Board of Directors

Vélo Canada Bikes Board of Directors


Chair – 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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Vice-Chair – Kate Walker (ON)

Kate Walker is a registered physiotherapist and works at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. She is also pursuing her PhD in Population Health at the University of Ottawa and is interested in the health and environmental benefits related to active transportation and the need to build active transportation infrastructure and design supportive policy to facilitate health at a population level. Kate became a board member of Vélo Canada Bikes in 2016 and chaired the organizing committees for the 1st and 2nd National Bike Summits which brought together Members of Parliament, Senators, ambassadors, mayors, city councillors, cycling advocates and public and private sector organizations to discuss how the federal government can help build a bike-friendly Canada. It is Kate’s dream to live in a Canada where every person, regardless of age or ability, can safely use a bicycle for daily transportation.

Treasurer – Tegan Moss (ON)

Building community is a primary goal for Tegan Moss. As the Executive Director of B!KE: The Peterborough Community Cycling Hub, Moss has directly increased community access to the tools and knowledge necessary for sustainable cycling. B!KE’s capacity for cycling education has more than doubled in Moss’ time with the organization and many new programs with community wide reach have been initiated under her direction. Through collaboration Moss has been able to leverage community resources in the launch of in-school cycling programing, community bicycle repair and riding workshops, and Earn-A-Bike programs for youth and adults. Moss brings vision and dedication to her work at B!KE; her efforts are helping to shape the landscape of cycling in Peterborough.

Secretary – Dr.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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 Directors at Large

Michael Cranwell (ON)

Michael’s sport, his pastime, his community and his career (General Manager at Gears Bike Shop) all centre around the bicycle. Having been involved in and around cycling for well over 3 decades (from being a racer, commuter and someone who identifies themselves as a cyclist), he’s seen a great deal of change in how the bicycle can be a catalyst for change. It’s simply the best way to get around. He’s taken his passion for cycling from a pastime, into something that impacts all aspects of his life.
Michael hopes to use his experience within the cycling industry and extended cycling community to help Vélo Canada Bikes deliver its mandate. He’s excited about the mission put forth by this group and its desire to create a national cycling strategy in Canada. The time is right to help create a singular voice for all Canadians who cycle. We also need to develop a better program of education for all users of the road based on safety, health, the environment, infrastructure and respect for each other.

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.

Kimberley Nelson (AB)

Kimberley is the former president / current City-Wide Community Engagement Program lead of Bike Calgary. She is a founding member of Calgarians for Transportation Choice, Vision Zero Calgary, and Bicycle Belles YYC. Kimberley remains active with these groups as well as supporting Activate YYC, Cyclepalooza, Canadian Road Safety Professionals, and a member of the Transport Canada Vulnerable Road Users Advisory Panel. She was honored with an Avenue Magazine Top 40 Under 40 in 2014. 
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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.

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.

Darnel Harris (ON)

Green Talents Award (Government of Germany) winner, Darnel Harris, is an urban planner and equitable local mobility advocate, who has been breaking down barriers to mobility for all ages and abilities in Toronto’s inner suburban northwest. With a passion for space animation, mobility and sustainability, he has forwarded research and facilitated dialogue towards advancing equitable and dignified mobility. Darnel is Executive Director of Our Greenway, a coalition of businesses, residents and community groups seeking to build a 21 KM practical mobility network connecting people to places and new opportunities all year round.

Dea van Lierop  (QC)

Dea van Lierop is an Assistant Professor in Human Geography and Spatial Planning, at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She cares deeply about making cities more sustainable and inclusive places to live, and is committed to improving the transportation experiences of all transit users, cyclists, and pedestrians, regardless of their age, income or mobility needs. She completed her PhD at McGill University in Urban Planning where she focused her research on travel satisfaction in public transit and cycling. Dea has worked with communities across Canada and in the Netherlands on topics such as bicycle theft prevention, cycling education for children, Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) planning, transit service planning and paratransit. She has enjoyed riding her bike in the many cities that she’s lived in, including Vancouver, Victoria, Montreal, Amsterdam, and Utrecht. She is able to fulfill her passion for transportation planning, research and teaching every day at her job at Utrecht University, where she is dedicated to improving the social, environmental, and economic sustainability of urban regions through the implementation of mobility improvement schemes.

Sam Starr  (BC)

Sam is the founder of Critical-Mobility, a Vancouver-based business with a mission to advance the use of cargo bikes and cycling logistics systems across North America. A recent graduate of the Master of Engineering Leadership program in Urban Systems at the University of British Columbia, Sam is passionate about sustainable cities and mobility solutions. Sam holds two other degrees, in electrical and Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Sam spent 12 years designing, engineering, and implementing solutions in the supply chain and logistics industry, with companies from FedEx to U.S. Pack, to global 3PLs, integrators, and service logistics providers. He has focused on global logistics as well as final mile delivery, and understands supply chain needs, including in the service industry. Based in Vancouver BC, with a personal passion for cycling, Sam’s work experiences, interests, and passion have led him to pivot into accelerating the adoption of e-bikes, cargo bikes and cycling logistics. Sam feels that cycle logistics is the solution to urban freight issues in cities and that we need to align policy makers and planners to make this vision a reality.

Doug Hoover  (ON)

Doug is a practicing lawyer and started his career working as a legislative assistant for Ged Baldwin, a federal member of parliament from 1979 to 1983. Doug then became the Director of Government Affairs for Sulpetro Limited and then the Special Assistant, Hon Tom Siddon, Minister of Indian Affairs. In 1993, he opened his own law practice in Ottawa and focused on criminal and human rights law. Prior to 2000, Doug was also a political volunteer and worked with the Rt Hon Joe Clark (1985 – 1990); the Hon Harvie Andre (1988); and the Indian Association of Alberta (1989-1992). Since 2000, Doug has been the Counsel to the Attorney General of Canada, in the Department of Justice, Criminal Law Policy Section. In this role he has developed complex policy and legislative options for federal senior Ministers to adopt and present to Cabinet and Parliament. This experience has given Doug unique capabilities to identify how best to develop, present and market policy options that would achieve improvements in the lives, not only of cyclists, but of every Canadian. Doug is also the president of Justbike/Justebike (2008-present) and has been a year-round commuter cyclist and competitive cyclist for the past 40 years.

Kathy Manners – ON

Kathy is a results-oriented, values-based community leader and entrepreneur with a passion for innovation. She has worked in both the private sector at 3M Canada and public sector with the Ontario Public Service, along with contributing extensively in the non-profit environment. Kathy has extensive experience in Strategic Planning, Organizational Development and Marketing/Communications and is one of a handful of Canadians who have completed graduate work in social innovation.  Kathy was the chair of the board of the The Sharing Place Food Bank, Community impact chair and board member for the United Way, chair of the Patient Advisory Council for Soldiers Memorial Hospital and board member for two international boards that support social impact in Guatemala and Burma, in addition to other volunteer experiences. In 2018, Kathy and her cycling pals rode for 82 days and 4802kms from Victoria BC to St. John’s NFLD to experience all that is Canadian. When she returned, she created Pedal People, an urban cycling fashion line with the vision to bring beauty to the bike.


Brian Pincott (MB) – Executive Director

Brian brings a wealth of experience to the work, as well as a strong commitment to our shared vision. He was a City Councillor at the City of Calgary from 2007 to 2017. In that time, he championed cycling as a transportation option for the city. His work culminated with the installation of the downtown Cycle Track Network in 2015. In his work as City Councillor, he served on the Board of Directors of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. In his work with FCM, he has been on Parliament Hill many times, navigating the ins and outs of the politics of The Hill. His work at FCM was mostly focused on developing a National Housing Strategy, which the Federal government announced in November 2017. Since leaving City Hall in the fall of 2017, he has moved to Winnipeg to be with his partner, a professor at the University of Manitoba.
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2018-2019 Board

Chair: Anders Swanson (MB)

Vice-Chair: Ingrid Larson (SK)

Secretary: Sara Kirk (NS)

Treasurer: Tegan Moss (ON)

Directors
Richard Campbell (BC)
Keane Gruending (BC)
Darnel Harris (ON)
Wayne Arrowsmith (NB)
Michael McGoldrick (ON)
Kate Walker (ON)
Fiona Walsh (BC)
Dea van Lierop (QC)
Bill Franz (AB)
Kimberley Nelson (AB)
Michael Cranwell (ON)
Yvonne Bambrick (ON)

Past-Chair: Arne Elias (BC)

If you are interested to become a director or officer of the board, please communicate with our Executive Director, Brian Pincott [email protected]

Board Meetings

Date
Once a month.

Duration
2 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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