Historically, most traffic engineers would never see the inside of a courtroom regarding a traffic engineering matter during the course of their career. However, it is absolutely critical for professional engineers to fully understand their role as the “Engineer of Record” and design professional from a legal point of view as traffic engineers have been getting more involved in expert witness testimony in BC in the last 5 years. An expert witness, particularly in common law countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and the United States, is a person whose opinion by virtue of education, training, certification, skills or experience, is accepted by the judge as an expert. This presentation will provide attendees with an introduction to Common Law and expert witness definitions, an overview of the BC Supreme Court and the BC Human Rights Tribunal process, the typical timeline for expert witness work, presentation of up to 6 case studies and some closing comments and advice to attendees.
Jan Voss brings his expertise in traffic engineering, parking operations, transportation surveys and transport planning as both founder and current president of Creative Transportation Solutions Ltd. (CTS). He is a registered Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) and Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE) in British Columbia, Yukon Territory and the Northwest Territories / Nunavut, and has over 33 years of experience in the field of traffic engineering and operations. Jan is a certified Expert Witness by both the Supreme Court of BC and the BC Human Rights Tribunal, and has been providing expert witness testimony and advice for the past 20 years.
Gary is the Vice President for CTS and is responsible for overseeing CTS’s work in the BC Interior, providing expert witness advice to CTS’s clients, leading technical assignments, presenting findings to municipal councils, mentoring staff and ensuring a high standard of quality on CTS projects. Gary has over 34 years of experience in transportation planning, traffic engineering and project management throughout Western Canada and New Zealand. He is a registered Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) in British Columbia, Alberta, and Yukon Territory.
Breakfast Meeting Details
This session will include a light breakfast at the Executive Suites Hotel & Conference Centre in Burnaby.
7:30 am – 8:00 am Registration & Breakfast
8:00 am – 9:00 am Presentation