2019 Board of Director Candidates

 

 

There are nine candidates running for five available positions. Please take some time to review the experience areas matrix above and the candidate profiles at the bottom of this page. You may only vote once for up to five candidates.

Kimberly Allen Erich Harvey Dave Shishkoff
Parker Bloom Taylor Little Jon Watkin
Angie Buonassisi Stuart Lynne Michael Wegner

In order to participate in the AGM and vote in the Board of Directors Election, you must be registered as a 2019 Cycling BC member on or before May 20, 2019.


THREE WAYS TO VOTE


1. Online. You will need to login to your CCN account and select the registration for the 2019 Cycling BC AGM Voting. You will be asked to select up to five candidates for the Cycling BC Board of Directors. Electronic voting will take place until 7:00 PM on June 17, 2019. 
*** VOTE ONLINE NOW ***

2. In person. Votes will also be tallied at the AGM on June 19, 2019. RSVP 

3. Vote by proxy. If you are unable to attend the meeting in person and would like to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf, complete the proxy vote form. Cycling BC must receive notice of proxy vote no later than June 17, 2019, at 7:00 pm, at [email protected] – please note your name, member number and name of the proxy voter.



CYCLING BC BOARD EXPERIENCE WHEEL

Cycling BC requires board representatives with experience in the areas identified in our wheel to keep Cycling BC moving in the right direction.

 

CANDIDATE BIOS

Kimberly Allen | Vancouver

EXPERIENCE IN CYCLING AND VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

  • Took interest in cycling as a triathlete with some local bike racing thrown in for fun
  • Volunteered as a driver at local races for over 5 years including UCI Delta Road Race and Tour of Alberta (Drove the Comm 3 car for 4 consecutive years – learning from Adrian Levesque and Josee Bedard first hand)
  • Began the process of becoming a Cycling BC Commissaire C 3 years ago
  • Participated as a Commissaire ‘trainee’ for 2 consecutive BC Superweeks at 90% of the races
  • Volunteered with EV Spring Series races for the past 4 years – both as a driver and more recently as a Commissaire.
  • Served on the Board of Promotion Plus – a BC organization promoting girls and women in sport – from 2009 – 2013
  • Program Director for the RBC My First Fondo Program in 2014-2015

ORGANIZATIONAL MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE

  • My day job; Legal Transcription and Appeals Manager (Reportex)- remotely managing a staff of 27, with a province-wide client base.
  • Management of all aspects of the RBC My First Fondo Program 2014, 2015
  • Program Director (Forum For Women Entrepreneurs) – managing all aspects of program development and participation 2009 – 2011

HOW DO YOU THINK YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE TO CYCLING BC’s BOARD OF DIRECTORS?

I’d love to help implement a Commissaire development program. One similar to Ontario’s that allows the progress of willing participants to be fluid and concise. I have a strong interest in the High Performance Committee as well. I’d be happy to continue supporting all aspects of Cycling BC.

 

Parker Bloom | Victoria
Incumbent

EXPERIENCE IN CYCLING AND VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

  • Past two years on the Cycling BC Board
  • Event organizer – Organized countless alleycat races, cyclocross clinics, cycling competitions and events in our community.
  • Competitive road, mountain and cyclocross racer.

My employment is a reflection of my interests, and a vehicle for community involvement: Victoria’s Broad Street Cycles is a bike shop, community hub, and facilitator for all sorts of cycling culture activity.

 

ORGANIZATIONAL MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE

  • Managing staff, sales and brand direction for a dynamic and successful bike shop (Broad Street Cycles),
  • Event Organizer for events of varying scales ranging from Friday night alleycat races to the massive undertaking of the 2015 Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships, or the 2018 BC Cyclocross Provincial Championships. These events have contributed to the cycling culture of our province, often offering experiences outside of the typical cycling event structures.

HOW DO YOU THINK YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE TO CYCLING BC’s BOARD OF DIRECTORS?

It is my hope to see the continued growth of cycling in BC. Most importantly, I would love to see a balance where the sport’s depth increases and the level of competition continues to improve, all while participants come out to events, or jump on a bike because they are FUN.

With regards to sport, this is a delicate balance and one that is essential to the long-term viability of racing in our province. While the sport’s elite level must be developed and supported, so as to offer a pathway to the world stage, I believe that this pathway must offer ascendant racers, and those that they line up beside, an outlet for recreation, fun and offer a sense of community.

Angie Buonassisi | Vancouver
Incumbent

EXPERIENCE IN CYCLING AND VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

  • Avid cyclist: Road and MTB (I ride for fun and competitively)
  • Road bike racer with Category 2 licence
  • Indoor Cycling Coach and Ride Leader with NCCP level 1 certification.
  • Volunteer as Club Ride Leader and at Skills Clinics.
  • My company is a sponsor of the WOWride Cycling Club
  • Hosted a Ride to Conquer Cancer fundraiser, raising over $25,000 for the BC Cancer Foundation over the past 2 years
  • Currently serving second year on Cycling BC Board as Director and Treasurer.

 

ORGANIZATIONAL MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE

As the founder and CEO of 2 small companies, I have been responsible for developing all business departments including marketing, sales, finance, IT and operations. After considerable growth, I now provide the vision and direction for the future. I have hands-on strategic management experience in all areas of business. I have an undergraduate degree in business and a MBA.

HOW DO YOU THINK YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE TO CYCLING BC’s BOARD OF DIRECTORS?

I love the cycling community and want to help make it as strong and vibrant as possible. I would like to build on the 2 years of experience I have as a Cycling BC Board Member so that I can better support the Executive Director’s vision and mission for the organization. I strongly believe that less attrition on the board would result in a more efficient and effective board. Erin Waugh has done a remarkable job since she took on her role at what was at the time, an organization in turmoil. She has worked tirelessly to lay the groundwork for growth over the next few years and I would like to support her initiatives.

Erich Harvey | Richmond
Incumbent

EXPERIENCE IN CYCLING AND VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

  • YMCA of Great Vancouver – 21 years, including raising funds for disadvantaged families to attend programs.
  • Kidsafe staff
  • Canadian Diabetes Association – Summer Camp Coordinator
  • Staff at various sports organizations – Sport BC, PacificSport, and Badminton BC
  • Chair and Board Member 2007 World Boccia Cup held at BC Place. (Paralympic sport)
  • Active Cycling BC Recreational Racer…until I had kids.
  • Escape Velocity Devo Coach from 2013-2016
  • NEW – Richmond Flyers Club in Richmond

ORGANIZATIONAL MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE

  • Major Function: Coordinating and Managing Youth Programs through many BC not-for-profit groups
  • Major Function: Managing and coordinating strategic campaigns, through my work with not-for-profits.
  • Major Function: Planning and Policy Development. (Specialty in Voting Procedures and Bylaws) Part of a national team of 12 tasked with developing voting bylaws for nationwide votes as well as a national policy process.
  • Governance experience for a national and BC not-for-profit organization.
  • Fundraising and grant writing experience for a not-for-profit.
  • Social and creative media with several not-for-profit organizations.
  • Media relations through my experience in government and not-for-profit
  • Manage a government office with 3 staff.

HOW DO YOU THINK YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE TO CYCLING BC’s BOARD OF DIRECTORS?

Continue to provide objective leadership on the Cycling BC board and collaborate with the community to ensure the success of my personal vision.

Personal Vision: “An inclusive organization servicing youth, athletes, coaches, officials, disciplines and provides opportunities for individuals to enter and enjoy the lifelong sport of cycling”.

Taylor Little | Vancouver

EXPERIENCE IN CYCLING AND VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

  • Cycling since age 9 when my dad and I decided to do the MS Bike Tour
  • Entered first bike race at age 14 and continued racing with regional/provincial teams until age 21
  • Continued to participate in cycling events in BC
  • Volunteered to manage and organize an annual fundraiser event for a local community charity for the past four years
  • Active board member of a local foundation
  • Leadership roles in various organizations, including law school hockey team where we organized an annual national tournament
  • Student Council in undergrad
  • Volunteered as group ride leader for riders of all ages.

ORGANIZATIONAL MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE

Currently manage a finance business with a team of ten (and growing). This role involves capital markets, business operations, human resources, risk management and investor relations (among others). Prior to that, in my corporate law practice, I led teams through large complex transactions – often under significant time pressure. While more recent experience is heavy on the leadership side, I’ve always been a team player ready to roll up sleeves and chip in wherever I can.

HOW DO YOU THINK YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE TO CYCLING BC’s BOARD OF DIRECTORS?

I am hopeful that I can contribute in many ways to Cycling BC but the two areas that I aspire to have the biggest contribution are on the finance and youth cycling development sides (which I think are related). I want to see the sport grow in BC, and I think one of the best ways to do that is starting at the grassroots level in order to build lifelong riders that will continue to be Cycling BC members and potential future financial contributors. I am also very interested to explore new funding models for the organization and think that my experience in the financial sector would be an asset in doing so.

Stuart Lynne | Port Moody

EXPERIENCE IN CYCLING AND VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS.

  • 10 years on the Board of Directors of Escape Velocity Cycling Club
  • 8 years on the Board of Directors of the Burnaby Velodrome Club
  • 2 years on the Board of Directors of Cycling BC

 

 

 

ORGANIZATIONAL MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE

Race Director for Escape Velocity for 5 years. Organize 30 events per year.

HOW DO YOU THINK YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE TO CYCLING BC’s BOARD OF DIRECTORS?

Provide direction for governance issues as well as policy for Road and Track.

Dave Shishkoff | Victoria

EXPERIENCE IN CYCLING AND VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

  • Racing (road, track, mtb, CX) since around 2003
  • Greater Victoria Velodrome Assoc. board member on and off since ~2005
  • Club organizer
  • Event organizer (weekly track series for many years, small MTB series, and larger track events including Provincial Championships)
  • Volunteering with the local ‘Bike Club’ for kids
  • Similar level of organizing and board experience in non-cycling non-profits as well

ORGANIZATIONAL MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE

A lifetime of non-profit experience as a volunteer, as well as extensive event organizing and management, and volunteer coordination.

HOW DO YOU THINK YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE TO CYCLING BC’s BOARD OF DIRECTORS?

As someone with fairly significant first-hand and grassroots experience on the ‘other side’ of Cycling BC (involved in cycling as an organizer, but outside of the Cycling BC organization itself) I hope to add perspective and insight to the board for the benefit of all members, including Vancouver Island members, helping to continue the growth of our amazing and unique racing scenes, participants and organizers.

Jon Watkin | Victoria
Incumbent

EXPERIENCE IN CYCLING AND VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

  • Member of Cycling BC since 1994
  • Competed in nearly all cycling disciplines since the age of 18.
  • Managed a U23 Road Trade Team from 2012-2016 that won numerous BC Championship Titles and won National Elite National TT Champs in 2013.
  • Organizer for Road and Mountain Bike Events in BC since 2001.
  • Currently Event Director for UCI C1 Bear Mountain Canada Cup / Bike Festival and Canadian National Masters Road Cycling Championships.
  • Member of Cycling BC board for 2018-19 and currently Vice Chair.

ORGANIZATIONAL MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE

  • Strong business management experience with a degree in commerce in entrepreneurial management.
  • Extensive experience in working with and providing oversight to various groups, especially in a cycling context.
  • Served as a board member of various non-profit organization including secretary, chair, and vice chair.

My biggest strengths are in managing many moving parts in large scale cycling projects and working with many groups of vendors, sponsors, volunteers, and community members to develop a roadmap of success.

HOW DO YOU THINK YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE TO CYCLING BC’s BOARD OF DIRECTORS?

I wish to continue to support Cycling BC and staff by providing ongoing strategic input, help the organization find new and sustainable sources of revenue, formulate ideas to increase its membership year-over-year, and drive for higher stakeholder satisfaction. With my experience and having completed 2 years on the CBC board, it is my hope that the membership will nominate me to serve another 2-year term and to transition into the role of chair.

Michael Wegner | North Vancouver

EXPERIENCE IN CYCLING AND VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

  • Cycling for 25 years
  • Served on the board for big clubs, federation as well as Pro Teams in Germany
  • Experiences ranging from cleaning bikes to funding Pro Teams.
  • Helped organize races, restructure organizations to make them more efficient

 

 

ORGANIZATIONAL MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE

I have been living the cycling life for a long time and I am also working in the bike industry. I studied economics and have the qualifications to talk about organizational management.

HOW DO YOU THINK YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE TO CYCLING BC’s BOARD OF DIRECTORS?

The good thing is that I do not have an ego in terms of hoping that everybody loves me. I know that there are jobs and decisions that need to be done in order to get the job done that not everybody will like. I do not see this as a place where I will be everybody’s favourite but I love the sport and want to make it better which means I will ask the questions and change the things that need to be changed to get the sport to the next level. I know what needs to be done and I know how it can be done!

ONLINE VOTING CLOSES JUNE 17, 2019