The board of the Ontario Cycling Association [OCA] is pleased to announce that Nicole Visschedyk has accepted her appointment as the new Chair of the OCA Board of Directors for a 1 year term. Nicole replaces Grahame Rivers as chair who has taken the position of secretary.
Nicole 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.
To connect with Nicole please contact: [email protected]