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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 2016 board are:
Sirius Strategic Solutions
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.
Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS)
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.
Road Safety Consultant
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.
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.
Canadian Traffic Safety Institute
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.
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.
Membership and Marketing Committee Chair
Liz Owens has worked in various policy, research/evaluation/communication and legislative roles in Traffic Safety for the last 30 years in the province of Alberta. Liz has held director roles with the Office of Traffic Safety, Driver Fitness and Monitoring, and The Flood Recovery Task Force for the province. Liz is currently the Director of Policy, Research and Public Education for the Alberta Office of Traffic Safety. She also brings experience related to changing road user behavior through the strategies of the Alberta Traffic Safety plan and has excellent knowledge in Alberta collision, vehicle and operator information, as well as other statistical/research/evaluation information for the province. Liz chairs and is a member on a number of traffic safety committees and sub committees in Alberta and has participated on a number of committees at the national level and developing the National Road Safety Strategy for Canada.
Matthew Mulkern, P.Eng / Ing.
Young Professionals' Committee Chair and Representative
Employed at: Les Services exp inc.; Student at: Bishops University / Université Bishop's
Matthew Mulkern is an Engineer for a private consulting firm in Sherbrooke, Québec and a student studying French at Bishop's University. 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 with a Canadian Studies Minor at the University of Maine in Orono, Maine. Additionally, Matthew is a Killam Scholar with the Killam Fellowships Program. Matthew is 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 safety.
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
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.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Dr. Asbridge is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health & Epidemiology where he has taught and conducted research since 2003. He has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Toronto. His research interests include drug and alcohol impaired driving, psychoactive substance use in children and adolescents, emergency medicine, social determinants of health formation of public policy and law, and evaluation of traffic safety interventions. His recent publications have examined road rage, distracted driving and the risk of collisions after consuming cannabis. He has been a member of a number of professional organizations including the Society for the Study of Addiction and the International Sociological Association. He has received a number of awards including the New Investigator Salary Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health (CIHR) and has been a member of a team of researchers who received funding from the AUTO21 National Centres of Excellence for research on anti-social behaviour and the automobile.
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.
George Eguakun is currently SGI’s Manager of Traffic Safety Program Evaluation, a position he has held since July 2007. George is responsible for all aspects of traffic safety research and program evaluation, and accident data collection and management in Saskatchewan. He is also responsible for advising the corporation on cost effective initiatives aimed at reducing claims costs, saving lives and reducing injuries resulting from traffic crashes in Saskatchewan. George also represents Saskatchewan on the Road Safety Research and Policies Committee of the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA). On CCMTA, he co-Chairs the STRID Task Force, DROG, and the EWG for Motorcycles. Before joining SGI, George spent eight years as Manager of market research and analysis in SaskPower’s Customer Services Unit. Prior to that, he was the head of the Program Evaluation Unit in MPI’s Road Safety Department. George is a Civil Engineer and holds a Master of Science Degree in Engineering from the University of New Brunswick and an MBA from Queen’s School of Business.
HRH & Associates Collision Consulting Ltd.
After a policing career starting in the mid 1970's and experience with three Canadian Police Services (Royal Canadian Mounted Police, 1975-1980, Oak Bay Municipal Police (B.C.), 1980-1986, Winnipeg Police Service, 1986-2015) Russ retired from policing in 2015 and started his own collision consulting company. A qualified Collision Reconstructionist, Russ served as the Winnipeg Police Service’s Senior Collision Analyst for 4 years and is a court recognized Collision Reconstruction Expert. Prior to retirement Russ was responsible for the Collision Investigation Section Training component for the Winnipeg Police Service. Russ is currently the President/Director of a collision analysis/reconstruction company based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba. His company provides private and corporate collision analysis, investigation and reconstruction as well as training on a variety of collision topics and conducting research on road safety.
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
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.
School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo
Alexander Crizzle is a Gerontologist and Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo. 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.
UBC's School of Engineering, Okanagan Campus
Civil Engineering Associate Professor Dr Gord Lovegrove, P.Eng., MBA, FITE runs Canada's first research lab on Sustainable Transport Safety (STS), as part of to UBC's School of Engineering at its Okanagan campus in Kelowna, BC. To combat the 'disease' – injuries from road crashes - that kill thousands of Canadians and cost taxpayers 5% of Canada’s GDP each year alone, reliable, science-based tools are needed. As the root-cause of this road safety problem lies in building communities in Canada over the last 60 years that nurture over-use of the auto – aka sprawl, the long-term strategy requires improved land use control so communities are more compact, connected, and coordinated, which leads to healthier lifestyles and walking, biking and busing. The STS research lab is the first in the world to build, apply and validate expert systems that reliably predict traffic collisions associated with planned and existing community development patterns. Lovegrove’s STS research has developed and applied community-based, macro-level collision prediction models (CPMs) that empirically associate neighbourhood traits – demographics, traffic congestion, road network, and land use – with collisions. The intent is to produce 24/7 globally accessible web-based interactive transport safety planning tools that help community planners and engineers plan and design sustainably safer and healthier communities through reduced driving and increased active transport – all using a safe systems approach to reduce crashes towards zero fatalities. He has published books, and he lectures worldwide on his research, including Fused Grid (Dutch safe systems) Neighbourhood design principles that have produced 60 per cent fewer collisions compared to conventional development and road patterns in the Netherlands. He welcomes collaboration with communities and practitioners everywhere wishing to apply his research and save lives. His web site is: http://engineering.ok.ubc.ca/faculty/gordonlovegrove.html
Calgary Police Service
Paul has been a police officer with the Calgary Police Service since 1989, and has a wide-breadth of experience, particularly in relation to traffic safety from a law enforcement perspective. As a member of his Policy Service’s Traffic Section throughout the 1990’s, he was qualified as an expert-witness in the Courts relative to collision investigation and reconstruction/analysis. In 2013, Paul was seconded to Edmonton, Alberta, to become the province’s first Provincial Traffic Safety Plan Enforcement Coordinator. Working within the Ministry of Transportation, Paul liaised with and coordinates traffic safety/enforcement efforts with all of Alberta’s law Enforcement Agencies. In 2014, Paul returned to the Calgary Police Service’s Traffic Section as the Staff Sergeant overseeing the following areas: Traffic Response Units, Collision Reconstruction Unit, Alcohol and Drug Recognition Unit, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, and the Specialized Traffic Enforcement Unit (photo radar and intersection safety camera unit). He remains in that role presently. In 2015, Paul was also name the Co-Chair of the Alberta Traffic Safety Plan Enforcement Committee. This is a committee made up of senior representatives from all of Alberta’s enforcement agencies that have dedicated traffic safety/enforcement programs.
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.
Giffin Koerth Forensic Engineering
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.