June 1 – Speed Limit Reductions in West Canada Panel Discussion

Date: June 1
Time: 12 – 1:30 PM (MDT)
Panel Discussion
Cost: Free


About the Presentation In the past few years, more and more municipalities in Canada worked on speed limit reductions. It would be beneficial to hear from them about how they initiated speed limit changes, establish methodologies and processes to make the changes, and implement speed limit reduction measures, as well as what kinds of findings and lessons learned they obtained.  
Our NACITE is excited to dive into this topic through our virtual panel discussion this coming June, “Speed Limit Reductions in West Canada”! Please join us and a panel of experts for an exciting and educational discussion. You will be hearing from: Dean Schick – Manager of Transportation with the City of St. Albert, and Daniel Zeggelaar (co-presenter with Dean Schick) – Transportation Project Manager with ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd. Shewkar Ibrahim –Manager, Safe Mobility Engineering with the City of Edmonton Tony Churchill – Senior Traffic Engineer, Leader of Traffic Safety Roads with the City of Calgary Liliana Quintero – Senior Transportation Engineer with the City of Vancouver Each panelist will have a 10-min presentation to introduce speed limit reduction implementation in his/her municipality. There will be a Q&A session following all four presentations.

About the Presenters: Dean Schick A graduate from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Civil program, Dean has 18 years of experience in municipal transportation engineering and operations and has been with the City of St Albert for 15 years.  His role with St Albert has changed with the growing community and within the Engineering department – from Transportation Coordinator to Supervisor to the Transportation Manager when the Transportation branch was created in 2014.  During his time managing the Transportation branch there has been a targeted delivery of a variety of municipal strategies and guidelines, inclusive of Complete Streets Guidelines, Active Transportation Plan and Gaps Assessment, Intelligent Transportation System Strategies, and the St. Albert Transportation Safety Plan to which the city wide review of speed limits was a strategic action. He is proud of his team’s accomplishments in advancing traffic safety initiatives and network operational and capital improvements within the community he both lives and works in.

Daniel Zeggelaar is a Transportation Project Manager within ISL’s Transportation Group in Edmonton and has over 13 years of experience in transportation planning. Daniel is certified as a professional traffic operations engineer (PTOE) and professional transportation planner (PTP) providing a perspective from both an operations ‘ground level’ and planning ‘high level’ and is able to explain how planning level decisions carry through to design and operations. Generally, Dan specializes in transportation master planning, policy development, servicing studies, and network planning, traffic impact assessments, parking strategy and traffic operations. Dan’s mix of expertise in transportation planning and traffic operations reflects his ability for developing solutions sensitive to both areas. Dan also has expertise in state-of-the-art traffic modeling software packages including VISUM, Synchro, HCS and SIDRA. In the community, Dan volunteers as Past -president of Northern Alberta Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, technical advisor and guest lecturer to the University of Alberta CIVE 419 course (Capstone).

Shewkar (sh-wee-car) Ibrahim (eb-ra-heem) is the Manager of Safe Mobility Engineering with the City of Edmonton’s Safe Mobility Section. Thanks to the free time during the pandemic, Shewkar successfully defended her Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia (in 2020) in the area of Transportation Engineering with a focus on Traffic Safety. An engineer by day and a researcher by night, Shewkar is very passionate about finding ways to improve safety and mobility for all road users to reach the goal of zero-fatalities and serious injuries in Edmonton by 2032. Shewkar was also very involved in leading the work to change the default speed limit in Edmonton to 40 km/h on residential, downtown streets as well as highly used pedestrian areas. She’s looking forward to sharing more about Edmonton’s holistic approach to how they managed the program from planning to evaluation to help keep the conversation “moving” on how speed limits can impact safety.  

Tony Churchill is a Senior Traffic Engineer with the City of Calgary.  He obtained a civil engineering technology 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. Tony has been involved in discussions about lowering speed limits in Calgary for about eight years and recently coordinated the installation of about 5,000 speed limit signs to support the 40 km/h default speed limit that came into effect on May 31, 2022. He will be leading the evaluation of this change and is currently working on the Safer Collector Framework to redesign Collector roadways to encourage 40 km/h operating speeds.

Liliana Quintero is a Senior Transportation Engineer working at the City of Vancouver since 2015. She currently works implementing the City’s Moving Towards Zero safety program and the school active travel planning program. Her work at the City of Vancouver has focused on developing a strategy to reach Vancouver’s zero transportation related fatalities & serious injuries target.  Including exploring alternative sources of data such hospital and ambulance data, revamping the existing school program, prioritizing safety upgrades and piloting new items (rectangular flashing beacons , leading pedestrian intervals and slow zones). Additionally, finding new innovative solutions for safety including organizing the VANquish Collisions Hackathon. Liliana grew up in Bogota, Colombia and moved to Vancouver in 2008 to complete a masters degree in Transportation Engineering focused on Transportation Safety at the University of British Columbia


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