Recent Events

December 20, 2022

ITE Manitoba held its December luncheon and 2022 Annual Business Meeting (ABM) on December 20th, at the Winnipeg Winter Club. The ABM included a technical presentation, review of the 2022 year, budget review/approval, and the announcement of our new MB Section Executive Committee. Starting in January 2023, the Executive Committee will consist of:

  • President – Rebecca Peterniak (acclaimed)
  • Vice President – Steven Wood (acclaimed)
  • Secretary – Mark Hearson (acclaimed)
  • Treasurer – Karalee Klassen-Townsend
  • Past President – Steven Florko (acclaimed)
  • Director – Steven Wood

Presentation: Winnipeg Road Safety Strategic Action Plan

On July 21, 2022, Council approved Winnipeg’s first Road Safety Strategic Action Plan (RSSAP). This plan will serve as a roadmap for implementing both short-term solutions and long-term investments to ensure the City is doing its part to prevent serious injury and death on Winnipeg streets. The RSSAP consists of 67 actions to help Winnipeg reach its goal of a 20 percent reduction in fatal and serious injury collisions over the next five years, with a long-term vision of a transportation system that allows people of all ages and abilities to safely move around without experiencing death or serious injury. Actions are grouped within five focus areas:

  • Pedestrians
  • Cyclists
  • Signalized intersections
  • Speed
  • Road safety culture

This presentation provided an overview of RSSAP and discuss how it was developed.

Speakers: Rebecca Peterniak, M.Sc., P.Eng., RSP1 and Jeannette Montufar, Ph.D., P.Eng., PTOE, RSP1, FCAE, FITE, FEC

Rebecca Peterniak is the Community Traffic Engineer for the City of Winnipeg. She is the Vice President of ITE Manitoba and Chair of the TAC Road Safety Committee. Rebecca was the City’s project manager for the RSSAP.

Jeannette Montufar is founding partner and CEO of MORR Transportation Consulting. She is former president of ITE Canada and the Manitoba Section of ITE. Jeannette was the project manager for RSSAP’s consulting team.

Rebecca Peterniak
Jeannette Montufar

November 17, 2022

The ITE Manitoba Section hosted a webinar on Thursday November 17th, via Google Meet. This webinar featured Erin Cooke of the City of Winnipeg, who presented on Highlights from Winnipeg Transit’s Zero-Emission Bus Program.


Erin Cooke is an accredited Professional Engineer (P. Eng.) and Project Management Professional (PMP) with more than 18 years of experience managing technology projects in the transit and specialty vehicle industries. Erin currently oversees Winnipeg Transit’s bus electrification program, where she analyzes technological, operational, financial, and environmental considerations involved in transitioning to a zero-emission fleet. Her recently released Transition to Zero-emission Technology Evaluation Report provides the framework for Winnipeg Transit to evaluate currently available zero-emission technology and support future decisions on transit electrification.


Erin Cooke, head of Winnipeg Transit’s Bus Electrification Program, presented an overview of the program highlighting work completed to estimate future electrical loads; design in energy resiliency with solar PV generation and battery storage; the need and timing for utility updates; and share with you the challenges and lessons Transit learned through this process.

October 18th, 2022

On October 18th, ITE Manitoba hosted its first in-person luncheon since 2020, at the Winnipeg Winter Club. This luncheon featured two presentations:

Presentation 1: 2022 Student Paper Competition Winner

Navoda Rillagodage outlined the results of a research study proposing a methodical approach to model desired speed distributions under different road-weather and traffic conditions. The study attempts to identify road-weather conditions with potentially higher safety risks in rural divided highways located in extremely cold regions. This research received first prize in the 2022 Kean Lew Memorial Student Paper Competition.

Presentation 2: Eveline Street – From Vision to Concrete

Duane Nicol presented on Selkirk’s $7.2 million Eveline Street reconstruction project, which is the largest and most complex transportation renewal project in the city’s modern history. From a right-of-way first constructed in the eighteen hundreds, this new street will become a representative embodiment of Selkirk’s Climate Change Adaptation, Downtown Renewal, and Active Transportation strategies and its Street Tree policy.

Duane Nicol and Steven Florko

September 14th, 2022

ITE Manitoba hosted a bike tour in September to highlight and discuss some of the great bicycle infrastructure Winnipeg has to offer!

The bike tour commenced from the Forks, through the Wolseley to Downtown Walk Bike Project area, two enhanced summer bike routes, Harrow on-street bike lanes, and a 30km/h & traffic calmed neighbourhood greenway on Warsaw before returning to The Forks. Afterward, tour participants stayed at the Forks to enjoy a beverage.

The tour was hosted by Chris Baker and Erik Dickson of the City of Winnipeg.

Bike tour at Sir John Franklin Park
Bike tour at intersection of Academy Rd & Harrow St

April 26th, 2022

This year, the Manitoba and Saskatchewan Sections of CITE collaborated to host a virtual joint Spring Session.

This virtual event featured 5 presentations distributed between each Section, followed by a networking event on the Wonder.Me platform where attendees and speakers had the opportunity to discuss the presentation topics.

The speakers for this event included:

  • Kevin Sturgeon of Winnipeg Transit:  Manitoba-Saskatchewan Cultural Differences in Transportation Planning, Design, and Use
  • Scott Thomas, Ian Cantello, and Hari Patel of the City of Regina: Recently Implemented Bikeways in Regina
  • Donovan Toews of Landmark Planning & Design: Integration of Stakeholder Engagement and Transportation
  • Shawn Fehr of Associated Engineering: Highway No. 3 Twinning Design
  • Diana Emerson and Erin Toop of WSP Canada Inc: Feasibility study of public transit in Portage la Prairie

The ITE Manitoba Section would like to thank all speakers, participants, and the executive members of the ITE Saskatchewan Section for helping to make this event a success! We look forward to holding similar joint sessions in the future!

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