The Technical Liaison Committee (TLC) is a coordinating body tasked with ensuring that volunteers have the tools and support required. It comprises up to four ITE Canada members and the President of the Executive Committee as liaison to the ITE Canada Executive. It generally does not directly involve itself with the working elements of active projects, however, the TLC does set project priorities, maintains communications, and ensures schedule compliance.
Questions? Contact the TLC
Mariya (Mars) Otten-Andrew, P.Eng. PTOE (Chair)
Mars Otten-Andrew is a Professional Engineer and Professional Traffic Operations Engineer with over 20 years of experience, spanning Australia, the UK, Ireland and Canada. She leads the Alberta Transportation Planning practice for WSP. Her expertise covers transit planning, active modes, network operations, road safety, scenario planning and parking. Mars is passionate about active transportation and cycles / runs / walks to and from work most days. Outside of work, Mars loves skiing, hiking, mountain biking, kiteboarding and any type of adventure travel she can dream up.
Ryan Martinson, M.Eng., P.Eng. (Vice Chair)
Ryan is a transportation consultant who loves to look at big ideas/issues and make them relevant to the work he does in urban mobility and street design. He was Chair of the ITE Sustainability Standing Committee and involved with the ITE Complete Streets Council. Ryan is a Senior Engineer and Sustainable Transportation Specialist with Toole Design group.
Farhad Shahla, M.Eng., P.Eng., PTOE, PMP
Farhad has been an active member with CITE since 2005 in different capacities through his involvement in student chapters, research committees, ITE Toronto Section and more recently with Technical Liaison Committee of CITE; Farhad is currently serving in his final role with Toronto Section as Past President. Farhad completed his Masters degree in Civil/Transportation Engineering from University of Toronto in 2009 and has related work experience with York Region Rapid Transit, Town of Oakville and the City of Mississauga. For the past 10 years with the City, Farhad has built upon his diverse experience working in a variety of roles, leading complex and multi-disciplinary projects and more recently as the Engineering Lead with Hurontario LRT (HuLRT) Project working with Metrolinx to enable and implement an 18-km at-grade LRT system in the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton in Ontario. In his current role, Farhad is in charge of all engineering aspects of the HuLRT Project, early utility relocations, as well as implementing enhancements to municipal processes, guidelines and policies. Farhad is very excited working with his new team and the CITE executive, contributing to both CITE and TAC communities.
Borg Chan, M.Sc., P.Eng., PTOE, RSP, FITE
As the Professional Traffic Operation Engineer, Road Safety Professional, and Road Safety Auditor, Borg manages ISL’s Traffic Engineering and Road Safety team delivering transportation planning, traffic engineering, and road safety studies to communities in Canada, the United States, England, Hong Kong, and Mainland China. Borg has been active in the professional community throughout his 34-year career including Past President of the Institute of Transportation Engineers’ Greater Vancouver Section and participating on local organizing committees for ITE Annual Meetings and Exhibits, CITE Annual Conferences and QUAD Conferences. He is also a member of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – British Columbia’s (ACEC-BC) Municipal Engineering Committee, and Past President of the Society of Canadian Chinese Transportation Professionals (SCCTP). With a passion for soccer and hockey, Borg cheers for Liverpool F.C. and the Vancouver Canucks. In his spare time, Borg enjoys travelling and watching movies with his family.
The TLC mandate is to ensure that ITE Canada members have the opportunity to participate in technical projects:
- ITE Coordinating Council participation;
- Coordination of ITE Canada appointees on ITE Council executive committees;
- Coordination of ITE Canada appointees on Transportation Association of Canada committees;
- Dissemination of technical projects and initiatives through ITE and other organizations; and
- Oversight of Canadian District technical initiatives.
ITE and TAC Liaisons
A key role of the TLC is liaising with ITE International and its Coordinating Council and the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC). The focus of these efforts is better coordination between the activities of these organizations.
- A review of the Public Right-of-Way Accessibility Experience in Canada (September 2018)
- Road Safety Program and Data Needs Self-Assessment – Informational Report
- A Review of Canadian Roundabout Experiences
- Pedestrian Crossing Control Guide Update
- Pavement Design and Management Practices
- Vehicle Kilometres Travelled (VKT)-Canadian Methodology Information Report
- Canadian Capacity Guide For Signalized Intersections – 3rd EDITION
- Promoting Sustainable Transportation Through Site Design Guidelines: An Ite Recommended Practice
- Using Observational Before-after Studies To Evaluate Road Safety Project
- Canadian Traffic Signal Report Card