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Ontario Cycling

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.

Vision

Ontario has a vibrant cycling community with a place for everyone to ride

Mission

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

Chair

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. 

Pary Bell

Secretary

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.

Jeffrey Chu

Jeffrey Chu

Vice-Chair
Jeffrey Chu is a human resource and technology executive at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) where he focuses on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging; the future of work; and digital transformation.

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.

Michelle McCloskey

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.

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Robyn Porter

Chair of Audit & Risk Management

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.

Robin Porter brings change, governance and strategy experience from a career working across many different industries. She has a depth of board experience stemming various director and advisory roles with several not-for-profit organizations, including national and provincial sport organizations.

SIOBHAN KELLY

Athlete Representative

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.

Kendal Clarke

Director at Large

Kendal Clarke has extensive non-profit and private sector leadership experience. She excels in creating and scaling strategic partnerships and helping organizations reach their goals. Kendal loves endurance sports and is passionate about building the next generation of cyclists.

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Trish Weigel

Director at Large

Trish’s focus is creating environments that foster success. As a leader, she is skilled at removing barriers and achieving results. She finds wellness through training and athletic competition and supporting community-based youth recreation.

OC Staff

The Team at Ontario Cycling will respect and support one another, keep each other accountable, strive to achieve excellence and continue to innovate and raise the level of cycling in Ontario.

Pamela Julian

President &
CEO
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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.

Kim Drolet

Business Manager
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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.

Michael Suraci

Sport Performance Director
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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. 

Chris Baskys

Club Relations & Membership Manager
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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.

 

Darren De Ruiter

Event Operations Specialist
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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.

Jackie Chan

Event Operations &
Officials Manager

On Maternity Leave
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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.

Courtney Doret

Event Operations Facilitator
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Management and Development of OC Road and Track Events including, but not limited to, community building, location development volunteer recruitment and legacy building.

Management and Development of BMX Provincial Championships

Management of Officials of all disciplines and the officiating pathway (training, development, retention)

Support the event sanctioning process, including event bid packages and hosting agreements for all levels of events.

Event Calendar Development and Management

Evan Doyle

Marketing & Communications Coordinator
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Management of social media platforms and website.

Creation of content and marketing resources for organization and members.

Management of OC Brand and image.

Oversee development of OC merchandise and promotional materials.

Support management on the development and sourcing of strategic partners & sponsors.

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

Britney Hovencamp

Provincial BMX Development Coach

David Jack

Provincial Track & Road Coach

Murray Solem

Provincial Para-Cycling Coach

Rob Holmgren

Provincial Mountain Bike Coach

Provincial Lead Commissaires

Marie Eve Potvin - Track Provincial Lead Announcement

Marie Eve Potvin

Track Provincial Lead Commissaire

Term: June 2024 to June 2026

Steve Head

General Member Commissaire

Term: June 2023 to June 2025

Ed Sitarski

Off-Road Provincial Lead Commissaire

Term: January 2023 to January 2025

William Trischuk

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 31st.

The Nominations Committee of Ontario Cycling will issue a Call for Candidates in advance of the Annual Meeting, to stand for election to the Board of Directors of Ontario Cycling at the Annual Meeting. 

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.

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Sponsoring & Advertising

Support your cycling community and partner with us. For sponsorship or donation inquiries please contact us.

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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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Ontario Cycling Blog

The Ontario Cycling Blog is written by Molly Hurford, a journalist in love with all things cycling, running, nutrition and movement related. When not outside, she’s writing about being outside and the healthy habits of athletes and interviewing world-class athletes and scientists for The Consummate Athlete podcast and website, and most recently launched the book Becoming A Consummate Athlete‘. She’s the author of multiple books including the Shred Girls, a young adult fiction series and online community focused on getting girls excited about bikes.

Molly is a little obsessed with getting people psyched on an adventure and being outside, and she regularly hosts talks and runs clinics for cyclists and teaches yoga online and IRL… And in her spare time, the former Ironman triathlete now spends time tackling long runs and rides on trails or can be found hiking with her mini-dachshund DW and husband, cycling coach and kinesiologist Peter Glassford.

 

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The photographs and images used on the official website of Ontario Cycling are courtesy of:

John Pohl (BMX) | Jody Wilson (Gravel) | Pedal Power Photography (MTB) | Rob Jones (MTB, Road, Track) | Ariane Brisson (Para) | Chris Roberts (Road) | Ivan Rupes (Road/Track) | Tom Yuyitung (Road) | Jean-Baptiste Benavent (Para)

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