Russell Brownlee, P.Eng.


Russell has over 23 years of experience in the areas of road user safety, pedestrian and cycling safety, rail safety, transportation engineering, and transportation planning. Russell is a recognized expert in undertaking in-service safety reviews of transportation facilities. He has completed safety reviews for the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario and many regions and major municipalities in Ontario. Russell has developed and presented an annual two-day Ontario Traffic Council (OTC) course on all aspects of intersection safety including an at-grade rail crossing module. He was also recently retained to develop one-day workshops for road safety and risk management for pedestrian and bicycle facilities for OTC. On an annual basis, Russell is invited by Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) to present a risk management module at the roadway management course.


At True North Safety Group, Russell focuses on safety consulting services and independent forensic investigations relating to transportation facility design, construction, operations, and maintenance. Russell is an active member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). He was the Canadian District Director and represented Canada on ITE’s International Board of Direction. In addition, he chaired Transportation Safety Council Executive Committee (2008 through 2010), and the Expert Witness Council Executive Committee (2012 to 2014), and was a past member of the Traffic Engineering Council Executive Committee. In 2017, Russell received the Transportation Safety Council Edmund R. Ricker award given in recognition of leadership in the field of traffic safety.


For six years, Russell was Consulting Engineers of Ontario’s (CEO) appointee to the Ontario Provincial Standards (OPS) Traffic Safety Committee. Through his involvement ITE/CITE, the OPS Traffic Safety Committee, and the Road Safety Committee of Ontario (ROSCO), Russell maintains a working knowledge of current trends, policies and practices, and improvement alternatives in the area of traffic engineering and road user safety across North America. 


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Alex Nolet, P.Eng.

Vice President

Alexandre is Vice-President and a transportation safety engineer with TNS. He has over 10 years of experience in the transportation consulting industry where his focus has been on transportation safety, collision analysis, rail safety, and risk management. Alex provides independent opinions on legal matters related to the design, construction, operations and maintenance of transportation facilities including intersections, interchanges, highways, walkways/trails, bicycle infrastructures, and railway crossings. 


Alexandre has been involved in several in-service road safety reviews and road safety audits for various road jurisdictions throughout Ontario and Quebec. He is currently the lead investigator for the rail safety assessments in the City of Mississauga and Halifax Regional Municipality. Alex has completed over 200 grade crossing reviews in the past two years in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Alberta, and British Columbia. 


Alexandre is on the board of directors of the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals (CARSP) and a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). He was recently invited to present at the 2017 Annual OTC conference and the Association Québécoise des Transports (AQTr) 2016 rail symposium relating to the Transport Canada Grade Crossings Regulations. He was also recently retained to develop a one-day workshop for road safety and risk management for pedestrian and bicycle facilities for AQTr and the Ontario Traffic Council. He currently leads a CITE committee completing a state-of-the-practice review of accessibility guidelines in Canada.


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Sarah Salvatore

Executive Assistant

Sarah brings to True North Safety Group over ten years of administrative and office management experience working within both the insurance and consulting industries. She also possesses a background in Graphic Design, specializing in corporate communication.