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Kate Whitfield, P.Eng., MCIP, RPP

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his month, ITE and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)
begin a new partnership to share profiles of professionals who have membership in both
associations. These profiles demonstrate the synergy between our organizations' work to
exchange professional and technical knowledge, while showing how we can leverage combined
resources to strengthen our voice and reach.

ITE/APBP: How did you get interested
in transportation as a profession, with a
focus on walking and bicycling? 
KATE WHITFIELD: My undergraduate
degree is from the University of New
Brunswick (UNB) in engineering. While
at UNB, my mentor introduced me to
urban planning and encouraged me to be
on the steering committee for the Campus
Plan. He saw that I wanted a non-typical
engineering career. With his advice, I
attended Queen's University for a masters
of Urban and Regional Planning. I then
learned a great deal from my first job in
Ottowa with a local consulting firm where
I enjoyed working on a variety of different
municipal and transportation engineering
and planning jobs. I was searching for a
field of expertise that would bring together
an element of technical skills, people skills,
and quite simply-joy. Growing up active
with an interest in the environment, and
then living in a walkable community and
having young kids, helped drive my focus
on walking and bicycling. I truly see it as
an essential part of great city building.
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ITE/APBP: What does walking or bicycling
mean to you in your personal life? 
KW: Walking and bicycling as part of
regular, everyday life is important to me
and to how I represent what I do professionally in a work setting. When I am
active it helps me with the typical reality
of work-life balance in busy times. It also
can provide some of the best quality time
with my children (as part of the "commute"
and not just recreation). It connects me
to my community. A nod to a neighbour
or a conversation on the street happens
by bike or foot. I also find it opens up my
socio-economic world. Seeing an elderly
lady with her grocery cart waiting for a
bus in a snowbank is a reminder that the

ITE/APBP: How did you become a
member of APBP and ITE, and what
synergy do you gain from being a member
of both organizations? 
KW: I joined APBP in August 2014. Before
that I had focused more on Canadian-based
organizations but found that I wanted
access to what APBP had to offer. With
an Engineering License and a Planning
License, I had a bit of membership fatigue.
I have now found my way to both APBP
and ITE. My personal experience is with
the Canadian arm of ITE (proudly known
as CITE), which is strong with frequent

Kate Whitfield

Our first ITE and APBP member to be
featured, Kate Whitfield, P.Eng., MCIP,
RPP, is a senior engineer/planner at Alta
Planning + Design, Inc. - Canada. Kate
has been on the APBP Board since January
2015 and chairs the Alliances Committee.
She specializes in multimodal transportation and has a love of cargo bikes. In the
fall of 2017, Kate taught for the first time
a term of Urban Planning to fourth-year
engineering students at Carleton University. Kate helps manage the Alta Canada
operations from Ottawa, Ontario.

decisions we make affect everyone. It is fair
to assume that she is taking the bus and not
driving that day not as a statement of her
commitment to environmental protection
but because that is her option. It should
be viable and enjoyable for all. Improving
walking and biking environments is a
transportation equity issue.

ITE and APBP member Kate Whitfield with her son Nicholas on a cargo bike.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ITE Journal February 2018

President’s Message
Director’s Message
People in the Profession
News
Op/Ed: Why the Uptick in Toll Roads?
Op/Ed: The P3 Paradox
Where in the World?
Calendar
2018 ITE Collegiate Traffic Bowl Kicks Off
Technical Programs Division Spotlight
Member to Member: Gary F. Duncan
Member to Member: Kate Whitfield, P.Eng., MCIP, RPP
New Products
Industry News
Breaking Barriers to Bike Share: Lessons on Bike Share Equity
The Value of Vanpooling as a Strategic, Cost-effective, and Sustainable Transportation Option
Delivering Impactful Projects Quickly and Effectively
Trip and Parking Generation for Shopping Centers in Jordan
Professional Services Directory
ITE Journal February 2018 - 1
ITE Journal February 2018 - 2
ITE Journal February 2018 - 3
ITE Journal February 2018 - President’s Message
ITE Journal February 2018 - 5
ITE Journal February 2018 - Director’s Message
ITE Journal February 2018 - 7
ITE Journal February 2018 - People in the Profession
ITE Journal February 2018 - 9
ITE Journal February 2018 - News
ITE Journal February 2018 - 11
ITE Journal February 2018 - 12
ITE Journal February 2018 - 13
ITE Journal February 2018 - Op/Ed: Why the Uptick in Toll Roads?
ITE Journal February 2018 - 15
ITE Journal February 2018 - Op/Ed: The P3 Paradox
ITE Journal February 2018 - 17
ITE Journal February 2018 - 18
ITE Journal February 2018 - 19
ITE Journal February 2018 - Calendar
ITE Journal February 2018 - 21
ITE Journal February 2018 - 2018 ITE Collegiate Traffic Bowl Kicks Off
ITE Journal February 2018 - Technical Programs Division Spotlight
ITE Journal February 2018 - Member to Member: Gary F. Duncan
ITE Journal February 2018 - 25
ITE Journal February 2018 - Member to Member: Kate Whitfield, P.Eng., MCIP, RPP
ITE Journal February 2018 - 27
ITE Journal February 2018 - Industry News
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ITE Journal February 2018 - 30
ITE Journal February 2018 - Breaking Barriers to Bike Share: Lessons on Bike Share Equity
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ITE Journal February 2018 - 34
ITE Journal February 2018 - 35
ITE Journal February 2018 - The Value of Vanpooling as a Strategic, Cost-effective, and Sustainable Transportation Option
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ITE Journal February 2018 - 39
ITE Journal February 2018 - Delivering Impactful Projects Quickly and Effectively
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ITE Journal February 2018 - 44
ITE Journal February 2018 - Trip and Parking Generation for Shopping Centers in Jordan
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ITE Journal February 2018 - Professional Services Directory
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