CARSP Conference 2022

CARSP Conference 2022: Speaker Bios

  • Anne Marie Hayes
    Teens Learn to Drive Inc.

    Anne Marie Hayes is the president of Teens Learn to Drive Inc., an Ontario-based non-profit that’s dedicated to reducing deaths and serious injuries to teens & young adults from vehicle crashes. She is a certified driving instructor and the author of “3 Keys to Keeping Your Teen Alive: Lessons for Surviving the First Year of Driving.” Anne Marie serves on the Board of Directors for National Organizations for Youth Safety in Washington, DC and is a member of 8 road safety organizations.

  • Brenda Suggett
    Executive Director

    Brenda Suggett is the Executive Director of CARSP and has been with CARSP since 2010. Brenda is responsible for the day-to-day operations of CARSP, seeks out collaboration and partnership opportunities for the association and plays a key role in the strategic and operational planning of the organization. She also plays a significant role with the CARSP Conference, including serving as the Scientific Program Chair. Prior to joining CARSP Brenda worked in public health for 15 years. She served as an Epidemiologist for the Regina Health District, the City of Hamilton, and the Niagara Region. She also worked several years as a Health Information Analyst for Toronto Public Health. As an Epidemiologist Brenda was responsible for developing community health status reports, supporting public health staff with program development, program evaluation, conducting population and/or analysing population health surveys, client satisfaction surveys and communicable disease outbreak investigation. She also played a lead role in strategic planning. Brenda received her Bachelor of Science in Health Studies from the University of Waterloo in 1989 and a Master of Science in Epidemiology from the University of Toronto in 1994.

  • Dr. Brian Jonah
    Chair, CARSP Conference 2022 and CARSP Board Director

    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.

  • Christine Racine Raby
    Aapex Driving Academy

    Christine Racine Raby began her career in Driver Training in 1988, starting with one small driving school, Christine has lead her team at Aapex Driving Academy by expanding from one instructor to the largest driving school in Niagara now employing over 50 employees and operating 9 locations across Niagara Region.

    With over 35 years in the industry, Christine has proven to be a strong advocate for road safety in her community. Never stagnant, she continues to grow and expand by helping all age groups from Novice to Senior drivers. Aapex has been voted #1 Driving School (Readers Choice) since 2003. Christine has proven herself to be proficient at achieving her goals. Her many accomplishments include: Winner of 40 under 40 award, nominated for the Venture Award- Business Woman of the Year by the Welland Chamber of Commerce, winner of Business of the Year award in 2016 and Partner of the Year award with CAA in 2017.

  • Doug Beirness

    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.

  • Ingrid Johnston
    Chief Executive Officer
    Australasian College of Road Safety

    Dr Ingrid Johnston is a passionate advocate for social justice and health. With an extensive network across government, academia and non-government organizations, Ingrid is an experienced and accomplished advocate and campaigner.

    Ingrid was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Australasian College of Road Safety in May 2021 and is actively engaged in supporting the advocacy and knowledge sharing work of the College members. Ingrid is also a Director on the Board of the Climate and Health Alliance, a coalition of health care stakeholders with a mission to build a powerful health sector movement for climate action and sustainable healthcare.

  • James Palangio

    Mr. Palangio graduated from Queen’s University Law School in 1990. After practicing for several years as an assistant Crown attorney in North Bay and Toronto, he joined the Crown Law Office – Criminal in 2006, where he represents the Crown in appeals before the Ontario Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada, particularly in impaired driving cases. He is currently leading a team of expert prosecutors from across Ontario responding to the overhaul of Canada’s criminal driving offences enacted by Bill C-46, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (offences relating to conveyances) and Ontario’s Cannabis Control Act, 2017.

    Mr. Palangio sits on the federal/provincial/territorial working group that proposed significant Criminal Code amendments in 2008 and those in Bill C-46. In February 2018, he testified before The Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs during its study of that Bill as an expert in impaired driving law.

    Mr. Palangio is a co-recipient of the Ministry of the Attorney General’s Excelsior Award for “excellence in teamwork” (April 2009 and August 2019), the Ontario Crown Attorneys Association (OCAA)’s Doug Lucas Award for “excellence in the pursuit of justice through science” (September 2012), and the OCAA’s Leo McGuigan Award for “extraordinary contributions to the education of Crown prosecutors over the course of a distinguished career” (May 2017).

  • Jeff Brubacher
    Associate Professor
    University of British Columbia

    Dr. Brubacher practices Emergency Medicine at Vancouver General Hospital in British Columbia. He is also Associate Professor in the University of British Columbia Department of Emergency Medicine, Director of the Emergency Medicine Research Program at the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, and Director of the Road Safety and Public Health Research Group at UBC ( Dr. Brubacher’s research focuses on road safety with a special interest in drug impaired driving and traffic policy evaluation. Jeff received a Scholar award and Health Professional Investigator (HPI) award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. He is principal investigator on an investigation of the role of cannabis in motor vehicle collisions funded by CIHR (Canadian Institutes of Health Research) and on a national study of the prevalence of drug and alcohol impaired driving funded by Health Canada and Transport Canada. Brubacher is also PI on two CIHR funded studies looking at outcome following road trauma.

  • Jeffrey Suggett
    Senior Project Manager

    Jeffrey has 22 years of consultant experience in the field of road safety, transportation planning and traffic engineering. He is a Senior Manager in the Transportation Group at CIMA+, providing service to the public and private sector throughout southern Ontario in the area of transportation planning and traffic engineering. Jeffrey has wide ranging experience on conducting Environmental Assessments (EA), stakeholder and public consultation, having been the EA Lead on a number of road reconstruction projects throughout Ontario. Jeffrey has successfully managed dozens of in-service road safety reviews and road safety audits on a wide variety of projects in both Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. He is currently on two separate road safety audit teams for design build projects in Saskatchewan and Ontario. His specialty areas include school zone, transit, truck, rail, pedestrian and cyclist safety. Jeffrey has practical knowledge of traffic operations, traffic signal operations, railway operations, commercial vehicle freight movement, signs and pavement markings and Environmental Assessments. Jeffrey has extensive knowledge of TAC Geometric Design Guide for Canadian Roads, the Ontario Traffic Manuals, the Roadside Safety Manual and the Highway Safety Manual. He has successfully completed dozens of long commercial vehicle route assessments for truck carriers across Ontario.

  • Jesse Hopkins
    Safe Roads Engineering

    Mr. Hopkins has over 16 years of road safety infrastructure experience and has gained extensive industry knowledge with respect to the products specified, installed, and maintained on Canadian roadways. He has conducted roadside safety training sessions, seminars and symposiums across Canada to a variety of audiences including contractors, engineers, designers, politicians, and policy makers. His topics of expertise include roadside safety hardware, proper installation and maintenance techniques, product inspection, ramifications of aging hardware, and crash worthiness. Mr. Hopkins is currently a Co-Chair of the Ontario Road Side Infrastructure Coalition (ORSIC) and the Ontario Road Builders Association Highway Safety Systems (HSS) Subcommittee. Mr. Hopkins has studied alongside many roadside safety product manufacturers to gain the capacity to deliver accredited roadside safety training programs. Over the last 10 years Mr. Hopkins has worked tirelessly with various road agencies, including the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO), acting as a resource of roadside safety product knowledge. Currently, Jesse is working to improve the awareness and knowledge base within Ontario regarding roadside safety devices via Powell Contracting Ltd, Northern Infrastructure Products and Innovations Academy.

  • Lorenzo Mele
    Attivo Designs

    Lorenzo is a sustainability and active design specialist who applies a human centred approach to designing and managing programs for resource management, sustainability, and transportation demand management. He is the Principle of Attivo Designs and is committed to advancing the connection between health, transportation, and our built environment by working with partners, clients, and community to creatively reimagine and animate our environments to influence healthier behaviours. Lorenzo is on the board of directors for the Association of Commuter Transportation of Canada, and the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA); and is a member of the Ontario Traffic Council – Active Transportation Committee. He enjoys working with multidisciplinary teams to solve resource management, public health and urban land use and transportation challenges.

  • Lotte Brondum
    Executive Director
    Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety

    Lotte Brondum is Executive Director of the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety. Lotte has worked with the Alliance since 2014 and is its first Executive Director. She has lived and worked in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Vietnam for 17 years as advisor to the Danish government, CSR specialist at Coca-Cola, and researcher with Johns Hopkins and US Centers for Disease Control. Lotte serves on the Advisory Board of the FIA High Level Panel and on the Steering Committee of the UN Road Safety Trust Fund and was part of the planning committee for the Ministerial Conference in February 2020. She has authored reports including ‘Walking the Talk’ (2017), “The Day My World Crumbled” (2020) “A New Deal in Road Safety: Why We Need NGOs (2021), and several peer reviewed publications.

    Lotte has a degree in Medical Anthropology from University of Copenhagen and has completed advanced degrees in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Nursing Science from University of Southern Denmark. With the Alliance virtual office, she currently lives in Copenhagen, Denmark, with her family.

  • Dr. Lucien Jones
    Vice Chairman
    National Road Safety Council (NRSC) Jamaica

    Dr. Lucien W. Jones MB, BS, CD, is a physician and the Vice Chairman of the National Road Safety Council (NRSC), which is Chaired by the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica. In this role since 1995, he is responsible to the Jamaican Parliament for the reduction of the road traffic injuries island wide. Dr. Jones served as the Jamaican Representative to the First United Nations (UN) Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in Moscow in 2009; as the Head of Delegation to the Second UN Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in Brasilia in 2015; and as the Jamaican Representative for the Third UN Global Ministerial Conference in Stockholm in 2020. He is a Professor of Practice (Road Safety) on the Faculty of Medicine at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica. Dr. Jones was a Member of the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Road Safety Group 2006-2010 and is currently a Member of the Expert Panel of the Commonwealth Road Safety Initiative.

  • Dr. Marie-Soleil Cloutier
    Institut national de la recherche scientifique

    Marie-Soleil Cloutier, PhD, is a professor at Institut national de la recherche scientifique where she is the director of the Pedestrian and Urban Space Laboratory (LAPS) and co-director of the Pedestrian Smart City Laboratory (VIP, funded by the CFI). Her expertise in health geography and urban studies is used through research interests on walkability and road risk for the most vulnerable pedestrians (children, seniors) in urban areas and for all road users across various territory. She collaborates with various actors in the public and private sector as well as with researchers in Quebec, Canada and France.

  • Mark Ayton
    Senior Engineer, Roadway Design
    Safe Roads Engineering

    Mark is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario with almost four decades of highway design and construction experience. Prior to joining Safe Roads in 2018, Mark worked for the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) where he developed and implemented many construction standards, design guidelines, design policies, design manuals, technical presentations, and training sessions for MTO, Ontario Provincial Standards for Roads and Public Works (OPS), Ontario Provincial Police, and Ontario Good Roads Association. From 1999 through 2018, Mark represented Ontario as an associate member of the AASHTO Technical Committee on Roadside Safety (TCRS) and continues to be an active participant with TRB Roadside Safety Design Committee, NCHRP projects and Task Force 13 in the US. In addition to applying his technical expertise on Safe Roads Engineering projects including detailed design assignments, safety reviews, technical presentations, and training, Mark in conjunction with the Safe Roads Research and Development Team develops and crash tests roadside safety and physical security products in Ontario and the US.

  • Michelle Proietti
    Acting Head of Pre-Contract Traffic Engineering
    MTO Northeast Region

    Michelle is the current acting Head of Pre-Contract Traffic Engineering for the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) Northeast Region. Before joining the ministry she earned her Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering at the University of Ottawa. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario with 9 years of experience in highway engineering. The last four years she has worked as a traffic engineer with MTO in North Bay.

  • Dr. Nhan Tran
    Head of Safety and Mobility
    World Health Organization (WHO)

    Dr. Nhan Tran holds a graduate degree in International Public Health and a PhD in Health Systems Research with an emphasis on road safety from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. He started his career as an educator and then as a science advisor within the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Later, as a researcher at Johns Hopkins University, he co-founded the International Injury Research Unit (IIRU). Dr Tran joined WHO in 2011 and was previously the Manager of the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research. In October 2017, he assumed his current role as the Head of Safety and Mobility.

  • Nicholas Ward
    Center for Health and Safety Culture

    Professor Nic Ward (F. Erg. S.) is the Director of the Center for Health and Safety Culture and a Professor of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering in the Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering at Montana State University. Professor Ward holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology (Human Factors) from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. In his role at the Center, Professor Ward is responsible for creating a network of collaborators, creating a sustainable vision for the center, and aligning the center with the University's mission. He also serves as a Principal Investigator (PI) and provides leadership and expertise on multiple projects. Ward is an original member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Subcommittee on Roadway Safety Culture, co-author of the National Toward Zero Death strategy, and a recognized international leader for the advancement of traffic safety culture as the foundation for creating safe systems. Nic resides in Bozeman, Montana. In his spare time, Nic enjoys traveling, rafting, good food and spending time with his friends and three dogs.

  • Paul Boase
    Chief Road Users, Transport Canada and CARSP Treasurer
    Transport Canada and CARSP

    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).

  • Phil Landry
    Director of Traffic Services
    City of Ottawa

    Phil Landry is the Director of Traffic Services at the City of Ottawa. Phil has worked in the municipal government in Ottawa since graduating from the University of Ottawa in Civil Engineering in 1993. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario and has spent the majority of his career in the Transportation sector at the City, working in various areas such as traffic operations, traffic management, traffic safety and investigations and project management. He has championed the development of the City’s Road Safety Action Plan, the City’s Transportation System Management Plan and most recently the implementation of Automated Speed Enforcement Program.

  • Raheem Dilgir

    Raheem Dilgir
    TranSafe Consulting Ltd.

    Raheem Dilgir is a Level 2 Road Safety Professional, with 27 years of experience in Canada and internationally. Over the past 10 years, Raheem has operated TranSafe Consulting Ltd., through which he assists road agencies across Canada in the development, delivery and evaluation of road safety plans and projects. Raheem is currently the co-Chair of the TAC Vision Zero and Safe System Subcommittee, and President of the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals. Raheem regularly offers workshops on modern approaches to road safety, presents to municipal councils and international conferences, and is called upon as an expert witness.

  • Rob Ritter
    Office of Impaired Driving and Occupant Protection National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

    Robert Ritter is the Director of the Office of Impaired Driving and Occupant Protection at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) where he works to reduce the incidents of alcohol and drug-impaired driving, increase seat belt and child safety seat use, and reduce distracted and drowsy driving. Rob’s Office conducts research and development activities to support States and communities to implement strong policies and programs nationwide. He leverages partnerships with diverse professional, advocacy and government organizations to develop and disseminates a variety of programs, best practices, communication and other tools to reduce risky driving behavior and resulting crashes, injuries and fatalities.

    Prior to joining NHTSA, Rob was the Managing Director of the Office of Innovative Program Delivery at the Federal Highway Administration. At FHWA, Rob represented the Chief Innovation Officer in policy and strategic deliberations to establish Agency and Office direction for transforming transportation through innovation. Rob has over 25 years’ experience in transportation safety, policy, planning and implementation; 15 in various FHWA offices also including Safety, Natural Environment and Planning.

  • Robyn Robertson

    Robyn Robertson
    President and CEO
    Traffic Injury Research Foundation

    Robyn Robertson is the President and CEO of the Traffic Injury Research Foundation and holds a Master of Criminology Applied degree. During her 22 years in the research field, Ms. Robertson has published more than 300 reports and articles on a broad range of road safety issues with a focus on education, policy and program development and evaluation. She has delivered technical assistance for road safety programs in several countries and is the author of TIRFs knowledge translation model. Robyn is well-versed in implementation strategies and operational practices across transportation, criminal justice and health systems, and industry. She is a member of, or has served on several academic and professional Boards and committees.

  • Sgt. Scott Hogan
    Peel Regional Police

    Sgt. Hogan has over 24 years of policing with Peel Regional Police as a uniformed patrol constable/ supervisor; Criminal Investigative Bureau and the Vice Unit. He’s worked Road Safety Services as a Sergeant, conducting strategic enforcement and with the impaired driving enforcement unit. His current role in Road Safety Services is as the Acting Staff Sergeant.

  • Soames Job
    Global Road Safety Solutions Pty. Ltd

    Dr R.F. Soames Job is CEO and Principal of Global Road Safety Solutions Pty. Ltd. Soames has successfully headed government lead organisations in road safety, been a Professor in road safety and Health Psychology, and consulted for many development banks, the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the International Standards Organisation (ISO), and the OECD, and has provided road safety guidance to over 90 countries and states. Previous experience in Road Safety includes:  Head of the Global Road Safety Facility, and Global Lead Road Safety with the World Bank.  Executive Director of the National Road Safety Council of Australia  Executive Director of the New South Wales Centre for Road Safety  Fellow and National President of the Australasian College of Road Safety  Adjunct Professor in Road Safety at the University of New South Wales  Chair of the National Road Safety Executive Group  Deputy Chairman of ANCAP (Australian New Car Assessment Program)  Member of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration, and board member for various road safety organizations  Director of the Health & Safety Psychology Research Unit, University of Sydney. Mainly as member of a team, Soames has won 25 national and international awards in road safety and research, including 5 Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards. Soames was first listed in Who’s Who in 1997, and has over 500 scientific publications.

  • Sylvia Larke
    Project Coordinator
    Weed Out the Risk (WOTR)

    Sylvia Larke is the Project Coordinator for Weed Out the Risk (WOTR) a program which educates youth on the risks of cannabis impaired driving. Sylvia started her work on the program as a facilitator, delivering over 500 WOTR workshops in high schools across Canada. Now, as WOTR’s Project Coordinator, she works to develop the program’s content and train new facilitators to deliver the workshop in their communities.

  • Dr. Tho Bella Dinh-Zarr
    Senior Advisor, Public Health & Transportation
    TIRF and the FIA Foundation

    Dr. Tho Bella Dinh-Zarr, PhD, MPH, is Senior Advisor for Public Health & Transportation at the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) and the FIA Foundation. She is Co-Founder of the 05 Saves Lives Coalition to assist US States in reducing drinking and driving. Appointed by President Obama, she served as Vice Chairman, Acting Chairman, and the 42nd Board Member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) from 2015-2019. Previously, with the FIA Foundation, Dr. Dinh-Zarr helped initiate the first Decade of Action for Global Road Safety and incorporate road safety into the UN Sustainable Development Goals. She also has experience at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Texas A&M Transportation Institute, AAA, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Dr. Dinh-Zarr is committed to advancing transportation that is safe, clean, and fair for everyone.

  • Valerie Smith

    Valerie Smith
    Director, Programs
    Parachute Canada

    Valerie Smith has worked as a Director of Programs at Parachute Canada since 2014. Valerie oversees Parachutes programs, campaigns and multiple networks focused on road safety. Valerie is a strong Vision Zero advocate and presents on Vision Zero in Canada on a regular basis. Prior to working at Parachute, Valerie held a number of management positions focused on international development, youth and health promotion. Valerie has a MA in international and comparative education from University of Toronto.