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:

Mavis Johnson

Acting President (CARSP)

Traffic Injury Research Foundation
Burnaby, British Columbia

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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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Paul Boase

Paul Boase

Treasurer (CARSP)

Transport Canada
Ottawa, Ontario

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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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Raheem Dilgir

Raheem Dilgir

Transafe Consulting
Vancouver, British Columbia

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Raheem Dilgir is a Level 2 Road Safety Professional, with 25 years of experience in Canada and abroad. Raheem operates TranSafe Consulting Ltd., through which he assists road agencies across Canada in the development, delivery and evaluation of road safety programs and projects. Raheem has developed road safety engineering guidance for the Transportation Association of Canada, Alberta Transportation, and other agencies. Altogether, he has led over 300 road safety audits and in-service reviews. Raheem participates actively on road safety industry committees, including TAC’s Road Safety Committee, is the founding co-Chair of the TAC Vision Zero and Safe Systems Subcommittee, and is a second-term Director of the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals. Raheem was recently the Deputy Project Manager for the Scoping Study for the Canadian Road Safety Guide and led the development of two sections of the Sixth Edition of the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Canada. Raheem regularly offers workshops on road safety, presents to municipal councils and international conferences, and is called upon as an expert witness.

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Pierro Hirsch

Pierro Hirsch

Virage Simulation
Montréal, Québec

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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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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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Matthew Mulkern

Sherbrooke, Québec

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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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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, Ontario

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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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Doug Beirness

Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
Ottawa, Ontario

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Doug has spent his entire professional career doing research in the area of alcohol and drug-impaired driving. His educational background includes an M.A.Sc. in Addiction Studies and a Ph.D. in Psychology specializing in behavioural pharmacology. He currently serves as a senior research associate with the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction and works as an independent researcher.

Dr. Beirness has published many papers and given numerous presentations on his work at national and international conferences and workshops. In addition, he has presented to both Parliamentary and Senate Committees on alcohol and drug-impaired driving issues.

He has served on numerous working groups and committees, including a term as the Chair of the Transportation Research Board Standing Committee on Alcohol, Drugs and Transportation and is currently a member of the Canadian Society of Forensic Science Drugs and Driving Committee.

He has been recognized by the International Association of Chiefs of Police Drug Recognition Expert Section as a DRE Ambassador, and is the recipient of the Haddon Award from the International Council on Alcohol Drugs and Traffic Safety. He was recently presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals.

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Michael Turpin

Transport Canada
Arnprior, Ontario

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Starting his career in the private sector, Michael earned his diploma and Bachelor Degree in Automotive Management from Georgian College in 2013. Working his way through different sales and service positions in GM Dealerships, automotive service centers, power sports retailers, and body shops Michael gained the experience to join Transport Canada as a Collision Investigator. Working as a collision investigator and subsequently a defect investigator and information analyst, Michael has dealt directly with the automotive industry to help increase road safety on Canadian roads. Michael currently works with the Analysis of Companies’ Technical Information for Vehicles and Equipment (ACTIVE) within Transport Canada helping to develop upcoming regulations for information gathering from regulated companies within the Canadian market.

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Steve Reed

Biker Down North America
Steveston, British Columbia

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Serial entrepreneur and all round safety advocate, Steve is the founder of Biker Down North America and inventor of the Medical Data Carrier. His passion is safety for everyone, at work or at play, with particular focus on emergency preparedness for motorcyclists and school aged kids. His work with the State Motorcycle Safety Association MSP committee is helping to shape how motorcycle training is delivered in the USA. Steve is also an information and data privacy specialist, sponsorship expert and the proud father of two. He makes his home on the shore of the Fraser river in beautiful Steveston BC. He can be reached directly at stevereed@BikerDown.ca.

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Manan Gupta

Newcom South Asian Media Company (Road Today)
Toronto, Ontario

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Manan Gupta is the founder of Road Today Media Group proudly serving the transportation industry since 2004 through qualitative publications, events, and services. A passionate advocate for road safety, he is a recognized voice for the changing face of the industry especially catering to the growing needs of New Canadians from South Asia. He is currently serving as General Manager and Publisher of Newcom South Asian Media Company in Toronto.

Manan hosts informative series on numerous radio and television channels in Hindi and Punjabi languages covering issues impacting the industry and community. He has appeared as a guest speaker on Rogers TV, Omni TV, Global TV, CBC Radio, Prime Asia TV, 5aab TV, Channel Y, Sikh TV, 101.3 FM radio, 1350 AM radio, 530 AM radio, and other multicultural channels.

Manan is a committed volunteer and regularly offers his time for campaigns like Ontario Ministry of Transportation Road Safety Challenge, Operation Red Nose, etc., and serves on the board of many organizations including Ontario Safety League, Road Connections Safety Group, and South Asian Trucking Association of Canada. His volunteering efforts and contribution towards safer communities have been recognized through prestigious industry and government awards including the Ontario Ministry of Transportation Road Safety Media Excellence Award, Ontario Volunteer Service Award, arrive alive Drive Sober Media Tribute Award, Peel Police Media Excellence, CN Rail Safety Award, amongst others.

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Robert Colonna

i-Mobile Driving Research Lab, Western University

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Robert is a Ph.D. student in Health Promotion at Western University, London, Ontario (supervisor: Dr. Liliana Alvarez). He is a member of the i-Mobile Driving Research Lab and is involved in many student volunteer and leadership initiatives within and outside the University, including the Chair of the CARSP Young Professionals' Committee. Prior to his Ph.D., Mr. Colonna completed a master's degree in Rehabilitation Sciences and a bachelor's degree in Health Sciences, with a Specialization in Health Promotion and Minor in Economics. Mr. Colonna’s emerging scholarly work is motivated by the potential to improve public health through road safety interventions. Specifically, his unfolding research explores driving under the influence of cannabis among young Canadian drivers.

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