Technical activities offer our members the opportunity to gain knowledge on various transportation related topics. Our members are encouraged to seek out industry professionals to educate the student chapter with a guest lecture or technical tour of their facility. We also provide a large number of webinars through the many professional organizations that our members are associated with.


Our Student Chapter members are heavily involved with professional events and meetings. If you wish to attend a conference contact our president, Abby Scaletta ( for possible funding from the student chapter. Here are some of the events that our members have either been to or are looking forward to attending this school year.

  • Excite Youth Summit: Cities of Tomorrow Conference, Calgary - June 18 - 20, 2017
  • Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers (CITE)/ Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Annual Conference, Toronto - July 30 - August 2, 2017
  • Transportation Research Board Annual Conference, Washington D.C. - January 7-11, 2018
  • North American Travel Monitoring Exposition and Conference (NAMTEC), Miami, USA (May)
  • Wheel-Rail Interaction Conference (May)

Student Chapter members at ITE Toronto 2017

CITE/ITE Conference 2017

The Student Chapter sent nine students to the conference this past week. The Traffic Bowl team came in second in the CITE Traffic Bowl and we were awarded the Student Chapter of the Year Award for CITE. Technical sessions and evening events provided students with opportunities to learn and network on an international level.


  • The U of M Student Chapter won the Student Chapter of the Year Award at the 2017 CITE Conference.
  • Our Faculty Advisor, Dr. Jeannette Montufar, won the Wilbur S. Smith Distinguished Transportation Educator Award Award for CITE.
  • Caleb Olfert (our Treasurer), won the Student Paper Competition and the Transportation in a Sustainable World awards at the 2017 CITE Conference.

Technical Tours

For our 2018 technical trip six Student Chapter members spent their reading week break in Colombia! Over the 9-day long trip, we visited the cities of Bogota and Cartagena. In Bogota, we had a tour of ciclovia and an awesome 5-hour bike tour of the city! Although we were unable to coordinate a tour of Transmillenio in Bogota, we had several opportunities to ride the new BRT system. In Cartagena we had a tour of the largest container port in Colombia (4th largest in Latin America). In addition to our tours, we experienced many other forms of transportation throughout our trip including a boat ride to a small island near Cartagena where we had a chance to snorkel and a cable car ride down from Mount Monserrate in Bogota after we climbed the 600m tall mountain! It was a successful trip in teaching the students about transportation systems in other cities.

On Thursday, March 8th the Student Chapter visited Winnipeg's new Traffic Management Centre for a tour of the facilities and to learn about traffic operations in Winnipeg. We had a similar tour last year but due to new membership in the chapter we decided to go back again this year! Thank you to Ryan Patrick for giving us the presentation and tour!

Technical Workshop - Planning for Public Transportation

On Wednesday, April 12th, we held a technical workshop for industry and students on Planning for Public Transportation. It was a successful event and thank you to Bjorn Radstrom from Winnipeg Transit and Bob Hastings from Trimet (Portland, Oregon) for presenting.

Technical Speakers

On Friday, April 6th, Ali Farhan from Alberta Transport spoke about Alberta's Regional Transportation Model. We tested out a new speaker format by using Skype!

On Friday, March 23rd Dr. Shalaby, a professor in Civil Engineering at the UofM who specializes in pavement design discussed the impacts pavement friction can have on air, rail, and road crashes using some real-life examples.

On Tuesday, March 20th Stephanie Roller from Transport Canada spoke to the chapter about the specifics of railways in Canada and specifically the safety of at-grade rail crossings.

On Monday, March 19th Al Phillips, an economist, gave the chapter an interesting lecture on transportation engineering from an economists' point of view. He touched on the relationship between transportation and economics, an important topic for all transportation engineers to understand!

During the week of March 5th the Manager of Transit Service Development from the City of Winnipeg, Bjorn Radstrom, gave a three-part lecture series on various aspects of our city's public transportation system. Topics presented included: Intelligent Transportation Systems, and Bus Rapid Transit as well as other operational and planning topics.

On Monday, February 5th a UMITE alumni, Mark Vogt, came to speak about Northeast Exchange Study and the creation of Winnipeg's first "Woonerf" street at John Hirsche Place.

On Thursday, January 18th Craig Milligan from Fireseeds North Infrastructure gave a lecture on measuring road safety using video conflict analysis and surrogate safety measurement.

On Friday, November 17 Steven Florko from Stantec gave a presentation on the CPR Yards Functional Design Crossing Study that was completed by Stantec Consulting. Here's a simulation video for the new bridge: Arlington Bridge!

On Thursday, October 26 the City of Winnipeg's Active Transportation Coordinator, Stephanie Whitehouse presented on the City's pedestrian and cycling strategies as well as some current and planned AT infrastructure.

On Monday, October 23 Gareth Rempel from MORR Consulting presented on TRAINFO, a technology developed to predict the time and location of at grade rail crossings. The student chapter learned about the many ways this technology is able to reduce the impacts of train crossings!

On Monday, March 27 Janice Lukes, the City Councillor for South Winnipeg - St. Norbert, came to speak to the Student Chapter about active transportation in the City of Winnipeg.

On February 16 2017 CITE president, Jen Malzer presented to the Student Chapter and to industry about CITE and the City of Calgary Pedestrian Strategy. The event was a first for a joint luncheon between the Student Chapter and the ITE MB Chapter.

Steven Florko Luncheon (above)

Janice Lukes Luncheon (above)

Jen Malzer Luncheon (above)