Young Professionals’ Committee (YPC)

Meet our Executive Team

Robert Colonna

Chair

YPC_Chair@carsp.ca
London, Ontario

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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 PhD, Mr. Colonna completed a Masters degree in Rehabilitation Sciences and a Bachelor 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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Jeff Pascua

Co-Chair

YPC_Co_Chair1@carsp.ca
Toronto

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Jeff is a Traffic Operations and Safety Analyst and an Engineer-In-Training at IBI Group. He holds a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Lakehead University, with a research focus on improving vulnerable road user safety through transportation infrastructure. Specifically, his research examined potential long-term trends and mitigation strategies of pedestrian injuries. During his education, Jeff gained a deeper understanding of how traffic safety is affected by engineering measures, public health policies, enforcement efforts, and other influences. With over two years of industry experience, Jeff continues to support future young professionals in the ever-evolving field of road safety.

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Nadia Fourik

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 Leader for Health Promotion and Prevention on the Public Health team at Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH). 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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