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Transport Canada Lunchtime Seminar

You are invited to attend SAE Alberta’s October Technical Meeting over the lunch hour (12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.) on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 via a virtual Zoom meeting. There is no cost to attend the event.

Our guest speakers, Mr. Benoit Anctil and Mr. Dominique Charlebois of Transport Canada, will discuss Transport Canada’s crash avoidance test program including automatic emergency braking (AEB) testing, automatic emergency steering, lane support systems, collision reconstruction, and low speed automated shuttle testing.

Benoit Anctil is a Senior Crash Avoidance Research Engineer at Transport Canada. His work focuses on evaluating the performance of advanced driver assistance systems and automated vehicles to determine the implications they have for safety. Benoit support the development of automotive safety standards as member of the SAE On Road Automated Driving verification and validation committee, simulation task force, and the active safety terms and definitions task force. He is also the Canadian expert on the ISO working group on test scenarios of automated driving systems. Before joining Transport Canada in 2018, Benoit had held different positions in the industry where he directed numerous research, development, and evaluation projects on personal protective equipment, vehicle safety, and armour systems for various organizations. His work led to the development of many innovative products such as an instrumented load sensing head-form for measuring trauma severity from high speed impacts. Benoit holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from l’École Polytechnique de Montréal and master’s in biomedical engineering from McGill University.

Dominique Charlebois works at Transport Canada as part of the Innovation Center. He has spent the last few years of his career focusing on crash avoidance systems research on passenger vehicles as well as tackling the challenges of vulnerable road user’s protection around commercial vehicles. His research spans a range of methods from test track studies to field trials of innovative solutions. Dominique graduated from the University of Ottawa in mechanical engineering and pursued previous roles such as crashworthiness research engineering position at Transport Canada with a focus on bio fidelity and crash test dummy development.  Dominique also oversaw the light duty vehicle emission compliance program at Environment and Climate Change Canada before joining Transport Canada in the automated vehicle world.  As a year-round cyclist, Dominique wishes to improve safety for all road users through his research and to increase his chances of sharing testing results for years to come. Dominique recently won the Charles H. Miller Award for best technical paper at the 2021 Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals / Prévention Routière Internationale Joint Virtual Conference.

Please register your involvement by 11:59 PM, October 13th at the Zoom meeting invitation here:

If you have any questions about the meeting format or agenda, please let us know at


Go Electric

Despite the overwhelming interest shown in learning about electric vehicles, the province of Alberta is fighting the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. While the board have planned for many countermeasures to safe guard the health of the participants, we along with our generous hosts from GoElectric have decided to postpone this tour until further notice.

In this trying time, you are recommended to follow all of the precaution and information updates available on the Province of Alberta’s site:

In the meantime, SAE Alberta Section will issue a full refund to anyone who signed up for the event. We will provide updates related to this postponed tour once the risk level has deescalated.

Thank you for your understanding.


The GoElectric EV Underground Makerspace (EV-U) would like to invite you to experience the energy and excitement of our Workshop, where we convert Classic Cars into EVs – or we will help you do it yourself. 

You will see:

  1. A Shelby Daytona Coupe in the process of assembly, including merging with a Tesla Drivetrain
  2. A 1967 Volvo Wagon, being converted by the U of C Engineering Re-electric Car Club
  3. A 1958 VW Beetle ragtop – in process
  4. A converted 1972 VW 411 (Square-back) in for a battery upgrade.
  5. Our Battery Lab, where we will be reconditioning spent EV batteries for residential energy storage.
  6. A selection of OEM EVs which you probably didn’t even know exist.
  7. A ride along in an EV will more than likely be available.

The evening will be comprised of a general tour and introduction (with questions), then we will break up into groups, which will cycle around between the cars, where you can see for yourself what is involved, and ask questions.  The presenters will be:

  1. Jim Steil and David Lloyd: Founders of GoElectric
  2. Jason Arnold, Lead EV Conversion Technician
  3. Robin Wainwright, EV Conversion and Battery Specialist
  4. Representatives from the U of C Re-Electric Team
  5. A number of other leading-lights in the local scene, depending upon availability.

The evening will start at 7:30pm with registration. Coffee and sweets will be served.

Cost:      Students – $1.00

Members- $5.00

Guests – $10.00

Registration is limited to the first 30 people due to space constraints. Please register no later than Monday, March 16th.

GoElectric is located at 2605 – 17th Ave SW, Calgary, 3 blocks west of Crowchild Trail.