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Granville Bridge Connector Project

YPT Vancouver is pleased to team up with the City of Vancouver to bring to you a presentation on the Granville Bridge Connector project! We are joined by presenters Dylan Passmore and Alex Liaw, who will be discussing the project background, challenges and design elements. Please join us on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 6:00 PM PST to learn more about this exciting project. Please register via eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/granville-bridge-connector-presentation-tickets-131293393073

Originally designed for high-volume freeways that were never built, Granville Bridge presents significant accessibility and safety challenges for today’s urban context. The Granville Bridge Connector would address a major gap in the city’s active transportation network and serve some of the densest parts of the city. With City Council having recently approved the first phase of delivery, Dylan and Alex will discuss the exciting opportunities and challenges of retrofitting this icon of 1950’s thinking to better respond to the City’s growing needs. The project is key to accommodating the City’s growing number of people living, working, and playing in the city and region, and helping us meet our Climate Emergency Response targets.

About the Presenters:

Dylan Passmore is a senior plangineer with the City of Vancouver where he currently leads a handful of corridor design projects as well as accessible design practices in transportation.  Over his career in the public and private sectors, he has also led numerous active transportation design and planning projects across southern Ontario and Brazil.

Alex Liaw is a transportation engineer with the City of Vancouver and focuses on the design and implementation of active transportation projects that improve the safety and accessibility for people getting around Vancouver. 


2020-2021 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 2020-2021 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!

CHAIR

Kurtis Mayne 

ISLEngineering and Land Services

DEPUTY CHAIR

Chi Yan Leung 

City of Vancouver

VICE CHAIR FOR ADMINISTRATION

Kyle Briggs

Great Northern Engineering Consultants

VICE CHAIR FOR FINANCE

Michael Elder

Vorum RC

And

IMMEDIATE PAST-CHAIR

Eric Tam

Great Northern Engineering Consultants

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

Mona Dahir

Jeremy Tse

Ben Corbett


Alex Fraser Bridge Presentation

As a shift to an online based platform due to health and safety precautions, YPT Vancouver was able to partner up with R.F. Binnie & Associates to deliver the Alex Fraser Improvement Project presentation webinar style on June 3rd, 2020.

Serving as a critical connection for both commuters and goods movement in the transportation network, the Alex Fraser Bridge is a key segment in the Highway 91 corridor. The Alex Fraser Bridge Improvement Project included adding a seventh lane to the existing bridge, adding a new movable barrier counter-flow system to improve capacity and help reduce traffic congestion during peak periods, and installing 13 new dynamic message signs throughout the Lower Mainland to inform motorists of estimated delays on the four major Fraser River crossings.

A huge thank you to our presenters, Edmund Lee and Simon Church, for discussing the various aspects of the project’s background and schedule, as well as sharing their thoughts during the post-event Q&A session.

For those of you who may have missed the presentation, more information can be found on the project’s website. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation/transportation-infrastructure/projects/alex-fraser-bridge


 Online Event Summary: Casual Social – Meet the Leadership Team!

YPT Vancouver hosted a casual online social on Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 6 PM. Thanks to everyone that came out and joined us! It was a pleasure getting to see familiar faces, and a few new faces!


Event Summary: 5th Annual Meet the Managers Night

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YPT Vancouver hosted the 5th Annual Meet the Managers event on the evening of Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 at the St. Regis Bar & Grill in Downtown Vancouver. Participants connected with transportation industry leaders to discuss potential career paths and experiences throughout the evening in a series of short rotations, followed by free-form networking.

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

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Event Summary: YPT Vancouver 7th Annual Trivia and Pub Night

Fellow transportation enthusiasts met up on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 at Mahony & Sons to partake in YPT Vancouver’s 7th Annual Trivia & Pub Night. Conducted jeopardy style, teams worked their way through the various fun and challenging transportation trivia. There was food. There were drinks. There was networking between industry professionals and students. In the end, “Green is Go” emerged victorious and will have their names engraved for eternity on the Trivia Trophy.

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

YPT Vancouver hosted a joint breakfast seminar with ACEC-BC on December 10th, 2019 at Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver, featuring William Hui, Manager of Systems Engineering at Translink. In his presentation, William shared strategies for advancing one’s career and his personal experiences along his journey to a management role within 10 years after completing his degree at UBC.

William is the manager of Systems Engineering within the Engineering Project Delivery group. He 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.  


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!

CHAIR
Eric Tam
Great Northern Engineering Consultants

DEPUTY CHAIR
Kurtis Mayne 
ISL Engineering and Land Services


VICE CHAIR FOR ADMINISTRATION
Chi Yan Leung
City of Vancouver


VICE CHAIR FOR FINANCE
Michael Elder
Vorum Research Corporation


And

IMMEDIATE PAST-CHAIR
Calvin Pin
Parsons


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

Mona Dahir
Kevin Wong
Andrew Picard
Kyle Briggs


Event Summary – Brewhall Casual Social

Although the Double Decker Bus & Richmond Transit Depot Tour was postponed, YPT Vancouver planning team and friends met up for a casual bite at BREWHALL on November 6, 2019! This was an evening filled with great laughs and meeting other transportation enthusiasts. The event ended off with ice cream nearby Olympic Village.

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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. 

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

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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:

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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.

Vision

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!

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