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2016 APBP Board of Directors Candidate Statement

Kate Whitfield, P.Eng., MCIP, RPP, LEED AP
Senior Project Engineer, Parsons, Inc.

I am a Professional Engineer and a Registered Professional Planner with 10 years of experience in the consulting sector. With my dual accreditations, I excel as a project manager in tying together the planning, engineering, detailed design, and implementation of projects undertaken by Parsons. With experience in community planning, policy, EAs and development approvals, I appreciate the public and private nuances of projects and confidently engage stakeholders in public settings. I have a passion for the planning and geometric design of complete streets and associated active transportation initiatives. With the recent adoption of Ottawa’s O’Connor Street Bikeway Functional Planning Study, my current main project is the preliminary and detailed design of all 27 blocks of this bikeway to be constructed in 2016. Every day, I work on the implementation of road and pathway projects.

I can be seen around Ottawa with my Dutch cargo bike, affectionately called ‘the bucket’ by my two sons who are along for the ride. The bakfiets allows for an easy transition between my work commute, school drop-off/pick-ups, errands or trips simply for fun.

What I would bring to Board
I would call myself a “typical” member of the APBP. I read the e-newsletters, participate in webinars and utilize online resources. APBP has by far been one of the best resources available and I would like to contribute to its success in the future. Over the years, I have gained experience on various Boards (professional associations, not-for-profit corporations) and am now interested in joining the APBP in this capacity. I bring an organized, dedicated presence that helps make boards effective. As a member of the Alliances Committee, I am sharing my Canadian experiences through my previous work as an Executive Committee member for the Ontario Professional Planning Institute (Eastern District) and my involvement across Canada in the industry (TCAT, CITE, CIP). My technical skill with respect to facility implementation will also be an asset to be Board.

My vision for APBP
Municipalities are increasing the sizes of their transportation planning departments to include more and more pedestrian and bicycle professionals. Active Transportation Coordinator positions are being posted and positions filled. The APBP is a resource for these public sector professionals, as well as those in the private sector. I would be an effective voice and contributor to the Board in its efforts to improve access to quality and safe facilities for cycling and walking.   

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