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ITE Toronto Christmas Luncheon and AGM
November 29, 2019@11:00 am to 1:30 pm EST$15 – $400
ITE Toronto would like to invite you to their 2019 Christmas Luncheon and Annual General Meeting (AGM) which will be held on Friday November 29, 2019 at the Toronto Cricket Curling and Skating Club at 141 Wilson Avenue in Toronto.
The cost for this event, our most social and popular event of the year, including a great lunch, is $50 for ITE members, $60 for non-members and $15 for students. Doors will open at 11am (registration, mingling and cash bar), and lunch will start at noon. We suggest you consider carpool and transit options when planning your trip to the luncheon as parking at the club is limited.
This year’s keynote presentation will be delivered by the City of Toronto’s Big Data group.
Raphael Dumas completed his undergraduate degree at McGill University in Civil Engineering, followed by a double degree at MIT, including a Master of City Planning and a Master of Science in Transportation in 2015. He completed his masters thesis research in the MIT Transit Lab for the MBTA, Boston’s Transit Authority, using data to analyze commute travel times for different demographic areas, which will be the subject of this talk. He is now Project Lead with the Transportation Services Big Data Innovation Team at City of Toronto, where he has been collecting and centralizing emerging and existing transportation data sets to improve the user experience on the city’s streets and highways. He recently led the review of transportation impacts of vehicles for hire, looking at how ridesourcing companies have affected congestion, traffic safety and transit ridership since they were allowed to operate in Toronto in 2016.
Aakash Harpalani is a Project Lead for the City of Toronto’s Big Data Innovation Team, whose mission is to leverage emerging technologies to develop a better understanding of transportation issues in the city. He has led a number of high priority data-driven transportation projects, including the data monitoring and evaluation program for the King Street Transit Pilot. He previously worked in data-driven roles as a transportation planning consultant and at the Ontario Ministry of the Environment
2020 Executive Committee Elections – List of Candidates:
Azadeh is a Transportation EIT at HDR. She obtained both her bachelors and masters degree from the University of Waterloo. She has four years of experience in multi-modal focused transportation planning and engineering projects for municipal and provincial clients through the Greater Toronto Area and beyond. She has specific experience in a broad range of projects including Transportation Master Plans, traffic operations and safety studies, traffic and transit modelling and micro/macro-simulation, environmental assessments, pedestrian and cycling studies, and traffic impact studies. Azadeh is also a Programs Committee volunteer with the WTS Toronto chapter where she helps organize various events. Azadeh brings passion and commitment to the CITE Toronto Section along with organizational and coordination skills.
Bhargav Channa Reddy
Bhargav is a Transportation Planner at Stantec Consulting Ltd. He specializes in transportation studies and brings knowledge and insight from his professional and academic experience in the transportation field. Bhargav is a graduate from the University of Toronto’s Masters in Engineering program specializing in Transportation planning and modeling. Bhargav has substantial experience in spatial data analysis, Regional and Municipal Planning Policy, Active Transportation planning, Parking management, Travel Demand modeling, Complete Streets and Curbside management. Prior to Stantec, Bhargav worked for Jrop Inc. a Toronto based startup in the Mobility as a Service (MaaS) industry specializing in the future of on-demand mobility and autonomous vehicle implementation.
Since joining ITE as a student member, Bhargav has been actively involved in all CITE events and is engaged with the transportation community. Experienced with managerial, organizational and social skills, Bhargav brings forth his commitment and dedication to serve the CITE’s Toronto Section with endless enthusiasm and a global perspective. He is passionate about Smart-mobility initiatives and spends his leisure with biking around the city.
Shahram Almasi grew up in Toronto and earned his B. Eng. and M.A.Sc. degree from Ryerson University. Shahram is currently a Transportation Planner at McIntosh Perry where he provides consulting services to public and private sector clients. In his current role at McIntosh Perry, Shahram leads projects related to Micro-modelling and Road Safety. Previously, at Wood PLC, Shahram worked on projects such as the Finch Goods Movement Master Plan and the City of Toronto Cultural Corridors Safety Reviews, including the Bloor Bike Lanes Pilot Safety Review. Prior to Wood, Shahram worked as a Forensic Investigator at -30- Forensic Engineering and provided expert opinions regarding transportation safety matters. Shahram will be eligible for his Professional Engineering designation in December of 2019.
Shahram’s primary motivation in his career is to have a positive impact on society. He is genuinely passionate about Road Safety, Active Transportation, and Traffic Operations. In his personal life, Shahram enjoys spending time with his Wife and two kids. He is an avid MMA fan and trains in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, enjoys cycling, camping, and snowboarding.
As an ITE Toronto Executive, Shahram would like to inspire others to pursue their passion and be leaders in whatever they do. He will work to promote and organize events in coordination with CITE to provide greater value for members through networking and professional development. He will also set a goal to attract new members by promoting ITE’s mission in providing knowledge, practices, skills and connections to transportation professionals globally.
I am a Transportation Planner with the Region of Peel’s Transportation System Planning group. My responsibilities include transportation modelling, goods movement project oversight, advancing our innovation and data management strategies, and leading key planning projects.
During my full-time MASc civil engineering studies I was the founding President of the ITE York University Student Chapter (ITE YorkU). Under my leadership, this group quickly became the most active student chapter in Canada and received both the CITE Student Chapter Activity Delta Award and the York University President’s Sustainability Leadership Award. My employment, academic, and extracurricular experiences have helped me to develop the skills necessary to serve as an ITE Toronto Section executive member.
I have significant experience with planning and leading events, including seminars, software tutorials, workshops, networking events, and field trips. As ITE YorkU President, I chaired all general and executive meetings, created and maintained the group’s website, prepared the annual report, oversaw various executive members and directors, authored the group bylaws and operating procedures, fundraised, and organized community advancement initiatives. Overall, we hosted over sixty events and meeting with over thirty-five unique guest speakers during the group’s first year. I have also participated in the planning and moderation of various internal and external events through employers.
If I am given the opportunity to serve as an executive member, I would like to plan new events, attract new multidisciplinary members, form new collaborative partnerships with external organizations, update the website and newsletter, and facilitate more social media engagement.
As a long time ITE, member since 1999, I am licensed Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) in Ontario and licensed Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE) backed by 16 years of practical professional experience in the areas of Traffic Operations and Transportation Planning. I founded Traffic+ Engineering Ltd. a transportation engineering firm, where I offer services in Traffic Impact Studies, Transportation Planning, Transportation Demand Management, Road Safety Assessments, and Environmental Assessments. In addition, I had the opportunity to present a paper at the CITE Conference in 2015 on a transit project entitled “Highway 2 BRT Feasibility Study” currently being built in Durham Region, where I had a major modelling role. I am thrilled and looking forward to be part of the ITE Toronto Section Executive, as I believe that the ITE Toronto Section provides each of us with great opportunities to learn, share, contribute and provide services that are of benefit to other professionals whether they are transportation engineers, planners, or urban designers.
Moreover, my objective in becoming part of the executive is to serve in the best of my abilities and capabilities to help the ITE student sections to gain valuable hands-on experience in undertaking numerous traffic engineering work as well as using numerous software packages. I have recently provided, free of charge, Synchro training and VISSIM training to ITE York University students, and I intent to perpetuate this work. Finally I would like to thank in advance the attendees for providing your support in my candidacy.