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 2019/2020 board are:

Alex Nolet

Alex Nolet

President (CARSP)

True North Safety Group
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. Alex is the Vice President of True North Safety Group, a firm dedicated to transportation safety and risk management. Alex has over ten years of experience in the transportation consulting industry where his focus has been road safety, traffic operations and collision analysis. Alex provides independent opinion to legal matters related to the design, construction, operations and maintenance of transportation facilities including intersections, interchanges, walkways/trails, and railway crossings. Alex recently led a CITE committee that published a report titled “A Review of Public Right-of-way Accessibility Experiences in Canada”. He also developed and presented an annual one-day workshop at the Ontario Traffic Council (OTC) and the Association québécoise des transports (AQTr) on the safety and risk management aspects for pedestrian facilities.

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Shabnem Afzal

Vice President (CARSP)

City of Surrey
Surrey, BC

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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.

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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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Liz Owens

Liz Owens

Chair, Membership and Marketing Committee

Alberta Transportation
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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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 24 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 Indigenous Community Traffic Safety Action Group 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

Traffic Injury Research Foundation
Burnaby, BC

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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.

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Brian Jonah

Brian Jonah

Independent Road Safety Research Consultant
Ottawa, Ontario

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Brian is currently a research consultant in Ottawa. He has completed projects for Transport Canada, Health Canada, the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators and the Center for Disease Control, among others. Brian 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 strategy and programs, and communications with the public. He has worked over the past 42 years on road safety research, vehicle safety regulation, and policy and program evaluation, with particular emphasis on impaired driving, seat belt use, distracted driving, risky driving, and young drivers. He is a founding member and past president of the Board of CARSP. He has been a member of several Transportation Research Board Committees including those on impaired driving and occupant protection.

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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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Trevor Lehouillier

Transport Canada
Ottawa, Ontario

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Trevor Lehouillier has extensive knowledge, skills and hands-on experience in many areas related to motor vehicle safety and regulatory requirements. Educated with a Bachelor of Technology Degree from Memorial University, he also completed the Algonquin College's Mechanical Engineering Program and is a Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T.). Since 1994 Trevor has been with Transport Canada’s motor vehicle safety program and since 2005 he has managed the safety-related defect investigation section. In this work, Trevor has and continues to be directly involved in activities and research aimed at ensuring the safety of motor vehicles and equipment including tires and child restraint systems. Trevor manages and is involved in the documentation and investigation of potential safety-related defects associated with the design, construction, manufacturing and/or functioning of regulated motor vehicles or equipment. His work includes direct liaison with manufacturers to improve and maintain the safety of motor vehicles and equipment in Canada. This includes ensuring that the companies issue a timely Notice of Defect or Notice of Non-Compliance or safety notice when a safety-related defect or problem is identified in a motor vehicle, tire or child car seat. Trevor has a wealth of experience in the research and engineering of motor vehicles and safety equipment, including advanced safety technologies, specifically related to their safe operation and performance both in collision avoidance and the prevention or mitigation of injuries.

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Matthew Mulkern

Sherbrooke, Quebec

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Matthew Mulkern is the past chair of the CARSP Young Professionals Committee (YPC) and former president of the Canadian Road Safety Youth Committee (CRSYC). He has four years’ experience in transportation engineering and is proficient in the collection and analysis of large/complex data and technical writing. He completed his Masters of Science degree in Civil Engineering specializing in transportation at the University of New Brunswick. Originally from Houston Texas, Matthew received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering along with a Canadian Studies Minor at the University of Maine in Orono, Maine. Additionally, Matthew received an Honours Bachelor of Arts in French as a Second Language at Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Québec where he was a Killam Scholar with the Killam Fellowships Program. Matthew is a Professional Engineer with Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, registered as an Ingénieur with the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, and is also a member the Réseau des ingénieurs du Québec. Matthew is excited to work with fellow members that have a passion for transportation and roadway safety.

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Dr. Linda Rothman

Linda Rothman

Sick Kids Hospital
Toronto, Ontario

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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

Atlantic Collaborative on Injury Prevention (ACIP)
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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Valerie Smith

Parachute Canada
Toronto, Ontario

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Valerie Smith has worked as a Director, Solutions at Parachute Canada since 2014. Valerie oversees Parachutes programs, campaigns and multiple networks focused on road safety and brain/spinal cord injury. Prior to working at Parachute Valerie held a number of management positions focused on youth and health promotion. Valerie has a MA in international and comparative education from University of Toronto. She spent many years working in East Africa and Central/South America on education programs for marginalized populations with a focus on HIV/AIDS.

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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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Rob Wilkinson

Safer Roads Ottawa, City of Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario

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Rob Wilkinson has spent 12 years with the City of Ottawa and has positions in Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services, Volunteer Services, the Office of Protocol and Ottawa Public Health with responsibilities in communications, events and stakeholder relations. Rob has extensive experience working with elected officials, staff and management at all levels of government, external contacts in the public and private industries and community based organizations. Currently, Rob is responsible for the coordination of the overall Safer Roads Ottawa program for the City of Ottawa. In his work with the program, he has developed a strong focus on stakeholder relations, event planning, communications, program development and community engagement. The Safer Roads Ottawa Program is a leading community partnership between Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Public Health and the Transportation Services Department committed to preventing or eliminating road deaths and serious injuries for all people in the City of Ottawa, through culture change, community engagement, and development of a sustainable safe transportation environment. Also participating in the Safer Roads Ottawa Program are the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Sureté du Québec, Department of National Defense’s Military Police and Gatineau Police Service to improve road safety for all residents of the national capital region.

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