Young Professionals’ Committee (YPC)

Meet our Executive Team

Nazli Eser Kaya

Chair

YPC_Chair@carsp.ca
Toronto, Ontario

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Nazli Eser Kaya finished her Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering in the top of the class. She came to the University of Toronto to further her academic career with her Master of Science in Industrial Engineering. Currently, she is doing human factors in transportation research within the Human Factors and Applied Statistics lab. Her work focuses on driver attention and interaction at urban intersections. She is passionate about facilitating events and bringing people together; as such, she has deeply involved herself in networking and community-building organizations.

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Jeff Pascua

Co-Chair

YPC_Co_Chair1@carsp.ca
Québec

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Jeff Pascua is a recent M.Sc. graduate in Civil Engineering from Lakehead University, where his thesis research consisted of statistically forecasting pedestrian fatality trends to future decades, as well as modeling the relationships between transportation infrastructure elements, road user behaviour and pedestrian injury severity. He also serves in several supporting roles in various pedestrian advocacy groups, such as the Thunder Bay Walkability Committee and Walk Toronto. He is currently employed as a Transportation Engineer-in-Training (E.I.T.) at Trans-Plan, a Toronto-based private transportation engineering consulting firm, where his areas of expertise include transportation safety, vulnerable road user considerations and pedestrian accessibility. Jeff also serves on the CARSP YPC Executive as a co-Vice President, where he continues to advocate for safe and efficient transportation among all road users.

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Quentin Lau

Co-Chair

YPC_Co_Chair2@carsp.ca
Edmonton, Alberta

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Quentin is a policy professional who resides in Edmonton, Alberta. He was first exposed to transportation policy while completing his Master of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University. During his co-op term, he worked at the City of Calgary in their Traffic Strategy Unit, where traffic safety was a focus. Shortly after graduation, he started with the Government of Alberta as a Policy Analyst with Alberta Transportation's Office of Traffic Safety. Here, he developed a knowledge and passion for road safety policy. He has worked on a number of road safety initiatives by employing the Safe Systems Approach to analysis and recommendations for decision makers. While Quentin recently left Alberta Transportation to pursue other opportunities, he looks forward to generating more road safety awareness among youth and young professionals through the YPC.

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Robert Colonna

Treasurer

YPC_treasurer@carsp.ca
London, Ontario

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Robert Colonna recently completed his MSc and is now beginning his doctoral work supervised by Dr. Liliana Alvarez, in the Health and Rehabilitation Sciences program at Western University, London, Ontario. He is a research assistant in the i-Mobile Research Lab and is involved in many student volunteer and leadership initiatives within and outside the University, including the CARSP Young Professionals Committee. Prior to his MSc, Mr. Colonna completed an Honours Bachelor degree in Health Sciences at Western University, 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 young drivers’ knowledge, perceptions and attitudes towards the use and legalization of cannabis, in relation to driving habits and impaired driving.

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Nadia Gunderson

Secretary

YPC_secretary@carsp.ca
Vancouver, British Columbia

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Nadia has a background in business and management consulting. She completed her Master of Public Health from the University of British Columbia in 2018, and is now the Regional Coordinator on the Public Health and Prevention team at Vancouver Coastal Health. Through this role, she is the injury prevention lead for the health authority, whereby she provides structure and leadership to support the development and implementation of regional activities that prevent injuries in the VCH population, with a particular focus on transport-related injuries (one of BC’s three injury prevention priorities). She is passionate about connecting with like-minded professionals on the pursuit of improving the safety of all road users.

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Rebecca Ling

Event Director

YPC_events@carsp.ca
Toronto, Ontario

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Rebecca Ling completed her Master of Public Health at the University of Toronto, Dalla Lana School of Public Health in 2018. Rebecca is currently a Research Coordinator in the Child Health Evaluative Sciences Program at the Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute. The focus of her research is active transportation safety and the built environment. She is currently involved in a multi-center, national study funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, that examines child pedestrian and cyclist safety. Her team is also assisting the City in the evaluation of School Safety Zones in Toronto.

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