Russell Brownlee, M.A. Sc., RSP1, FITE, P.Eng.


Russell has over 25 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. 


Russell Brownlee CV
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Alex Nolet, M. Eng., RSP1, P.Eng.

Vice President

Alexandre is Vice-President and a transportation safety engineer with TNS. He has over 12 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 the Vice President 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 recently lead a CITE committee completing a state-of-the-practice review of accessibility guidelines in Canada.


Alexandre Nolet CV
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Josée Dumont, M.A. Sc., RSP2, P.Eng.

Transportation Safety Engineer

Josée is a Transportation Safety Engineer with TNS. She has over 13 years of experience specializing in the fields of traffic safety and transportation planning, including transportation policy development, traffic operational reviews, transportation master plans, environmental assessments, transportation demand management, and active transportation.

Her traffic safety experience includes site safety assessments, policy review and development, review of speed limits, safety reviews, literature reviews, development of safety performance functions, network screening, neighbourhood traffic calming, road maintenance activity reviews, and peer reviews.


Josée has been involved in several one-of-a-kind projects for various clients, for which she has investigated innovative methodologies and provided recommendations to implement new practices.


Josee Dumont CV
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Andrew Shan, B.A. Sc., EIT

Transportation Safety Analyst

Andrew is a Transportation Safety Analyst and an Engineer-In-Training (EIT). He possesses a strong knowledge of transportation and traffic safety, collision analysis, intersection design, and speed limits. Andrew graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Civil Engineering. He has helped deliver the Vision Zero Road Safety Strategic Plan for the Region of Peel, as well as the Neighbourhood Area Speed Limit Project for the City of Mississauga. Andrew is an active executive member of the Toronto chapter of Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT) as the current social media coordinator. At TNS, Andrew provides transportation safety technical support in projects and expert opinions related to transportation system design, operations, and maintenance.

Andrew Shan CV
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Warren Nicholishen, CRS, CST, CIG

Senior Roadway Management Consultant

Warren is a transportation operations and roadway management expert and a Senior Roadway Management Consultant with True North Safety Group. He has over 32 years of public sector experience in the areas of winter maintenance, roadway management, transportation operations, sidewalk/bikeway infrastructure, road regulations (Highway Traffic Act, Municipal Act, Drainage Act, etc.), and transportation policy development. For the past 15 years, he has been an instructor for the Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) Winter Maintenance Snow School, and has delivered papers and presentations across Ontario and the United States, with OGRA, Association of Ontario Road Supervisors (AORS), and the American Public Works Association (APWA). Warren has had two papers nationally published in Roads and Bridges magazine related to the maintenance of low volume and rural roads.


At TNS, Warren provides expert advice in relation to transportation facility operations and maintenance. In addition, Warren provides consulting services and training related to winter maintenance best practice, winter maintenance, transportation operations and works procedures/policies, asset/fleet management and inventory, maintenance contracts, road and winter maintenance equipment operations, maintenance facility and route optimization studies, snow and ice control strategies and salt management plans and levels of service documents.


Warren Nicholishen CV
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