Strathcona County – Transportation Trends, Challenges and Opportunities

March 7, 2018 NACITE Luncheon

Presented by Ron Fraser

 

NACITE welcomes Ron Fraser, Director of Transportation Planning and Engineering for Strathcona County. Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. Planning and constructing quality infrastructure is a priority for Strathcona County to better serve it’s residents and foster a supportive environment for industry and business.

Ron will provide insights into the County’s strategic transportation planning direction, what drives transportation improvements in the County, and the challenges that the County faces in delivering infrastructure to accommodate on-going urban growth and development of the Industrial Heartland.

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Ron Fraser is a Professional Engineer with 23 years of experience in transportation planning and engineering. The majority of Ron’s experience was with Alberta Transportation which included his role as Manager of Infrastructure and Operations in Fort McMurray. Ron also has experience in municipal government with the Town of Drayton Valley, where he was the Director of Engineering and Development, and Strathcona County, where he currently serves as the Director of Transportation Planning and Engineering.

Ron hails from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. He obtained a Degree in Mathematics from Acadia University before pursuing a Degree in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University. When he isn’t spending time with his wife, Judy, and son, Ryan, Ron enjoys riding his motorcycle, camping and dabbles in photography.

 

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Edmonton’s Transit Strategy

February 7, 2018 NACITE Luncheon

Presented by Sarah Feldman

 

NACITE welcomes Sarah Feldman, Director of Planning and Scheduling for Edmonton Transit Service, to discuss Edmonton’s Transit Strategy. Edmonton City Council approved a new Transit Strategy in 2017. One of the five pillars of the Strategy is the creation of a market responsive transit network design. The new transit network consists of several different service types, each with its own purpose and corresponding level of service. Sarah will present the draft network redesign, showing how the different route types work together to provide service based on the principles of the Transit Strategy and discussing the trade-offs that were considered.

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Sarah Feldman is the Director of Planning and Scheduling of Edmonton Transit Service. Her career has included diverse roles in municipal government related to long range planning, sustainability policy and strategy development. Sarah’s work has spanned a diverse a variety of fields including land use and transportation planning, waste management, district energy, green buildings and corporate strategy. Joining the City of Edmonton in 2015 to lead the development of Edmonton’s Transit Strategy, Sarah has been instrumental in articulating a new strategic direction for transit.

Sarah holds a Bachelors in Environment and Development from McGill University and a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Montreal and is a registered professional planner.

 

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Luncheon Registration Fee Increases

In the past, our members have shared with us that the monthly luncheons continue to be a great way to stay connected with the transportation engineering and planning industry, and we, the NACITE Executive, take great pride in organizing these events. We have also worked very hard to keep registration fees low to provide all of our members with the opportunity to regularly attend.

Since 2015, the Faculty Club has increased their pricing on three different occasions, resulting in a combined price increase of about 40%. While we have been mindful about increasing registration fees, we have been forced to do so in the past (the last registration fee increase was in September 2016). Unfortunately, we have been forced to increase our registration fees once again.

Therefore, effective January 2018, NACITE has increased the registration fees for luncheons. The 2018 rates are:

  • $35 for members;
  • $40 for non-members; and
  • $15 for students.

We also wanted to note that we explored ways to avoid a registration fee increase by searching for an alternative venue. While we found a number of venues that can compete with the Faculty Club’s prices, none of the venues could match the Faculty Club in terms of menu options, food quality and availability of presentation equipment, and location. We concluded that the Faculty Club does provide a high level of service for a competitive price, and at a convenient location for most. Therefore, for the time being, we will continue to host our luncheons at the Faculty Club in the foreseeable future but may consider an alternative venue at some point in 2018.

We are concerned with the increases and would welcome suggestions from members. We hope that you and your company continue to support NACITE. If you would like to discuss this matter further, please do not hesitate to contact me at contact@nacite.org.

 

Sincerely,

Dallas Karhut

on behalf of the NACITE Executive

Pandora Avenue – Victoria’s First Protected Bike Lane

December 6, 2017 NACITE Luncheon

Presented by Nadine King, P.Eng., POTE

 

NACITE welcomes Nadine King, P.Eng., PTOE of WATT Consulting Group to talk about the design and construction of the Pandora two-way cycle track, the City of Victoria’s first two-way protected bike lane. The Pandora cycle track represents a key piece of Victoria’s AAA cycling network planned for the core area.

Nadine’s presentation will cover many of the design considerations associated with the cycle track including transit accommodation, on-street vehicle and bicycle parking, pedestrian safety, no-right-turns-on-red, traffic and bicycle signals, bicycle boxes, and public consultation/property owner concerns. Nadine will also discuss emerging trends related to implementing cycle tracks and speak specifically to the challenges and lessons learned in Victoria.

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Nadine King is a senior transportation engineer with 17 years of experience in the fields of traffic and transportation engineering. She has worked on projects across Western Canada for the public and private sectors. Nadine’s expertise includes traffic operations, signal timing, multi-modal network/corridor planning, and traffic management for construction. She brings a strong traffic background together with the concepts of complete streets and integration of all modes to her work. She also has excellent transportation modelling skills (with expertise in programs such as Synchro and VISUM), working on a regular basis with small to mid-size municipalities to assess short-term network improvements and long-term traffic challenges.

An experienced project manager, Nadine’s leadership serves her well whether working with internal team members or as part of a larger external team of consultants. Her leadership has also been recognized outside of work having won the APEGBC Community Service award in 2010, and completing the Leadership ITE program in 2015.

In her spare time, Nadine enjoys quilting and sewing. She is actively involved with ITE at the local and international levels and with APEGBC. She also volunteers with Crohns and Colitis Canada.

 

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Improving Mobility for All Users / About CITE

November 1, 2017 NACITE Luncheon

Presented by Ryan Vanderputten, P.Eng.

 

NACITE welcomes Ryan Vanderputten, P.Eng. to present on two topics. First, Ryan will provide an update on many of the exciting initiatives undertaken by ITE and CITE, including technical projects, priorities of the Canadian District, and opportunities to get involved. Second, Ryan will present on some of the recent projects and initiatives undertaken by the City of Calgary to improve mobility for all users.

NACITE is partnering with ITEUA, the U of A ITE student chapter this luncheon to introduce students to CITE and provide them with an opportunity to network with our members to learn more about everything the transportation planning and engineering industry has to offer. We hope that you can join us and share your experiences!

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Ryan Vanderputten, P.Eng., is the Director of Transportation Planning with The City of Calgary, in Alberta, Canada. Over his nearly two-decade-long engineering career, Ryan has worked in both the public and private sectors, in Ontario, British Columbia, and Alberta (The City of Calgary, Ministry of Transportation Ontario, MMM Group, Urban Systems). He is a licenced Professional Engineer in Alberta, and is a Fellow with ITE.

Ryan has a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo, a Masters degree in Transportation Engineering from the University of Calgary, and a Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership from the Schulich School of Business from York University. Over his career, he has been an active participant in three different ITE sections, two ITE chapters, and has served on the executive of the BC Interior Chapter and the Southern Alberta Section. He is the current Secretary-Treasurer of the Canadian District of ITE.

 

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Manchester LRT Expansion

October 4, 2017 NACITE Luncheon

Presented by Tamsin Silvester, RPP(UK)

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Tamsin will present a brief overview of the expansion of the Manchester Metrolink Light Rail System in the UK, including a case study of her work on the planning of 2 new extension lines, and some of the challenges involved.  This experience led to her transferring to WSP Canada Rail Systems Engineering in 2016, and her current position as the Deputy Project Manager for the Edmonton Metro North LRT extension.

Tamsin is an accomplished and multi-disciplined senior project manager with over 20 years’ experience in technical, professional and engineering management roles.  She has been responsible for design, technical, financial, and program management for projects with a wide variety of values, forms of contract, nature and scope of works. Tamsin is experienced in leading design activities, liaising and coordinating between many different stakeholders including transit system owners & operators, external consultants, local municipalities and internal departments and reporting to clients as a designer, supervisor and project manager.

Tamsin has worked with WSP UK and WSP Canada since 2006.  Her major roles have been secondment to Transport for Greater Manchester as part of the program management, design and delivery team for major LRT projects currently in development and construction, and Deputy Project Manager for the Edmonton Metro North LRT extension, currently progressing concept plan validation and preliminary engineering of the 11km extension from NAIT to Campbell Road.

 

 

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2016/2017 Luncheon Schedule (archive)

The Northern Alberta section of ITE is happy to announce luncheon dates for the 2016/2017 season. Please click on the links below to find out more about the speakers confirmed.

 

Luncheons are hosted at the University of Alberta Faculty Club (11435 Saskatchewan Drive)
Check-in starts at 11:40 am
Buffet lunch is at noon
Presentations are typically from 12:15 – 1:00 pm

Please register for events using our online ticket system.

Note: In addition to the luncheons, NACITE will invest to organize other events for the needs of its members. More information will follow.