History of Complete Streets from 1870 to Now

December 7, 2016 NACITE Luncheon

Presented by Rock Miller

Presentation Summary

Streets…they’ve been around for ages in one form or another. At the December 7th Northern Alberta ITE luncheon, Stantec’s Rock Miller will provide a “History of Complete Streets from 1870 to Now” which will explore how our opinion of streets and the design of streets has changed.

About the speaker:

Rock Miller is a registered Traffic Engineer and Civil Engineer with over 35 years of experience in a wide variety of disciplines of traffic engineering. Rock specifically has extensive experience in designing enhanced facilities for pedestrians and cyclists, is a member of the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, and serves as a Senior Principal in Traffic and Transportation for Stantec based in southern California. His work has helped cities earn Pedestrian Friendly and Bicycle Friendly status through national designation programs, and he has projects completed or underway across southern California as well as in here in Alberta.  In 2012, he served as the President of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, after serving his local ITE Districts and Sections.

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CITE Update and Calgary’s Pedestrian Strategy

November 2, 2016 NACITE Luncheon

Presented by Jen Malzer

Presentation Summary

Calgary’s first pedestrian strategy was approved in 2016 and includes 49 actions to help make Calgary safer, more comfortable and interesting for walking. The strategy, called StepForward, is built on the concerns and opportunities for improvement, shared through public engagement by thousands of Calgarians. It helps direct the many existing programs by The City and our outside partners, while also identifying new priority areas. This presentation will give an overview of early initiatives including a street lab party that featured community built temporary pedestrian, biking (hay bale cycle tracks!) and placemaking to launch Calgary into its tactical urbanism program.

About the speaker:

Jen Malzer is the current CITE president and pedestrian planner for The City of Calgary. She is a two-time graduate from the University of Manitoba where she studied heavy trucking before falling in love with walking, cycling and transit. Jen is a 20-year commuter cyclist and spent 4 years teaching The Transit City course at the University of Calgary. Some of her projects at the City of Calgary include the SW BRT concept study, North Central LRT corridor study and downtown subway review.  Jen’s not afraid of a little public engagement and is currently leading the development of Calgary’s tactical urbanism program.

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Building Edmonton’s ICE District

October 5, 2016 NACITE Luncheon

Presented by J. Robert Black, Q.C.

Presentation Summary

ICE District is a dream nearly a decade in the making and a development fueled by the optimism of what Edmonton can be – a destination for people from all corners of the city, the country and the world. October’s Luncheon, sponsored by Bunt & Associates, will feature a presentation from Bob Black, Executive VP of the Katz Group, on how the Katz Group built one of the most advanced sports and entertainment venues in North America.

About the speaker:

Born in Yellowknife, NWT, Bob is a graduate of the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law and practiced law and was a senior partner with the respected Alberta law firm, Brownlee LLP, where he served on the firm’s management committee for many years.  During his legal career of 25 years, Bob appeared in all levels of Court, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

In October, 2009 Bob assumed the position of Executive Vice-President of Rexall Sports & Entertainment for the Katz Group, the parent company of Rexall Sports and Entertainment and the Edmonton Oilers.  He has since assumed the roles of Executive Vice President of Edmonton Arena Corp and Chief Development Officer for the Oilers Entertainment Group.  Bob is leading the design and construction of Rogers Place and was a member of the negotiating committee that put in place the Master Agreement for the arena funding with the City of Edmonton as well as numerous ancillary agreements thereto.  Bob was also lead in the rezoning and master planning of the ICE District and leads a number of ongoing special projects relative to the ICE District.

He currently serves on the One Edmonton Committee, the Downtown Vibrancy Task Force and is a past member of the Winter City Think Tank. In July 2010, he was named among 50 of Alberta’s Most Influential People by Alberta Venture magazine.

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2015/2016 Luncheon Schedule (archive)

The Northern Alberta section of ITE is happy to announce luncheon dates for the 2015/2016 season. Please click on the links below to find out more about the speakers confirmed.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 – Pogo CarShare

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 – The City’s Office of Traffic Safety – Five-E Approach to Improving Traffic Safety

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 – Anticipating the Impacts of Automated Vehicles on Urban Mobility and Land Use

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 – Update on Blatchford Redevelopment

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 – Interchange Innovations in Calgary

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 – Effects of a Free Bus Program on Older Adults Travel Behavior

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 – Edmonton’s Transit Strategy

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 –The Challenges of Transit Oriented Development – Dense Development Means Dense Traffic?

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 – Integrated Infrastructure Services: Thinking Differently about Infrastructure at the City of Edmonton

Luncheons are hosted by the:
University of Alberta Faculty Club at
11435 Saskatchewan Drive
Check-in starts at 11:40 am
Buffet lunch is at noon
Presentations are typically from 12:30- 1:00 pm

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Integrated Infrastructure Services: Thinking Differently about Infrastructure at the City of Edmonton

May 4, 2016 NACITE Luncheon

Presented by Adam Laughlin, P. Eng.


Presentation Summary

What does integrated infrastructure delivery mean? How will this be different from how the City of Edmonton delivered infrastructure projects in the past? What will this mean for transportation projects in the future? Adam Laughlin, the General Manager of Integrated Infrastructure Services (IIS), will answer these questions and more at ITE luncheon in May. He will discuss what factors led to the need to rethink how infrastructure projects were being delivered and explain the development of the department’s new Vision, Mission and Values. Using this framework, Adam will take a look forward to how current and future transportation projects will benefit from an integrated approach.

About the speaker:

Adam is a recognized leader with a diverse project management, change management​, engineering and planning background.

​Adam joined the City of Edmonton in 2005 and has been a leader and key contributor to many complex and transformational capital projects. Currently, he is the General Manager for the newly formed Integrated Infrastructure Services department which will integrate all concept, design and build functions from across the corporation and lead delivery of $4.3 billion in infrastructure projects over the next four years.

Previously as the Director of Facility and Capital Planning for the Transportation Planning branch he led the development of concept plans for a number of transportation projects including the Southeast, West and Northwest LRT projects and the new signature Walterdale Bridge. He then served as the Director of Neighbourhood Renewal addressing the interim and long-term reconstruction needs of the more than 300 neighbourhoods in Edmonton.

Most recently Adam was the Branch Manager for Facility and Landscape Infrastructure, stewarding the planning, design, construction and maintenance of facility and park infrastructure. The branch is responsible for annual delivery of $300-500 million in capital projects as well as the lifecycle management of $6 billion in building assets.

Adam is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s Civil Engineering program and prior to joining the City of Edmonton, he worked in the private sector in both construction management and design, and was part of the Southwest Anthony Henday Drive engineering team.


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The Challenges of Transit Oriented Development – Dense Development Means Dense Traffic?

April 6, 2016 NACITE Luncheon, hosted jointly with APPI

Presented by Tim Barton 

Presentation Summary

In his presentation The Challenges of Transit Oriented Development – Dense Development Means Dense Traffic?, Tim Barton explores the disconnect between the laudable planning objective to focus development around transit accessible nodes (to ostensibly reduce car travel and promote more walkable, healthy communities) and the struggles that approving agencies are having endorsing such projects, due in large part to fears concerning traffic congestion. For example, many of these potential Transit Orientated Developments (TODs) are located along busy vehicular corridors with significant levels of existing traffic congestion. Questions regarding appropriate trip rates for single- and mixed-use developments are considered along with consideration of potential changes to background traffic and how it responds to concentrated nodes of development.

The presentation also looks at the limitations of the current toolset and explores some newer and theoretical tools which potentially offer a more effective way to assess how these developments will change travel behavior for both new and existing residents and visitors.

About the speaker:

Tim Barton has over 14 years of experience as a transportation planner, including over seven years with Bunt & Associates. He has a broad range of experience in many aspects of transportation planning, but has particular interest and experience in the relationships between transportation, land use and urban planning and design. He focuses on how transportation planning can contribute to creating vibrant, healthy and sustainable communities.

Tim has provided transportation leadership and expertise on community plans, master planning, innovative streetscape standards, traffic impact assessments and parking studies. Much of this work has been done as part of major transit-oriented development projects.


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Edmonton’s Transit Strategy

March 2, 2016 NACITE Luncheon

Presented by Sarah Feldman



Edmonton’s Transit Strategy will set a future vision for transit in Edmonton and strategic goals to move towards achieving that vision over the next 10 years. Having completed a comprehensive technical review of Edmonton Transit in 2014, the Transit Strategy project is focused on hearing public perspectives on the role of transit in building a great city. Starting in the summer of 2015, the project began with collecting the ideas of thousands of Edmontonians, and then sought feedback to prioritize these ideas. In 2016 the project will move into a phase of discussing trade-offs necessary in order to make strategic policy choices. Sarah’s presentation will provide an overview of the project, describe the innovative methods of public engagement being applied to hear from a diverse cross section of Edmontonians, share the outcomes from the 2015 engagement, and outline next steps.


About the speaker:

Sarah Feldman is the Project Manager for Edmonton’s Transit Strategy project, an initiative to shape the strategic direction of transit in Edmonton. She also leads the City of Edmonton’ Transportation Master Plan team, which stewards the implementation and evaluation of strategic transportation initiatives. Her previous work includes developing strategic planning and land use policy for Strathcona County and policy analysis for the Communauté Métropolitaine de Montréal. As a professional urban planner with a passion for transit and transportation policy, Sarah seeks to bridge gaps between different areas of technical expertise and public involvement in order to develop more robust policy.


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Effects of a Free Bus Program on Older Adults Travel Behavior

February 3, 2016 NACITE Luncheon

Presented by Stephanie Mah

Crowchild Flanders Interchange Transportation Planning Study

The presentation will highlight and discuss

  • Age-related changes that affect the ability to drive
  • Alternative transportation options such as public transportation for older adults
  • A case study on the free bus program in the Town of Oakville, Ontario
  • Innovative ways to encourage alternative transportation methods for older adults in other municipalities

About the speaker:

Stephanie Mah is a Master’s of Planning graduate from Ryerson University from the School of Urban and Regional Planning. She currently works as a Planner with the City of Edmonton.

Seeing her parents and grandparents “age in place” and unlikely to move from their community, Stephanie concentrated her research on alternative transportation options for older adults in suburban municipalities. Public transportation can be a potentially attractive alternative to driving for older adults, particularly for those who cannot drive due to health decline. Encouraging the shift of older adult travel behaviour from automobiles to transit could be accomplished through incentive programs. Her presentation focuses on the Town of Oakville’s free bus program for older adults, which provides free bus service to older adults one day a week at no cost.

Stephanie has presented her research internationally at the Transport and Health Conference in London, UK in July 2015 and at the Transportation Research Board Conference in Washington, D.C. in January 2016. Stephanie and her supervisor, Dr. Raktim Mitra, are working on publishing this research.


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Road Way Design and Traffic Engineering Features for an Aging Population

February 3, 2016 NACITE Luncheon

Presented by Dr. Bonnie Dobbs


The presentation will highlight and discuss

  • Age-related changes in functional abilities related to driving
  • Common age-related medical conditions that affect driving competency
  • Changes to roadway design and traffic engineering features to accommodate an aging population


About the speaker:

Dr. Bonnie Dobbs is a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Director of the Medically At-Risk Driver Centre at the University of Alberta. Dr. Dobbs has conducted research and developed knowledge translation materials on: 1) a screening tool for the identification of medically at-risk drivers (the SIMARD MD); 2) the  consequences of having to stop driving for  individuals with dementia and for families, 3) the role of support groups to reduce the emotional and mobility consequences for those drivers and their families, and 4) the role of alternate transportation in maintaining the mobility, independence, and safety of medically at-risk drivers and the senior population in general.

She has served on expert panels and in a consulting role for licensing authority and medical association physician guideline development both in Canada and the United States. Her 2005 book Medical Conditions and Driving served as the scientific basis for the U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s Physician Guidelines and the American Medical Association’s Physician’s Guide to Assessing and Counseling Older Drivers. The functional approach, framework, and evidence-based approach for the 2010 British Columbia Guide in Determining Fitness to Drive guidelines are based on her work.

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Interchange Innovations in Calgary

January 13, 2016 NACITE Luncheon

Presented by Chris Delanoy, P.Eng.

The designer’s tool kit for planning interchanges continues to evolve.  The presentation will provide highlights on the planning and implementation of two innovative new interchanges under construction in Calgary.  First, the Crowchild Trail / Flanders Avenue interchange, which will be the first in Alberta to feature multiple dual-lane roundabouts, a solution that responded to the unique challenge of constructing an interchange with seven roadway legs in a constrained urban redevelopment area.  Second, the Macleod Trail / 162 Avenue SE interchange, which serves suburban commuters and major shopping centres, and which will be the first Diverging Diamond Interchange in Canada when it opens to traffic in 2017.

About the speaker:

Chris is the Transportation Manager at ISL Engineering and Land Services in Calgary.  When he’s not busy forcing traffic to drive on the wrong side of the road, you can usually find him wandering the globe, with recent destinations including Rwanda and Iceland.

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