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APBP Board of Directors Candidate Statement

Kate Whitfield, P.Eng., MCIP, RPP
Senior Engineer and Planner
Alta Planning + Design

Please briefly describe your current position and how your work relates to the bicycle/pedestrian field:  

I am a Professional Engineer and a Professional Planner with Alta Planning + Design. I help lead the Canadian operations from Alta's Ottawa office.

Why do you want to be a Board member? What do you hope to gain over the term of your Board membership? 

I first ran for a position on the Board in 2015 and at the end of 2018 will be finishing a 3-year term. I am running again with the hopes of holding a second term on the board.

We all have multiple organizations in our lives. Whether it be a licensing body, an advocacy group, and/or a technical/policy think tank. I have picked APBP as the one that I contribute the bulk of my volunteer hours. I have met a lot of great people through my affiliation with APBP and have found a place to share technical information specific to my field of work. I also enjoy working with the other board members – an important element when deciding where to put your time and energy. I feel as if I have contributed to the organization over the years as both a worker bee (nomination committee, awards committee, board meetings) and as a leader (alliances committee chair, chapter task force chair). I want to continue to develop my own professional and interpersonal skills through my involvement with the APBP.     

Please describe your goals for APBP and how your leadership on the Board will benefit the association. 

Over the past three years, the Board has worked through the transition from a long time executive director to an association management company to help run everyday operations. By focusing on specific actions outlined in the strategic plan, a number of exciting (and not so exciting but needed) things have been addressed. The rest of 2018 will include the launch of the new higher logic platform for the list-serv. The list-serv will not only strengthen technical discussions between APBP members but it will serve as a valuable tool for communication among and between chapters. While not a place where I focus my own efforts, I want to acknowledge the continued efforts of the “webinarios” and those that work on the policy committee.

I am always looking for ways to encourage new members and to help connect members to ways they can contribute to the APBP. This can be in the form of simply participating in a webinar or on the list-serv to serving on a committee. People see the value in APBP and with competing demands on time and attention, I try to make it easy for people to see and experience the benefits. Active members and leading edge information is where the APBP is at its best. I have helped APBP maintain (or create new) direct relationships with other organizations and I want to continue to focus on this effort at the Board level. In 2017, the Ontario Chapter helped host Transportation Camp at the ITE conference in Toronto alongside YTP members. In 2018, APBP members were highlighted in the ITE Journal. This is one example where we can this is one example where we can continue to leverage relationships with other organizations.   

Past volunteer/leadership positions with APBP: 

Board member starting 2016, Awards committee member, Nominating committee member, Chair of the Alliances Committee, Chair of the Chapter Task Force, Board Liaison to the Ontario Chapter executive committee. 

Past volunteer/leadership positions with other organizations: 

Past member, Eastern Ontario District Executive of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute 
Representative for Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers (CITE), Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) Urban Transportation Council