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



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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About the speaker:



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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About the speaker:

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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.

Modern Roundabout

June 17, 2017 NACITE Luncheon

Presented by Corry Broks, P.Eng.

Modern roundabouts are the preferred intersection treatment in many jurisdictions throughout the world, but have been slow to gain acceptance in many parts of North America. Roundabouts have been shown to provide major safety and operational benefits when compared to conventional intersections, yet continue to be perceived by many as unsafe, confusing to navigate, and not user friendly. Our experience in the planning and implementation of modern roundabouts suggests that a robust education and public engagement process are typically required for successful implementation, but once installed modern roundabouts very quickly gain driver acceptance because the myths about their operation disappear.

This presentation will not focus on the technical aspects of modern roundabouts, but on what we have learned in the past 10 years based on our work in planning more than 30 roundabouts and implementing 5 of those, all in the Edmonton region. An additional 9 roundabouts on arterial roadways have been designed for implementation in 2017. Many of the lessons learned are non-technical and require a very different mindset. More is often better when thinking about conventional intersections, whereas less is often better for roundabout intersections.

The presentation will be made by Corry G. Broks, P.Eng., who has over 40 years of transportation consulting engineering experience, and has been a major contributor to all the roundabout planning and design projects completed by Al-Terra Engineering. Corry is the President of Al-Terra Engineering, but continues to be involved in a hands-on manner for many transportation projects completed by the firm, as well as provides mentorship and technical and corporate support for the firm.

Corry has had a successful career in transportation consulting, and has been instrumental in pushing “out-of-the-box” thinking to create innovative transportation solutions. In 2014 Corry was awarded the Consulting Engineers of Alberta, Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Distinguished Achievement.



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Willingness-to-Pay Survey and Modelling for High Occupancy Toll Lanes Case Study Highway 427, Toronto, Ontario

May 3, 2017 NACITE Luncheon

Presented by Ali Hadayeghi, Ph.D., P.Eng.

The high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes pilot project will be launched between Trafalgar Rd. in Oakville and Guelph Line in Burlington next summer.(TED BRELLISFORD / THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR FILE PHOTO)


High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes are considered as one of the traffic management strategies to efficiently utilize the available roadway capacity. HOT lanes aim to make better use of existing High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes and potentially reduce congestion on freeway corridors. The technical feasibility of HOT lane implementation is influenced by several factors, most importantly the traffic demand, which requires additional information on the willingness to pay or value of time that travellers place on different types of travel, to forecast the HOT lane demand.

This presentation will highlight the details of the case study to understand drivers’ reactions to the planned HOT lane along the Highway 427 corridor in the City of Toronto and estimate the value of time (VOT) and value of reliability (VOR). The abstract of the conducted study can be found here.

About the speaker:

With a Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from the University of Toronto, Dr. Hadayeghi has several years of academic and practical experience in the fields of transportation planning, traffic engineering, transportation modelling and road safety, as well as project management. He has presented and published several papers in well-known conferences and publications. A licensed professional Engineer in the province of Ontario and Saskatchewan, Dr. Hadayeghi joined CIMA+ in 2009.


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Social and Economic Impacts of Investment in the Transportation Network in Alberta

April 11, 2017 APPI and NACITE Joint Luncheon

Presented by Rokib SA and Jun Yang

Alberta Transportation has operated several cost benefit analysis tools and regional travel models over the last few years. These models have allowed AT to test the impact of changes to the existing transportation network from a user perspective. In order to capture the broader impacts of network changes on economic performance and land use or vice versa, Alberta has developed the Alberta Spatial Economic and Travel (ASET) Demand Model. Although still in the first year of development, ASET has been used to demonstrate how various provincial/regional policy and capacity scenarios could impact household migration and labour reallocation, and how households, businesses, industries and government may be benefitted or disbenefitted by each of these scenarios. The ASET model was a recent winner of the Minister’s Award of Excellence for Operational Innovation.

About the speakers:

Rokib SA works in the Modelling and Analysis section, Strategy and Policy Branch at Alberta Transportation. In addition to helping maintain the department’s regional transportation models in Edmonton, Calgary and Wood Buffalo, he is involved in the development of the ASET model. He obtained his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, and M.Sc. in Transportation Engineering from University of Alberta.

Dr. Jun Yang is currently leading technical specifications for Alberta’s Spatial Economic Model development, such as economic analysis and model specifications/estimations. Dr. Yang is a Senior Economist, Strategy and Policy Branch at Alberta Transportation. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta (PhD) in Agricultural and Resource Economics in 2010.

Dr. Yang has been working in federal and provincial governments and in private industry in the past 10 years. Throughout his career, Dr. Yang has led a variety of projects, such as Alberta’s Spatial Economic Model, the statistical analysis and reporting of Alberta’s health care delivery sites, Bank West’s internal capital adequacy assessment, mad cow disease impacts on North American beef sector, and productivity growth in the Canadian logging and wood pulp operations. He has authored many articles, project reports, briefing notes and presentations. He has also worked as a Sessional Instructor for Macroeconomics at Grant McEwan University in 2012.


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Integrating Mobility & Smart Cities

March 1, 2017 NACITE Luncheon

Presented by Bruno Peters



Presentation Summary

This presentation will explore the impact that Smart Cities can have on communities and how the needs and strategies related to mobility and urban operations play a key role in how we live, work and play in our cities. Examples will be illustrated from Bhubaneswar in India and Glasgow in Scotland, and integrated with local initiatives such as the Edmonton Valley Line LRT project.

About the speaker:

Mr. Bruno Peters is a Smart City and Intelligent Transportation Systems Strategist with IBI Group, who specializes in helping Cities realize their full potential by integrating technology and urban planning.  He has worked on several Smart City projects in Canada from St. Albert to London, and internationally from the UK, to India and Central America.  He works with Cities as part of strategic planning and standards development for communities in the areas of mobility, citizen engagement and Smart City strategy and key performance indicators.  He specializes in the areas of Smart City and Intelligent Transportation Systems planning and implementation, working for the Cities to enhance operations and the experience people have in public and private spaces.  Bruno also manages IBI Group’s Intelligence Practice in Alberta and is the Deputy Regional Director for IBI Group in Western Canada. He graduated in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta.

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Completing Edmonton’s Ring Road from the Owner’s Engineer Perspective

February 1, 2017 NACITE Luncheon

Presented by Sandra Gaherty

Presentation Summary

The final section of Anthony Henday Drive in Edmonton opened to traffic on Saturday, October 1, 2016, making it the first completed ring road in Alberta.  ISL Engineering has been involved as Owner’s Engineer for seven years on this $1.85B project, representing the interests of Alberta Transportation.  Clients in Alberta and elsewhere continue to adopt the Design Build Finance Operate (DBFO) or P3 alternative delivery model and as such experience and understanding of the role of Owner’s Engineer in such projects is becoming increasingly relevant.

The role of Owner’s Engineer on a DBFO project, as opposed to a traditional design consultant and construction supervisor, brings its own set of unique challenges and risks.  It is a role of reviewing and auditing rather than directing, instructing and approving, often balancing the intent of the Agreement with a more pragmatic approach.  It is also a very reactive role where the workload is very much dependent on the Contractor’s schedule and is therefore unpredictable.  This presentation will provide a focus on the differing requirements of being a P3 Owner’s Engineer at key stages in the project lifecycle against the back drop of this well-known and (sometimes) well-loved Northern Albertan project.

About the speaker:

Sandra Gaherty is a Senior Municipal Engineer with ISL Engineering. She has been involved with the Northeast Anthony Henday Drive project since the beginning of the procurement phase in 2010, having moved all the way from Edinburgh, Scotland in the middle of an extremely cold Edmonton winter.  With a background in water and wastewater, but also some experience in Alternate Delivery Methods, her role quickly developed from reviews of drainage elements on both Northeast and Northwest Anthony Henday, to becoming more involved in the general contract management issues of the Northeast Anthony Henday Drive. Sandra graduated in Civil Engineering from the University of Edinburgh and in addition to several years working as an engineer in Edinburgh, she has also worked in Sydney, Australia and for a summer in Hong Kong.

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