Young Professionals’ Committee (YPC)

Meet our Executive Team

Kale Brown

Kale Brown

Chair

YPC_Chair@carsp.ca

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Kale Brown is a municipal road safety professional in the Safer Roads Ottawa Program. His combined experience of public health and traffic safety enables him to strengthen community assets and contribute knowledge and skills in policy, research and communication. Recently he has launched innovative road safety technologies by partnering with community experts. This has included implementation of the 1M cycling device, school bus enforcement cameras as well as the PedSafe app for pedestrians. As a cyclist, motorcyclist and driver Kale is passionate advocate for all types of road users. Kale is a member and chair of several Ontario road safety groups who focus primarily on cycling. He also chairs CARSP’s Young Professionals' Committee where he hopes to continue to strengthen and grow the multi-disciplinary nature road safety.

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Matthew Mulkern

Matthew Mulkern

Past chair

YPC_Past_Chair@carsp.ca
Québec

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City of Residence: Lennoxville, Québec

Occupation: Transportation Engineer/Student

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.

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Mychele Joyes

Secretary

YPC_secretary@carsp.ca
Alberta

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City of Residence: Calgary, Alberta

Occupation: Senior Policy Analyst, Alberta Transportation

Transportation-related collisions are a leading cause of death for youth in Canada and globally. Developing policies and programs to encourage drivers to change their attitudes and behaviors is a way that I can help save lives. As a member of the YPC, I engage with other road safety professionals from different backgrounds to create awareness of the issue and support innovative solutions.

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Martin Lavallière

Martin Lavallière

Advisory Member

YYPC_Quebec2@carsp.ca
Québec

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City of Residence: Chicoutimi, Québec

Occupation: Professeur au programme de kinésiologie, 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.

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Rebecca Peterniak

Prairie Region

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City of Residence: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Occupation: Transport Infrastructure Specialist at Fireseeds North Infrastructure

Rebecca holds a M.Sc. in civil engineering from the University of Manitoba and is currently employed at Fireseeds North Infrastructure, where she specializes in road safety, pedestrian accommodation, and inclusive mobility. She has consulted for and supported the work of government agencies across Canada and in Latin America. She serves in various leadership and supporting roles with multiple transportation organizations and committees, including CARSP's Young Professionals' Committee, the Transportation Association of Canada Road Safety Standing Committee, and the Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers. Rebecca was the first individual to be awarded both the Dr. Charles Miller Award for best research and evaluation paper, and the Mavis Johnson Traffic Safety Award for best policy and practice paper by the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals.

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