Assistant Editor, Youthink
Columnist, BCBusiness Magazine
Experienced in journalism and the world of traditional media, and well-versed in
social media trends and integrated marketing campaigns, Alexandra brings a uniquely balanced approach to each project she works on.
Currently, Alexandra is assistant editor at teen magazine Youthink and BCBusiness’s monthly Food+Drink columnist. Prior to joining Youthink, Alexandra worked as in-house social media editor and marketing journalist for real estate and branding firm Braun/Allison.
In addition to her Magazine Publishing Certificate from Capilano University, Alexandra holds a BA with a major in English, a minor in history, and a Certificate of Liberal Arts from Simon Fraser University.
24 Hours, Vancouver
Erica Bulman worked for the Associated Press in Europe for 12 years before returning to Canada to work for The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) as Editor-in-Chief for Olympic News Service. Now she is Editor-in-Chief at 24 hours in Vancouver.
Research Associate, BC Injury & Prevention Unit
Co-Investigator, Whiplash Prevention Initiative
Ediriweera Desapriya, Ph.D., is a research associate and clinical researcher in the Department of Pediatrics at the BC Children's Hospital (Vancouver, Canada). Dr. Desapriya’s primary research focus is traffic injury prevention. He is the co-investigator for research funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), Auto 21-Network of Centers of Excellence (AUTO21 NCE), Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI), and Saskatchewan Ministry of Health. His work funded by the CIHR involves the development of injury indicators for Canadian children and youth, while the AUTO21 NCE project is a multi-year community-focused whiplash injury prevention initiative within Canada.
Manager of Road Safety Programs
Insurance Corporation of British Columbia
Diane Mackay has worked in road safety for almost 15 years with the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) Road Safety Department. Currently as a Manager of Road Safety Programs for ICBC, she is responsible for the Safer Vehicles Portfolio which includes the Head Restraint Program. She is also a member of the Whiplash Prevention Working Group with the Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability (CIRPD). In her work educating the public on road safety issues, she draws on her previous background in education. In her free time Diane enjoys travelling with her husband.
Professor, UBC - Mechanical Engineering
Principal Investigator and Technology Lead, Whiplash Prevention Initiative
Doug Romilly recieved his BASC (1979) and PhD (1984) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He then joined UBC in 1986 – currently an Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department teaching courses and supervising graduate students.
Predominant research areas include: Automotive safety research (predominantly side impact and rear impact protection); Failure of critical structures (pressure vessels and pipelines, aircraft, industrial equipment); and Rehabilitation Engineering (development of biomedical diagnostic and therapeutic devices).
He has been the Project Leader and Researcher of four major current and past AUTO21 NCE projects related to Automotive Seat Design and/or Side Impact Protection for Passenger Vehicles. He was the previous Coordinator (1992) and member (1987-1992) of the UBC Road Research Group /Accident Investigation Team sponsored by Transport Canada (1987 – 1998). He is also the Director of Stress Analysis and Biomechanics Lab (SABiL) and Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Engineering Lab (BioREL) facilities at UBC, and a member of CARSP, SAE, CASI and AUTO21.
His expertise is in design, solid body mechanics and stress analysis, occupant dynamics and biomechanics, numerical modeling, structural integrity analysis and life prediction methods for critical engineering components.
Managing Director, Executive Vice President
DDB Canada, Vancouver
Lance Saunders is known best for his innovative thinking and drive to uncover insights that inspire breakthrough ideas. Lance provides a fresh perspective to Vancouver marketers, having joined DDB from Campbell Mithun in Minneapolis, where he was executive vice president, director of strategic planning, providing clients with creative brand messaging across all channels. Prior to that he had an impressive 20-year tenure at Leo Burnett in Toronto. An exceptional marketer, he has provided strategic planning expertise to many top brands across many categories, including tourism, packaged goods, retail, financial services, beverage and telecommunications.
At DDB Canada, Lance works in concert with the agency’s account leaders, strategic planners, media experts and creative teams to determine the most effective approach for any given business challenge.
A sought after thought leader, Saunders has spoken at various Canadian universities and colleges and is an annual instructor at the Miami Ad School on planning, brand positioning, research and ideas.
Global TV / Vancouver Province / CKNW / Driving TV
Zack Spencer is host of the national automotive show "Driving Television" - seen every week across Canada on the Global Television Network - and is heard nationally on the radio show "Driving with Zack Spencer" broadcast on the Corus Radio Network.
In addition, Zack hosts a series of consumer road safety commercial spots for the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, the Government of Alberta, holds information seminars and auto-related, consumer help sessions at dealerships and auto shows across Canada. As co-host of Driving Television Zack Spencer is one of the most respected Automotive Journalists in Canada. Entertaining, informative, and popular, Zack's reviews are carefully thought out. When he rates a car for driving and value for money, viewers know that Zack's opinion has been well researched and is reliable.
In addition to Driving Television, Zack reviews cars for Global BC with a companion piece in the Province newspaper, plus provides his Driving Tips throughout the year on Global BC.
When not at one of his many jobs Zack enjoys time traveling with his wife and two children and walking his dog (even if it is raining)! Visit Zack's Website: motormouth.ca
Wasserman & Assoc.
Alvin is President of the largest full service advertising agency in British Columbia. He has worked on all major account types including retail, packaged goods, travel, communications, entertainment, union, public sector and social marketing. He has helped shape some of British Columbia's best known brands here and across the country.
Wasserman and Partners has been recognized by Forbes as one of the 100 Global Agencies that get Social Media and Google. Alvin makes a mean homemade pizza from scratch and has pledged to give up bit torrents as a new year's resolution.
You can follow him on twitter at @alvinwasserman or find him at Whistler when there's fresh powder.
Alvin holds an Honours BA English from Concordia University and an MA Master of Arts, Literature from McMaster University.
Executive Director, CIRPD
Co-Investigator and Social Media Lead, Whiplash Prevention Initiative
Dr. Marc White is co-founder and executive director of the Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia and a principal investigator affiliated with AUTO21, Networks of Centres of Excellence. Dr. White held an appointment as Research Fellow in Medicine, Harvard Medical School and at the Division of Rheumatology, Immunology & Allergy, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (2005 – 2008). His research areas include research translation (reducing the gap between what is known from high quality research and what is done in policy, training and practice), continuing medical education, disability prevention, whiplash prevention, consumer health education and primary care renewal. Dr. White is lead investigator for the Health and Work Productivity Web-Portal, an academic community partnership dedicated to translating best evidence on disability prevention and employee health. Dr. Whtie is an invited scientific reviewer for several journals including Canadian Family Physician, The Journal of Rheumatology, Injury Prevention (BMJ) and Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. He is currently a board member of the BC Collaborative for Disability Prevention, and for several years served as a board member for the Canadian Pain Coalition.
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