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Event Review:  Transportation Camp Vancouver 2016 


On Sunday September 11th 2016, YPT Vancouver hosted a transportation camp as part of the Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place (PWPBPP) Conference. The transportation camp included a scavenger hunt and an unconference. This event was the second time that YPT Vancouver held an unconference, with the first taking place last summer at CITE Kelowna.14732205_785316241607873_2179881367335577456_n

At the Transportation Camp, there were nine attendees that participated in the
scavenger hunt and over 30 attendees that participated in the unconference. It was quite the international turnout as there were participants who came from other parts of the world.

The day started off with a scavenger hunt that took participants to some of Vancouver’s great landmarks such as Robson Square and the Jim Deva Plaza.
After the scavenger hunt, everyone regrouped at the Sheraton Hotel, where introductions for the unconference began and the winners of the scavenger hunt were awarded with delicious chocolates from Purdys.

Attendees brainstormed questions and posted their questions on a board so that similar topics could be grouped and put up for discussion. There was a diverse range of topics, spanning from big data and mobile transportation apps to parking and transportation demand management. Four sessions of 45 minutes were held, but they went by quickly with everyone having a great time.

To round the evening off, everyone headed out to a bar for drinks and appetizers then played a rousing game of Cards Against Urbanity. A big thank you to PWPBPP for arranging facilities and A/V for YPT Vancouver to host this event as part of the conference.


This event is possible with the generous support from the following sponsors:


Event Review:  CITE Transportation Camp – Unconference Session

On the morning of Tuesday, June 7th, YPT Vancouver held an unconference session in conjunction with the Annual CITE Conference held in Kelowna, BC this year. The unconference consisted of multiple rounds of sessions with different topics, group sizes, and formats which were all proposed by attendees themselves. Attendees were free to join and propose any session they were interested in which could take the form of a presentation, group discussion, Q+A, workshop etc. The unconference format fostered open and engaging conversations about transportation with hot topics such as Autonomous Vehicles, TDM Effectiveness, Transit Design, and Infrastructure Funding emerging during the first session. The second session revolved around topics including Big Data, Transportation Equity, and Master Planning.

A wide range of professionals attended the event, including those representing public and private sectors, students and vendors. Some attendees attended both sessions. Other attendees dropped in and participated in part of the sessions.

At the end of the unconference, YPT Vancouver organizers received comments from participants indicating that they enjoyed the unconventional format and appreciated the opportunity to have an “informal” discussion of topics that were not addressed elsewhere in the conference program. Participants also appreciated the opportunity to have a more interactive experience than a traditional podium session. Several individuals expressed interest in participating at an unconference in the future, including CITE 2017 in Toronto. This unconference provided the perfect platform for attendees who wanted to generate ideas, talk about topics they felt passionate about, or wanted to inspire others in the field of transportation!

Event Review: Port of Vancouver Tour

YPT was hosted by the Port of Vancouver, Canada’s largest and most diversified port,  for a presentation and tour on May 19th. The presentation was given in the new Discovery Centre, an interactive room where the public can now go to learn about the Port. The presentation gave an overview of how the Port operates, and described each of the Port’s primary business sectors and sustainable initiatives.  The Port Vancouver is one of the only ports in the world that offers Shore Power, an emissions reduction technology that allows cruise ships to turn off their engines when docked!

After the presentation, attendees were given a tour of the Operations Centre, where staff monitor and manage daily operations including all ships and nearly 2000 delivery trucks around the lower mainland!

We would like to thank the Port of Vancouver for hosting us for this informative and interesting tour, and we hope to return again soon!

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Event Review: Main Street SkyTrain Station  Architectural and Planning Tour

YPT Vancouver hosted two tours of the upgraded Main Street SkyTrain Station on March 22nd and March 24th. The tours focused on different facets of the station upgrades with particular emphasis on the architecture and a focus on the station planning. The tours highlighted the benefits of the upgraded station including new bicycle infrastructure, enhanced entrances and how the it all fits into the neighbourhood context. The station is one of the oldest and busiest on the SkyTrain system and was built for Expo 86 over three decades ago.

On the second tour, we welcomed a group of urban planning students from UCLA to join us. This was an excellent opportunity to network with like-minded individuals and introduce them to YPT Vancouver. Following both tours, the group headed to Tap and Barrel in Olympic Village for some food and drinks. Overall the event was a huge success with a fantastic turnout that provided attendees with insight to what went into the Main Street SkyTrain Station upgrade.

This event would not have been possible without the tour guides who generously donated their time and effort. A big thanks to:

VIA Architecture
– Alan Hart, Founding Principal
– Dale Rickard, Director
– Artour Adamovitch, Senior Technologist
– Pieter Agneesens, Manager, Facility Planning and Integration
– Dan Paris, Real Estate Development Manager
– Debra Rolfe, Planner
– Michelle Babiuk, Acting Manager, Transit Network Management


Event Review: Meet the Managers – A Networking and Mentorship Night

YPT Vancouver kicked off 2016 with one of the most highly anticipated events! On January 26th (Tuesday), we hosted a Meet the Managers night, where attendees had the opportunity to ask questions and talk to influential transportation managers hailing from both the public and private sector. This event brought together managers from all aspects of the transportation industry to discuss their career and how challenges and successes along the way have led them to become leaders in the industry. The night was composed of two parts, a speed networking session in groups followed by a free form social mixer afterwards. With over 50 students and young professionals in attendance, the event was a huge success!

  • The managers in attendance include:

    – Bernard Abelson (McElhanney: Transportation Planning Lead)
    – Borg Chan (ISL Engineering and Land Services: Manager, Traffic Engineering and Road Safety)
    – Jayson Walker (Urban Systems: Principal, Transportation Engineer)
    – Jeff Busby (TransLink: Senior Manager, Project Development & Network Management)
    – Ken Curry (Parsons: Vice President, Systems)
    – Mark Merlo (MMM Group / WSP: Acting Manager, Alberta Transportation Planning)
    – Peta Wolmarans (McElhanney: Division Manager – Strategic Transportation Planning)
    – Peter Joyce (Bunt and Associates: President)
    – Ross McLaren (Great Northern Engineering Consultants: Manager, Traffic Engineering)
    – Sany Zein (TransLink: Director – Infrastructure and Network Management)
    – Tim Murphy (Parsons: Senior Transportation Engineer)

This event was sponsored by: 


Event Review: 3rd Annual YPT Vancouver Trivia and Pub Night

On Wednesday December 9th,2015, YPT Vancouver hosted the 3rd Annual Trivia and Pub Night at Mahony & Sons Stamps Landing located a few minutes’ walk from the Olympic Village Canada Line station.  Participants came to have a drink and meet like-minded people all while showing off your transportation trivia knowledge!

The annual Trivia and Pub Night was an informal event and was an excellent opportunity to network with other people interested in the transportation industry.  Attendees also had a chance to meet newly elected YPT Vancouver Board members and found out what new and exciting events were planned for the upcoming year!

Congratulations to Team 3 who won the YPT Trivia Trophy with special honours to Team 1 who finished closely behind in second place.

Click here to find pictures from the night!


Event Review: Moving People, Moving Goods: Building the SFPR Presentation

On Wednesday, September 30th, 2015, YPT Vancouver organized a special presentation on the South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR) – presented by Joe Di Placito, P. Eng., Project Manager and Partner at Ram Engineering Ltd. Joe spoke about his experience, including the design process, procurement, and construction challenges, that he encountered on this $658 million public-private partnership.


The SFPR, also known as Highway 17, is part of the British Columbia’s Gateway Program, which is aimed at improving roads and bridges for people, goods, and transit in Metro Vancouver. The SFPR, approximately 37 km long, is a four-lane, 80 km/h route along the south side of the Fraser River – extending from Deltaport Way in Southwest Delta to 176th Street in Surrey.

YPT Vancouver’s members, friends, as well as non-members came out to learn about how this massive infrastructure project was built and to network with like-minded people interested in transportation.

About the Presenter

Click here to find out more about the Joe Di Placito

Spotlight: Top 40 Under 40 by Mass Transit Magazine

Congratulations our YPT Vancouver Chair, William Hui, being named to the 2015 top 40 under 40 by Mass Transit Magazine!

Click here to read more about Will’s story.


Event Review: 2015 ITE QUAD Conference Mix and Mingle

YPT Vancouver cohosted a Mix and Mingle event with ITE as part of the 2015 ITE QUAD Conference on April 30th, 2015.The event was free to attend and members and non-members alike came out to network with like-minded people interested in transportation and to enjoy some complimentary appies!  Thanks to everyone who attended!


Event Highlight: Surrey and Vancouver Rapid Transit Discussion!

On January 29th, 2015 YPT Vancouver hosted one of the most highly anticipated events of the year at SFU Harbour Centre! The transportation referendum set for this spring will be one of the most important decisions impacting the future of Metro Vancouver. Where the next major transit investment should go is at the forefront of this decision.  To discuss this important question, we were joined by two of the leading advocates for rapid transit projects in Metro Vancouver:

  • Lon LaClaire, Manager of Strategic Transportation Planning at the City of Vancouver and;
  • Paul C. Lee, Manager of Rapid Transit & Strategic Projects at the City of Surrey. (Click here for his BIO)

Lon and Paul joined us to talk about the merits of the UBC-Broadway SkyTrain extension and the light rail transit network in Surrey, respectively.

The event was moderated by Gordon Price (click here for his BIO), Director of the City Program at SFU.  This was a fantastic opportunity to hear from two leading professionals in the transportation field and to participate in a discussion with Lon, Paul, and other transportation professionals in the region who were interested in transportation.

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Event Highlight: 2nd Annual Trivia and Pub Night

On Wednesday November 19th, 2014 YPT Vancouver hosted the 2nd Annual Trivia and Pub Night at Mahony & Son Public House (Burrard Landing).  Attendees came out to have a drink and meet like-minded people all while showing off your transportation trivia knowledge! This was the first chance to meet newly elected YPT Vancouver Board members.  Congratulations to Team 1 (Blocking Bunny’s) for winning the closely fought contest.


Event Highlight: City of Surrey Traffic Operations and City Hall Tour

On Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 attendees became one of the first people to tour the new Traffic Operations Centre at the new Surrey City Hall! For the first time, Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT) collaborated with the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) student chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) to jointly host a tour of Surrey City Centre. The event included a tour of the following facilities:

  • New City Hall,COS
  • Traffic Operations Centre (located in the new City Hall),
  • City Centre Library,
  • Central City Shopping Centre, and
  • Simon Fraser University’s Surrey campus

The tour was hosted by senior City engineers, planners, and decision-makers. Attendees learned about the fastest growing City in British Columbia. Topics included land use and transportation planning decisions required to transform a suburban town centre into the downtown, South of the Fraser River, as envisioned in Metro Vancouver’s Regional Growth Strategy.

Following the tour, attendees headed out for food and drinks at Central City Brewing.

Event Highlight –  Oakridge Centre RedevelopmentDSC_0522 copy

On Wednesday June 25, 2014, YPT Vancouver hosted a very special presentation of the recently approved $1.5 billion Oakridge Centre redevelopment. Graeme Silvera, Vice-President of Retail Development for the Western Region at Ivanhoe Cambridge, spoke about the project.  Attendees had the opportunity to hear about this exciting project and to ask their questions.

Following the presentation, guests went out for dinner and drinks and had the opportunity to catch up with colleagues in the transportation field.

Highlights of the event can be found here.  Special thanks to Steve Chou and Alvin Tse for their photographs.

Past Events

To kick of the beginning of 2014, YPT Vancouver hosted a pub social night on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at St. Regis Bar and Grill.  It was great to reconnect with old acquaintances and foster new friendships over a pint.  The informal atmosphere lent itself to lively discussions.  Thanks to everyone who attended! YPT also hosted a networking event with special guest speaker Jhenifer Pabillano in April.  Jhenifer spoke about her perspective on transportation and what role social media has to play.

The first YPT Vancouver event was held on Thursday, November 21st, 2013  at Mahony & Son Public House. The networking and trivia night was a huge success and this was reflected in the atmosphere at the event.  It was great to meet all of you and I hope you all had a great time. Congratulations to Team 4 for a big come-from-behind victory for the trivia game! Click here and here for some pictures from that night from our photographers Alvin and Steve!









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