CARSP Conference 2022

CARSP/OTC Vision Zero Symposium Speaker Bios

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 - 8:15am-3:30pm

  • Bartek Komorowski
    Team Lead, Vision Zero Action Plan
    Safety and Sustainable Development Division, City of Montreal

    Bartek Komorowski is an urban planner by training and has worked in the field of active mobility for 15 years. He is currently leader of the Co-development and Innovation Team in the Safety and Sustainable Development Division in the Department of Urban Planning and Mobility at the City of Montreal. His team coordinates the City’s Vision Zero Action Plan, the Montreal Sustainable Streets Design Guide, the Safety Arounds Schools Program and the Pedestrian and Shared Streets Implementation Program.

    Prior to joining the City, Bartek worked 7 years as a Project Leader in the Research and Consulting department at Vélo Québec, Canada's largest cycling advocacy organization. He is a coauthor of Vélo Québec's 2020 design manual, Aménager pour les piétons et les cyclistes (Planning and Design for Pedestrians and Cyclists).

    Bartek is a board member of the Winter Cycling Federation, which organizes the annual international Winter Cycling Congress

  • 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.

  • Geoff Wilkinson
    Executive Director
    Ontario Traffic Council

    Geoff Wilkinson is the Executive Director for the Ontario Traffic Council. Geoff has over 20 years of association executive leadership and has a Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation with the Canadian Society of Association Executives and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from York University. In his current role he oversees the operations of the OTC which includes the role of Chair of the OTC Automated Speed Enforcement, AMPS, Vision Zero, Automated School Bus Camera Working Groups and the Multi-Modal Levels of Service Guideline Steering Committee. Geoff is a member of the OACP Traffic Committee, Transport Canada's School Bus Safety Advisory Group and is a Director with the Durham Kids Safety Village. He lives in Whitby with his wife and the youngest of his two daughters.

  • Jessica Lamarre
    Safe Mobility, City of Edmonton

    Jessica is the Director, Safe Mobility for the City of Edmonton. She and her 12,000 colleagues are dedicated to achieving Vision Zero, zero traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries, through safe and livable streets in Edmonton; a goal that they are well on their way to achieving. Jessica leads a diverse team of rockstars who champion a holistic portfolio of work in support of the City's Safe Mobility Strategy, including road safety engineering, automated enforcement, planning and evaluation and community activation. At the heart of this work is a commitment to equitable safety and pushing beyond the traditional pillars of safety to facilitate the decisions necessary to achieve a more livable and equitable Edmonton.

  • Leah Shahum
    Founder & Director
    Vision Zero Network

    Leah Shahum is the founder and director of the Vision Zero Network, a U.S. campaign supporting communities working toward Vision Zero — zero traffic fatalities and severe injuries amongst all road users. The Network helps communities develop and share best practices for safe mobility for all.

    As a German Marshall Fund Fellow, Leah researched Vision Zero strategies in Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of the 10,000-member San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, which promotes bicycling for everyday transportation. Leah formerly served on the Boards of Directors of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

    Leah serves on the (U.S.) national Road to Zero Coalition Steering Committee and the Advisory Committee of the Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety, a U.S. National University Transportation Center (UNC-Chapel Hill).

  • Linda Rothman

    Linda Rothman BScOT, PhD (she/her)
    Assistant Professor
    Ryerson University

    Linda Rothman BScOT, PhD is an Assistant Professor at the School of Occupational and Public Health at Ryerson University, an Adjunct Scientist in Child Health Evaluative Sciences at the Hospital for Sick Children, and an Assistant Professor (status only) at Dalla Lana, School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Dr. Rothman trained as an Occupational Therapist, and obtained a Master's degree in Community Health and Epidemiology and a PhD in Medical Science (Epidemiology) at the University of Toronto. Her area of expertise is in vulnerable road user injuries in urban environments as a public health issue and has been working in this field for over 20 years. She is an investigator on an internationally renowned pan-Canadian team of researchers studying children’s road traffic injuries. Her recent research projects including studying the effects of Vision Zero interventions around schools, the effects of COVID-19 on road traffic volumes and collisions in 4 Canadian cities with a social equity lens, which includes the evaluation of new road design modifications such as cycle tracks and reduced speed limits.

  • Matts Belin , PhD
    Global Lead, Decade of Action for Road Safety
    Safety and Mobility

    Department of the Social Determinants of Health
    World Health Organization

    Dr. Matts-Åke Belin is, since January 2022, Global Lead for the Decade of Acton for Road Safety at the World Health Organization. Dr. Belin has over 30 years of experience within the Swedish government primarily worked with overall safety policies, strategies and collaboration with different stakeholders.

    Dr. Belin has also chaired the technical committee 3.1 on National Road Safety Policies and Programme, World Road Association and served as the international representative at the US Transportation Research Board (TRB) standing committee ANB 10 Transportation Safety Management. Dr. Belin was also the Swedish delegate in UN Road Safety Collaboration and he has served as national and international senior policy adviser and supported different Vision Zero initiatives around the world. Dr. Belin was also deeply involved in the preparation and organization of 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in Stockholm February 2020. Before Dr. Belin joined World Health Organization he was the Director of Vision Zero Academy at the Swedish Transport Administration.

    Parallel with his work within the Swedish government, Dr. Belin also has an academic carrier. Dr. Belin has a PhD in public health policy from Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. He is also affiliated with KTH Royal Technology Institute, in Stockholm, where he is serving as an adjunct professor on traffic safety. Dr. Belin was also responsible for a research program funded by the Swedish Transport Administration, in order to promote research in policy, implementation and innovation within the transport sector with focus on Vision Zero.

  • Megan Wier, MPH
    Safe Streets Division Manager
    Department of Transportation, City of Oakland, California, USA

    Megan Wier, MPH, is the Safe Streets Division Manager for the City of Oakland’s Department of Transportation and oversees the bike and pedestrian programs, traffic engineering, traffic maintenance, crossing guard, and signal operations teams to strategically advance a safe, equitable transportation system for the Oakland community. Prior to starting at OakDOT in early 2020, Megan was the Director of the Program on Health, Equity and Sustainability at the San Francisco Department of Public Health where she worked for over a decade at the intersection of health, equity and transportation in partnership with city agencies and community stakeholders, and co-chaired San Francisco’s Vision Zero Task Force to eliminate traffic deaths. Megan has been actively engaged in work to prioritize safety, health, and equity in transportation decision making at local, regional, state, and national levels. Ms. Wier has a Master of Public Health from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor’s in Sociology and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan.

  • Sarah Wells
    Executive Director
    Transportation Association of Canada

    Sarah Wells is Executive Director of the Transportation Association of Canada, a national notfor-profit technical association focussed on road and highway infrastructure and urban transportation. In that capacity, she fosters a collegial and collaborative network for senior government officials, private sector leaders and industry stakeholders as they work together to share information, build knowledge, promote best practices, develop people and encourage bold transportation solutions. Under Sarah’s leadership, TAC adopted a new strategic plan in 2017 that articulates a vision and focus areas for the Association, emphasizing the importance of safety in Canada’s transportation network.

    A licensed professional engineer in Ontario, Dr. Wells earned her doctorate and undergraduate degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo. Prior to that, she studied Canadian history; she holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University.

  • Soroush Salek, P.Eng., Ph.D.

    Soroush Salek, P.Eng., Ph.D., CIMA+ has more than 15 years of experience in traffic engineering and road safety, including extensive experience in all life cycles of safety management projects including development of SPFs, conducting network screening, conducting in-service road safety reviews and audits, roadside safety reviews, development of countermeasures, and evaluation of countermeasures. He was responsible for various state of the art projects dealing with statistical analysis of big datasets including data assessment, data filtering, missing data treatment, and statistical inference for traffic safety and traffic operations applications.

  • Tho Bella Dinh-Zarr, PhD
    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 is 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 of Solutions

    Valerie Smith is the Director of Solutions at Parachute. She oversees all of Parachute’s campaigns and programs and helps to support our extensive network of community partners across Canada.

    She is skilled in managing behaviour change programs with a focus on children and youth. She also has a strong community engagement background and provides solid leadership to our network partners. Valerie has presented at a number of events and conferences around the world on injury prevention issues.

    Prior to working with Parachute Valerie was a senior program manager at a number of charities including Smartrisk, Katimavik and Youth Challenge International. She spent a substantial part of her career working on HIV/AIDS programs in South America and East Africa. She holds a MA in international and comparative education.