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OPENING PLENARY: The Journey to Safer Roads: Where Are We Now?

Originally broadcast on September 21, 2020:  13:00-14:30

Moderated by Sarah Wells, Executive Director, Transportation Association of Canada

The Opening Plenary focused on the state of road safety, both internationally and across Canada. Participants heard about progress made during the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020), as well as the key challenges and opportunities faced by road safety partners today.

Our featured panelists were:

  • Dr. Jeannette Montufar – CEO, MORR Transportation Consulting
  • Robyn Robertson – President & CEO, Traffic Injury Research Foundation
  • Dr. Fred Wegman – Professor Emeritus, Traffic Safety, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

Dr. Jeannette Montufar is Founding Partner, MORR Transportation. She has over 20 years of experience working in Canada and internationally on projects dealing with road safety, freight systems, active transportation, and traffic engineering. She was professor at the University of Manitoba for nearly 15 years.



Robyn Robertson is the President and CEO of the Traffic Injury Research Foundation and holds a Master of Criminology Applied degree. During her 20 years in the research field, Ms. Robertson has published more than 200 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 TIRF's 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.

Fred Wegman is Emeritus Professor, Traffic Safety at Delft University of Technology. Prior to that Fred worked at SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research in the Netherlands and he served this national institute as the managing director for 14 years. Throughout his career he was involved in activities of many international organisations. Fred chaired several OECD scientific committees and today he chairs IRTAD, the International Traffic Safety Data and Analysis Group in OECD/ITF. He participated in several SUNflower-projects (benchmarking the safety performances of countries). Fred is one of the founding fathers of the Safe System approach in road safety. He participated in the Academic Expert Group for the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in Stockholm, Sweden in 2020.

SPOTLIGHT PLENARY: Challenge and Recovery: Transportation in the Era of COVID-19

Originally broadcast on September 28, 2020: 13:00-14:30

Moderated by Sarah Wells, Executive Director, Transportation Association of Canada

In recognition of our national effort to combat COVID-19, this Spotlight Plenary offered an opportunity for participants to hear about lessons learned from both the pandemic’s impacts and our collective response, and to explore the long-term effects that COVID-19 could have on transportation in Canada.

Our featured panelists were:

Daniel Haufschild – Principal, Integrated Planning, Arup
Daniel brings over 25 years’ experience in city and transportation planning, from strategy to business case development and project implementation. Current projects include the Skytrain extension to UBC, the Airport Area Transportation Study around Pearson, and business case support for ARTM in Montreal. He has a particular interest in how emerging trends will affect cities and mobility through foresight and strategy work including Megacity Challenges, a global study for Siemens, CUTA’s Transit Vision 2040, and Metrolinx’s Navigating Uncertainty.

Jacquelyn Hayward – Director, Transportation Project Design & Management, City of Toronto
Jacquelyn is responsible for a fantastic team of professionals leading the design and delivery of a multi-modal infrastructure projects. Jacquelyn has 17 years of experience in both the public and non-profit sectors focused on transportation infrastructure and transportation demand management.


Crystal Damer – Assistant Deputy Minister, Alberta Transportation
Crystal has been with the Alberta Government since 1994.  She has worked in a number of portfolios over her career including business and investment development, tourism, administration and information management, project management and land use planning. Crystal is the Assistant Deputy Minister of Safety & Policy Division with Alberta Transportation. The group’s mandate is to develop and deliver policy that ensures safety on our roads and for our road users.Crystal was born and raised in Edmonton. She obtained her Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta and continued her studies to build her technical knowledge through the Faculty of Engineering before joining the Alberta Public Service.

Wendy Reuter – Head of Research & Analytics, Toronto Transit Commission
Wendy is Head, Research & Analytics at the TTC, having recently joined from the Canadian Urban Transit Association where she was most recently Vice-President, having started at CUTA as Director of Research & Technical Services. Wendy is a strategic development executive with national experience building thought leadership, research and analytics capacities and delivering project execution in Passenger Transportation in Canada and the US and in public and private sectors for nearly two decades.  Wendy graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Economics, and has an MBA from Western University.

CLOSING PLENARY: The Journey to Safer Roads: Emerging Solutions

Originally broadcast on October 8, 2020: 13:00-14:30

Moderated by Geoff Noxon, Director, Technical Programs, Transportation Association of Canada

The Closing Plenary heard from leading practitioners in five key fields where road safety solutions are rapidly evolving: road design, driver behaviour, community collaboration, data and analytics, and the protection of vulnerable road users. Our panelists offered their insights into current directions and what the “next big thing” might be, then answered questions from participants.

Our featured panelists were:

Shabnem Afzal – Manager, Road Safety and Vision Zero Lead, City of Surrey
Shabnem has held several Director positions within the B.C. provincial government, including Director of Road Safety. She is currently leading a Road Safety Team within the City of Surrey's Engineering Department, to undertake a holistic, cross sectoral effort towards the long term goal of having the safest roads in Canada.


Pedram Izadpanah – Vice President, TES Solutions
Pedram Izadpanah, Ph.D., P.Eng. has 16 years of experience in road safety and traffic engineering. He has assisted several municipalities in Canada in the development of their Vision Zero road safety plans. Pedram’s focus is to use technology and advanced analytical tools to assist road authorities in the decision-making process.

Kenedee Ludwar – Director, Traffic and Highway Safety Engineering, British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Kenedee graduated from the UBC in Civil Engineering. Kenedee is currently the Director of Traffic and Highway Safety Engineering for BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and is responsible for the province-wide traffic and safety engineering program. Kenedee is dedicated to public service and has a passion for traffic safety.

Zibby Petch – Associate and Manager, Active Transportation, IBI Group
Zibby is an Associate and Manager, Active Transportation with IBI Group's Hamilton office. As a transportation planner and licensed Professional Engineer, Zibby has experience with policy, planning and design for active transportation and complete streets. She regularly collaborates on multi-disciplinary teams to develop high-quality cycling and pedestrian realms


Krista Tanaka – Program Manager, Road Safety and Traffic Investigations, City of Ottawa
Krista has been working in the field of traffic engineering and road safety for the past 20 years, split equally between the private and public sectors. In her current role she oversees the various road safety programs for the City of Ottawa.