Call for Candidates

CITE Executive Committee

Nominations Closed March 20, 2017

An election will be held for the position of Secretary-Treasurer of CITE beginning April 10, 2017 with voting closing on May 10, 2017. Voting instructions will be emailed on April 10th to members in good standing as of March 31, 2017. If you do not receive voting instructions by April 11th then please contact us.

The position of President and Vice President have been acclaimed as follows:

President, Edward Soldo, P.Eng. FITE (currently CITE Vice President)
Vice President, Julia Salvini, P.Eng (currently CITE Secretary/Treasurer)

Election results will be announced during the 2017 Joint ITE/CITE Annual Meeting and Exhibition to be held in Toronto from July 30 to August 2, 2017.

 Candidates for Secretary-Treasurer (3)

Nabil GHARIANI, P.Eng., PTOE, M.S.C.E., MITE
President and CEO, Traffic+ Engineering Ltd.
Toronto Section

Nabil@trafficplus.ca

Transportation moves forward with united, dedicated and passionate transportation engineers and planners.  I have the pleasure to consider myself as one of them.  I have been part of ITE as a graduate student since 1999, volunteering and presenting papers.  I would like to serve as a member of the CITE executive where my experience in Traffic Engineering, Transportation Planning, Education and Student Support will be fully utilized across Canada.

Who am I?

I am  a  passionate and dedicated Traffic Engineer and Transportation Planner. I endeavor to solve traffic engineering issues and provide transportation solutions that are sustainable and innovative. I have 14 years of technical and planning experience gained from working at different consulting engineering firms and by getting involved in transportation planning and environmental assessment projects that are challenging and complex that  require ingenuity and innovation to ensure that communities will highly benefit from the transportation improvements that will be implemented. The range of projects that I undertook comprise of traffic operations, transit feasibility studies, pedestrian capacity analyses, transportation master plans and many class environmental assessments. As the founder of “Traffic+ Engineering Ltd.”, I have the opportunity to get directly involved in  projects and discuss with clients and municipalities about potential solutions that will benefit the community.

I am also a committed traffic engineer where I offer guidance and support to junior engineers and students. I have recently taught VISSIM software to graduate students in transportation as part of ITE Ryerson University Chapter training sessions.

Why am I Considering for Nomination?

I have many years of experience as a volunteer, especially for ITE. When I joined the ITE Student Chapter in 1999 at  the University of Massachusetts, I was actively involved in ITE student chapter activities work by providing my time and effort to collect funds for the chapter with my fellow classmates. I would like to apply my drive of helping and my technical expertise to benefit CITE growth at the national level.

The other major reason to join CITE Executive committee is to develop transportation solutions and guidelines that are typical to Canadian urban fabric and communities lifestyles.

My Contribution to ITE

Since being an ITE member, I was always trying to get involved in the ITE chapter whether in the US or Canada.  Some of my past contributions and help to local and national ITE chapters are as follows:

  • Served as a judge at the 9th Annual ITE Section Student Presentation Competition 2017
  • Taught VISSIM Software to ITE Students at Ryerson University 2017
  • Presented a Technical Paper at the CITE Annual Conference in Regina, SK 2015
  • Volunteered at the CITE Annual Conference held in Waterloo, ON 2014
  • Presented my master’s thesis research at the Texas ITE Annual Meeting, Texas, USA 2002

Pedram IZADPANAH, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Partner, CIMA+
Hamilton Section

Pedram.Izadpanah@cima.ca

I am a proud alumnus of the University of Waterloo, where I became involved in the ITE as vice president, and then the president, of the University of Waterloo Student Chapter. This was an incredible experience in which we began to identify sustainable funding sources. This funding enabled us to attract students to ITE.

I was privileged to be accepted as a member of the CITE Technical Liaison Committee (TLC) in 2007. This opportunity allowed me to learn tremendously from the giants of CITE and build great friendships in the CITE community. During close to 10 years of service at the TLC, I interacted with section executives, student chapters, and the general membership to identify the technical needs of our members. Additionally, I have been able to serve our CITE community in the following capacities:

  • Vice Chair of the TLC;
  • TLC representative on the ITE Coordinating Council;
  • Member of the ITE Safety Council; and
  • CITE appointee to the TAC Road Safety Standing Committee

By profession, I am partner and senior project manager with CIMA+ in Burlington, Ontario where I practice traffic engineering. My philosophy is to utilize technology to collect, compile, and analyze transportation related data to assist road authorities in making better decisions.

At home, I am a husband, and father to our 5 year old son, Ryan, who keeps us both busy. I consider myself a foodie and enjoy trying new restaurants.

I have had a fun ride in my career so far, and I owe a debt of gratitude to those who came before me in our industry, particularly CITE, and I would like to give back to our CITE family. If you provide me the privilege of serving the CITE members as Secretary – Treasurer, I will work closely with the executives to achieve the goals set forth in the CITE strategic plan. It is a sensible plan and if implemented effectively with a few tweaks, the CITE members will benefit tremendously. Specifically, I would aspire to achieve the followings during my tenure:

  • Provide a synopsis of the executive meetings to the membership: As the CITE Secretary, I will work with the other executives to publish a brief one-page information sheet, two weeks after each executive meeting that will summarize discussions and hot topics
  • Full deployment of e-commerce: In the past few years, CITE has made significant progress in the deployment of e-commerce, which has streamlined the registration and payment process for annual conferences. As treasurer, I will review all processes and identify further opportunities to improve our payment procedures
  • Train the workforce of future: Our industry is going through phenomenal changes with the advent of autonomous vehicles. The details and timelines are unclear. What we do know is that our members need to acquire new skillsets. I will work with the CITE executives, TLC, and ITE Councils to establish the required training and disseminate information regarding new developments, legislative changes, and other initiatives related to autonomous vehicles to our membership

Ryan VANDERPUTTEN, M.Eng, P.Eng.
Director, Transportation Planning, The City of Calgary
Southern Alberta Section
Ryan.Vanderputten@calgary.ca

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Ryan Vanderputten. I am currently the Director of Transportation Planning with The City of Calgary.

I have been a member of CITE since graduating from the University of Waterloo in 1999, and am currently a Fellow with ITE. Being an active member has allowed me to develop strong professional (and personal) relationships with other members of the ITE family. CITE has given me an opportunity to grow in my profession, learn from others in the industry, and share my knowledge and experience with others. I want to ensure that this value remains a benefit to the membership, and position CITE as the organization of choice for transportation professionals.

Over the years, I have had the opportunity to get to know many CITE members from across the country, as an active member of four different sections/chapters (BC Interior Chapter, Toronto Section, Southern Alberta Section and the Southwestern Ontario Section). I have served on the executive of both the BC Interior Chapter and the Southern Alberta Section, including on the CITE District Board as President of the Southern Alberta Section in 2009. I am also a member of the 2017 class of LeadershipITE, a program developed by ITE to engage leaders and ensure that we are positioned to shape the future of transportation.

I am running for Secretary-Treasurer of the Canadian District to ensure that issues relevant to transportation professionals in Canada are brought to the table. I will work with CITE members to identify areas of opportunity to grow and communicate the value of membership with ITE. I look forward to being able to contribute to the strategic planning of CITE as an organization, working with other experienced members to position ITE as a source of experience and knowledge. I would also hope to raise the profile of CITE as an advocate for better transportation systems across all modes.

Over my nearly two-decade-long engineering career, I have worked in both the public and private sectors, in Ontario, British Columbia, and Alberta (The City of Calgary, Ministry of Transportation Ontario, MMM Group, Urban Systems). I have a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo, a Masters degree in Transportation Engineering from the University of Calgary, and a Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership from the Schulich School of Business from York University.

On a more personal note, I am married to my best friend (Sarah) and we have two wonderful kids (Michael, 10 and Alanna, 7). I love to travel, cheer on the Calgary Flames, and play the bass guitar. In my spare time (ha!), I founded Forest City Robotics, an organization designed to encourage the development of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills in youth through LEGO-based robotics design and programming.