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7th Annual YPT Trivia & Pub Night

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Test your knowledge of the transportation world against your peers at the 7th Annual Trivia & Pub Night! The event will be held on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at Mahony & Sons – Burrard Landing, so get ready for some trivia madness. This event is free to attend with registration details listed in the text below. Don’t forget to RSVP!


YPT Vancouver 2019 Trivia Night Winners

YPT Members / YPT Friends / Non-Members: RSVP here now!

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020
6:00 pm – Registration
6:30 pm – Trivia starts
Feel free to stay after the scheduled portion of the night!

Mahony & Sons (Burrard Landing) – next to The Drop
#36 – 1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC

The restaurant is accessible by foot, transit, bike, and car.
Please don’t drink and drive/ride!


YPT-ACEC Breakfast Seminar: Advancing Your Career – Strategies for Success

YPT Vancouver is holding a seminar in conjunction with ACEC-BC on December 10 2019, featuring William Hui, Manager of Systems Engineering at Translink. William will be sharing strategies for advancing your career and his personal experiences along his journey to a management role within 10 years after completing his degree at UBC. Curious about the best tools to achieve success? Join us for a morning cup of coffee and breakfast!

About William Hui
William Hui is the manager of Systems Engineering within the Engineering Project Delivery group.  He has been with TransLink for 12 years and was involved in the delivery of the Compass Card and Faregate project, as well as the implementation of the Evergreen extension.  William now leads a team of 24 in the Systems department and is responsible for a capital portfolio of $150M (Canadian) that includes projects involving Automatic Train Control, Telecommunications, Power and Life Safety systems.  William is a founding member of the Canadian Road Safety Youth Committee and the Vancouver chapter of the Young Professionals in Transportation.  Outside work, William enjoys travelling, curling and playing Ultimate Frisbee.

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM PDT

Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver 
645 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 2Y9 

Registration below: 

Working with ACEC-BC, they are happy to offer a flat rate for all attendees.
ACEC-BC Member & Non-member rate: $65
YPG Season Pass Holder: Free (email Alla Samusevich to register)

2019-2020 YPT Vancouver Board 

Thank you to those who voted in this year’s YPT election. We have a great mixture of YPT Vancouver board members, and the new leadership team for the 2019-2020 term is excited and energized in anticipation of another successful year! We hope you will continue to support our chapter and check out our exciting events!

Eric Tam
Great Northern Engineering Consultants

Kurtis Mayne 
ISL Engineering and Land Services

Chi Yan Leung
City of Vancouver

Michael Elder
Vorum Research Corporation


Calvin Pin

We would also like to acknowledge our tremendous supporting team of officers including:

Mona Dahir
Kevin Wong
Andrew Picard
Kyle Briggs


POSTPONED EVENT – Double Decker Bus & Richmond Transit Centre Tour

UPDATE – Due to the ongoing transit strike, the Double Decker event has been postponed until further notice. Stay tuned for a new date in the future!

Event Summary: Commercial-Broadway Station Upgrade Tour

On Wednesday, October 9th, 2019, YPT Vancouver hosted Matt Edwards, a manager in TransLink’s Engineering Project Delivery department, on an exciting behind-the-scenes tour of the recently completed Commercial-Broadway SkyTrain Station upgrade.

Commercial–Broadway Station is one of the busiest stations on the network with 90,000 station trips per day on the Expo and Millennium Lines and 60,000 bus trips per day using the 99 B-Line and two other frequent transit bus routes.

The presentation focused on some of the challenges faced during the design and construction of the improvements, as well as discussion on future service expansion. The tour was attended by 17 YPT members / friends and they all had plenty of opportunities to ask their provocative questions and discuss in more detail the topics that interested them.

Following the presentation, we made our way to a nearby pub/restaurant for food, drinks, and socializing.

Event Summary: YPT Vancouver Golf – The Masters

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On August 22nd, 2019 YPT Vancouver hosted the first annual YPT Vancouver golf event: The Masters.

This exciting event was the first of its kind, bringing together some of the finest young professionals the transportation industry has to offer to play the beautiful game of (Pitch & Putt) Golf. 

Become a YPT Member now to receive notifications of more amazing events such as this one!

Event Summary: The Rolling Tour – Experience Vancouver’s Active Infrastructure


With bike to work week in full swing, YPT Vancouver partnered with Vancouver bike share company Mobi to ho a guided bike tour led by City of Vancouver engineering staff. We saw and experienced the infrastructure that helped the City reach its target of making over 50% of trips by foot, bicycle, and public transit! As part of this tour, Mobi generously provided VIP passes to use the bikeshare system for the day.

After the tour, we convened at a restaurant in Olympic Village for drinks / food and socializing.

Event Summary: TransLink B-Line – What’s the Buzz About?

On May 2nd 2019 at the beautiful Anvil Centre, YPT hosted Brian Elery Phillips, P.Eng for a presentation on TransLink’s B-Line Program. Brian is a Senior Planner on TransLink’s B-Line team. He leads the planning and conceptual design of transit priority measures for the new B-Lines.

The presentation focused on the varied aspects of transit priority planning, ranging from concept and analysis, to stakeholder relationship management and negotiation.

Brian also recently wrote an article regarding B-Lines for the latest issue of ITE’s Transportation Talk – Read the article here

The B-Line program is a part of Phase One of the Mayors’ Council 10-Year Vision, in which TransLink is launching three new B-Line services later this year, with another seven on the way in Metro Vancouver.

Following the presentation, we made a B-Line to a nearby pub/restaurant for food, drinks, and socializing.

Event Summary: 4th Annual Meet the Managers Night

On Wednesday, March 13th 2019, YPT Vancouver hosted this highly anticipated event for the fourth year in a row. Meet the Managers connects leaders in the industry looking to share their knowledge with young professionals and students seeking to make their own mark in the transportation field.

Participants conversed in small groups with managers from different organizations through a series of short rotations and partook in a free-form networking session towards the end of the evening.

This event would not have been possible without the support of our generous sponsors:


Event Summary: YPT Vancouver 6th Annual Trivia and Pub Night

YPT Vancouver hosted the 6thAnnual Trivia & Pub Night on Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 at Mahony & Sons. Teams worked together to tackle interesting transportation trivia, then followed a session of food, drinks, and networking between students and professionals. This year the “Ma-homies” came out victorious, to have their names etched on the coveted trivia trophy!


2018-2019 YPT Vancouver Board

The results are in!  Thank you to those who voted in this year’s election.  Please help me in welcoming the new YPT Vancouver leadership team for the 2018-2019 term!  The team is excited and energized in anticipation of another successful year!  We hope that you will continue your support of our chapter and check out our exciting and insightful events.  We have a great mixture of board members once again so please stay tuned for our next event announcement soon!

Calvin Pin

Eric Tam 
Great Northern Engineering Consultants Inc.

Kurtis Mayne 
ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd.

Chi Yan Leung
JENSEN HUGHES Consulting Canada Ltd.

Alvin Tse  
ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd.

I would also like to acknowledge our tremendous supporting team of officers including:

Mona Dahir
Michael Elder
Kevin Wong

Alberto Reyes

Event Summary: Fast and Furious – YPT Vancouver Edition

On the evening of Tuesday, August 28th, 2018, a dozen enthusiastic YPTers made their way (including via a new carpool initiative) to the TBC Indoor Kart Racing track to face a true test of their driving karting skills. After nearly a half hour of racing in circles, two emerged above the rest – congratulations to Ian and Enrique (top row center and right in the photo) on your fast and furious victory at YPT Vancouver’s first-ever go-kart event!


Fast and Furious – YPT Vancouver Edition Group Photo

Event Summary: Metrotown Station Tour

On the sunny evening of Wednesday, June 20th, 2018, YPT Vancouver hosted a tour of the newly-renovated Metrotown Station led by Jennifer MacLean, the Project Manager of the station upgrades. Attendees were treated to insight into the design and construction process including the uncertainty of underground utility locations, importance of coordination within and between different groups, and the influences behind major station infrastructure. After the tour, we visited the nearby Firefighters Public House for food, drinks, and intriguing discussions. Event pictures can be found on our Facebook page.

YPT VAN metrotown

Event Summary: Price on Transportation

On the evening of Thursday, April 26th, 2018, YPT Vancouver hosted a thought-provoking discussion led by Gordon Price on the ever-changing world of transportation at the Network Hub. The event was attended by over 20 young professionals and students who were treated to topics such as the changing role of traditional transit agencies and the advent of integrated mobility providers. Questions were fielded by attendees with much ensuing conversation both during the event and afterwards over food and drinks at the nearby Railway Stage & Beer Cafe.

More event photos can be found on our Facebook page.

About the Presenter

Gordon Price, previously the Director of the City Program at Simon Fraser University, is a Fellow with the Simon Fraser University Centre for Dialogue and has won numerous awards for his work including the Canadian Institute of Planners President’s Award and Simon Fraser University President’s Award.

In 2002, he finished his sixth term as a City Councillor in Vancouver, BC.  He also served on the Board of Metro Vancouver and was appointed to the first board of TransLink in 1989.

He also blogs on urban issues and transportation, with a focus on Vancouver, at Price Tags.

Event Summary: 3rd Annual Meet the Managers Night

YPT Vancouver hosted the 3rd Annual Meet the Managers event on the evening of Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 at the St. Regis Bar & Grill in Downtown Vancouver. The private venue was filled with over 30 young professionals and 13 influential managers representing 10 public and private organizations from the transportation industry. Everything from potential career paths to challenges were discussed, and experiences shared over food and drink.

This event was made possible by the generous support of our sponsors:

  • Gary Vlieg – Creative Transportation Solutions
  • Larry Parks – Great Northern Engineering Consultants
  • Borg Chan – ISL Engineering and Land Services
  • Bernard Abelson & Selena Wilson – McElhanney Consulting Services
  • Julian Vasquez – PBX Engineering
  • Jonathan Ho – R.F. Binnie and Associates
  • William Hui & Sany Zein – TransLink
  • Jayson Walker – Urban Systems
  • Erica Geddes & Mike Skene – Watt Consulting Group

More event photos can be found on our Facebook page.


Credit: Kevin Wong

Event Summary: 5th Annual Trivia & Pub Night

YPT Vancouver hosted its 5th Annual Trivia & Pub Night on the evening of January 25th, 2018 at Mahony & Sons – Burrard Landing. Over twenty participants were in attendance who showcased their knowledge in a variety of topics, ranging from SkyTrain stations to Hollywood-themed transportation.

Teams competed for the coveted YPT Vancouver Trivia Trophy, with Team J.I.G. (featured below) coming out on top, congratulations!

YPTVAN TN2018 winners

Credit: Kevin Wong

Event Review: Cards Against Urbanity Pub Social

In true Vancouver spirit, 25 YPTers gathered on the dark and rainy winter evening of Thursday, November 30th, 2017 to enjoy the pub social hosted by YPT Vancouver at the Storm Crow Alehouse, where transportation-minded individuals ate, mingled, and played the limited production game produced by YPT – Cards Against Urbanity: Transportation Edition.

YPT Van - Cards Against Urbanity

Credit: Kurtis Mayne

2017-2018 Board of Directors

We are pleased to announce the YPT Vancouver elections results for the 2017-2018 term! Please see below for your YPT Vancouver Board. Thank you for participating in the YPT elections!

Chair:  Alvin Tse, ISL Engineering and Land Services

Deputy Chair:  Calvin Pin, Parsons

Vice Chair for Administration (Secretary):  Eric Tam, Great Northern Engineering Consultants

Vice Chair for Finance (Treasurer)Mona Dahir, Watt Consulting Group

Event Review: City of Vancouver Summer Bike Tour

In the early evening hours of Wednesday, August 16th, 2017, over a dozen enthusiastic young professionals and students embarked on a bike tour hosted by YPT Vancouver around False Creek and Downtown Vancouver. Attendees stopped at various intersections, bridges and roadway cycling treatments throughout the tour, and were given explanations and (of course) first-hand experience in riding the infrastructure!

The tour was followed with food and drinks at Library Square Public House where attendees with a shared interest in transportation were able to socialize and network with like-minded professional and students alike. A special thanks to two knowledgeable City of Vancouver staff who were instrumental in leading the tour of the City’s new and soon-to-be commissioned cycling infrastructure:

  • Brian Gould: Senior Transportation Design Engineer
  • Alexander Liaw: Transportation Design Engineer

We also would like to thank Mobi for kindly providing use of their public bike share system for free, with day passes made available to all attendees.  For more event photos, see our Facebook page!

van summer bike tour 2017

Credit: Eric Tam

Event Review: Evergreen Extension Tour / Pub Crawl

On the evening of April 6th, 2017, YPT Vancouver hosted a tour of the new, $1.4 billion Evergreen Extension in conjunction with a stop at a local craft brewery, food truck, and ice cream shop! Beginning at Lougheed Town Centre Station, the group of 18 enthusiastic individuals proceeded by SkyTrain towards Port Moody, ultimately ending in Coquitlam. While making stops at each station, we learned about the large transit infrastructure project from the following TransLink staff who made this exciting event possible:

  • Sarah Rocchi: Project Manager II, Engineering and Project Services
  • William Hui: Manager, Engineering Project Delivery (Systems)
  • Geoffrey Chum: Planner, Transit Network Management

Check out our Facebook page for additional photos!

Credit: Eric Tam

Event Review: 2nd Annual Meet the Managers Event

YPT Vancouver hosted the 2nd Annual Meet the Managers event – a networking, mentorship, and social night – on Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 at the St. Regis Bar and Grill in Downtown Vancouver. Despite the dreary weather outside, the event was well attended with 14 influential transportation managers from 13 public and private organizations, and 36 young professionals/students from across the Lower Mainland. The evening brought together and provided these groups the opportunity to discuss topics ranging from career paths to overall challenges/successes in a cozy, casual environment.

More photos can be found on the YPT Vancouver Facebook page.

With appetizers provided, groups of young professionals were then paired with each organization, and participants given the chance to discuss wide-ranging topics (inspiring, technical, and personal) as they pleased. The young professionals and students then rotated to different leaders in the industry, so that every attendee had face time with each organization. The evening was followed by a free form social mixer.

This event was made possible with the generous support of our sponsors:

  • Sany Zein (TransLink)
  • Aled Griffiths (Mott MacDonald)
  • Bernard Abelson and Michael Florendo (McElhanney)
  • Larry Parks (Great Northern Engineering Consultants)
  • Jonathan Ho (Binnie)
  • Borg Chan (ISL Engineering and Land Services)
  • Dragana Mitic (City of North Vancouver)

Event Review: 4th Annual Trivia and Pub Night

YPT Vancouver hosted its 4th Annual Trivia and Pub Night in partnership with the UBC ITE Student Chapter on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 at the St. Regis Bar and Grill. The informal evening was buzzing with conversation as about 40 attending professionals and students conversed, networked over food and drinks, and racked their brains over the wide range of transportation trivia.

Congratulations to Team 2 on their victory! Competition was fiercer than ever this year for the top spot.


4th Annual Trivia and Pub Night – Team 2 Victors
Credit: Ian Mckenna


4th Annual Trivia and Pub Night – Group Photo
Credit: Steve Chou

For access to all the event photos, be sure to visit our YPT Vancouver Facebook page.

Event Review: TransLink Compass Lab Tour

A tour of the TransLink Compass Lab was kindly given to YPT Vancouver on November 23rd, 2016 by:

  • William Hui: Manager, Engineering Project Delivery (Systems)
  • Tom Prestia: Senior Systems Engineer – Compass
  • Doug MacKinnon: Manager, Compass System & Infrastructure

YPT Members were given a truly behind the doors experience, including being shown various back-end components, including a look inside full-sized Compass vending machines and fare gates (yes, they shoot lasers!). There was also a brain teasing portion which gave us a glimpse into the complexity of the setup of the Compass Card system. Did you know that there are over 150 fare product types that are accommodated by Compass Cards? The numbers also reveal that around 1.2 million taps occur on the TransLink system each day, just over a year after Compass has been fully released to the public!

Afterwards, we enjoyed dinner at a nearby restaurant, where professionals and students from a wide range of backgrounds chatted and got to know each other over food!

Check out our Facebook page for more event photos!

About YPT Vancouver

We are proud to be the first chapter of Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT) in Canada! Established in 2013, YPT Vancouver connects young transportation professionals and enthusiasts in the Metro Vancouver area who share similar interests in transportation.


Our goal is to foster a community that provides networking and learning opportunities to our members and friends through activities like tours, social gatherings, and inspiring talks. We aim to make YPT Vancouver a fun and exciting place to connect with like-minded peers. We welcome practitioners, academics, and leaders from all areas of the industry from front line staff to administrators and everything in between. YPT Vancouver is also a place for students, recent graduates, and those wanting to explore what the industry has to offer.

Through field trips, happy hours, and the occasional seminar, we want to create opportunities for professionals to gather on an informal basis, which will, over time, foster a community that provides mentorship and networking opportunities. We envision partnering with existing organizations such as the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and Connecting Transportation Professionals (CTP) to deliver meaningful events. But most of all, we want to make YPT Vancouver fun!

Contact / Connect With Us

If you have any questions about YPT Vancouver or other inquiries, you can reach the chapter by:

YPT Vancouver Leadership Team 2017-2018

Chair:  Alvin Tse, ISL Engineering and Land Services
Deputy Chair:  Calvin Pin, Parsons
Secretary:  Eric Tam, Great Northern Engineering Consultants
TreasurerMona Dahir, Watt Consulting Group

Officers:  William Hui, Matthew Chan, Steve Chou, Kati Tamashiro, Kevin Wong, Alex Liaw, Alberto Reyes, Chi Yan Leung, Kurtis Mayne, Mandy Wu, Michael Elder

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