CARSP President’s Year End Message

December 29, 2014   |   Categories: CARSP News, News

Last Updated on January 9, 2015

It is that time of the year again when we consider what we have accomplished as an organization over the past twelve months and what lies ahead in the new year.

The CARSP Board completed its five year strategic plan, the major goals of which include:

  • Expanding and increasing the value of CARSP membership,
  • Increasing engagement with the broader road safety community, including globally,
  • Increasing awareness of CARSP in the broader road safety community,
  • Clarifying the CARSP brand,
  • Promoting road safety as a career,
  • Strengthening board capacity and engagement, and
  • Integrating the conference into CARSP.

The Board would like to thank Jennifer Kroeker-Hall, CARSP’s Vice President, and Chair of the Structure and Governance Committee for guiding us through the development of this plan which will provide the Board with a clear direction over the next few years. If you would like to review the plan you can find it on our website at under “Resources”.

The major CARSP event this year was the 24th annual Canadian Multidisciplinary Road Safety Conference (CMRSC) which was held in Vancouver from June 1-4. There were about 170 delegates attending this conference from across Canada, the United States and around the world (e.g., Costa Rica and Australia). This year we added a Policy and Practice Stream, in response to the increasing number of papers submitted over the last few years with these foci. This new stream is in addition to the traditional Research and Evaluation Stream, characteristic of the CMRSC. We also added the Mavis Johnson Traffic Safety Award to honour the top paper from the Policy and Practice Stream. Yet another new addition this year is the “slide-deck only” option, for those who choose not to submit a paper. I would like to congratulate Mavis Johnson (of CARSP) and Ian Pike (of the British Columbia Injury Research and Prevention Unit – BCIRPU), the conference co-chairs, and the rest of the Conference Organizing Committee for their hard work which resulted in a very successful conference. I would also like to thank the conference sponsors: Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (Silver), Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (Silver), WorkSafeBC (Bronze), BC Automobile Association (Bronze) and Insurance Bureau of Canada (Student Paper Competition). Lastly, I would like to thank the Canadian Road Safety Youth Committee (CRSYC) for their role in organizing and managing the student and young professional events.

Next year we are changing the name of the conference from the Canadian Multidisciplinary Road Safety Conference (CMRSC) to the CARSP Conference since CARSP is now solely responsible for it and most people call it the CARSP Conference anyway. The 2015 version of the conference will be held at the Delta Ottawa City Centre Hotel May 27-30 and the conference theme is Road Safety: The Road Ahead. This theme marks several milestones that have been achieved including the mid-point of the United Nations Decade of Action on Road Safety, the final year of Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2015, as well as the 30th anniversary of CARSP and the 25th version of the CARSP conference (formerly CMRSC) which was first held in 1982 in Halifax. We anticipate about 85-90 presentations will be delivered along with keynote addresses and panel sessions. Check the CARSP website for information updates, including registration commencement by early February.

CARSP is seeking local co-hosts for the 2016 conference so if you and your organization are interested in co-hosting the conference with CARSP in the May-June timeframe, let us know. There will soon be information on the CARSP website regarding the submission of proposals for co-hosting the2016 CARSP conference.

Also this year, the CARSP website was given a new look and increased capabilities. These changes provide CARSP’s 300+members and other interested road safety professionals an increased ability to:

  • Connect - with other road safety professionals,
  • Learn – from shared knowledge and experience in the areas of road safety: research, evaluation, policy and practice,
  • Stay Informed – of current news and road safety activities.

Our tagline is “Sharing Knowledge for Safer Roads” and our new website truly encapsulates this purpose. I would like to thank Brenda Suggett, CARSP’s Executive Administrator for spearheading and managing the CARSP website redesign. I would also like to thank Paul Boase, Chair of the Membership Committee and Jean Wilson and Andrew Davidson, Co-Chairs of the Marketing Committee, as well as their committee members who provided useful guidance to Brenda and JLM Studios (the winning contractor). If you would like to join these committees, let us know by sending an e-mail to

CARSP held an election of Board members earlier this year resulting in five new members on the Board and 12 re-elected members. This election expanded the representation by Board members to more regions across the country as well as across disciplines.  To see who is currently on the Board, go to our website plan for the future is to hold annual Board elections with about six member positions being filled each year. This electoral process will ensure that we have members with new perspectives and skill sets joining the Board each year. If you are interested in becoming a Board member, keep your eyes open for a notice on the website regarding nominations in the new year.

CARSP continues to co-chair the Canadian Global Road Safety Committee (CGRSC) along with Parachute. This committee, which boasts 25 members, holds monthly teleconferences. The intent of these meetings is to share road safety information on issues like alcohol impaired driving, distracted driving and speeding. The CGRSC also provides advice and support related to events such as the National Day of Remembrance of Road Crash Victims (the official organizer for this event is the CCMTA).

Communicating with our members is of prime importance. We will continue to publish the quarterly Safety Network Newsletter on-line which provides members with road safety information regarding issues like automated vehicles, winter driving, and coming up in the next issue -road safety programs in Canada. CARSP would like to thank Rebecca Peterniak, Chair of the Newsletter Editorial Committee and all its members for continuing to produce this informative and well-read publication.

CARSP also publishes the Canadian Road Safety News Digest every two weeks providing members with the latest news articles on road safety from across the country. I would like to thank Brenda Suggett for seeking out these articles and putting them in the digest. In fact, on behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Brenda for all her great work over the past year which has been instrumental in helping the Board achieve its goals.

On behalf of the CARSP Board of Directors, I would like to wish you all Happy Holidays and an enjoyable and safe new year.


Brian Jonah, President, CARSP

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