The work of Transport Action Canada is made possible by our many volunteers, including the members of our national board of directors, who are elected each year at our AGM. If you would like to find out more about volunteering or serving on our national or regional boards, please contact us.
The current board members, for 2019-2020, are:
Ted Bartlett is a semi-retired public affairs practitioner, who also has a background in journalism and the transportation industry. Originally from Newfoundland, he relocated to New Brunswick in 1987. He has been president of Transport Action Atlantic since 2014.
Matthew Buchanan is a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst at a Geotechnical Engineering firm in Vancouver. He joined Transport Action British Columbia in 2006 and is currently serving as president. He joined the board of TAC in 2009. He has had a keen interest in railways, public transit and ferries his whole life.
Bruce Budd has been a member of Transport Action for nearly 40 years, served as the Ontario Secretary for eight years and as President of Transport Action Canada from 2016 to 2019. Bruce has organized several community events focusing on transit & passenger rail issues and on voting reform. Professionally, Bruce worked as a Senior Review Officer with the Pay Equity Commission after having sat for 10 years as a bilingual member on the Pay Equity Hearings Tribunal. Previous to that he was Director of Finance at OPSEU, a Director of Advertising for a Trust Company and a Bank Credit Officer in Toronto and Quebec City. He holds a B.Comm. from U. of T. and spent one year at the Institut d’études politiques, Paris.
Marcus Garnet was born in England, and immigrated with his family to Montreal in 1964. He received his Masters in Urban and Rural Planning at the Technical University of Nova Scotia, which brought him to Halifax.
In his day job working for Halifax Regional Municipality, Marcus focuses on the relationship between transportation, land use and lifestyle, and has been closely involved with the Halifax Integrated Mobility Plan. He applies principles of Transit Oriented Development to innovative rezoning projects, and he advises on commuter rail, ride hailing and the implications of autonomous cars.
Marcus joined Transport 2000 Atlantic and became a regional board member in the late 1980s. He has used the train service between Montreal and the Maritimes every year since 1984, and was heavily involved in opposing the infamous Via Rail cuts of January 1990. He keeps abreast of emerging railway technology both in North America and in Britain, and looks for opportunities to apply best practices to the Canadian context.
Marcus lives with his wife Christine and their pet bird, Morton, in a Dartmouth neighbourhood that can best be described as “Old Urbanism”. He and Christine enjoy volunteering for their church, and Marcus often advises students on research topics and projects related to transportation.
Tim Hayman lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia where he works for Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Originally from eastern Ontario, Tim moved to the east coast in the fall of 2007 to complete a B.Sc. in Biology at St. Francis Xavier University, followed by a Masters of Marine Management at Dalhousie University. Tim first became involved with Transport Action when VIA announced the cut to the Ocean frequency in 2012, followed soon after by the threat of abandonment to the Newcastle Subdivision. Transport Action Atlantic (TAA) grabbed his attention as the clear voice for passenger rail advocacy in the region; he has been a board member of TAA since 2014, and is currently serving as Vice President and webmaster. Tim travels by rail whenever he can, and maintains a blog about his travels.
David Jeanes is a retired professional engineer in Ottawa. He joined Transport 2000, (as Transport Action was then called), in 1976 soon after it was founded, bringing a keen interest in high-speed rail, light rail, transportation safety and railway history. He served as treasurer from 1989 to 2000, as president from 2002 to 2014, and again as treasurer in 2015, 2018 and 2019.
Terry Johnson is an entrepreneur who lives in Chatham, Ontario. He holds a Master’s degree in Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford, has experience in computer science and artificial intelligence, and has been involved in transport advocacy for more than a decade.
Steffen Knippel is a professional consultant with experience representing international, national and indigenous clients in rail transportation, resource development, traditional knowledge, and claim settlement planning. He emphasizes both the social and economic dimensions of projects, including the transportation concerns of First Nations and other clients living in remote areas of northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan. He is also a member of the International Association for Impact Assessment and the National Farmers Union.
Formerly a rail economist with the National Transportation Agency of Canada, Steffen considers his involvement in creating northern Manitoba’s Keewatin Railway Company, one of the first indigenous-owned railways in Canada, a career highlight.
Peter Miasek is a retired chemist who worked over 30 years in the oil industry. He now lives in Markham and is actively involved in numerous advocacy initiatives for sustainable transportation and improved urban planning.