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2017 CARSP BOARD DIRECTOR ELECTION RESULTS
Last Updated on May 9, 2017
We are very excited to welcome back and welcome for the first time the following 8 successful election candidates. The newly elected Board Directors' terms start at the 2017 CARSP Conference on Sunday June 18th. Congratulations!
1. TONY CHURCHILL (RETURNING BOARD MEMBER)
Mr. Churchill is a professional engineer who has focused his career on road safety. He obtained a civil engineering technical diploma from SAIT Polytechnic prior to studying at the University of Calgary where he completed BSc. and MSc. degrees in civil engineering with a focus on road safety.
Following the completion of his MSc. Degree, Mr. Churchill worked for a year at the SWOV in the Netherlands where he contributed to and managed research projects and road safety analyses.
He was lured back to Canada by EBA Engineering Consultants Ltd. where he spent over 5 years completing road safety audits, in-service road safety reviews, safety evaluation studies, research, functional planning studies and traffic engineering studies.
In 2013, Mr. Churchill began working at the City of Calgary where he is the Leader of Traffic Safety. Mr. Churchill is responsible for the coordination of efforts across the City using a multi-disciplinary approach as outlined in the Calgary Safer Mobility Plan.
He is married to Laura and has a son, Jonathan, and a daughter, Anneke.
2. RUSS HESLOP (RETURNING BOARD MEMBER)
After a policing career starting in the mid 1970's and experience with three Canadian Police Services (Royal Canadian Mounted Police, 1975-1980, Oak Bay Municipal Police (B.C.), 1980-1986, Winnipeg Police Service, 1986-2015) Russ retired from policing in 2015 and started his own collision consulting company.
A qualified Collision Reconstructionist, Russ served as the Winnipeg Police Service’s Senior Collision Analyst for 4 years and is a court recognized Collision Reconstruction Expert.
Prior to retirement Russ was responsible for the Collision Investigation Section Training component for the Winnipeg Police Service.
Russ is currently the President/Director of a collision analysis/reconstruction company based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
His company provides private and corporate collision analysis, investigation and reconstruction as well as training on a variety of collision topics and conducting research on road safety.
3. MAVIS JOHNSON (RETURNING BOARD MEMBER)
Mavis Johnson is the Founder and President of the Canadian Traffic Safety Institute. She has been involved in road safety in the UK and Canada for over 40 years.
She continues to take a leadership role in road safety across Canada in various positions and in the last ten years has also undertaken many international road safety projects, particularly in developing and rapidly motorizing nations.
Her major focus is in strategic road safety planning. She has been recognized on several occasions by the Institute of Transportation Engineers in British Columbia and Canada by receiving their Distinguished Achievement and Lifetime Achievement Awards.
More recently she was recognized through the Canadian Transportation Awards Program with an Award of Excellence for her outstanding contribution to road safety.
4. ALEXANDRA KELLY (NEW BOARD DIRECTOR)
Alexandra Kelly has been working in injury prevention, specifically in road safety, for nearly a decade. Alex holds her Masters in Science, with a concentration in Public Health, from a joint program through the University of London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Alex completed her undergraduate degree at Queen’s University in health and international development.
Alex’s work in road safety has evolved through the delivery of successful health promotion programming across Canada. Select contributions have included the design and launch of the inaugural National Teen Driver Safety Week in Canada, co-chairing the Canadian Global Road Safety Committee, membership to the Canadian Road Safety Youth Committee, design and launch of Canada’s first Vision Zero Advocate Institute, research on the bidirectional relationship between unintentional and intentional injury through a literature review of First Nations youth in Ontario, contributing a chapter on youth risk taking behaviours to the Canadian Injury Prevention Resource.
In her current role, directing the Vision Zero Advocate Institute, Alex works with all levels of government, as well as municipalities and organizations to advance the adoption of Vision Zero in Canada, and around the world. Alex is also the founder and principal of Salt + Company, a consultancy that works with leaders to craft intelligent and sustainable solutions to the most pressing issues impacting the health and wellness of individuals worldwide.
5. MARTIN LAVALLIÈRE (RETURNING BOARD MEMBER)
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.
6. JENNIFER MARK (NEW BOARD DIRECTOR)
Jennifer Mark works in the Road Safety and Traffic Engineering division of the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal as the Coordinator of the provincial Road Safety Advisory Committee, and has been coordinating and chairing road safety related subcommittees for the past three years, focusing primarily on the road user side of the safe systems approach to road safety.
Prior to that she has worked in various research and policy coordination roles for the NS Departments of Municipal Affairs and Intergovernmental Affairs, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and the Alberta Land-Use Secretariat.
Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Political Science from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, and her Masters in Public Administration from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She recently received a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from the combined York University and St. Mary’s University professional development program.
Jennifer attended her first CARSP Conference in Ottawa in 2015 and then volunteered as a member of the local conference organizing committee for the 2016 conference in Halifax.
7. LINDA ROTHMAN (NEW BOARD DIRECTOR)
Linda is a Senior Research Associate and Epidemiologist at the Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute in the Child Health Evaluative Sciences Program.
She has almost 20 years of experience in injury epidemiology. She worked extensively on child motor vehicle occupant protection research related to airbags, lap belts, ejections and side impact injuries, which contributed to the development of a novel booster seat, booster seat policy and publications in high impact journals.
Her current research focus is on child pedestrian and cyclist motor vehicle collisions (PMVC), active transportation and the built environment, with an emphasis on modifiable roadway design features. She has conducted epidemiological research to examine the effects of implementation of pedestrian countdown signals, traffic calming, school crossing guards, dedicated street car right-of-way and separated cycle lanes on the risk of PMVC. She also has expertise in spatial analysis and works closely with health geographers examining the effectiveness of road traffic interventions using spatial analysis.
Her research has been presented locally, nationally and internationally at both conferences and as an invited lecturer. She has 39 peer reviewed articles (plus 4 more undergoing review), 78 abstracts and 15 book chapters/proceedings. Her methodological contributions have included observational (cross-sectional and case-control) and pre-post quasi-experimental studies, as well as cluster randomized control trials. She believes strongly in an interdisciplinary approach to road traffic research and she sits on a variety of committees related to interdisciplinary road traffic safety. She works extensively with a wide network of collaborators from a variety of professional backgrounds, including: Engineering, Kinesiology and Physical Education, Injury Prevention, Transportation, Health Promotion and Knowledge Translation, Geography and Planning, Psychology, Pediatrics and Trauma/Orthopaedic Surgery.
She is currently a research collaborator on a 5 year, multi-million dollar nation-wide Intersectoral Environments and Health Team grant funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). This grant examines the built environment, active transportation and safety in children and youth. This grant involves collaborators from all levels of government, community and not-for-profit organizations and academic institutions. The CIHR team grant is focused on inter-provincial comparisons related to active transportation and safety.
8. JENNIFER RUSSELL (NEW BOARD DIRECTOR)
Jennifer Russell is the Executive Director for the Atlantic Collaborative on Injury Prevention (ACIP). ACIP is a partnership of government and non-government stakeholders with a common goal of reducing serious and fatal injuries in Atlantic Canada. Common areas of focus include policy and advocacy, research and surveillance, sustainability and growth, and networking, partnerships and knowledge exchange. In her role with ACIP, Jennifer works with a Board of Directors, with representatives from NB, NL, NS, and PEI. While the Board of Directors governs the strategic vision of the organization, Jennifer’s role is to ensure the operations and activities of the organization meet those strategic outcomes.
Jennifer was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Promotion and is currently working towards her Masters of Public Health through the University of Alberta.
Jennifer has volunteered and worked in different aspects of road safety for several years, including areas of youth engagement and provincial legislation. Jennifer was a member and co-chair of the Nova Scotia Road Safety Committee from 2013 – 2016 and was a member of the Canadian Youth Road Safety Committee from 2013-2014. She has worked with CARSP in the past, specifically as a member of the 2016 conference planning committee in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has been a member of the NS Road Safety Advisory Committee in various capacities that include youth engagement, graduated driver’s license legislation, and as an injury prevention stakeholder.