Board of Directors

Canada Bikes Board of Directors


Anders Swanson (MB)
Anders Swanson is a multi-disciplinary designer and policy expert with a history of volunteer work that has left a significant impact on his home of Winnipeg and around the world. He manages walking/cycling/universal design projects out of an independent consultancy. He specializes in non-profit work, community engagement, innovative technology, children’s mobility and winter. He was awarded the Manitoba Eco-Network individual achievement award and is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal. Anders is currently project lead for BikeWalkRoll, CounterPoint and Plain Bicycle. He is secretary of the international Winter Cycling Federation, founding board member of The WRENCH and coordinator of the Winnipeg Trails Association.
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Fiona E. Walsh (BC)

A retired French Immersion teacher with a new occupation of cycling advocate, Fiona came to purposeful cycling at the age of 60, when she bought an electric-assist bike to help her mount the hills on the North Shore of the Burrard Inlet. Along with a booming North Shore cycling community of retired folk, she encourages baby boomer to cycle and wishes to represent that important demographic at all levels of government. Fiona is also on the boards of HUB Your Cycling Connection and the BC Cycling Coalition. She is extensively trained in emergency support services (ESS) and volunteers with North Shore Emergency Management, where she is working on developing an emergency bike team for NSEM. She volunteers with the North Vancouver RCMP Community Policing and is chair of her neighbourhood residents association. But her passion — when she’s at home — is her backyard vegetable garden, fermenting foods and living green.

 

Arno Schortinghuis (BC)

Arno is from the Netherlands and got around by bike before he was born since this is how many Dutch people get around. He believes that while a cycle trip sometimes takes more elapsed time than by other modes, cycling is way more time-efficient. Arno is the President of the BC Cycling Coalition, a director of Bike to Work BC and a former President of HUB Cycling.

 

Kimberley Nelson (AB)

Kimberley is the former president as well as communications task force and events and promotions lead of Bike Calgary. She is a founding member of Calgarians for Transportation Choice, Vision Zero Calgary, and Bicycle Belles YYC. Kimberley is actively involved with Alberta Bikes, Arusha Open Streets Calgary, Safer Calgary, City of Calgary Active and Safe School Travel, Bicycles for Humanity Calgary Chapter and the Alberta Bike Swap. She is a CAN-Bike II Certified Instructor.

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Arne Elias (BC)

Arne is passionate about building corporate and community sustainability in Canada. He sits on the Federation of Canadian Municipalities GMF Council, led the founding of Canada Bikes and was its first Chair. He works as an advisor in the private and public sectors to deliver advanced integrated approaches to deliver transportation and energy sustainability. He was the Executive Director of the Centre for Sustainable Transportation at the University of Winnipeg, holds a Ph.D. in environmental policy and management and an MBA in not-for-profit policy and marketing, and has taught sustainability courses at the University of British Columbia and Royal Roads. Arne was one of the first mountain bikers and has been professionally involved in cycling since the 1980s including developing races, events, programs, and strategies for increasing cycling in Canada.

 

Richard Campbell (BC)

Richard has 25 years of leadership in active transportation planning, promotion and education. He is a founder of Canada Bikes, HUB Cycling and Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST) and has lead initiatives including Velo-city Global 2012, Bike Month, BEST valet bicycle parking, the Central Valley Greenway, and the Canada Line Bridge bike path. He is currently Executive Director of the BC Cycling Coalition.

 

 

Sara Kirk (NS)

Sara is a Professor of Health Promotion in the School of Health and Human Performance and Scientific Director of the Healthy Populations Institute, at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Originally from the UK, Sara moved to Canada with her family in 2007 to take up a Canada Research Chair, with a program of research that focuses on creating supportive environments for chronic disease prevention. Her research focuses on understanding the factors that help or hinder health in our communities, with a focus on scalable solutions to support healthy eating and active living. Sara is passionate about creating healthy and sustainable communities, and practices what she preaches by walking and cycling as often as possible.  She is a member of the Halifax Cycling Coalition and CarShare Atlantic.

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Laura Robinson (ON)

Laura is a writer, journalist and former competitive cyclist: https://www.ucalgary.ca/utoday/issue/2016-08-25/former-writers-residence-making-their-mark-literary-world  whose book “Cyclist BikeList: The Book For Every Rider” was awarded the silver medal Book of the Year Award for children’s non-fiction at the American Library Congress: https://tundrabooks.wordpress.com/tag/laura-robinson/ . She was a member of the national team, has covered cycling at several Olympics and is a founding member of Cycling Women’s Committee of the Ontario Cycling Association. Laura has volunteered, promoting safe cycling in schools throughout Toronto and in First Nations communities for over 25 years http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/laura-robinson-receives-debwewin-citation-for-journalism-excellence-546197112.html.

Kate Walker (ON)

Kate is a physiotherapist with research and health promotion experience starting a PhD in Population Health at the University of Ottawa in the fall. She is interested in the health and environmental benefits related to cycling and the need to build cycling infrastructure and supportive policy in order to facilitate health at a population level.  Over the past decade, she have been involved with active transportation organizations in Hamilton and Ottawa as well as working as a researcher in evidence-based practice (systematic reviews) at McMaster University, as a clinical physiotherapist and as a varsity rowing coach.  She currently works at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute in program implementation and evaluation related to smoking cessation (The Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation). She has experience with strategic planning, project management, program implementation and evaluation, performance management, knowledge transfer and dissemination (e.g writing e-learning courses, website content and program highlight documents and running workshops), conference and event planning, grant writing and report writing, research design and evaluation and data collection.

 

Yvonne Bambrick (ON)

 

Yvonne has been working on urban cycling and public space initiatives in Toronto since 2004, is the author of The Urban Cycling Survival Guide, an event photographer, and Executive Director of the Forest Hill Village Business Improvement Area. She was the founding Executive Director of Toronto Cyclists Union (now Cycle Toronto), and cares deeply about the meaningful integration of bicycles into all aspects of city planning and transportation. Yvonne sits on the Metcalf Foundation’s Cycle City Advisory Committee, is a member of the board of The Laneway Project, Secretary of the Kensington Market Action Committee, ‘Car-taker’ of the Kensington Market Garden Car public art installation, and is a year-round city cyclist.

 

Christina Vietinghoff (ON)

 

Christina was born and raised in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She is keen to promote cycling as a form of travel and supports cycle touring as an active member of the Warm Showers community. She recently spent a year working on Parliament Hill as a political staffer in the office of a parliamentary secretary and an opposition MP as one of ten young Canadians selected for the Parliamentary Internship Programme. She has worked as a policy analyst for the federal government, as a government relations advisor at a lobbying firm and is currently working for Samara Canada, a charity that aims to get more Canadians involved in politics and the make the system more democratic. Christina has biked across Europe and down the Pacific Coast, but her favourite place in the world to bike is along the Acadian communities on New Brunswick’s north shore. 

 

Cheryl Trepanier

Cheryl is a co-founder and member of the executive of Paths for People, an Edmonton based group advocating for safe, comfortable, and connected active transportation options.  Currently semi-retired from a background in business management, Cheryl is a part-time university student and full-time parent of two school-aged children.  She has been a key member of recent bicycle advocacy initiatives in Edmonton including the iBike photomosaic campaign and the Downtown Minimum Grid campaign – both instrumental in obtaining funding for segregated cycle facilities. 

 

Ingrid Larson (SK)

Ingrid has a passion for city bike riding and would like to see all Canadians have access to safe commuter biking that meets the needs of all ages and all abilities. She is a Board member of Saskatoon Cycles, https://saskatooncycles.org/ involved with advocacy, governance and fundraising.  She enjoys meeting other cyclists when she volunteers at the Saskatoon Cycles Bike Valet. Over the past six years she has helped organize Saskatoon Cycles members meetings, speakers and special events to help spread knowledge about best practices in active transportation. She has also served on the City of Saskatoon Cycling Advisory Group. Ingrid works in a primary health care clinic. She has a professional background in communications, member relations,  and co-operatives. She is pleased to contribute her time and energy to making Canada an even better place to ride a bike. She hopes that someday Canada will have a national cycling strategy so that more Canadians have access to this healthy and ecologically friendly mode of transportation.  Follow Ingrid on Twitter https://twitter.com/Ingridlarson

 

Judi Varga-Toth

Judi is the new Executive Director of Canada Bikes. Judi is a long time advocate for responsible environmental choices and has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 20 years, including EnviroCentre, a leading active transportation organisation in Ottawa. She is also a former small business owner who ran Ottawa’s first eco-café, caterer and cooking school for 6 years. Judi has worked for many national organisations, specialising in vulnerable populations as well as health care and transportation. She has lived overseas with her family in several high cycling nations including Vietnam and Hungary. She is active in her community on food insecurity issues, as a co-founder of the Deep Roots Food Hub. Judi considers herself a cautious every day bike user. She is based in Ottawa, where she lives with her husband, 3 children, a dog, a cat and 9 hens.

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2015-2016 Board

Chair: Anders Swanson (Manitoba)

Vice-Chair: Fiona Walsh (BC)

Secretary: Kimberley Nelson (Alberta)

Treasurer: Arno Schortinghuis (BC)

Directors
Richard Campbell (BC)
Michael Haynes (Ontario)
Dr. Sara Kirk (Nova Scotia)
Laura Robinson (Ontario)

Past-Chair: Arne Elias (BC)

If you are interested to become a director or officer of the board, please see the board opportunity 2015 (pdf)

Board Meetings

Date
Once a month.

Duration
1.5 hours.

Location
Telephone and/or online conference.

Attendance
If you would like to attend a board meeting as a guest, please contact the Secretary via email.

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