2021 Annual General Meeting

Our AGM is coming up on September 26th. Here is everything you need to know. Thanks for being part of the Vélo Canada Bikes family and for your interest in the work we do.

When: Sunday, September 26, 2021 3:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Who: Everyone is welcome to attend! Note: only members can vote. We appreciate every single member. To check your membership status, contact us at Membership@CanadaBikes.org

How: Registration required to attend. Please note that multiple members of organizations may attend, but only 1 vote per organization will be counted unless individuals have single memberships.

1. Call to Order
2. Special Guest (TBA)
3. Report from the Chair
4. Financial Report
5. Nominations
6. 2-minute updates from across Canada
7. Election Results
8. AGM Adjournment

Elections: We are currently seeking board members, specifically someone with a legal background or financial / treasurer experience. Elections are open to members across the country. Apply today!

Help to Create a #BikeFriendlyCanada.

Join the Vélo Canada Bikes Board!

Position: Board Member

Type: Volunteer Director Position 

Organization: Vélo Canada Bikes (VCB) 

Website: http://www.canadabikes.org  

Location: anywhere in Canada 

VCB is a not-for-profit organization, federally incorporated in 2012.

We are the national voice for commuting, touring and recreational cycling.

Our mission is to:

  • be an effective, national voice for cycling issues, including increased funding, improved infrastructure, legislation and programs
  • share knowledge and best practices with provincial and territorial advocacy organizations

  • build awareness for the benefits of cycling at all three levels of government

  • provide expertise, consulting and resources to organizations and municipalities

  • develop research and educational opportunities in the cycling knowledge sector
  • Role of Board at Vélo Canada Bikes 

    Board members are responsible for the effective governance of the organization including the pursuit of its mission and objectives and adherence to its core values. Board Members act as part of a team to ensure sustainability of the organization.

    VCB’s board is comprised of up to 16 individuals with a diverse set of disciplines and expertise.

    Each member of the Board of Directors is expected to:

    • assist in fundraising activities and bring good relations and contacts to bear in the development of the financial health of the organization
    • monitor the performance of the organization in relation to the plans
    • prepare for and regularly attend monthly board meetings held via conference call
    • assist in fundraising activities and bring good relations and contacts to bear in the development of the financial health of the organization
    • prepare for and regularly attend monthly board meetings held via conference call
    • participate in annual and long range planning for the organization
    • monitor the performance of the organization in relation to the plans
    • review, clarify and amend the mission and objectives of the organization, as needed
    • develop, amend and approve by-laws and governing policies
    • be a member of at least one committee
    • act in good faith and in the best interests of the organization at all times
    • work as a team member and support Board decisions

    In general, all applicants should demonstrate:

    • knowledge of the community served by the organization
    • commitment to organization’s mission
    • adequate time to follow through on all Board commitments
    • willingness to contribute and to learn


    Board Members are expected to consider VCB a development priority and help the organization credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations and individuals.

    Time Commitment 

    Monthly board meetings plus at least 4 hours of committee work per month, after initial period of orientation to VCB.

    Specific Needs

    In addition to the above roles for a potential director, we would particularly welcome applications who:

    • have accounting/financial and/or legal experience
    • represent northern and eastern Canada


    Two year commitment, elected at the Annual General Meeting in the Fall.

    How to Apply 

    Please apply by filling in the application  

    Alternatively, please contact VCB to apply by letter with your CV. You will be asked to prepare a current bio and introductory letter that addresses the following:

    • Your interest and motivation for serving in this position
    • Your relevant knowledge and expertise (fundraising, community engagement, social enterprise, legal, accounting, etc.)
    • Your experience with non-profit organizations, including past service on boards
    • Your willingness to contribute the necessary time to carry out board duties

    If possible, please include the names of 2 VCB members who are willing to nominate you.

    National Active Transportation Strategy Announced

    On July 28th, the Government of Canada announced the National Active Transportation Strategy. Chair Anders Swanson was there for the monumental announcement that was made possible by years of advocacy of our members, our sponsors, National Summit attendees and countless partner organizations across the country. If you missed the announcement that featured The Honourable Catherine McKenna (Minister of Infrastructure and Communities), Andy Filmore (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and many others, watch it now. Note the start point is 18 minutes in, and you will need tissues.

    The application portal and supporting Hub are not yet live, but the application guide is now available. Of note, based on the feedback obtained during the Vélo Canada Bikes Regional Stakeholder Roundtables earlier this year, planning and programming have been included. There are also opportunities for non-profit organizations to apply, but must be supported by either a municipality, region, provincial or territorial entity, etc.

    So what can advocacy organizations do? Our role now should be helping municipalities strategically towards a vision for their projects. Cities and towns across Canada will have varying levels of capacity and knowledge, with very differing levels of existing infrastructure. When in doubt, you can refer planners back to the National Active Transportation Strategy. The hub, once live, will be a place to discuss ideas, share best practices, ask questions, seek guidance. This is a public portal, so visit often and participate!

    Again, thank you to all of our partners, members, sponsors, summit attendees, board members both past and present, our executive directors (past and present) and collaborators for helping us reach this pinnacle. The real work now begins!

    Active Transportation Announcement

    This morning Minister McKenna and Parliamentary Secretary Fillmore announced moving forward with the National Active Transportation Strategy and the creation of a $400 million Active Transportation Infrastructure Fund. This announcement is a very important step for cycling in Canada, and somthing we have been advocating for, for what feels like a very long time. 

    $400 million will thus be devoted over five years to communities for projects across Canada for the development of cycle or pedestrian paths or paths in natural environments, for example.

    Vélo Canada Bikes has been at the forefront in calling for this strategy and a dedicated funding stream specifically targeted to cycling and active transportation. Last March, the federal government announced their intention to move forward with a national AT Strategy. Over the past 12 months VCB has been engaged with the government and other stakeholders, emphasizing the need for both an inclusive strategy and dedicated funding. 

    There will be further consultations with Infrastructure Canada on the AT Strategy Framework over the next couple of weeks. Vélo Canada Bikes will be hosting sessions right across the country with Parliamentary Secretary Andy Fillmore to discuss the strategy, answer questions, and get feedback. Watch for an invitation coming to an inbox near you! If you aren’t a member or newsletter subscriber, now is the time.

    With this announcement we have the opportunity to transform and build sustainable, accessible, inclusive, and safe communities all across Canada. There are more details to come, and VCB will share them with you as we know them. 

    Again, watch for invitations soon for a session in your region. 

    Thank you for your support of Vélo Canada Bikes, and work that you have done locally to get us to today. 

    Notice of Annual General Meeting Sunday September 27 2020 13:00 – 15:00 (EDT)

    Vélo Canada Bikes has had an amazing year, and Covid19 has reinvigorated the use of the bicycle while reminding Canadians that streets can be quiet. Join us for a wrap up of the year’s events, including EPIC, the announcement of a National Active Transportation Strategy, the COVID19 Resiliency Fund and the latest on the Healthy Communities Fund plus much much more. 

    Membership is not required to attend, but of course we encourage you to become a member if you aren’t already. You may also vote in our upcoming board elections, but must be a paid member or designated by your organization to do so. Please check your membership status here or become a member prior to September 25th, 2020. 

    Consider joining our volunteer board of directors! Help us build a Bike Friendly Canada For All!

    We cannot wait to see you! 

    Details for September 27th, 2020 1pm EST

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 891 724 2703
    Passcode: VCBBOARD
    One tap mobile

    Dial by your location
    +1 778 907 2071 Canada
    +1 204 272 7920 Canada
    +1 438 809 7799 Canada
    +1 587 328 1099 Canada
    +1 647 374 4685 Canada
    +1 647 558 0588 Canada
    Meeting ID: 891 724 2703
    Passcode: 65576052
    Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdsQiEQ7JG

    Please see our minutes from the September 28, 2019 Annual General Meeting.

    Get Ready to Build Healthy Active Communities!

    Like millions of Canadians, Vélo Canada Bikes knows both the pure joy of riding a bicycle and the barriers and fears we face in a world full of traffic.

    During COVID, record numbers of new people got to experience neighbourhoods in a new way. Suddenly an 8 year old was the only one on the street. Even younger children learned to cycle in a world much more like the one of their grandparents. People flocked to their local trail as a way to get healthy and safely social. And they didn’t stop. 

    As people began working from home or looking for active transport to work, bicycle numbers began to rise. Bicycle stores began to run out of stock. 

    The bicycle has turned out to be one of the pandemic’s only silver linings.

    As we head back to school, we know that Canada’s kids are itching to bike even more than usual. We know that their parents’ thoughts will be on safer streets for them. We know we need solutions.

    We’ve seen community after community react in innovative ways. Cities and small towns are turning curb lanes into real bike lanes at record rates – or trying to. They are doing it with help from the community, and with everything from orange pylons to flower pots to sawhorses.  

    It’s time to scale up. The new wave of engineering and planning starts at home. Roads are just the space between the houses, and they belong to us all. We have found new and innovative ways to share. Communities are forging new partnerships with small NGOs coast to coast as everyone searches for answers. The bicycle is one of the answers. Creating safe spaces to ride is how we get there.

    As we approach winter, it is important to remind everyone that cycling in winter is quite normal around the world. Those places will be better prepared for the pandemic. And just as face years of uncertainty ahead, we need to start planning now for an even bigger bike boom next spring. 

    This time we will be ready.

    It’s time to turn the plans you have into action. If you don’t have plans, make them now. You’ll found help everywhere. It’s easier than you think.

    We are urging all levels of government, all communities and all families to follow the lead of the federal government. Make sure you make the most of the $3.3B made available for cycling infrastructure. Meanwhile, build on the power of the community to setup a network of free, fun and easy transportation, as fast as you can.  With the announcement today of The Canada Healthy Communities Initiative, you have a bigger opportunity to get involved at the ground level.

    Vélo Canada Bikes is here to help.
    Canadians of the future will thank you.

    The Path Forward – A Winter Cycling Congress Warm Up

    Going to be in Calgary for the Winter Cycling Congress next month? Join Vélo Canada Bikes for a pre-event gathering to prepare for the 2019 Federal Election to ensure that bikes are on the agenda for all parties. Grab a bite, a pint and get ready to engage in some fun activities while we welcome delegates from around the world to Calgary, Alberta, Canada!

    Arno Schortinghuis

    On November 30, Canada lost a passionate bike advocate. One of our founding members, Arno was involved in many organisations including Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition (now HUB),  the BC Cycling Coalition and even dipped his toes in politics as a Green Party candidate. 

    Known for his gentle nature even when pushing for change, Arno dedicated countless hours volunteering for a National Cycling Strategy with Vélo Canada Bikes. Van Bikes recently updated a blog detailing Arno’s advocacy history, and a ride celebrating his life and legacy was held on December 8th. Several articles have come out in the weeks since his death, each one highlighting what a national treasure Arno was.

    Our thoughts are with  his family, friends and his extended and extensive bike family.  If you would like to honour his legacy, please strike up a reasoned conversation with a non-bike rider, volunteer for your local bike advocacy group, or become a member of
    Vélo Canada Bikes. Nothing would celebrate his life more than a Bike Friendly Canada.

    Pééhoto Credits Yvonne Bambrick

    We have all lost a great leader in cycling in Canada, BC and Vancouver. Really amazing all the great work Arno did. His passion and positive attitude was really inspiring. So power, gentle and kind. He is really missed.

    Richard Cambpell, Vélo Canada Bikes

    I will always remember him as a timeless advocate for cycling and as a gentle and elder statesman of the bike movement. 

    Keane Gruending
    Vélo Canada Bikes

    2019 National Bike Summit Sponsorship Package

    Interested in becoming a sponsor for the 2019 National Bike Summit May 13-14 in Ottawa, Canada? The summit sponsorship package is available now.

    Thank you to our returning sponsors The Co-operators, Outdoor Gear Canada, SRAM, and more! We are also thrilled to announce Shimano Canada as the event’s gold sponsor this year.

    You’ll hear lots more as we continue to work on the event.  If you want to learn more about the conference itself and get a few preliminary details,  see the save the date message.