Update on Blatchford Redevelopment

December 2, 2015 NACITE Luncheon

Presented by Mark Hall

Blatchford will be home to up to 30,000 Edmontonians living, working and learning in a sustainable community that uses 100% renewable energy, is carbon neutral, significantly reduces its ecological footprint, and empowers residents to pursue a range of sustainable lifestyle choices. It’s a development that will transform 217 hectares (536 acres) of land in the heart of the city into an inclusive, family-oriented, sustainable community. Mark’s presentation will highlight the vision for the Blatchford community, the unique planning process that his team has undertaken and the latest progress in design and construction.

About the speaker:

Mark Hall is the Executive Director of the Blatchford Redevelopment project. He has been involved in the land development industry in the Edmonton area for more than 35 years. His experience includes transportation planning and policy development, suburban land use design and approvals, downtown plan policy development and implementation, and land development project planning and implementation. In his current role, Mark leads the team responsible for producing a world-leading, sustainable community as set out Edmonton City Council’s vision for the redevelopment.

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Anticipating the Impacts of Automated Vehicles on Urban Mobility and Land Use

November 4, 2015 NACITE Luncheon

Presented by Antonio Loro, M.U.P.

Automated vehicle technologies are advancing rapidly and have the potential to produce major impacts on urban mobility and land use. This presentation will provide critical discussion of the state of the art in vehicle automation technology, the capabilities and limitations of the technologies, their potential applications, timelines for adoption, potential impacts on road safety and on the efficiency of infrastructure use, and the resultant likely impacts on mobility and land use.

About the Speaker

Antonio Loro is an urban planner with subject matter expertise in the implications of emerging road vehicle automation technologies. He is currently conducting research for the City of Edmonton on the implications of automated vehicles for local planning in the near term to long term. In research conducted in partnership with TransLink and Metrolinx during his Master of Urban Planning degree at McGill University, he investigated the impending travel and land use impacts of vehicle automation. Most recently, at the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario, one of his roles was to support the development of a regulatory framework for the safe testing of automated vehicles on public roads in Ontario.


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The City’s Office of Traffic Safety – Five-E Approach to Improving Traffic Safety

The City of Edmonton Office of Traffic Safety improves traffic safety through the Five-E approach: Education, Engineering, Enforcement, Evaluation and Engagement. This 30 minute presentation will provide a brief overview of the functions of the office as well as some of the innovative techniques that are used to improve the safety of all road users.


Shewkar Ibrahim, PhD Candidate, E.I.T.

Shewkar works as a Traffic Safety Engineer at the City of Edmonton Office of Traffic Safety. She is simultaneously working towards obtaining a PhD degree, from the University of British Columbia, in the area of Transportation Engineering with a focus on Traffic Safety. Engineer by day and researcher by night, Shewkar is very passionate about finding ways to improve traffic safety for all road users. Her work and research is focused on moving towards adopting a proactive approach to improve safety in the areas of traffic safety, planning, geometric design as well as speed management.


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Pogo CarShare

September 2, 2015 NACITE Luncheon

About the Speaker: Kieran Ryan

Kieran is an Edmonton based entrepreneur and business owner.  A graduate of the University of Alberta, he worked for several years in the oil & gas industry before co-founding Pogo CarShare in 2014.  Kieran looks forward to sharing his experience on launching one of Alberta’s first home-grown carshares, discussing how the service works in Edmonton, and how carsharing can become an integral part of the Way We Move.

Key Details:

Luncheon is held at University of Alberta Faculty Club at 11435 Saskatchewan Drive in Edmonton, Alberta. Parking in “V” zone (exit off of 116 Street); normally $2.

Cost: $25 ITE Members and Supporters;  $30 Non-Members; $10 Students.

Please register for the event by August 31 at noon using our online ticket system. Please note that a $10 surcharge will be applied to any late registrations.

Check-in starts at 11:40, buffet lunch at 12:00, presentation from 12:30-1:00.


Current Issues in Freight Rail Transportation

This presentation will provide an overview of current issues regarding the transportation of crude products by rail. It will include a review of what we have learned from recent accidents, current regulations, material properties and how products are classified, adequacy of the rail car fleet, and overall safety of our railway networks. It is intended to provide an understanding of what the key transportation issues are and how they are being addressed to provider a safer transportation system.


Rick Lanyi, P. Eng.

Rick is the Rail Sector Lead at Stantec where he has corporate responsibility for development of the Freight Rail Business, which includes Master Services Agreements with Class 1 Railways, such as CN, CP, Norfolk Southern, and Kansas City Southern. Prior to joining Stantec, Rick worked for 8 years at CN as the Senior Manager of Engineering for Capacity Expansion in Western Canada, and as the Assistant Chief Engineer for Bridges and Structures. Rick graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1982 with a B.A.Sc. in Civil (Co-op) and is a fellow of the CSCE. Rick is currently leading an internal business initiative at Stantec called Energy on Rail, involving multiple business sectors including Transportation, Industrial Oil & Gas, Pipelines, Environmental Services and Project Development.


Please register for the event before December 1 at noon using our online ticketing system.

Edmonton Transit Smart Bus Technology


November 5, 2014

Edmonton Transit System (ETS) is focused in providing safe, reliable and affordable public transit services that link people and places. To achieve this, technology has started to play a major role. With the implementation of Smart Bus, ETS has now the capability to provide a comprehensive solution to address the business challenges. With over 700 buses on Edmonton streets during rush hour, it is challenging to meet the objectives of providing safe, reliable and affordable public transit. The Smart Bus Technology will allow ETS to effectively and efficiently improve communication with bus operators and customers, reduce lost service hours, enhance safety and security, improve service planning and manage the bus fleet.

Karl Spiwek

Karl Spiwek is ETS’ Smart Bus and Smart Fare Project manager. Karl also managed the initiative to purchase and implement the automated scheduling solution for ETS’ Disabled Adult Transit Service. Karl has over 25 years of experience in the IT Industry and has a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Alberta.

Musse Dese, P.Eng

Musse Dese is a professional engineer with ETS and leads the Bus Technology Application Team. Musse has been with ETS since 2007. He has been in charge of implementing various technology systems on the city’s bus fleet. He was responsible for selecting the current Bus Camera Systems and expanding the use of Automatic Passenger Counters from 35 to 271 systems. He is actively involved in the implementation of the Smart Bus system. Musse obtained a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Calgary and is currently working towards his Masters degree in Engineering Management at the University of Alberta.

Please register for the event before November 4 at noon using our online ticketing system.

112 Avenue Public Realm Improvements

Nice Street for PedestriansThe 112 Avenue Enhancements project is part of a larger plan to reconstruct the roadway between 50 Street and 68 Street. The section between 62 Street and 68 Street was selected as a Complete Streets pilot and involved a public consultation process to select public realm improvements including custom furnishings, lighting and tree planting systems. Realizing these improvements on a constrained arterial road right-of-way presented many technical and process-related challenges as needs and priorities had to be balanced with safety and the maintenance of non-standard infrastructure. The presentation will include a summary of the transportation planning and public engagement processes and highlight some of the challenges encountered in the implementation of the public realm improvements.

Kevin Dieterman, CSLA, LEED AP

Kevin completed a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph and a Diploma in Landscape Architecture Technology from NAIT. He is a landscape architect and project manager with ISL Engineering and Land Services. He has overseen all aspects of design and implementation on a variety of projects including streetscapes, urban parks and public spaces, institutional campuses, and private residential and commercial developments. Kevin is an experienced project manager, leading the urban design and landscape architectural aspects of several large projects including the Quarters Downtown Streetscape, West Rossdale Roads and Public Realm Improvements and the 112 Avenue Public Realm Improvements.

Darryl Mullen, P.Eng.

Darryl graduated from the University of Alberta Civil Engineering Program in 1994 and completed a Master of Transportation Engineering post-graduate degree in 1996. He began working in the consulting field doing roadway design before joining the City of Edmonton as the Traffic Safety Engineer. Over a six-year period in this position, Darryl was involved in the development of various programs to improve traffic safety for both pedestrians and motorists. Since 2004, Darryl has worked in the City’s Transportation Planning Branch with a focus on the Active Transportation Capital program and development review for the central area.


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Creating a Strategic Transit Plan

busstopThe City of Edmonton’s review of its transit system included data analysis and an examination of how policy choices relate to land use choices and how they shape the transportation system. These choices drive the design the design and operation of a transit network that must meet land use and transportation goals within a constrained fiscal environment. We will walk through how data can inform these choices and the debate that Edmonton City Council will have on specific policy issues over the next 18 months.

About the Speaker: Graeme Masterton, M.A., Stantec

Graeme is a transit planner with experience throughout western Canada. At TransLink in Vancouver, Graeme was the Manager of Transit Planning and co-creator of the Frequent Transit Network concept that is now in place throughout North America. At BC Transit, Graeme was the Director of Operational Planning responsible for planning & scheduling for Victoria and eighty-two systems around the province. In Calgary, Graeme worked on long-range, new development and local-area review planning along with LRT/BRT planning, and acted as the transit agency liaison within the City of Calgary’s transportation department. Graeme has led service and long-range planning for numerous small systems ranging in size from one bus to eighty-five, including many regional-style systems. Graeme was involved in the Olympic Games in Vancouver/Whistler and London. He has been with Stantec in Victoria since 2012.

Key Details:

Cost: $20 ITE Members and Supporters;  $25 Non-Members; $10 Students. Payment is by cash/cheque ONLY (payable to “ITE Northern Alberta Section”).

Luncheon is held at University of Alberta Faculty Club at 11435 Saskatchewan Drive in Edmonton, Alberta. Parking in “V” zone (exit off of 116 Street); normally $2.

Preregistration is a requirement. Deadline for preregistration is noon on Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

Registration 11:40, buffet lunch at 12:00, presentation normally from 12:30-1:00.


2014/2015 Luncheon Schedule

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

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 – Graeme Masterton – Creating a Strategic Transit Plan

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 – Kevein Deiterman & Darryl Mullen – 112 Avenue

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 – Karl Spiwek & Musse Dese – Edmonton Transit Smart Bus Technology

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 – Rick Lanyi – Current Issues in Freight Rail Transportation

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 – to be determined

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 – Amy Kim – Research Overview/Update

Wednesday February 4, 2015 – to be determined

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 – to be determined

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 – to be determined

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

Edmonton Goods Movement Strategy

PresentYellowhead trailed by: Howaida Hassan, City of Edmonton

The ability to deliver goods reliably and on schedule is vital to any business. As the Edmonton region continues to grow quickly, increased demands for moving goods will put pressure on the transportation system. The Edmonton Goods Movement Strategy is intended to support this growth by guiding decisions and actions that will enhance the efficiency and safety of goods movement in the City of Edmonton within a regional context, while supporting the implementation of The Way We Move, Edmonton’s Transportation Master Plan.

The strategy is the first of its kind in Edmonton. It is a synthesis of the perspectives and needs identified by industry, government and community stakeholders. It underscores the importance of goods movement to Edmonton and the region and highlights the need to address challenges and build on opportunities in light of the projected growth in the capital region. The strategy updates what we know about goods movement in Edmonton given the many transportation infrastructure changes and growth that have taken place over the years.



About the speaker: 

Howaida Hassan is a transportation engineer with the City of Edmonton working with the Policy Implementation and Evaluation team of Transportation Planning. Howaida was born and raised in Toronto and has lived in Edmonton for 12 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in 1999 from the University of Waterloo, and soon after moved to Edmonton where she joined the City of Edmonton’s Transportation Planning Branch. Howaida has 9 years of experience working with Transportation Planning including work in transportation modeling, policy and strategy development. Howaida is married with three kids (age 6, 9, and 11) who are well-versed in the meaning and importance of “transportation mode shift.” They proudly (but sometimes reluctantly) walk to school every day. Howaida also currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Islamic Family and Social Services Association.

Key details:

Pre-registration is required.

University of Alberta Faculty Club
11435 Saskatchewan Drive
Registration begins at 11:40 am
Buffet lunch is at noon
Presentation is from 12:30- 1:00 pm