2007 Annual Meeting
Looking Beyond our Borders
Portland, Ore., September 23 - 26
Below you will find information about the keynote speakers scheduled to address the GHSA's 2007 Annual Meeting attendees.
Wednesday's agenda also includes a State/Federal Roundtable general session, briefing attendees on the latest NHTSA and FHWA policies and programs.
Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Nicole Nason has served as NHTSA Administrator since May 31, 2006. She joined NHTSA from the Department of Transportation, where she was the assistant secretary for governmental affairs since July 2003. In that position, she was responsible for oversight of congressional affairs, coordinating all legislative and nonlegislative relationships between the DOT and Congress, and directing the presentation of the Department’s legislative program. She also worked closely with state and local governments, other federal agencies, public and special interest groups, transportation associations, and nonprofit organizations. Prior to DOT, Nason was with the U.S. Customs Service as assistant commissioner of the Office of Congressional Affairs. She also served as counsel for the House Judiciary Committee under Chairman Henry Hyde of Illinois and as counsel and communications director for Intelligence Committee Chairman Porter Goss of Florida. Previously, Nason served as government affairs counsel for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. Nason earned her bachelor's degree at American University and her law degree at Case Western University Law School. She is married and has two daughters.
Managing Director, SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research, The Netherlands
Fred Wegman is a internationally recognized expert in the field of road safety, having authored numerous scientific articles, reports and conference presentations. His areas of expertise include developing road safety strategies and implementation programs, evaluation studies on road safety and developing road safety research programs. As co-editor of the Dutch vision on road safety: Advancing Sustainable Safety (2006), he advises the Dutch Parliament and government, the European Commission and many other countries on road safety issues. He has coordinated the grants and contracts of several European research projects and serves on various international committees, including the Joint Transport Research Centre of OECD/ECMT, the European Transport Safety Council, the Board of Forum of the European Road Safety Research Institutes and FERSI. He lectures on road safety at the Delft University of Technology, where he holds a masters degree in civil engineering and is associate editor of its publication Safety Science.
Professor, Monash University Accident Research Centre, Australia
Ian Johnston is a psychologist with a PhD in human factors. He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, an associate editor of the international journal Accident Analysis and Prevention and a life member of the Road Engineering Association of Asia and Australasia. Dr. Johnston’s history in road safety stretches back to 1972, with the Australian federal government, the Victorian state government, an R&D company and academia. He was appointed director of the internationally renowned Monash University Accident Research Centre in May 2001 and he retired from full time work at the end of 2006. He has advised regional and national governments in several countries on road safety strategy and policy and has a keen interest in technology transfer within the Asia-Pacific region. Ian has won several awards, both national and international, for his work in safety and has published extensively. Dr. Johnston received an Order of Australia in January 2007 for his services to transport safety and to professional development in the region.
Vice President and General Counsel, Columbia Sportswear Company
Mr. Bragdon became Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Columbia Sportswear Company in July 2004. Previously, from 1999 to January 2003, he served as Senior Counsel and Director of Intellectual Property for the Company. Mr. Bragdon served as Chief of Staff in the Oregon Governor's office from January 2003 through June 2004. Before joining Columbia, from 1993 to 1999, Mr. Bragdon was an attorney in the corporate securities and finance group at Stoel Rives LLP.
Director, Road Safety Programs, Transport Canada
Mr. Jonah is the Director, Road Safety Programs at Transport Canada in Ottawa. He is responsible for collision data collection and analysis, including collision investigations, road user and road infrastructure research and the development of road safety related policy and programs. Since receiving his PhD in social psychology from the University of Western Ontario, he has worked over the past 30 years on road safety research, policy and program evaluation, with particular emphasis on impaired driving, seat belt use, risky driving and young drivers. Since 2002, he has been leading Road Safety Vision 2010, Canada's national road safety program in collaboration with other governmental and non-governmental partners.