September 30th to October 4th, 2019
Book off October 3rd for the all-day plenary conference now! Stay tuned for master classes and evening event announcements all week.


Mode Shift, is back – a jam-packed series of events and conference that explores transportation, culture, health, and your ideas. This year we’ll be focusing heavily on road safety and children’s mobility. But expect the unexpected.

Last year, we featured talks and masterclasses by internationally recognized guests Janette Sadik-Khan (New York), Herbert Tiemens (Netherlands), Kay Teschke (Vancouver), Robin Mazumder (Waterloo). Also featuring exciting local speakers and panelists, evening events open to the public, participatory legacy projects and more.


Speakers 2019


Amina Yasin

New Westminster · Canada

Amina Yasin is Co-Chair of the Canadian Institute of Planners Social Equity Committee. She currently lives in New Westminster and works as an Urban Planner in lower mainland, British Columbia. Her interest and research commitments have actively embraced her unique professional and lived-experiences to advocate for an increased emphasis on responsive, equitable and inclusive planning. Amina has given several presentations on inclusive planning and wellness including mental health and neurocognitive health inspired by her passion for inclusive and equitable cities.

Jen Malzer

Calgary · Canada

Jen Malzer is a two-time graduate of the University Manitoba and a transportation engineer in the City of Calgary’s liveable streets division where she is currently reimagining Calgary’s traffic calming program to include new principles around shared decision making and tactical urbanism. In her work, she pioneers ways to involve more voices in transportation planning like youth leaders, health professionals and developers by hosting Calgary’s first themed hackathon. Jen is a proud volunteer with the Institute of Transportation Engineers and is currently serving as Canadian District Director, co-chair of the Women of ITE subcommittee and as a member of ITE’s strategic planning committee and Industry Council.


Linda Rothman

Toronto · Canada

Linda Rothman is an Assistant Professor at Ryerson University in the School for Occupational and Public Health.  Dr. Linda Rothman trained and worked as a pediatric occupational therapist. She worked for many years as an injury prevention research manager and Senior Research Associate in the Research Insitute at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She completed a PhD in 2014 at the Institute of Medical Science, U of T, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University in conjunction with CHES at SickKids.   

Her research is on unintentional childhood injury, with a focus on child pedestrian injury prevention related to school travel and the built environment. She strongly believes that children have the right to safe active transportation to school. Her research projects involve many partners including those from academia, hospitals, not-for-profit organizations, the private sector, school boards and all levels of the government. Dr. Rothman’s research has been presented at many local, national and international conferences.


Marie-Soleil Cloutier

Montreal · Canada

Marie-Soleil Cloutier, PhD, is a health geographer and professor of urban studies at Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS). She is the director of the Pedestrian and Urban Space Laboratory (LAPS), where her research interests include, among others, the impact of the built environment on pedestrian road safety and road risk perception (especially for children and older adults). She has been working for more than 10 years with partners from all disciplines and levels (municipal, provincial and associative) across Canada to improve our practices in the prevention of road injuries. She is also Past-President of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals (CARSP) and a member of the Road Safety Expertise group of the Association Québécoise du Transport et des Routes (AQTR). On a personal note, she tends to walk or bike and take pictures of new and different street lay-outs in every city she visits!


Herbert Tiemens

Utrecht · Netherlands

Herbert Tiemens is a nationally and internationally respected practitioner and thought-leader with over 20 years of experience in cycling policies, city planning and urban design. Based in Utrecht, Netherlands, he works on top-level practices to shape happy cities in the Netherlands and abroad.


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