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Event Details: 3rd Annual Meet the Managers Night

We are hosting our 3rd Annual Meet the Managers night, where we bring together managers from across the transportation industry hailing from both the public and private sectors. This will give you the opportunity to ask your pressing questions and converse with these leaders in the industry, and perhaps discover a potential career path and challenges to expect along the way. Stick around and you could also win one of our door prizes!

Located in the downstairs Regis Room at the St. Regis Bar & Grill, this event is an excellent networking opportunity where you will gain knowledge and career advice from transportation managers in a one-on-one and small group setting.  Whether you are a student or an established professional, this is your chance to get tips on how to succeed and advance to the next step in your career. Who knows, you might meet your future boss!

Organizations with managers that will be in attendance include:

  • Creative Transportation Solutions
  • City of Vancouver
  • Great Northern Engineering Consultants
  • ISL Engineering and Land Services
  • McElhanney Consulting Services
  • PBX Engineering
  • R.F. Binnie and Associates
  • TransLink
  • Urban Systems
  • Watt Consulting Group

Wednesday February 28th, 2018
6:00PM – 8:00PM

St. Regis Bar & Grill (Regis Room Suite)
608 Dunsmuir St
Vancouver, BC

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There is limited space for this event so register sooner rather than later! Appetizers will also be provided throughout the night.

YPT Members: FREE admission (Click Here)

YPT Friends & Non-Members: $15 admission (Click Here)or sign up to become a member and receive free admission to this event and many others like it)

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

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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, Kati Tamashiro, Steve Chou, Ian McKenna, Kevin Wong, Alex Liaw, Alberto Reyes, Chi Yan Leung, Kurtis Mayne

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