UMASC would like to express it's deep appreciation to all the guest speakers for their support.

"Data In Railway" by WSP Rial Systems Engineering (Alberta & Ontario)

Jordan Daniels is a project manager with 10 years experience in design, field commissioning, and technical project management. Jordan is an accredited Professional Engineer in Alberta and hold a Masters of Business Administration and a Masters of Engineering.

Herman Won is a Systems Engineer with 4 years of experience in the rail transit industry. He has in-depth experience in project management, requirements management, train braking calculations, and electrical design. Herman is an accredited Professional Engineer in Ontario and is currently involved with creating innovative tools to optimize engineering coordination and design.

James Savolainen is an Engineer-in-Training with 3 years of experience in the defence industry who recently joined the WSP rail systems engineering team. James has a background in system modelling, systems engineering and cybersecurity from guiding the development of Control, Communications, Computer, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems for military applications.

Edmonton Light Rail Transit (March 6, 2019)

Nat Alampi
 has been responsible for the delivery of multiple LRT growth projects and renewal programs over his 17 year career. Previously he was the Director, LRT Infrastructure Delivery for the City of Edmonton.  He is currently the Transit Team Lead for Stantec’s Edmonton Capital Region.

Scott Macintosh has over 10 years of experience across all phases of multi-disciplinary infrastructure projects specializing in Project Delivery for major municipal capital projects. He is currently General Supervisor of the Project Management Section and Project Manager for Metro Line NW LRT Expansion for the City of Edmonton.

Tamsin Silvester is multi-disciplined Senior Project Manager with over 20 years of professional experience across all phases of project life cycle. She has been responsible for leading design, technical, financial, and program management of various projects. She is currently WSP’s Design Manager for the Metro Line NW LRT in Edmonton.

Mustafa Mirza has more than 15 years of engineering experience across all phases of infrastructure project life cycle. He has been an integral part of the Systems Engineering and Systems Integration of several rail projects, LRTs, MRTs, and Commuter Rail Systems projects including GO Transit Train Control System (Toronto) and Metro Line Expansion (Edmonton). He is currently Manager of Rail Systems Engineering for WSP.

Optimization of Public Transportation in Low Demand Areas (February 26, 2019)
Babak Mehran is an Assistant Professor of Transportation Engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Manitoba. He received his PhD in Transportation Engineering from Nagoya University, Japan in 2009. Dr. Mehran’s research is focused on development of innovative solutions to improve the performance of transportation systems. He is particularly interested in optimization of   traffic operations and public transportation systems, traffic flow modelling and simulation, applications of intelligent transportation systems, and research on active transportation modes. 

Rail grinding and the Preventive Gradual Initiative (January 23, 2019)

Mr. Eric Magel, Principal Engineer with the National Research Council of Canada, is a specialist in the wheel-rail interaction.  He graduated from UBC in 1993 with a Master of Applied Science Degree specializing in tribology (friction and wear) and over the last 25 years has worked on numerous Canadian and International railways, addressing problems of wear, corrugation, surface fatigue, rail grinding and friction management.   

Symington Yard (January 16, 2019)

Mr. Paetsch is a rail design supervisor in the Transportation business line in Winnipeg. He has over 40 years of experience in railway engineering and regulatory matters, with extensive experience in many areas of railway operations, practices, procedures, and standard plans, environmental and safety regulations, and construction practices    

Mr. Machado is a project engineer with the North America Freight & Rail group and has over 11 years of experience. He has been involved in various projects providing: CAD design support, tender specs; tender material quantity calculations; site supervision; inspection reports and engineer estimates for various projects.    

Mr. Malaghan is a civil engineer in the Winnipeg office with the Freight and Rail group and has over 5 years. He has been involved in various projects providing project management, design and construction, budgeting, and site supervision. 

Major Heavy Rail Projects (November 21, 2018)

Aleshia Perry has 12 years of railway experience including railway operation and maintenance, major project management, track inspection and maintenance with CP Rail.  Aleshia worked for CP Rail as the Division Engineer Northern Ontario and Senior Engineer Projects and Public Works Central Canada.  She is currently Manager Rail and Transit West at WSP.

Cam Tytgat has 30 years of railway operating experience. Having worked at CN Rail and CP Rail Operations in leadership roles, Cam was responsible for railway operations across some of Canada’s most challenging territories including Northern Ontario and parts of the Rocky Mountains.  He is currently the Specialist, Rail Operations at WSP.

Julian Sigurdson is a graduate of Civil Engineering from the University of Manitoba.  Julian was a member of the University of Manitoba’s AREMA student chapter and he has worked for the Prairie Dog Central Railway. He is Currently working for WSP’s Rail & Transit group as an Engineer-In-Training.