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YPT Elections – Vancouver Chapter Board of Directors

A great opportunity for you to become involved in the Vancouver Chapter of Young Professionals in Transportation has arrived. Get involved in an organization dedicated to the professional advancement and development of young professionals in the field of transportation while helping to develop your own career and expand your professional network!

YPT will soon be conducting elections to select the 2018-2019 YPT Vancouver Chapter Board of Directors. If you would like to run for a Board of Directors position or vote in the election, continue reading below.

Directors typically offer a time commitment of a few hours per week. Directors must be able to attend in person or be available to call into Chapter Board of Directors meetings.


Nominations for one of the four Board of Director positions described below should be submitted by e-mail to us at yptvancouver@gmail.com by September 15, 2018, 8:59 PM [PDT]. Please submit your name, title, organization, contact information, the position(s) for which you are seeking nomination, and a candidate statement (1 page or less) addressing why you would like to serve on the YPT Vancouver Chapter Board of Directors. Please submit this information in a single MS Word file.


To run for a YPT Vancouver Chapter Board of Directors position, you must be a paid YPT Member by October 1, 2018. To join YPT or check your membership status, click “Join YPT” in the top bar at https://my.yptransportation.org. Log in if are already a Member/Friend. To vote in the elections, you must also be a paid YPT Member.


  • October 2, 2018All eligible voters will receive the full slate of candidate statements and information on election procedures via email.
  • October 15, 2018: All eligible voters will receive an email with voting instructions. Online voting for Chapter and International elections opens at 6:00 AM PDT.
  • October 26, 2018: Online voting for International and Chapter elections closes at 5:00 PM PDT.

Pending any runoff elections, the results will be made available to the YPT membership in early November. The new Board term for all winning candidates will begin on November 1, 2018.


Elections will be held for the following YPT Vancouver Board of Directors positions. Terms of office are one year, from November 1, 2018 to October 31, 2019. There is no limit to the number of consecutive terms a Board Member may serve. Candidates may run for multiple positions. If a candidate wins more than one position, then that person may choose which position he/she would prefer to serve.

Chair: The Chair is responsible for day-to-day implementation of the policy and guidelines of the Board of Directors. The Chair shall preside over Chapter Board meetings, create and appoint members to Committees, and act as chief official representative of YPT Vancouver.

Deputy Chair: The Deputy shall help to coordinate activities involving multiple Officers and assist the Chair in his or her responsibilities. In the absence of the Chair, the Deputy Chair shall act in the official capacity of the Chair and perform all duties of that office.

Secretary/Vice Chair for Administration: The Secretary/Vice Chair for Administration shall keep full and accurate records of all business and proceedings at Chapter Board meetings. The Secretary/Vice Chair for Administration shall prepare meeting minutes, keep accurate organization records, and manage the election process.

Treasurer/Vice Chair for Finance: The Treasurer/Vice Chair for Finance shall be responsible for the collection of dues, and the safekeeping of funds, including reporting of receipts, expenditures, and balances at the request of the Chapter Board.


If you would like to submit a nomination or have questions about the elections process, please do not hesitate to contact us at yptvancouver@gmail.com.

We need your help and look forward to your participation in the elections and your contributions toward another great year ahead in Vancouver!

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.

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. Door prizes graciously provided by many organizations were also awarded.

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
YPTVAN TN2018Credit: 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.

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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.

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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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