Nicole Visschedyk - Chair

Nicole Visschedyk is a recovering journalist who currently works for the Ontario government
where she is focused on developing risk frameworks for the Treasury Board Secretariat.
She has been staff at four different newspapers and filed for more than 15.

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Nicole Visschedyk is a recovering journalist who currently works for the Ontario government
where she is focused on developing risk frameworks for the Treasury Board Secretariat.
She has been staff at four different newspapers and filed for more than 15.

In government, she has led the development of several provincial boards, including the
Minister’s Digital and Data Task Force and the Condominium Authority of Ontario’s board of
directors. She has expertise in board governance and organizational design.

Prior to the provincial government, Nicole was a legislative aid on parliament hill for the
National Finance Chair, Senate.

In a volunteer context she has sat on several boards including her local chapter of the
Alzheimer’s Society Board.

Nicole has always loved bikes and has raced in several types of bike races in Ontario,
including cyclocross, road, mountain bike and this year downhill.

She has also been a long time volunteer in the Toronto cycling scene and has helped with
multiple races and sat on the board for the Dark Horse Flyers. She is a volunteer coach with
Midweek’s cyclocross race series. Nicole has raced for Bateman’s Bike Co for the past five
years. She has been involved in safety advocacy in her home, Toronto and developed a
program to identify high risk zones in the city.

Nicole believes that cycling is for everyone and that the support for elite athletes is crucial
to the success and growth of the sport in Ontario. She believes organizations are strongest
when they embrace diversity and transparency. She believes that cycling has the power to
build community and that Ontario has incredible athletic potential.
Nicole is a proud member of the Métis Nation of Ontario and grew up within a
traditional Métis family.

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Grahame Rivers - Secretary

Grahame Rivers is an advocate for safer roads and greater participation in cycling. He has
a strong family history in cycling, his father is an OCA commissaire, his wife is an elite
mountain bike racer, his children are all on bikes and Grahame has competed in European
UCI races and held multiple masters provincial championship titles.

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Grahame Rivers is an advocate for safer roads and greater participation in cycling. He has
a strong family history in cycling, his father is an OCA commissaire, his wife is an elite
mountain bike racer, his children are all on bikes and Grahame has competed in European
UCI races and held multiple masters provincial championship titles.

Professionally, Grahame has worked at the highest levels of government and is an expert in
digital communications. He would like to use these skills to help the OCA better listen to
and communicate with its members.

Grahame is driven to provide more opportunities for racing and riding. Living in Ottawa,
Grahame is also focused on ways to increase regional participation.

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Richard Froner

I think it's important to give back to the sport that has given me so much, and hopefully, this could be another avenue to do this. I have been racing, coaching, managing and volunteering in the sport for over 40 years, and my passion for it has never been greater. 

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I think it’s important to give back to the sport that has given me so much, and hopefully, this could be another avenue to do this. I have been racing, coaching, managing and volunteering in the sport for over 40 years, and my passion for it has never been greater. My love for cycling began while watching my father race back in the early 1970’s. I began my racing ‘career’ in 1979 in the cadet (U17) rank in Ontario. From 1983 – 1995 I raced at the top level of the sport in North America on the road and track, including a short stint on the National Team in 1989. In my private life, I have run my own business for over 25 years, as well as holding a seat on the Committee of Adjustment in Toronto East (Scarborough) from 2004 to 2010. I believe my experience in the sport as well as in private life will be of benefit on the Board of Directors. My goal is to bring a “racing forward” attitude to the board, and to help shape policy that will encourage more inclusive racing, from the beginner to High Performance, and a return to a full calendar of racing events in the near future.

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Scott Morrison

Since 2014, I have been an active member of the OPP Cycling Team. My leadership and participation in community outreach activities such as: supporting vulnerable First Nations youth in Pikangikum, promoting safer roads through fund raising and awareness building activities, participation in the provincial and national police memorial rides has been recognized by two OPP Commissioners.

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In Feb 2019, I cycled the ice road from Red Lake Ontario to Pikangikum, a fly-in First Nations community in norther Ontario to raise funds for a grass roots cycling program started by the OPP. I have flown there as a volunteer by invitation with the OPP to teach kids safe cycling skills, bike maintenance and to help sustain a youth led cycling program.

I have participated seven times in the National Police and Peace Officer Memorial Ride to Remember. This nearly 700 km ride over four days includes community engagement activities with the families and friends of fallen officers, the OPP Youth Foundation and attendance at the National Police and Peace Officer Memorial in Ottawa at Parliament Hill.

In 2018 due to my strategic and leadership skill, I was advanced to the position of Acting  Director of the Business Management Bureau of the Ontario Provincial Police. In this position, I led approximately 65 civilian and uniform members and was accountable for OPP Policy, several hundred million dollars in project work. I led with humility and integrity to inspire, engage, motivate, educate and develop all team members.

As a Senior Manager of the Research, Planning and Analysis Section of the Business Management Bureau of the OPP, I led Multi-year Planning (MYP), Program Review Renewal Transformation (PRRT) work at the OPP and participated at several levels in budgeting, costing, cost constraint, forecasting and strategic planning activities. I have authored MYP and PRRT business cases, decision notes, risk notes and performance reports for Treasury Board Secretariat and OPP command.

 

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Michael Fawcett

My vision for the Ontario Cycling Association is one that sees the development of inclusive opportunities and enthusiastic participation for all groups, within all areas of our sport.

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I have been an elite athlete my entire life, competing at the highest level of sport and serving as a member of Canada’s National team. Today, I blend my love to compete with my passion for cycling, and I race on both the road and the track and at one point was lucky enough to hold a provincial title. To put it simply:  I just love riding my bike. It’s been a constant all my life. It’s taken me amazing places. It keeps me healthy, both mentally and physically.  And I do not know where I would be without it.  My job as a senior member of the provincial government, adjunct university professor, and volunteer with the Ontario Justice Network are invaluable to my professional growth. But on a personal level, cycling is my true love.

It is this love for riding that pushes me to make the cycling community welcoming for everyone, whether that’s junior riders who are just getting into the sport, our elite Ontario-based athletes who are dreaming of competing on the international stage, or adult recreational riders who are just trying to stay fit and engaged with their community and friends.

This perspective has hit close to home in recent years, with the birth of my twins. I’m a proud father to two young girls.  They both love to ride their bikes.  I want to see the cycling community embrace and support them.  This means fostering their athletic potential and creating an environment in which all children (particularly young girls and others from traditionally marginalized cycling communities) can feel safe on our roads, develop their skills, and reach their potential – whether as high-performance cyclists or just kids looking to have fun.  Cycling ought to be for everyone. The OCA should work to make it so.

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