Maria Rasouli is the founder and Operator of Escape Bicycle Tours and Rentals and a board member of Bike Ottawa, a cycling advocacy organization in Ottawa. Maria has a PhD in Organizational Psychology from Carleton University. After working as a university lecturer in the business school and management consulting for several years, she decided to pursue her passion for cycling and outdoors by founding Escape Bicycle Tours and Rental in 2015. Maria won the Ottawa Immigrant Entrepreneurship Award in 2015 and Ottawa Tourism’s Company of the Year Award in 2016.
Escape Bicycle Tours and Rentals leverages on Ottawa’s world class cycling infrastructure and promotes an environmentally friendly and a physically healthy way of travelling and sightseeing. Since its establishment, Escape has been rated as #1 tour on TripAdvisor out of more than 60 tours and activities in Ottawa. Escape has contributed to reputing Ottawa as a bicycle friendly community and destination where everyone (families, retirees) can safely cycle and truly see Ottawa at its best.