Traffic Injury Research Foundation, USA Inc.

The knowledge source for safe driving

Board of Directors

Board of Directors


John T. Kaestner

Retired Vice President of Consumer Affairs

Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.

John T. Kaestner is retired from Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. as the vice president of Consumer Affairs.

In this position, he was responsible for directing the company’s alcohol awareness and education initiatives, especially the implementation of programs that promoted personal responsibility among adults who chose to drink, fought abusive drinking and drunk driving, and helped prevent underage drinking. In addition, he oversaw the company’s communications regarding government affairs issues, environmental and legal issues and served as the company’s spokesman on these matters with the news media, legislators, government and health agencies, community groups and international brewers and industry trade associations.

Kaestner has held board positions with a number of nationally-based business, mental health and educational organizations. Among them are the Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois Chapter of the Better Business Bureau (St. Louis, MO), BACCHUS/GAMMA Peer Education Network (Denver, CO), National Academic League (Salt Lake City, UT), and The Family and Relationship Center (La Jolla, CA). In addition he served in an advisory capacity to the America School Counselor Association (Alexandria, VA) and Characterplus (St. Louis, MO) and as District Director of the Boy Scouts of America (St. Louis, MO).

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from Harris Teachers College (Harris-Stowe State University) and a Master of Arts degree in Education from St. Louis University.  In 1997, his Alma mater recognized him as a Distinguished Alumni.


Mr. Tim Shearman


Canadian Automobile Association

Tim Shearman was appointed President and CEO of the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) in December 2007. Tim joined CAA in 2004 as Vice President, Corporate Affairs.

He began his career as a financial analyst with a telecom firm before transferring his skills to the banking world where he held a series of progressively senior management positions.

In his time at CAA, Tim has earned a reputation for working collaboratively with the Board of Directors and its committees, Club CEOs and staff, and external stakeholder groups. Tim has over 30 years of experience demonstrating a track record of leadership and collaborative management.

As President and CEO of CAA, Tim’s priorities have been to build upon the strengths of the Association while focusing on its core priorities; to promote CAA as it evolves as a dynamic and forward-thinking organization; to ensure that the Association remains meaningful to its membership; and to build strong partnerships with external stakeholders bringing increased value to CAA members.

A graduate of the University of Ottawa, Tim also holds an MBA in International Business from McMaster University. He obtained the Chartered Director (C. Dir.) designation from the Directors’ College in 2010.

Tim is a Director with the Traffic Injury Research Foundation and Abbeyfield Canada, a member of the FIA Senate and Chair of the FIA University Board. Tim enjoys playing hockey and soccer and practices kickboxing. He lives in Kanata with his wife Helene.


Ms. Robyn D. Robertson

President and CEO

Traffic Injury Reserach Foundation

Robyn D. Robertson is the President & CEO of the Traffic Injury Research Foundation and holds a Master of Criminology Applied degree.

During her 21 years in the research field, Ms. Robertson has published more than 200 reports and articles on a broad range of road safety issues with a focus on education, policy and program development and evaluation. She has delivered technical assistance for road safety programs in several countries and is the author of TIRF’s knowledge translation model. Robyn is well-versed in implementation strategies and operational practices across transportation, criminal justice and health systems, and industry. She is a member of or has served on several academic and professional Boards and committees.

Mr. Michael D. Robertson Sr.


Robertson Consultants Incorporated

Michael D. Robertson formed Robertson Consultants, Inc to provide services to the motor vehicle and law enforcement communities.

He has more than 40 years in state government. From 2009 through 2012 he was the Commisioner for the North Carolina Department of Transportation-Division of Motor Vehicles. As Commisioner he directed operations and managed an annual operating budget of more than $120 million. He developed and implementedbusiness processes, created short/long-term goals and monitored staff performance.

He was Director of the North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety’s division of Alcohol and Law Enforcement from 2002 through 2007. As Director of ALE, he oversaw Alcohol Law Enforcement, the N.C. Center for Missing Persons, the Bingo Enforcement Section and the N.C. Boxing Authority.

He served as a security consultant in 2001 for Risk Management Associates and was the Assistant Director of the North Carolina Department of Justice, State Bureau of Investigation between 1979 and 2001.

He received his Master of Business Administration from Pfeiffer University and Bachelor of Science: Psychology from Fayetteville State University.

Mr. S. Mark Ray


John Hancock Life Insurance Company

Mark is retired from John Hancock Life Insurance Company. He served as a senior investment professional for over twenty-five years.

He combines deep, specialized knowledge in the transportation, aerospace and defense sectors with broad experience ranging from investment origination, portfolio management, and restructuring activities. He held positions of increasing responsibility within John Hancock’s Bond and Corporate Finance Group since 1987. In 2000, he was promoted to Senior Managing Director, with responsibility for over $10 billion of public and private securities issued by global companies within the transportation, aerospace and defense, metals, mining and agribusiness industries. The portfolio was a subset of the Bond and Corporate Finance Group’s $108 billion General Account investment responsibility. The investment portfolio included corporate debt obligations, highly structured asset-backed securities, taxable municipal bonds, and infrastructure debt and equity. During his tenure at John Hancock, he was responsible for developing investment strategies in the transportation, aerospace and defense sectors, which included serving as lead investor in several highly structured investments and cross-border transactions. Mark served on the board of two equity portfolio companies in the transportation sector. Mark retired from John Hancock in 2013, and served as a consultant to John Hancock, originating investment opportunities and managing relationships, primarily in the airport and airline sectors until December 31st, 2020.

Mark enjoys significant and long-standing relationships with executives at many airlines, lessors, financial institutions and airline services companies. Over the years, he served on several airline ad hoc secured creditor committees. Mark is an active member of several aviation industry associations, including International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading and Wings Club Board of Governors.

Mark earned a BS in Agricultural Economics from Texas Tech University and completed coursework at several Executive Management programs at Harvard Business School, Babson College and Boston University. Mark served in the United States Air Force (Reserve), where he achieved the rank of Captain.