Clean Air Webinar: Reduced Transportation from COVID—Impacts on Air Quality

Watch the recording and view the presentations from our October 27 webinar on a recent report on how COVID-19 impacted emissions from transportation and air quality, and what lessons we can take from these findings.

Hosted by West Central Airshed Society and Alberta Capital Airshed

Special guests from the Clean Air Strategic Alliance (CASA) will chat with us about their recent report, Impacts of Reduced Transportation on Air Quality Associated with COVID-19 (IRTAQ).


  • Yayne-abeba Aklilu, Alberta Environment and Parks, and co-author of the CASA report
  • David Spink, Prairie Acid Rain Coalition, and co-author of the CASA report
  • Dr. Kevin McCullum, data scientist for West Central Airshed Society and Alberta Capital Airshed

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Dr. Aklilu was unable to join us, but her presentation is available below along with the rest of the presentations.

Webinar Presentations

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Presenter Bios

Yayne-abeba Aklilu is currently working as a senior atmospheric scientist at Alberta Environment and Parks. Yayne has worked in the air quality field for over 15 years. She is an alumnus of York University, Ontario where she earned her PhD and University of Alberta where she earned her undergraduate degree.
David Spink, M.Sc., P.Eng. is an environmental engineer. He started his career with Environment Canada and then worked for Alberta Environment for 26 years in several different technical and managerial positions. For the last 18 years he has worked as an independent consultant primarily for First Nations and Metis Communities with a focus on oil sands development related air quality management issues. He is one of the Non-government Organization Board Members of the Clean Air Strategic Alliance (CASA) and has been involved in many CASA Projects. He, along with Yayne-abebe Aklilul of Alberta Environment and Parks, co-chaired the recent CASA “Impact of Reduced Transportation on Air Quality” Project.
Dr. Kevin McCullum is a senior environmental engineer and the Data Manager for WCAS and ACA. Kevin holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Alberta, with specialties in Ambient Air Quality and River Water Quality.  Kevin was part of the Environmental Protection and Planning Committee (EPPC) of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) during the inception of the Air Quality Management System (AQMS) which included the updates to the Canadian Ambient Air Quality Standards (CAAQS). He has work much of his career in the air monitoring field working with air zones throughout western Canada, focusing on air quality data analysis and interpretation, monitoring instrumentation, as well as dispersion and transport modeling. Kevin also works closely with universities working collaboratively with University of Alberta, University of Regina, and First Nations University and has a passion to deliver partnerships and monitoring research capabilities.

For more information

Julie Kusiek, Engagement Coordinator
Alberta Capital Airshed