser and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Victoria. Jennifer is currently obtaining her PhD in public administration.

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Marie-Soleil Cloutier

Marie-Soleil Cloutier

Vice President (CARSP)

Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS)
Montréal, QC

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M.S. Cloutier is an associate professor at Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (Centre Urbanisation Culture Société) since 2009. After completing a Masters in GIS at UQAM, MS Cloutier earned her PhD in geography at Université de Montréal. Her expertise in health geography and urban studies is used to lead research projects around various interests generally related to road safety for the most vulnerable (child and elderly pedestrians). She is now the director of the newly created Laboratory Pedestrian and Urban Space. Most of her research projects are in collaboration with community partners (cities, public health, etc.) and other researchers in Quebec, Canada and France.

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Paul Boase

Paul Boase

Treasurer (CARSP)

Transport Canada
Ottawa, ON

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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.

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Brian Jonah

Brian Jonah

Past President (CARSP)

Road Safety Consultant
Ottawa, ON

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Brian is a Senior Researcher at the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) in Ottawa. He retired from the Road Safety Directorate of Transport Canada in November 2008 where he had been the Director, Road Safety Programs responsible for collision data collection and analysis, including collision investigations, road user and road infrastructure research, the development of road safety related policy and programs, and communication with the public.

After receiving a doctorate in social psychology from the University of Western Ontario, he has worked over the following 35 years on road safety research, vehicle safety regulation, and policy and program evaluation, with particular emphasis on impaired driving, seat belt use, risky driving and young drivers. As the chair of the CCMTA’s Road Safety Vision Task Force from 2003-2008 and the Road Safety Research and Policies Standing Committee from 2007-2008, he led, in collaboration with his provincial colleagues and other stakeholders, Canada’s previous national road safety program called Road Safety Vision 2010.

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Kale Brown

Kale Brown

Young Professionals' Committee Chair (CARSP)

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Kale Brown is a municipal road safety professional in the Safer Roads Ottawa Program. His combined experience of public health and traffic safety enables him to strengthen community assets and contribute knowledge and skills in policy, research and communication. Recently he has launched innovative road safety technologies by partnering with community experts. This has included implementation of the 1M cycling device, school bus enforcement cameras as well as the PedSafe app for pedestrians. As a cyclist, motorcyclist and driver Kale is passionate advocate for all types of road users. Kale is a member and chair of several Ontario road safety groups who focus primarily on cycling. He also chairs CARSP’s Young Professionals' Committee where he hopes to continue to strengthen and grow the multi-disciplinary nature road safety.

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Tony Churchill

Tony Churchill

City of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta

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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.

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Alexander Crizzle

Alexander Crizzle

School of Public Health, University of Saskatchewan
Waterloo, Ontario

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Alexander Crizzle is a Gerontologist and Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Saskatchewan. His interests are within the domain of community mobility (driving simulation, on-road testing, naturalistic driving using GPS, falls, pedestrian accidents, wheelchair mobility, rehabilitation, screening, private class and commercial drivers) with a particular interest in those with medical conditions (i.e. Parkinson’s Disease, Epilepsy, Dementia, Stroke). He is also interested in the role of cognition on activities of daily living, as well as examining mobility issues within retirement and long term care homes.

Dr. Crizzle is a member of the dementia and driving team, as part of the larger Canadian Consortium for Neurodegeneration and Aging initiative, to develop interventions for driving cessation in those with early to midstage dementia and their caregivers. Additionally, Dr. Crizzle is also a member of the Canadian Driving Research Initiative for Vehicular Safety in the Elderly (Candrive), an interdisciplinary health-related research program dedicated to improving the safety of older drivers.

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Raheem Dilgir

Raheem Dilgir

Transafe Consulting
Vancouver, BC

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Raheem Dilgir is a Road Safety Professional with 20 years of experience in Canada, the United States and abroad. He was previously the Vice President and road safety practice lead of Opus International Consultants in Alberta, and more recently served as the Manager of Transportation at The Corporation of Delta in British Columbia. Raheem has been instrumental in the development of road safety engineering guidance for the Transportation Association of Canada and other leading organizations in Canada.

He has led or participated in over 200 network, corridor and intersection reviews, including several high-profile and multi-agency studies; and over 80 planning and design-stage road safety audits, including the ring roads for Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer and Saskatoon.

He participates actively on road safety industry committees, has delivered several courses and guest lectures in road safety engineering and chairs the Safe Roads and Communities committee of the BC Road Safety Strategy.
Raheem operates his own road safety consultancy, TranSafe Consulting, through which he assists road agencies in the development, delivery and evaluation of road safety programs and projects.

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Pierro Hirsch

Pierro Hirsch

Virage Simulation
Montréal, QC

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Since 1976, Pierro Hirsch has studied the effects of driver training on driver behavior and crash risk from the multiple perspectives of: driver trainer for novice and professional drivers; teacher-trainer; driving school owner; training program developer; corporate consultant, and; road safety researcher. Pierro completed his undergraduate degree at the University of California and his PhD at the University of Montreal. His doctoral research focused on the factors associated with increased crash risk among 1,807 adolescent, novice drivers during their first year of unsupervised driving. He is the author of many scientific publications related to driver training and its impact on road safety.

In 2006, Pierro became Research Director at Virage Simulation, a Montreal-based designer and manufacturer of car and truck simulators and developer of customized training programs. There he applies his experience, knowledge, and passion for crash injury prevention towards the development of innovative applications of driving-simulator technology for the training and evaluation of drivers of all ages and experience levels, from novices to professional and emergency vehicle drivers to the population of aging drivers.

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Mavis Johnson

Canadian Traffic Safety Institute
Burnaby, BC

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Mavis Johnson is the Founder and President of the Canadian Traffic Safety Institute. She has been involved in road safety in the UK and Canada for over 40 years.

She continues to take a leadership role in road safety across Canada in various positions and in the last ten years has also undertaken many international road safety projects, particularly in developing and rapidly motorizing nations. Her major focus is in strategic road safety planning.

She has been recognized on several occasions by the Institute of Transportation Engineers in British Columbia and Canada by receiving their Distinguished Achievement and Lifetime Achievement Awards. More recently she was recognized through the Canadian Transportation Awards Program with an Award of Excellence for her outstanding contribution to road safety.

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Alex Kelly

Alex Kelly

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Alex Kelly is the Director of the Vision Zero Advocate Institute. In this role, she manages the strategic direction and advancement of the Institute in Canada and around the world.

With a successful background in traffic safety and health promotion programming, Alex coaches municipalities and corporations on the development of life saving program design and implementation planning.

Alex has her Masters of Science in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, as well as an undergraduate degree from Queen's University.

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Martin Lavallière

Martin Lavallière

Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
Chicoutimi, Québec

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Martin Lavallière is a Professor of Kinesiology at UQAC. He was also a Research Fellow at the MIT AgeLab where he worked as a postdoctoral researcher from 2013 to 2015. From 2015 to 2016, he worked at HEC Montreal for a second postdoctoral position where he conducted research on emergency respondents and their implication in road collisions. Dr. Lavallière brings extensive knowledge in human motor control and learning and human movement analysis. He received his B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Kinesiology from Université Laval (Québec, Canada). For his Ph.D., his work aimed at evaluating whether an in-simulator-based training program combined with driving specific feedback can improve on-road driving behaviors in older drivers. He also evaluated the impact of a similar training with people who suffer from traumatic brain injury. During his Ph.D., he also worked as a road safety consultant for CAA-Québec.

His current research focus is on the impact on driving performance of aging, navigation and communication technologies and active safety systems in vehicles and their application on work related collisions. He also currently serves as a board member of the Québec National Board of Road Safety.

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Alex Nolet

Alex Nolet

Giffin Koerth Forensic Engineering
Toronto, Ontario

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Originally from Quebec City, Alex completed his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering at Laval University and his Master’s Degree in Transportation and Planning at the University of Toronto. He has over eight years of experience in the transportation consulting industry where his focus has been road safety as well as traffic operations and collision analysis. He is a Senior Associate with Giffin Koerth Forensic Engineering, where he provides independent opinion to legal matters related to the design, construction, operations and maintenance of transportation facilities including intersections, interchanges, highways and railway crossings. In his role at Giffin Koerth, he identifies on a daily basis potential road hazards and determines whether they could have contributed to an incident. He has gained a strong knowledge of quantitative collision analysis methods to assess the level of risk and the likelihood of collisions occurring on a road network. He developed mathematical models (safety performance functions) to predict the average number of collisions per year at a location as a function of exposure and roadway/intersection characteristics, and conducts network screening analyses for multiple road authorities in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Within the industry, he has published papers and presented at several large national and international conferences.

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Liz Owens

Liz Owens

Edmonton, Alberta

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Liz Owens has worked in various policy, research/evaluation/communication and legislative roles for over 30 years in the province of Alberta. Liz has held director roles with the

Alberta Government in the Office of Traffic Safety, 2013 Flood Recovery Task Force, and Driver Fitness and Monitoring. Liz is currently the Director of Policy and Research for the Alberta Office of Traffic Safety. She also brings experience related to changing road user behavior through the implementation of the strategies of the Alberta Traffic Safety Plans. Liz has excellent knowledge in collision, vehicle/operator and road safety issue, as well as other policy/statistical/research/evaluation/ skills. Liz chairs and is a member on a number of traffic safety committees/sub committees in Alberta and has participated on a number of committees at the national level; developing the National Road Safety Strategies for Canada as well as the Drugs and Driving Framework to name a few. Liz is currently the Chairperson of the Marketing and Membership Sub-committee for CARSP.

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Dr. Linda Rothman

Linda Rothman

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Linda Rothman is a Senior Research Associate in Child Health Evaluative Sciences (CHES) at the Hospital for Sick Children. Dr. Linda Rothman trained and worked as a pediatric occupational therapist. After completing a Masters in Community Health at the University of Toronto, she worked for many years as an injury prevention research manager at Sickkids Hospital. She completed a PhD in 2014 at the Institute of Medical Science, U of T, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University in conjunction with CHES at Sickkids. Her research is on unintentional childhood injury, with a focus on child pedestrian injury prevention related to school travel and the built environment. She strongly believes that children have the right to safe active transportation to school. Her research projects involve many partners including those from academia, hospitals, not-for-profit organizations, the private sector, school boards and all levels of the government. Dr. Rothman’s research has been presented at many local, national and international conferences.

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Jennifer Russell

Jennifer Russell

Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Jennifer Russell is the Executive Director for the Atlantic Collaborative on Injury Prevention (ACIP). ACIP is a partnership of government and non-government stakeholders with a common goal of reducing serious and fatal injuries in Atlantic Canada. Areas of focus include policy and advocacy, research and surveillance, sustainability and growth, and networking, partnerships and knowledge exchange.

Jennifer was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Promotion and is currently completing her Masters of Public Health through the University of Alberta. She has been working in the field of injury prevention both professionally and in a volunteer capacity for several years.

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Christine Wickens

Christine Wickens

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
Toronto, ON

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Dr. Christine Wickens is a Project Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, and she holds an appointment as Assistant Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Wickens has been involved with CARSP since 2001, when she attended and presented at her first CMRSC conference as a York University graduate student. Throughout her graduate program, Dr. Wickens conducted research on driver anger and aggression, roadway stress, and aberrant driver behaviour. In 2009, she received the top student paper prize for her work linking attributional theory to driver anger and aggression.

After completing her PhD in social and personality psychology, she received post-doctoral fellowships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the CAMH. These fellowships allowed Dr. Wickens to expand her research interests to include alcohol- and drug-impaired driving and the impact of mental health disorders on driver behaviour and roadway safety. In 2015, Dr. Wickens and her colleagues at CAMH received the Dr. Charles Miller award for the top research or evaluation paper submitted to the CARSP annual conference.

Dr. Wickens routinely presents at peer-reviewed national and international meetings, with her CV listing close to 50 collaborative presentations at academic conferences. She has also published extensively in peer-reviewed journals including Accident Analysis and Prevention, Transportation Research Part F, Traffic Injury Prevention, and the Journal of Safety Research.

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