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Board of Directors

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.

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.

Janice Detta Colli

Vice 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. 

Scott Morrison

Secretary

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.

Jeffrey Chu

Jeffrey Chu

Chair of Audit & Risk Management

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.

Jeffrey Ord

Jeffrey Ord

Chair of Governance & HR Committee

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.

Richard Froner

Richard Froner is a passionate cyclist who has raced at the top level of the sport in North America. He is running his own business on architecture and design. 

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.

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.

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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.

 

Amber Hutchinson

Technical Lead & Performance Program
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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. 

Jackie Chan

Track Events & Technical Manager
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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.

Britney Hovencamp

Event & Sport Coordinator (PT)
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Support of the OC Events Department at events and data collection.

Supports delivery of annual SWOT analysis for the OC Team on competition & events portfolio (surveys, data analytics, metrics, gap/risk analysis and suggested improvements within processes and policies).

Event Participation Survey data. Analytics and reports.

HopOnProgramming events and delivery.

Support Sport Performance Department in planning BMX programming, including camps, and Team Ontario performance initiatives.

Event day support.

Manage 3rd party relationships directly related OCevents.

Darren De Ruiter

Competition & Events Organizer - Mountain Bike & Cyclo-Cross
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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.

Alex Roger

Grassroots & Community Developer
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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).

Patrik Zimmermann

Marketing & Communications Specialist
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Overall responsibility on external communication as well as internally. 

Manage and source ideas for blogs, vlogs, videos, podcasts and photography.

Design, creation and supervision of marketing and promotion material. Partner and advertising management.

Content Marketing creation and management for all social media platforms – social media calendar.

Overall responsibility for all Ontario Cycling run social media channels and the website. Point of contact for all inquiries. 

Management of OC promotion through networking and community 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

Brendan Arnold

Provincial BMX Coach

David Jack

Provincial Track & Road Coach

VACANT

Provincial Para-Cycling Coach

Rob Holmgren

Provincial Mountain Bike Coach

Provincial Lead Commissaires

Benjamin Hill

Benjamin Hill

Track Provincial Lead Commissaire

Term: June 2022 to June 2024

Steve Head

General Member Commissaire

Term: September 2022 to August 2023

Jeff Kerton

Off-Road Provincial Lead Commissaire

Term: January 2021 to January 2023

Brad Day

Road Provincial Lead Commissaire

Term: January 2022 to January 2024

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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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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Gary Simmons (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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