Board of Directors
Lori Kessler Gratl joined the Board in 2010 and serves as the Vice President. With HUB she strives to "make cycling accessible for daily life".
Lori is an architect and enthusiastic cyclist: she bikes to work daily, loves long-distance touring, and is a performing member of the B:C:Clettes. Past bike tours include northern Europe, Rocky Mountains, Arctic Circle, deserts, islands and more. Her architectural work focuses on sustainable design in public buildings: schools, community centres, art galleries, an animal rescue shelter. Lori is the LEED Coordinator for several projects (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design); she also serves on the Board of Directors for Commercial Driveís East End Food Co-op.
Lori has lived in Atlanta; Paris, France; Eugene; and, since 2003, Vancouver.
Alex is a prosecutor helping to enforce Canada's environmental laws. He has an engineering degree & a law degree and he conducts hearings in both English & French. He is also a published legal author on the topic of environmental law. He has appeared before administrative tribunals, the Tax Court of Canada, the B.C. Provincial Court and the B.C. Supreme Court. He has worked closely with various environmental NGOs & government agencies across Canada & founded Hearth Vancouver, a community group that supplies free insulation to homes that
Alex has a strong belief that cycling creates cleaner, closer, and safer communities. He would like to see Vancouver as a model of sustainable and intelligent city planning. He sees cycling as an integral part of the solution to international environmental concerns as well as local concerns about the quality of life in our communities.
Arno was born in the Netherlands of parents who cycled most of their lives. After he was weaned from the child carrier on his mother's bike, he started cycling on a men's CCM by angling his right leg under the cross-bar. He hasn't stopped since.
Arno currently splits his time between house-husband duties, software consulting, volunteer work and, of course, cycling. He has been active in many outdoor activities and has served on the executive committees of outdoor clubs and school parent advisory committees.
He believes that cycling contributes to both mental and physical health and that while a car may sometimes be quicker, cycling always takes less time.
Jonathan Thar moved to Vancouver in 1997 to study marine biology at UBC. He didn't really start experiencing the city, though, until after university when his bike also came west. Relative to any other mode of transportation, Jonathan feels infinitely more connected to and energized by our region when exploring the streets on two self-propelled wheels.
Jonathan works to protect and conserve Canada’s endangered and threatened marine species, is an outstanding leader and communicator, and strongly believes in giving back to his community. He is also passionate about skiing, traveling the world, being with nature, listening to infectious musical rhythms and slow cooking some pretty darn good meals.
Craig has worked or volunteered with many Vancouver nonprofit organizations over the past decade in a variety of capacities from operations to communications and currently works as a manager of community development.
Since riding across Winnipeg as a toddler on a tricycle (his only memory of this being the cookies offered to him by the police officers who eventually found him--altogether a positive experience), Craig has spent many hours on a bicycle in Winnipeg, Vancouver, Montreal and Nara City, Japan, and has the temerity to suggest that while cycling is the most efficient energy input-output system for traveling, and its increased mode share is integral to any urban transportation plan, it is also just plain fun and feels good.
Fiona bought an electric-assist bike in 2009 and became a commuter cyclist, after 40 years of only driving a car. Now she only insures her car for holiday road trips. She is an elementary school teacher in Burnaby, and bikes to work across the Iron Workers’ Memorial Bridge from her home in the City of North Vancouver. She has taught students, from 5 to 75 years old, in English and French, and volunteered to teach in Uganda, Ghana, China and Peru in the summertime. She is on the Executive Committee of the Burnaby Teachers’ Association; volunteers with the North Shore Emergency Social Services; and chairs her neighbourhood community association.
Fiona joined HUB in 2010 and became a member of the board in the summer of 2012. She is on the North Shore HUB Committee and, after breaking her arm in an accident on the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge, joined that committee to work for improvements to the bridge accesses and sidewalks. She hopes to act as liaison to the BC Cycling Coalition and to tackle issues around outdated and/or non-existent TAC standards for cyclists, pedestrians and people on mobility devices.
Having grown up in an area where his friends lived in houses miles away, Roger has used a bike as a means of transportation for as long as he can remember.
The health and environmental benefits that society would reap if short commutes were done on a bike, is a much understated phenomenon.
Roger is an accountant with eighteen years of public accounting and public finance related experience.
Julie Beynon believes in the mainstreaming of cycling for all ages, abilities, and circumstances as a natural transportation choice for getting around and being a connected part of this beautiful part of the world.
Julie joined the HUB Board in 2013, bring management skills including strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, program and project management, communications, and Board-level performance reporting. She holds an MBA as well as project management and risk management designations.
In terms of community leadership, she is also a founding member and lead in the one-acre City of Vancouver-sponsored Copley Community Orchard.
She has lived and worked in Waterloo, Ottawa, Montreal, Vancouver, and Cairo Egypt.
Nandik Patel graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is currently pursuing a Masters in Administrative Sciences - Global Health and Human Services. He has worked in marketing for a leading pharmaceutical firm and the finance sector as a spend analyst.
Nandik believes in cycling as an eco-friendly mode of transportation and ideal way to preserve the beautiful, green city of Vancouver. As Vancouver is an education hub, he strives to promote cycling as an activity especially among youth.
Other favorite hobbies are photography, playing soccer, swimming and travelling. He dreams of visiting the Grand Canyon and cycling along the way.
Cycling is Jen's favourite way to commute. Mostly she simply just enjoys being on a bike, but she also likes the convenience, exercise and being outside. She's glad cycling reduces traffic congestion and air pollution.
She also enjoys mountain biking and long-distance road riding.
Jen works as a lawyer at Vancity credit union. Previously she worked as a corporate/commercial lawyer at law firms in Vancouver and New York.
She wants to help make Metro Vancouver a great place for cyclists of all ages and abilities.
Jennifer works in marketing and communications for community engagement at SFU Vancouver. Her campaigns on sustainability, transportation, and urban re-connection have earned national marketing awards and civic recognition for SFU and partners Vancity and the Vancouver Foundation.
Jennifer’s had bikes since she was a little kid in East Van. She counts long commutes, tours, and rides around the city among her happiest times. She worked through undergraduate and graduate degrees in Sociology and Humanities at SFU, and studied typography and information design in Langara College’s Ideation Program. She's worked as a designer, instructor, writer, researcher and editor. She has also taken all of HUB’s advanced mechanics courses, and loves knowing how to fix her own ride. She has an old road bike, an older touring bike, and a blossoming crush on a city cruiser.
Jennifer joined the board as interim director in 2014. She's well-versed in the benefits bike culture brings to cities. Inspired by years of fun and freedom on two wheels, she is committed to helping build a flourishing bike life in Metro Vancouver.
Who Works Here
Erin has been with HUB for over four years. Her background is in community engagement and urban planning, with a Master of Urban Studies degree from Simon Fraser University.In the past she has worked for local government and crown corporations in their sustainability and outreach initiatives.
Erin was a Director of the Board with the Vancouver Public Space Network from 2007-2012, working to create vibrant urban spaces inviting to everyone. In 2011, she was elected to the Board of the Alliance for Biking and Walking, the North American umbrella association for active transportation advocacy.
Bike Education Program Manager
Scout is responsible for bike education at all ages. Their passion for empowering people to learn about their bicycles, their role on the road, and the fun they can have on their bikes shines through in the success of her programs.
Bike to School has been rapidly growing, in both elementary and high schools in Metro Vancouver, and Scout is also part of the team behind the Right to Bike initiative to push for provincial bicycle education standards.
Scout also manages Streetwise Cycling Courses, offered in community centres in many cities, covering everything from learning to ride as an adult to basic road skills to advanced bike mechanics.
Scout rides a 1984 (that is a guess) black Nishiki International (his name is August) as well as a Maroon Nishiki Sport named Alistair.
Bike to Work Coordinator
Lorraine assists with the Bike to Work program, tirelessly finding fabulous prizes and in-kind contributions that make the event a hit in the region.
As a dreamy child Lorraine pretended her bike was a horse. As an adult she dreams of everyone else galloping on bikes beside her. Lorraine also works as a Cycling Safety Instructor, a Guitar teacher, and can be seen leading her two kids around the city on their own trusty steeds.
Heather coordinates membership benefits, develops membership plans, and reaches out to current and potential members through social media, email, events, and member activities. Her enthusiasm to see the membership grow and thrive is contagious, so watch out!
Heather is not only the HUB Membership Coordinator, she is also the Local Committee Liaison, as well as a cycling instructor.
Sophie supports all of our programs, whether that means Bike to Work Week permits, Streetwise Cycling Courses coordination, or Business for Bikes member outreach. Sophie is a valued part of the team and has been in the roles of Bike to Work Week Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, and Streetwise Cycling Course instructor.
Sophie originally started her cycling adventures chilling in a trailer strapped to the back of her mum's bike. A few decades later, she has now graduated to a maroon Devinci "Liverpool" (named George, of course).
Bike Friendly Business Program Manager
Donna combines her affinity for cycling, program development and community engagement in her role as the Bike Friendly Business Program Manager with HUB. Born and raised in Beijing, she grew up seeing the world on two wheels and through handlebars. Having rediscovered the joy of cycling on the streets of Vancouver, she now rides almost every day and incorporates it often into her travels.
She is currently planning her next rides in Nova Scotia.
Bike Friendly Business Coordinator
Lisa works with businesses to encourage employees and clients to cycle to their sites. She really enjoys working with the business community and believes that it is one of the most exciting groups to work with in terms of great potential synergy. She has been involved with HUB for many years as both a volunteer and staff member and truly appreciates the organization. Having never stopped cycling since she used to cross Vancouver by bike to get to elementary school, she still finds cycling to be one of the best parts of her day.
Bike to Work Manager
Laura is a the Program Manager for Bike to Work Week in Vancouver and is a passionate community event manager and educator. She is a strong believer in happy, healthy, and inclusive urban communities and feels that the bicycle is the key to achieving these societal outcomes. Laura is an avid cyclist and enjoys the convenience of biking, its low environmental impact, and the energy she gets from riding. Her goal is to promote cycling as a primary mode of transportation throughout Metro Vancouver.
Previous stops for Laura include the Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver Foundation, City College Norwich, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, and the Moss Street Community Market in Victoria. When she’s not cycling around Mount Pleasant, she can be found hiking, camping, and learning languages.
Laura has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from McGill University in Montreal.
Director of Programs
Growing up in a small BC interior town, Tim spent much of his youth on a bike exploring and learning about the world. As an adult living in Vancouver Timrediscovered cycling for practical and environmental reasons, and has since become an enthusiastic cyclist, bike mechanic, and bicycling promoter.
Refugee and immigrant settlement have been the focus of Tim's professional career for over two decades prior to his joining HUB in 2013 as Director of Programs. In addition to developing and delivering a range of services for newcomers, Tim has played a central facilitative role between not-for-profit service providers and government funders in the expansion and professionalization of refugee and immigrant services in BC and nationally. Tim is excited to be part of HUB where he can bring his program development expertise to his area of passion - urban cycling.
Director of Marketing, Communications & Campaigns
Colin is responsible for the HUB image and message, such as the HUB website, our social media outreach and promotions, and lots of other fun and creative stuff. He also supports our event and program managers, and helps our Board, members, sponsors and corporate partners get the most out of working with HUB: Your Cycling Connection.
Prior to joining HUB, Colin worked in the BC technology sector, as well as in economic development, insurance, media and entertainment. Born and raised in Ontario, Colin moved to Vancouver in 1995, and currently rides a Kona Dew Deluxe.