KEYNOTES/MASTERCLASSES

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.

Debbie Patterson

Winnipeg · Canada

Debbie Patterson is a Winnipeg playwright, director and actor. Trained at the National Theatre School of Canada, she is a founder of Shakespeare in the Ruins (SIR), served as Artistic Director for Popular Theatre Alliance of MB, Theatre Ambassador for Winnipeg’s Cultural Capital year and as Artistic Associate at Prairie Theatre Exchange 2012 to 2018. In 2014 she was selected for the United Nations Platform for Action Committee’s Activist Award and was honoured with the Mayor’s Making a Mark Award in 2017. In 2018, she was shortlisted for the Gina Wilkinson Prize. She is a proud advocate for disability arts as the Artistic Director of Sick + Twisted Theatre.

Ian Thomas

Colombia · USA

Ian Thomas is the State and Local Program Director with America Walks.  In this role, he develops and delivers education programs for advocates, professionals, and elected officials, about the benefits of walkable communities and strategies to create them.

From 2000 until 2013, Ian served as the founding Executive Director of the PedNet Coalition of Columbia, MO.  During this time, he developed one of the largest Walking School Bus programs in the country, coordinated a campaign that led to Columbia adopting the first “complete streets’ policy in Missouri, and was instrumental in reducing neighborhood speed limits.

In 2013 and again in 2016 and 2019, Ian won election to the Columbia City Council, where he continues to advance healthy and walkable community policies.  He is a member of Smart Growth America’s Local Leaders Council and the National League of Cities’ Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

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.

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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.

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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!

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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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SPEAKERS/PANELISTS

Brian Pincott

Winnipeg · Canada

Brian Pincott recently moved to Winnipeg from Calgary, where he served as a City Councillor from 2007-2017. During his three terms on City Council he worked toward building a city that offers access and opportunity to all. From cycling infrastructure, pedestrian strategies, complete communities, affordable housing, poverty and homelessness, and slowing the seemingly incessant creep of sprawl, he worked to highlight the connections of the differing issues of inequity to move towards a just and inclusive community.

Prior to City Council, Brian worked in Canadian theatre, as an award winning lighting designer. He got the opportunity to discover communities all across Canada. He has also travelled and explored extensively across Canada, from coast to coast to coast.

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Caroline Piotrowski

Winnipeg · Canada

Dr. Caroline Piotrowski is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. She is also a Scientist at Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba and Director of the Violence and Injury Prevention Research Group at the University of Manitoba. Her academic background includes training in child development and health promotion. Her areas of research expertise include childhood injury and violence prevention, and trauma and resilience in children and youth. She is particularly interested in the promotion of safety, including trauma- and violence-informed care.

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Councillor Sherri Rollins

Winnipeg · Canada

Craig Milligan

Winnipeg · Canada

Craig Milligan is an expert road safety engineer applying a proactive and safe systems approach to vision zero. Current chair of TAC Road Safety Standing Committee and Co-Founder and CEO of MicroTraffic, applying the science of surrogate safety to proactively generate intersection risk profiles from overhead traffic video. He places emphasis on safe systems diagnostics, injury biomechanics, risk benchmarking, and network-scale applications to augment existing HSM methods.

Completed road safety audits for more than $6B of urban and rural road projects at all stages, in-service road safety reviews of 170 intersections and 4000 km of highway in six countries, and completed updates of 10 road safety technical guidelines.

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Dr. Gillian Booth

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

Toronto · Canada

Gillian Booth is a Professor in the Department of Medicine and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, and a Scientist in the MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael’s Hospital and at ICES in Toronto. Her research focuses on social, environmental and health-care factors influencing the risk of diabetes and its complications. Dr. Booth leads an interdisciplinary research program, known as ‘Healthy Cities, Healthier Lives’, to investigate how the built environment can be better designed or modified to promote health, as a means of reducing the burden of obesity and type 2 diabetes in the population. She is also lead investigator on the T1ME trial, funded by a JDRF and CIHR SPOR grant, which is studying a digital health solution to make type 1 diabetes self-management education and support more accessible, seamless and effective. Dr. Booth has made major contributions to diabetes policy and practice in Canada. She has served on advisory committees for the Public Health Agency of Canada and she was the Methods Chair for the 2008 and 2013 Diabetes Canada Clinical Practice Guidelines.

Janell Henry

Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation · Canada

Janell Henry is an Ojibwe curator, writer and producer from Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation (MB.)  After moving to Winnipeg permanently ten years ago for education, Henry pursued media production and creative communications. Since, she has worked on many projects with organizations such as Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Cluster New Music and Integrated Arts Festival, A Good Fool’s Hard to find Bluesfest and now Winnipeg Trails Association. Henry’s curatorial practice challenges the Indigenous/Canadian dichotomy while working from within both realities.

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Karen Laberee

Victoria · Canada

Karen is the Executive Director of BikeMaps.org, a research website and app that gathers and analyzes crowdsourced bike incident data. Karen is responsible for coordinating the BikeMaps.org team that includes academic researchers along with municipal and advocate partners from across Canada. Karen is also the Victoria Program Coordinator with the INTErventions, Research, and Action in Cities Team (INTERACT). When not riding, thinking, or talking about bikes you can probably find Karen running the beautiful trails around Victoria.

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Kate Fenske

Winnipeg · Canada

Kate Fenske is the CEO of Downtown Winnipeg BIZ and is recognized as a team builder and collaborator. Kate has a strong background in consistently facilitating a path to common ground in highly complex business scenarios where diverse perspectives and long-standing division of interests existed.  Kate also worked as a journalist at major local and national media outlets and then as a communications and public relations advisor for various charities, government and private and public agencies before joining the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ team in 2018.

Katharina Nuss

Winnipeg · Canada

Katharina Nuss, parent to three energetic tree-climbers aged 4, 8 and 10, unexpectedly became an advocate for healthy independence for Manitoba children after being reported to Child and Family Services for allowing two of her children to walk down the street to buy bread at Tall Grass Bakery. The interaction she had with the intake worker who came to her door a month later left her incredulous and concerned, and she started a petition, which has almost 9000 signatures, calling for a revision of Section 17 of the Child and Family Services Act.

Katharina is a founder of Free To Be Kids, a group working towards legislative and cultural change to ensure children have opportunities for healthy independence.

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Sean Carlson

Winnipeg · Canada

Sean Carlson is a coordinator with the Active and Safe Routes to School Program at Green Action Centre, which works with Manitoba families, schools, and elected officials to reverse the dangerous trend of driving children short distances that they could otherwise walk or wheel. He is passionate about building vibrant and inclusive communities where good health is the default outcome of daily life.

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Janice Lukes

Winnipeg · Canada

Janice Lukes is currently city Councillor for South Winnipeg – St. Norbert and services on a variety of City Committees. She holds the role of Co-Chair of the Partnership of the Manitoba Capital Region and has held the roles of Acting Deputy Mayor and Chair of Public Works. Janice has been advocating to improve active transportation in Winnipeg for the past 16 years. Prior to being elected, she held the position of Winnipeg Trails Association Coordinator for 8 years, under the guidance of the Associations chair, Paul Jordan. She’s been a Director role on Manitoba’s Trans Canada Trail Association for 6 years, was a member of the City’s Active Transportation Advisory Committee for 8 years, a member of Rapid Transit Phase one Advisory Committee and Chaired the Provincial Government’s first report on moving Active Transportation forward. Janice has worked with all levels of government to secure funding support and enable policy changes to improve active transportation. Following the Federal $20M funding allocation to Winnipeg towards active transportation improvements, she worked extensively with the Green Action Centre on active and safe routes to school. In 2014, she ran for public office and continues to work towards positive change in the field of active transportation.

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Chris Baker

Winnipeg · Canada

Chris Baker is an active transportation planner and currently the Acting Active Transportation (AT) Coordinator with the City of Winnipeg. He is a Full Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and a graduate of the University of Manitoba’s Master of City Planning program. He also has training and certifications in bikeway design, public engagement and project management. Working to implement the City of Winnipeg’s Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies, Chris is involved with project planning, overseeing the annual AT budget, facilities planning and design, design review, programming, project management, communications and public engagement.