Karen Bowman, Director, Drop It And Drive™ Program, Traffic Injury Research Foundation: An international public speaker on road safety, Karen has over 25 years’ experience in the public and private sectors. As a two-time crash survivor herself, Karen founded Drop It And Drive™ in October 2010 with the idea of taking a proactive approach to ending distracted driving through education and awareness. The DIAD education campaign became a particularly personal cause after Karen’s then 8-year-old daughter was involved in a crash, caused by a distracted driver, in January 2011. Since 2010, the Drop It And Drive™ Program has presented to more than 55,000 youth and workers across Canada and the U.S. Karen delivers knowledge and presentations to youth and industry organizations among others, and actively tracks new knowledge and initiatives related to distracted driving through her network of contacts across several countries.
Tim Baillie, Surrey Fire Services (Retired Captain): During his 27 years as a Fire Fighter, Tim worked on well over a thousand motor vehicle collisions with extensive rescue experience. Tim’s experiences have lead to the belief that people have to understand the real consequences of their actions in order to effectively change behaviours. Too many times others have to suffer for the avoidable actions of people. Increasingly people focus on their rights with little attention to their responsibilities to themselves and others.
Cpl. Bryan Fedirchuk, Police Liaison, Surrey RCMP Traffic Division: Cpl Fedirchuk has a B.Educ (Secondary) and over 19 years with the RCMP, 18 of which he has spent in traffic enforcement and investigation. He has 11 years experience as a collision analyst and has been a motor officer for 17 years with the last 13 years as an instructor. Cpl Fedirchuk has investigated thousands of collisions and brings those experiences to our presentations.
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.
Bob Nordlund: Retired 35-year veteran and Sergeant 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.