Robyn Robertson is currently the President and CEO of the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF), a charitable, independent road safety research institute. TIRF is a world leader in research, safety programs, and policy development.
Robyn first joined TIRF as a Research Assistant in 1999. She was promoted to Research Associate in 2002, and was later promoted to Vice President, Operations. As a result of her strong work attitude and her unrelenting efforts to advance the field of traffic safety, Robertson was appointed President and CEO in 2006.
As a professional, Robyn completed public sector and media relations courses to strengthen TIRF’s communication practices, attended 1st and 2nd Knowledge Mobilization Forums in Canada to learn more about this emerging field, and several workshops on new Not-For-Profit Corporations Act legislation. This guided TIRF’s efforts to ensure that it retained its charitable status and is compliant under Canada’s new legislation. Robyn has developed and refined TIRF’s knowledge transfer model along with a plan to empirically test this model and successfully opened TIRF’s US office and enabled it to secure its first government project contract.
Robertson has worked on numerous projects focusing on the justice system, impaired driving, repeat offenders, risk assessment, fatigue, senior drivers, safety technologies and persistent traffic offenders. During her career, she has published more than 60 major reports and articles in traffic safety and criminal justice journals. She is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Safety Research, a member of the Board of Directors of the American Probation and Parole Association, a member of the Alcohol, Drugs and Driving Committee of the U.S. Transportation Research Board, and a member of the International Council on Alcohol, Drugs, and Traffic Safety.
As a knowledge broker Robyn frequently communicates with diverse professionals and presents technical information to non-technical audiences. She has negotiated strong working relationships with a range of professional organizations across North America to engage them in research initiatives. She also serves as the coordinator of the Working Group on DWI System Improvements, a U.S. coalition of leading criminal justice professionals representing 15 criminal justice organizations.
Most notably, Robyn is also the architect of, and maintains, TIRF’s national public education program on impaired driving, an international inventory of ignition interlock programs, a curriculum for practitioners on alcohol interlocks and a young and new driver resource centre.
Before joining TIRF, Robertson worked for the Solicitor General of Canada and Members of Parliament in the areas of correctional policy and legislation.
“We are an important stage in which knowledge, innovation, and the desire to collaborate are at an all-time high in the field. Impaired driving has always been a cross disciplinary issue touching the fields of transportation, safety, justice, health, education and technology. We are now at a critical point where these distinct disciplines are beginning to collaborate, share knowledge, exchange ideas, and draw upon advances in other fields,” says Robyn. “This growing integration will take us to the next level, to help deliver the decline in fatalities and injuries that road safety professionals are seeking.”
Robyn will help us advance responsibility by conducting and promoting evidence-based research to identify effective prevention and intervention programs and policies to reduce impaired driving. I will also continue to develop practical educational materials for frontline practitioners who deal with impaired drivers every day. We invite you to learn more about Robyn Robertson’s work.