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Opening Plenary | Spotlight Plenary | Closing Plenary

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

September 21, 2020:  13:00-14:30

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

The Opening Plenary will focus on the state of road safety, both internationally and across Canada. Participants will hear 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 will be:

  • 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

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 offers 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 will be:

  • Daniel Haufschild – Principal, Integrated Planning, Arup
  • Jacquelyn Hayward – Director, Transportation Project Design & Management, City of Toronto
  • Crystal Damer – Assistant Deputy Minister, Alberta Transportation
  • Wendy Reuter – Head of Research & Analytics, Toronto Transit Commission

CLOSING PLENARY: The Journey to Safer Roads: Emerging Solutions

October 8, 2020: 13:00-14:30

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

The Closing Plenary will hear 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 will offer their insights into current directions and what the “next big thing” might be, then answer questions from participants.

Our featured panelists will be:

  • Shabnem Afzal – Manager, Road Safety and Vision Zero Lead, City of Surrey
  • Pedram Izadpenah – Vice President, TES Solutions
  • Kenedee Ludwar – Director, Traffic and Highway Safety Engineering, British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Zibby Petch – Associate and Manager, Active Transportation, IBI Group
  • Krista Tanaka – Program Manager, Road Safety and Traffic Investigations, City of Ottawa