Ontario Cycling (OC) is the recognized authority by Cycling Canada on all aspects of cycling in Ontario, including Mountain Bike, Para-Cycling, Road, Track, and BMX. All staff are employed by the OC to facilitate the achievement of its long-term vision and planned annual targets. All personnel are required to operate within the policies and procedures as established by the associations volunteer Board of Directors and are expected to act consistently with the association’s values.
Ontario has a vibrant cycling community with a place for everyone to ride
Build and connect Ontario’s cycling community to support all cyclists in their passion for the sport
Our Stategic Objective
Developing a culture focused on Organizational Excellence will ensure that Ontario Cycling remains dynamic and an industry leader.
By focusing on our vibrant communities and seeking ways to collaborate together, we will ensure that we are creating a sense of belonging within the cycling community in Ontario.
By continually seeking ways to increase our thriving event portfolio, we are ensuring that all cyclists have an opportunity to participate in our sport in their own way.
By continuing to build on our competitive success as a sport in Canada and the world, we are creating opportunities and inspiration for all cyclists in Ontario
Board of Directors
Janice Detta Colli
Janice Detta Colli has an impressive reputation as a leader, consultant and sought-after speaker on human capital issues and dynamics in the boardroom for over 20 years.
She is passionate about Boards and the dynamic challenges facing their leadership.
Janice is a former Director College faculty member (a joint venture between McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada), is a Chartered Director (C.Dir.) and has sat on numerous local and national boards. She’s a Professional Mastermind Facilitator and EMCC Global Certified Coach with up-to-date Board level training in Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Accessibility.
Chair of Nominations Committee
Pary Bell is a cycling enthusiast and values-driven executive who knows how to make things happen. With a knack for enhancing user experiences and thinking outside the box, Pary consistently delivers outstanding results.
Cycling means pushing boundaries, challenging myself, and finding solace in the rhythm of the pedals. It became my therapy on two wheels, a delightful escape from the everyday chaos. It all began as a simple means of getting around but became a thrilling obsession when I started mountain bike racing in my 30s. Since then, I have been hooked, and there has been no turning back ever since. For this reason, I decided to take the next step and give something back to the community, which has always given me a warm and friendly welcome.
It is an absolute privilege for me to be part of the Ontario Cycling Board. It is about fuelling the cycling passion in Ontario and shaping its future by ensuring everyone can experience the joy of two-wheeled adventure now and in the years to come.
Vice-Chair / Chair of Audit and Risk Management
As a cyclist, Jeffrey enjoys being on the road, track, and dirt, participating in various events like Fondos and races. In 2021, Jeffrey bought a mountain bike after his bike mechanic reminded him again that his gravel bike is not a mountain bike.
Chair of Governance & HR Committee
Michelle McCloskey has more than a decade of experience working with various boards of directors and senior executives in the Not-for-Profit Sector.
Michelle specializes in the management and development of the governance processes and procedures used to facilitate the business affairs of organizations, including the structure and balance of power between management and board. She also teaches Governance and Administration, as part of the Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation program at Georgian College.
Cycling has been more than just a hobby or exercise for Michelle — “it’s an avenue for exploration and a means to connect with communities. Cycling creates this unique sense of freedom and flexibility, the ability to travel with a lower carbon footprint, explore your surroundings and experience the sights and sounds of a place up close. Given all that, her goals in being on the Board of Ontario Cycling are to enhance OC governance practice, support advocacy efforts for safe cycling infrastructure, and support opportunities to collaborate with local stakeholders to develop exciting cycling events and initiatives.”
On weekends, you can find her cycling on back country roads in search of Ontario’s best butter tart. Michelle has a Master’s in Public Administration from McMaster University, and Governance Professionals of Canada designation.
Ontario has a rich and vibrant cycling community. It is nearly impossible to ride a trail, path, or roadway without being met by someone that waves enthusiastically and wants to share their love of the sport.
Cycling has given me, my best friends, fitness and a sense of never-ending competition, joy and exploration. In addition to being a lifelong cyclist, I am a public servant with a deep passion for community safety and promoting a healthy lifestyle. Although primarily a road cyclist, I have enjoyed mountain, BMX, and fat biking. I have participated in grassroots programming and fundraising in the north of Ontario, and in many fundraising and memorial events.
Participating on the OC Board is an extraordinary privilege and one I am tremendously grateful to the OC and our members.
I grew up racing in the Ontario Cycling system where I started as a peewee racer through to where I am now as an elite racer competing internationally and running my own program Black Dog Racing. I got to where I am today because of the opportunities I had through Ontario Cycling, and I want to help and represent the racers of today to be able to do the same.
As a member of the Ontario Cycling Board, my role is important to me. Serving as an Athlete Representative is crucial in ensuring that all athletes within the Ontario Cycling community have a voice and proper representation on the OC board. I deeply value this position and eagerly anticipate the opportunity to assist athletes in various ways, specifically in the progression of high-performance athletes and programs.
Looking ahead, my aspirations involve positively contributing to Ontario communities and fostering the enjoyment of recreational and competitive cycling. Furthermore, I am committed to enhancing Ontario’s talent pool, as we boast some of the finest athletes in the country across various racing disciplines.
Director at Large
Jeff Ord is Cannabis At Work’s entrepreneurially spirited VP of Accounts & Relationships – a cannabis specific recruitment and HR consulting firm.
With a decade of experience helping small organizations grow, Jeff is passionate about creating space & place for people to become the best versions of themselves.
Jeff previously served as the Executive Director of Freestyle Skiing Ontario where he led organizational transformation to service all levels of its community while also developing Olympic champions.
Jeff also holds an MSc in Environmental Science and is an avid skier, surfer and traveler in his free time. He is also an active member of the global Burning Man community.
Policy creation and management, including procedural implementation. Stategic Plan Management and direction. Maintaining collaborative relationship with OC Board and Committees. Strategic Partnership Development and Management.
Management of organization complaints and discipline proceedings
Strategic Partnership Development and Management. Grant Management and Reporting.
Oversight of daily business and organization operations. Working as a member of the senior management team to strategize on the development and management of the annual operational plan.
Maintain financial operations and records, including Quickbooks, banking, payroll and the annual audit.
Human Resources, including but limited too, ensuring adherence to OC Employee Handbook, expense tracking, and onboarding & training of new staff. HR Business Continuity and Role Management Plans.
Sport Performance Director
Responsible for strategic development and implementation of the provincial athlete pathway from grassroots to national team programming.
Working with events to provide support for athlete development pathways and rules/regulations.
Oversee all financial and resource allocations in alignment with approved OC budget, including grant writing and management of all high performance granting programs.
Grant Management and Reporting.
Manage all key stakeholder partnerships to ensure alignment with strategic goals and maximize efficient use of resources [CSIO/CC/CPC/etc.].
Support to CEO for strategic and operational planning oversight.
Club Relations & Membership Manager
Membership Strategic Direction and oversight.
Oversee the OC membership portfolio including but not limited to; the licensing program/database and its related processes, online payment, registration systems and reconciliation processes resulting in the needs of the core membership being met.
Ensure that affiliated clubs are in compliance with all OC requirements of the affiliation in which they have been given.
Club Relations through networking and outreach opportunities.
Club Development and Management
Work with relevant staff to develop and oversee an OC member and club communication plan which includes strategies and tactics focused on communicating with existing and potential members.
Technical Lead & Performance Program
Coordination of strategic integrated sport service team (IST). Services include strength and conditioning, nutrition, physiology and mental performance.
Coordinating high performance camps, projects and team selection processes across all Olympic and Paralympic disciplines.
Coordinating high performance coach development including conferences, workshops and professional development.
Event Operations &
Responsible for the organization and delivery of the Youth Track Development Series, Ontario Cup Track Series, and Track Provincial Championships.
Management of officials of all disciplines and the officiating pathway (training, development, retention).
Responsible for technical aspects of all disciplines and ensuring guidelines are current.
Grassroots & Community Developer
Host grassroots and early development athlete camps.
Development and management of grassroots programming within in Ontario – liaison with clubs, other provinces and CC.
Lead and Coordinate HopOn Implementation and program roll out across the province.
Coordinate NCCP Coaching Courses and development opportunities (not HP activities).
Darren De Ruiter
Competition & Events Organizer - Mountain Bike & Cyclo-Cross
Event Strategic Direction and Oversight.
Event Calendar Development & Management
Management and Development of OC Events including, but not limited to, community building, location development, volunteer recruitment and legacy building.
Event Organizer training, development and relationships.
Organizer Relationships & Networking.
Development and oversight of Event Management Policies and Procedures.
Manage the event sanctioning process, including event bid packages and hosting agreements for all levels of events.
High Performance Coaching Staff
“Riding a bike is everything to a cyclist. The friendship and camaraderie you have with other cyclists… to a cyclist, it was the be-all and end-all of your life.”
Michael Foley, Canadian racing cyclist and former Team Ontario athlete
Provincial Lead Commissaires
Track Provincial Lead Commissaire
Term: June 2022 to June 2024
General Member Commissaire
Term: September 2022 to August 2023
Off-Road Provincial Lead Commissaire
Term: January 2023 to January 2025
Road Provincial Lead Commissaire
Term: January 2024 to January 2026
OC By-Laws & Strategy
The Ontario Cycling By-laws are the rules that govern the management of our organization. The topics in the by-laws include:
- The general conduct and affairs of the OC
- Membership Information
- The governance of the Board of Directors and how they are elected
- How meetings of the Board of Directors are conducted
- Finance and Management
Ontario Cycling is launching consultations with members, stakeholders and partner organizations as it develops its strategic plan for 2022-2025. There has never been a more important time to set the vision for the future of cycling in Ontario than right now, as society moves out of the COVID pandemic.
Over the past two seasons, we’ve seen races, rides and other events cancelled as we’ve all been asked to stay home and limit physical contact. As we hopefully move towards group riding and racing again this fall, OC will take some time over the summer to engage its members in setting the vision for the future.
The development of the strategic plan took place over the summer/fall of 2021 with data pulled from online surveys and focus groups. With the new board members elected in mid-November, the hiring of a new President and CEO Pam Julian in December 2021 and Nicole Visschedyk being announced new Chair of the OC Board of Directors we would like to take the beginning of 2022 to review. In March 2022 the strategic plan was officially released.
OC Annual Meeting & Finance
Ontario Cycling Annual Meeting (AM) is taking place once a year. In past years the AM has been held in the month of November but in order to be compliant with the Ontario Not for Profit Act, the AM should be held within six (6) months after the fiscal year end, which is December 31.
Ontario Cycling welcomes applications from members of racialized minorities, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of various sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to help Ontario Cycling engage productively with diverse communities and contribute to the mission of the organization.
Annual Meeting Minutes
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Sponsoring & Advertising
Sponsorship opportunities include:
- OCup Series
- Youth Cup Series
- Annual OC Club Excellence/ Development Summit
- Team Ontario
- Ontario Women’s Ride Day
- Ontario Youth Ride Day
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