Young Professionals’ Committee (YPC)

Meet our Executive Team

Robert Colonna

Chair

YPC_Chair@carsp.ca
Mississauga, Ontario

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Robert is a Ph.D. student in Health Promotion and a member of the i-Mobile Driving Research Lab at Western University, London, Ontario. He 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 a 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, Ontario

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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 in the pursuit of improving the safety of all road users.

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Vikas Ravada

Event Director

YPC_events@carsp.ca
Regina, Saskatchewan

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Vikas is a Professional Engineer with working experience in public and private sectors on diverse Civil and Transportation Engineering projects. Vikas is a certified level 2 Road Safety Professional (Infrastructure Domain) and a licensed Professional Traffic Operations Engineer. He also holds two Master's degrees focused on Structural and Transportation Engineering. Vikas is currently working as a Senior Traffic Engineer with the City of Regina and leading a dynamic team. He is responsible for Citywide Traffic Signals & Expressway Lighting – Capital and Operation programs, a Traffic Calming Program, a Network Safety Screening Program, a Traffic Data Collection & Analysis Program, and provides support on major corridor planning studies and multi-modal transportation engineering projects. Vikas takes immense pleasure in working with diverse stakeholders in resolving challenges, optimizing programs, and promoting safer transportation networks for all modes of travel.

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Peter Kehoe

Social Media & Communications Director

YPC_media@carsp.ca
Edmonton, Alberta

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Though relatively new to the traffic safety industry, Peter brings over 10 years of marketing, communications, and leadership experience to the YPC, specializing in digital project management and content strategy. Peter has managed multiple national-reaching websites in his career and possesses an applied knowledge of website optimization, social media marketing, event management, campaign automation, and omnichannel integration. He works as the Marketing Manager at ATS Traffic out of Edmonton.

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Omid Ebadi

Treasurer

YPC_secretary@carsp.ca
Calgary, Alberta

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Omid completed his Master of Science in Transportation Engineering from the University of Calgary and his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Sharif University of Technology (Iran). Since 2018, as a Transportation Engineer at ISL Engineering and Land Services, he has been involved in several road safety review studies for municipalities across British Columbia, such as North Vancouver, New Westminster, Richmond, and Coquitlam. Through a systematic approach (Network Screening), Omid has reviewed the historical insurance claims to determine top collision-prone locations, identify potential safety issues, and develop short/long-term mitigating measures to reduce the number of casualty collisions.

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