Speaker Bios

Karen Bowman, Director, Drop It And Drive Program, Traffic Injury Research Foundation: An international public speaker on road safety, Karen has developed an effective program delivery method to achieve behavioural change through imparting knowledge, science and practical, usable tools in a highly efficient and engaging manner. DIAD programs are well-known across multiple sectors and industries for their current content, community and workplace expertise, and practical implementation strategies to address distraction-related workplace risks from an occupational health and safety perspective. Karen actively tracks new knowledge and initiatives related to distracted driving through her network of contacts across several countries. Click here for a more comprehensive bio.

Captain Tim Baillie, Surrey Fire Services (Retired): During his 27 years as a fire fighter, Tim has attended more than a thousand motor vehicle collisions and has extensive rescue experience. Tim’s fire fighting career experiences bring an accurate and passionate perspective to this topic which helps create a reality-based learning experience. Tim’s background includes instructing at the Justice Institute of BC, OH&S Chair for the British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters (BCPFFA) for 10 years, Critical Incident Stress Management Peer Diffuser, BC Federation of Labour OH&S representative for 12 years, and BCPFFA Vice-President Emeritus.

Inspector Mark Andrews, Ontario Provincial Police (Retired): Mark is a 32-year veteran of the Ontario Provincial Police with 14 years as the Traffic Manager for the North East Region as Commander, Traffic and Marine (491,000 sq. kms). In this role, Mark managed six specialty traffic teams, 13 Detachment Traffic and Marine Operations, Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Unit, Snowmobile, All Terrain and Vehicle Enforcement Unit (SAVE), Technical Traffic Collision Investigation (TTCI)/Reconstruction Program and Collision Design Through Environmental Assessment. Mark currently delivers a Communications in Criminal Justice Course in 2016 at a Communications in Criminal Justice Course at Nipissing University, and remains active with the Ontario Injury Prevention Practitioners Network.

Corporal Bryan Fedirchuk, Police Liaison, Surrey RCMP Traffic Division: Cpl Fedirchuk has over 22 years with the RCMP, 21 of which he has spent in traffic enforcement and investigation. He has 10 years experience as a collision analyst and has been a motor officer for over 20 years with the last 15 years as an instructor. Cpl Fedirchuk has investigated thousands of collisions; this extensive experience gives him insights into this issue that are unique and invaluable in providing a clear understanding of the mechanics and physics of traffic safety. Cpl Fedirchuk continues to be an active RCMP instructor in several traffic related fields, providing direction and insight to all levels of policing as requested.

Past speaker – Sergeant Bob Nordlund (Retired): 35-year veteran with the RCMP. Bob retired in 2011 after spending 26 plus years in traffic law enforcement and collision investigation. He worked traffic on both major freeways in the Lower Mainland plus traffic in the cities of Surrey and Burnaby. Bob has investigated thousands of crashes in his career and brings his personal thoughts and feelings about causes of crashes to the presentations.

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