Russell Brownlee, P.Eng.

President

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 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.

 

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Reza Omrani, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Transportation Safety Engineer

A graduate from the University of Calgary with Ph.D. degree in transportation, Reza is a professional engineer with more than 10 years of academic and consulting experience in the field of roadway and railway safety, data analytics and visualization, traffic operations, traffic signage and parking studies, as well as expert opinion assessments. Reza is responsible for delivering technical, project management and quality control services to a broad range of clients, including safety consulting services and independent forensic investigations relating to transportation facility design, construction, operations, and maintenance.

 

Reza has successfully managed the safety assessment of several at-grade crossings for different jurisdictions in Ontario, including, Town of Caledon as well as City of St. Catharines, and has been heavily involved in the projects with similar scope of work for the Town of Parry Sound, City of Hamilton, Town of Oakville, and Town of Milton. He has extensive experience in updating Ontario Traffic Manuals (OTM) books and applying them in numerous in-service road safety reviews to ensure compliance of municipal and regional roads with standards. For example, he was the deputy project manager for the update of OTM Book 11 – Pavement Markings in which the placing of stop bars at grade crossings was revised to be compatible with the TAC MUTCD for Canada. Most recently, Reza was the project coordinator for the update of the TAC MUTCDC Sixth Edition.

 

In addition to the above, Reza has extensive experience in traffic data collection and analysis. He was recently the Deputy Project Manager for MTO 2016 TTS to establish the mobility, reliability and operating conditions of highways, expressways and selected municipal arterial roads in the GTHA using different data sources. He has several publications in reputable journals and conference addresses at professional and academic conferences on applications of new wireless technologies in traffic monitoring as well as roadway traffic safety. Reza is a is a registered professional engineer in the province of Ontario, a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and Ontario Traffic Council (OTC) Young Professional Committee. 

 

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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.

 

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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.