Recent Events

March 9th, 2021

ITE Manitoba hosted its first ever virtual game night on March 9th, 2021. The event featured the popular online game Geoguessr, the geographic discovery game where players are required to guess their location in the world using a limited amount of spatial clues.

Participants were organized into breakout groups and each played through several rounds of Geoguessr, with some rounds featuring the World and other rounds featuring Canada. The competition was fun and fierce, with some participants able to guess a location to within 1 km at times! We were very happy to have a relaxing evening and catch up with our fellow ITE Members and Friends!

December 16th, 2020

ITE Manitoba hosted our virtual Annual Business Meeting and a technical presentation on December 16th, 2020.

The Annual Business Meeting included a review of the 2020 year, a financial report and 2021 budget presentation, as well as an election for the 2021 Section Executive Committee. An election was held for the Treasurer position with votes cased online in the weeks preceding the meeting. Membership approved the following 2021 Executive Committee:

  • Past President – Jennifer Chapman (acclaimed)
  • President – Steven Florko (acclaimed)
  • Vice President – Rebecca Peterniak (acclaimed)
  • Secretary – Steven Wood (acclaimed)
  • Treasurer – Mark Hearson

Following the Annual Business Meeting, Stephen Chapman with MORR Transportation Consulting Ltd., gave a presentation on a proof of concept study completed for Transport Canada that employed technology to efficiently study pedestrian and cyclist activity at blocked railway crossings in Winnipeg and Vancouver. The presentation covered development of the monitoring system, calibration, data collection, observed characteristics at the crossings, performance results, and future considerations.

Stephen Chapman is a Senior Transportation Engineer at MORR Transportation Consulting. He has 20 years of experience working in the public and private sectors, primarily in western Canada, and has significant experience in urban transportation and traffic operations. Stephen is a registered professional engineer in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, and his area of practice includes: traffic operations, transportation planning, traffic regulation, vehicle weights and dimensions, traffic safety, development review, concept and functional design, construction staging and work zone traffic control.

October 29th, 2020

ITE Manitoba hosted a webinar on Thursday, October 29th on School Travel Planning.

Speaker 1: Marie-Soleil Cloutier, Institut National de la recherche Scientifique (Montreal)

Presentation: Children safety around schools and parks as pedestrians: what to worry (or not) about!

This presentation take a closer look at two of our projects where 1) we observed child when crossing in different built environment and 2) we organize walkabouts with them around schools to get their feeling on their itinerary. We recorded their behaviors, but also their interaction with adult drivers to see if there are differences depending on individual and crossing site characteristics.

Marie-Soleil Cloutier is a health geographer and associate professor in Urban Studies at Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (Montreal, Canada). Her research focus on the impact of the built environment on health, and issues related to pedestrian injuries and road risk perceptions are her prime interests. Director of the LAPS (Pedestrian and Urban Space Lab), she is currently involved in several multidisciplinary research teams working on pedestrians of all age (seniors, children and at-risk workers especially). Most of her research projects are in collaboration with community partners (cities, public health, NGOs, etc.) and other researchers in Quebec, Canada and France.

Speaker 2: Denae Penner, Green Action Centre (Winnipeg)

Presentation: School Streets: A Winnipeg Pilot Project

Green Action Centre coordinated a pilot of School Streets in Winnipeg this Fall, which started in early September at Isaac Brock School. A school street is a temporary road closure on the street in front of a school, with a short-term restriction on vehicle through-traffic. A method that was championed in the UK, School Street closures are an innovative approach to support student health and safety. School streets reduce traffic congestion, air pollution, and noise pollution, while addressing road safety issues that deter active school travel. The result is a safer, healthier and more enjoyable environment for everyone in the school community. 

Denae Penner is the Senior Program Coordinator at Green Action Centre. She is an environmentalist and outdoor enthusiast with 10 years of experience in event and program management. She is a University of Winnipeg graduate with a degree in Environmental Studies in active transportation and urban sustainability issues. Her work focuses on equitable transportation, children’s mobility, and authentic public participation. Outside of work, Denae is an avid skier and runner, exploring Manitoba with her dog Rhubarb.

Speaker 3: Jamie Hilland, Urban Systems (Winnipeg)

Presentation: School Travel planning as part of neighbourhood study and design projects in the City of Winnipeg

Over the past decade, the City of Winnipeg has increasingly come to recognize the importance of youth and school engagement as part of transportation planning projects. As part of these efforts, the City of Winnipeg now includes School Travel Planning as key component of active transportation planning projects. In this presentation, we will look at the various processes employed to effectively consult and engage with students and families as part of previous neighbourhood study and design projects. These projects include the Ruby/Banning corridor study, the West Alexander to East Exchange project, as well as the recently completed Wolseley to Downtown walk/bike project. We’ll examine current best practice in the realm of school travel planning and youth engagement, and highlight lessons learned from past school travel planning and youth engagement projects.

Jamie Hilland is a Sustainable Transportation Planner with Urban Systems, and is the former Program Director of the Active and Safe Routes to School Program at the Green Action Centre in Winnipeg. In this role, Jamie assisted communities across the Province of Manitoba in identifying strategies to improve the safety and numbers of children able to travel via healthy and sustainable transportation modes.

July 16, 2020

ITE Manitoba hosted a webinar on Thursday, July 16th. Two transportation professionals from the City of Winnipeg shared the impacts the COVID-19 pandemic has had on traffic volumes and active transportation in the City as well as their experiences in responding to them.

Speaker 1: Tyler George, City of Winnipeg

Tyler George is a professional engineer with 5 years of experience. He began his career at Dillon Consulting before moving to the Traffic Signal Timing group at the City of Winnipeg and now works as the Transportation Planning Engineer, managing the City of Winnipeg’s Traffic Monitoring Program. Tyler discussed the City’s traffic monitoring program and the recent traffic trends related to the COVID-19 pandemic. He also provided some information about the City’s permanent bike counters.

Speaker 2: Chris Baker, City of Winnipeg

Chris Baker is a Registered Professional Planner and has practiced for over 10 years. He is the City of Winnipeg’s Senior Active Transportation (AT) Planner, leading the AT branch in Public Works where he oversees the Pedestrian and Cycling Program and implementation of the Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies. Chris presented on Winnipeg’s Open Streets; from socially distant recreational opportunities to bike boom.  

February 18, 2020

The February meeting of the ITE Manitoba Section was held on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at the Winnipeg Winter Club.

The presenters were Keenan Patmore, M.Sc., P.Eng., and Karen Toews, CET from Manitoba Infrastructure.

Keenan is a Traffic Support Engineer with Manitoba Infrastructure responsible for work on a wide variety of transportation planning and engineering projects. Past work experience has included project work in conceptual design, road safety, active transportation, rural and urban traffic flow analysis, and traffic and travel monitoring. One of his core responsibilities with Manitoba Infrastructure over the past few years has been evaluating and reporting on posted speed limit reviews. This included authoring the new Guide for Setting Posted Speed Limits on Manitoba Roadways, completing technical analysis and reporting in response to speed limit change requests, and meeting with municipal councils and CAO’s to discuss the speed limit review process and recommendations.

Karen is the Manager of Roadside Development for Manitoba Infrastructure. The Roadside Development section is responsible for administering access and development permits adjacent to all provincial highways. They also review land development proposals adjacent to the provincial highway system and provide recommendations related to their compatibility with current and future highway system requirements.

Their presentation will be on changes to speed limit setting and the access permit process regulated by the Traffic and Transportation Modernization Act.

The Act came into effect in spring 2019 and makes significant changes to how traffic and transportation are regulated in Manitoba. Key changes include:

  • Eliminating the Highway Traffic Board and modifying the process to request a speed limit change on a provincial highway.
  • Allowing municipalities and local traffic authorities to set speed limits on municipal roads in their communities.
  • Modifying the permit application process for access roads, signs, and structures.

The presentation provided an overview of these changes and a detailed explanation about the new process.

February 2020 luncheon with Keenan Patmore, M.Sc., P.Eng., and Karen Towes, CET of Manitoba Infrastructure

January 21, 2020

The January meeting of the ITE Manitoba Section was held on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at the Winnipeg Winter Club.

The presenter was Constantina Douvris, CSLA, from HTFC Planning & Design.

Constantina is a Senior Associate with HTFC Planning & Design with over 20 years of experience. Her involvement from concept to construction on a broad array of projects has provided a firm foundation to conceive and implement grounded, buildable ideas. Having worked collaboratively with a number of communities and interest groups over her career, Constantina’s work celebrates the cultural and natural attributes of places, and has spawned numerous long-term strategies for successful developments.  

Recently, Constantina has served as Project Landscape Architect on a number of notable large-scale design projects including the series of HTFC projects for the City of Kenora to reimagine their downtown and waterfront, unique urban design projects at the University of Winnipeg’s downtown campus, Churchill’s downtown revitalization plans, street projects for commercial subdivisions, and the multi-award winning Upper Fort Garry Provincial Park.  

Constantina’s presentation will be on the Kenora Downtown Revitalization Project.

At a time of mill closures and general uncertainty in the lumber industry throughout Northwest Ontario, the City of Kenora took extreme measures to re-invent itself, starting with its downtown.  Instead of a patchwork of improvements to the status quo, the City took a fresh look at their downtown and its future to support possible economic drivers. Kenora’s population swells dramatically every summer with tourists and cottagers, so it made sense to create a place that locals and visitors alike would want to spend time in and linger. To support this goal, they went beyond replacement of aging infrastructure and looked closely at what is happening above grade. Their Complete Streets approach focused on vehicular, pedestrian and boating circulation as part of their revitalization plans, and weaves in culture, heritage, wayfinding, green infrastructure, art, and some bold engineering. This multi-phase project offers a number ofpractical lessons on how infrastructure renewal and economic development can be effectively married to placemaking.

January 2020 Luncheon with Constantina Douvris, CSLA of HTFC Planning & Design

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