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Cards Against Urbanity Pub Social
YPT Vancouver invites you to our pub social, featuring the limited production game Cards Against Urbanity: Transportation Edition!
Whether you are interested in transportation planning / engineering or simply want to spend an evening surrounded by peers in the transportation community, get ready to test your wits! Do feel free to stay after the scheduled portion of the night and play one of the many other games available.
Thursday, November 30th, 2017
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
FREE for all YPT Members and Non-Members.
Spots are limited, so be sure to Register Here (Eventbrite).
2017-2018 YPT VANCOUVER BOARD OF DIRECTORS CANDIDATES
Chair – Candidate(s)
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.
1. [Alvin Tse, ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd.]
Deputy Chair – Candidate(s)
The Deputy helps to coordinate activities involving multiple Officers and assists the Chair in his or her responsibilities. In the absence of the Chair, the Deputy Chair acts in the official capacity of the Chair and performs all duties of that office.
1. [Calvin Pin, Parsons Inc.]
Secretary/Vice Chair for Administration – Candidate(s)
The Secretary/Vice Chair for Administration keeps full and accurate records of all business and proceedings at Board meetings. This includes preparing meeting minutes, keeping accurate organization records, and managing the election process.
1. [Eric Tam, Great Northern Engineering Consultants (GNEC)]
Treasurer/Vice Chair for Finance – Candidate(s)
The Treasurer/Vice Chair for Finance is responsible for the collection/disbursement of dues and the safekeeping of funds, including reporting of receipts, expenditures, and balances at the request of the Board.
1. [Mona Dahir, Watt Consulting Group]
With a great group of candidates described above, ensure that your membership is up to date, or become a Member in order to vote this year! Sign up or renew at https://my.yptransportation.org/join.
- October 16, 2017: All eligible voters will receive an email with voting instructions. Online voting for International and Chapter elections opens at 9:00 AM EDT.
- October 27, 2017: Online voting for International and Chapter elections closes at 8:00 PM EDT. 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, 2017.
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
Event Summary – 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!
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!
2016-2017 Board of Directors
We are pleased to announce the YPT Vancouver elections results for the 2016-2017 term! Please see below for your new YPT Vancouver Board.
Thank you for participating in the 2016/2017 YPT elections!
[Alvin Tse, ISL Engineering and Land Services]
“As the Chair, I will ensure to continue the “free flowing” momentum of YPT Vancouver’s vision through fostering a professional yet casual community, optimizing networking and learning opportunities, and fulfilling the needs of our like-minded members – young and young at heart.”
[Calvin Pin, Parsons Inc.]
“As Deputy-Chair of YPT Vancouver, I will continue to build and develop the chapter into a strong organization that provides enjoyable and intellectually stimulating events to its members, builds key social connections in young professionals’ careers, and promotes mentoring and guidance between intermediate level professionals and those just starting out.”
Vice Chair for Administration (Secretary)
[Eric Tam, GNEC Inc.]
“As your newly elected YPT Vancouver Vice Chair for Administration, I look forward to another great year with YOU: our new and long standing Members/Friends!”
Vice Chair for Finance (Treasurer)
[Mona Dahir, UBC]
“As the new YPT Vancouver Treasurer, I am looking forward to helping contribute towards another successful year.”
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:
- Email – YPTVancouver@gmail.com
- Twitter – @YPTVancouver
- Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/YPTVancouver/
YPT Vancouver Leadership Team
Chair: Alvin Tse
Vice Chair: Calvin Pin
Vice Chair for Administration: Eric Tam
Vice Chair for Finance: Mona Dahir
Officers: William Hui, Matthew Chan, Ehab Taha, Kati Tamashiro, Michelle Babiuk, Steve Chou, Amy Do