People at HUB

HUB Cycling is committed to creating a welcoming, inclusive organization and to working with people and communities to support them to thrive and prosper.  Diversity is integral to this commitment. Diversity among our members, volunteers, staff and Board of Directors allows us to better understand, connect to, and respond to the needs of HUB members and broader communities.

Visit bikehub.ca/diversity to learn more.

Board Members

Derik Wenman

Derik Wenman

President

Derik was born and raised in the lower mainland and has lived and worked extensively throughout British Columbia.

A background in both Finance and IT has led him to work in various technology and finance based start-ups and companies. His volunteer experience includes working with Whistler Sport Legacies encouraging the public to explore winter sports and the Vancouver Foundation promoting their Neighborhood Small Grants Program. 

He currently owns and operates a specialized accounting firm based in Surrey and bikes from his home in Vancouver to work on a regular basis. This commute, covering 4 separate municipalities, combined with a desire to explore has given him an appreciation for the diversity and breadth of bicycling opportunities within Metro Vancouver.

He believes that bicycling is an incredibly healthy practice, not just for individuals, but for our environment and our communities. He sees HUB as playing a significant role in working with residents, business and government to create safe and efficient cycling opportunities for all Metro Vancouver residents.

Jeff Leigh

Jeff Leigh

Vice President

Now retired, Jeff is a former Vice President at Finning International, which brought Jeff to live and work across Canada, South America, and Europe. Jeff also led engineering teams at Westport Innovations.

Jeff lives downtown and cycles locally, while also enjoying cycling trips abroad. He believes that cycling for transportation can best be increased by ensuring people have access to safe infrastructure, and that people feel safe when cycling. Action work to promote these goals is our most valuable contribution. This includes advocating for improvements at all levels of government, and celebrating our successes.

Jeff is chair of the Vancouver/UBC Committee at HUB, where he leads advocacy efforts including Assessment Rides and Reports. Jeff also sits on the Operations Committee and Regional Advisory Committee, where he has worked hands-on to make operational improvements relating to Board Policies and Procedures, and worked on regional advocacy issues.

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Matthew Alexander

Treasurer

Matt was born and raised in Vancouver and has recently returned from five years living in Toronto. His passion for cycling took off after a Canada-wide bike trip. Since then he’s been an avid cyclist and was one of the few all-season cyclists in Toronto.

Matt is a Chartered Professional Accountant- CA with over 10 years of accounting and finance experience. He has extensive experience preparing financial statements, reviewing internal controls and preparing annual and multi-year budgets. His board experience includes acting as the Chair of the Finance Committee for the West End Food Co-operative- a co-op promoting access to healthy and sustainable food.

He believes that cycling is incredibly fun and that with the right exposure everyone would prefer a bike over other modes of transportation. He sees HUB as a fantastic way to expose and educate residents as to how amazing commuting can be on a bike.

Geneviève Bowers

Secretary

Geneviève Bowers is a regular commuter, a road cyclist, and an adventurer who enjoys self-supported cycle touring. In the past, she’s also used cycling to fundraise for ovarian cancer research. She has 13 years of experience analyzing various policy issues and developing policy for public entities. Geneviève has also volunteered as a Board Director for a non-profit that fundraises for and disperses student financial awards. She has skills and experience in fundraising, working closely with senior officials, intergovernmental relations, stakeholder engagement, and strategic planning. Genevieve works as Policy Analyst at British Columbia Lottery Corporation.

 

Matt Strand

Matt is a sustainability communication specialist with a passion to nudging people to make healthier decisions for both themselves and the planet. As a board member, Matt hopes that his skills in strategy and marketing can assist HUB in its continued growth in both Metro Vancouver and beyond. On a personal note, Matt enjoys all types of riding. He can be often found exploring the mountain bike trails throughout the province, riding his road bike in countries like Cuba, Colombia and Spain or late night cyclocross adventures in Stanley Park.

Tai Silvey

Tai Silvey is a founding member of Evo Car Share and currently leads the Evo business for BCAA. Tai is an accomplished brand builder and business leader and has played key roles in the launch and explosive growth of businesses from Evo Car Share to Dyson Vacuums to Red Bull.

Tai is a transportation futurist and has a passion for helping design solutions for cities that promote vibrant and livable communities. As an urban dweller and cyclist, Tai believes that cycling needs to play a central role in mobility to create livable cities of the future. He also believes that getting more people to cycle more often can build community and increase the health of people and the environment. 

Jean Lawson

Jean has lived and cycled (for commuting and for recreation) in a number of cities across Canada, and loves exploring new places by bike. She is passionate about cities, and has an extensive background in government relations and policy development, having worked at the BC Legislature in Victoria, for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in Ottawa, and now for the City of Richmond. She is excited to advocate for cyclists of all abilities to have access to safe and efficient cycling infrastructure.

Paul Kennedy

Paul learned the joys of cycling on the mean streets of Toronto in the 1970s – a very different time for urban cyclists. Arriving in Vancouver as a university student he found his way around Vancouver and suburbs for years by bike – exploring the mountains and the city and finding kindred spirits in cycling clubs and low-key racing. When he’s not working as an executive in the space industry Paul is often found managing his kids bikes and finding excuses to ride. He believes in the universality of cycling and the value of introducing people of all ages and backgrounds to the joy of (safely) feeling the wind in your face on a self-propelled adventure of any scale. Paul lives with his family in East Vancouver.

Nadia Fourik

Nadia was born and raised in North Vancouver and currently lives in the Moodyville neighborhood. Nadia has a background in business and management consulting. She completed her Master of Public Health from the University of British Columbia in 2018 and is now the Regional Leader for Health Promotion and Prevention at Vancouver Coastal Health. Nadia is passionate about creating transportation networks that make active transportation the convenient choice for people of all ages and abilities. You can find her cycling the North Shore on the weekends, to her office in Vancouver during the week, and exploring new places by bike whenever time permits.

Julia Gellman

Julia has lived in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. With experience as a bike commuter in all these cities, she is dedicated to the creation of bike-friendly cities and communities. Currently, she works as the Sustainability Specialist for the University Neighbourhoods Association and has just completed her Masters of Education for Sustainability at UBC. Julia also volunteers for the Vancouver Park Board’s Neighbourhood Matching Fund; supporting neighbourhood-based community projects to enhance parks and public spaces in the city. Julia hopes to contribute to HUB’s Board of Directors by helping create systems, infrastructure, and community around cycling in Metro Vancouver.

Carlos Alonso

Carlos started biking when he was five years old on the streets of a small town in Argentina. At university, he used to cycle everywhere and did some occasional racing, too. After graduation, he continued biking in Italy, on the hilly roads of Turin, where he lived and started a family. In 2004, he landed in Vancouver to work in the aerospace industry as a program manager.

Now Carlos rides his road bike across the lower mainland to stay healthy and to explore different bike paths. Carlos believes cycling is a valid option for transportation as well as a healthy practice for all ages. He hopes his work at HUB will help open up more bike lanes to explore. 

Peter Sales

Peter was born in England and first moved to Vancouver to study at UBC for a year in 2005. And moving back and forth a few times he finally settled in Canada in 2012 and now lives in North Vancouver. Peter first trained as a High School English teacher but transitioned to the Tech Industry and is currently a Development Director at Electronic Arts in Burnaby.

Peter has been a keen cyclist from an early age and is excited to help advocate for safe cycling and encourage more people to get out on their bikes! Having spent time living in Europe and witnessed firsthand the cycling culture in countries such as the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany he is hopeful that with time Canada and other countries around the world can adopt similar practices and bring about hugely positive changes for the environment, community, and well-being of the planet which cycling can deliver!

Özge Yazar

Özge is a lawyer practicing commercial litigation in downtown Vancouver.  After growing up in Ankara, she lived in Istanbul, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, and Montreal.  Özge started cycling to compete in triathlons, but now also commutes and races on a bike.

Özge is committed to improving cycling infrastructure in British Columbia and expanding the possibilities for exploring or commuting on two wheels.  She hopes to contribute to the board with her experience with cycling infrastructure around the world, as well as her understanding of the legal infrastructure in BC.

Staff

Erin O'Melinn

Erin O'Melinn

Executive Director

Erin has worked with HUB Cycling since 2009. 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. From 2011 to 2016 she was on the Board of the Alliance for Biking and Walking, the North American umbrella association for active transportation advocacy.

Timothy Welsh

Timothy Welsh

Director of Program Development

Tim spent much of his youth in the South Okanagan exploring by bike.  As an adult living in Vancouver Tim rediscovered cycling for practical and environmental reasons, and has since become an enthusiastic cyclist, bike mechanic, and bicycling promoter.   Before joining HUB Cycling in 2013 Tim's work in refugee and immigrant resettlement included developing and delivering a range of direct services, and playing a central facilitative role between service providers and government funders in the expansion and professionalization of the BC settlement services sector.  As HUB Cycling's Director of Program Development, Tim works with the HUB Cycling team to build the strength and reach of existing education and events programming, and develops new programs which support HUB Cycling's mandate including Research, Bike Friendly Buildings and Newcomer Bike Mentorship.   

Rose Gardner

Director of Bike Education

Rose believes that continuing to ride bikes for transportation is one of the smartest life decisions she had made.  That decision has made her happier, healthier and more connected to her local community. Since moving to Vancouver in 2000, she’s been delighted to cycle the ever growing number of bike routes throughout the region and southwest BC.

At HUB Cycling, Rose oversees the Bike Education department including hundreds of bike courses in schools and the community as well as Everyone Rides Grade 4-5.  

Prior to joining HUB Cycling, Rose worked as a manager and instructor in various outdoor recreation and education organizations.  She has also worked as a Director of Operations for a local paddling company, responsible for company operations, risk management, human resources and the paddling school. Rose has a degree in Geography from UBC and is nationally certified to instruct various outdoor activities.  She is very excited to lead HUB’s bike education team into a future where universal cycling education is available to all.

Navdeep Chhina

Director of Campaigns & Inclusion

When more people cycle, communities become happier, healthier and more sustainable. To this end, Navdeep Chhina aspires to help build a network of inclusive and safe cycling infrastructure for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. At HUB Cycling, Navdeep (ਨਵਦੀਪ ਸਿੰਘ - he/him) oversees inclusion and diversity efforts, media relations, stakeholder relations, community relations and advocacy efforts. Creating a welcoming, inclusive organization and collaborating with people from underrepresented and marginalized communities is integral to these efforts.

A settler on the unceded lands of the Coast Salish peoples, Navdeep grew up in Chandigarh, India.

Emily Beam

Director of Operations

Emily (she/her) uses cycling as a way to live lightly on the land and stay active. She is so excited to be working at HUB as the Director of Operations. In this role, she oversees the finances, IT systems, policies, and planning.
Prior to working at HUB, Emily spent seven years at ArtStarts in Schools as Grants Manager, Director of Programs, and then Director of Administration. She has worked as a grantor, lender, and facilitator for various non-profits, foundations, and social enterprises.

Emily is a white settler living on unceded Coast Salish territory with her young family. 

Jenny Tan

Director of Partnerships and Events

Jenny Tan 陳美希 (she/they) is thrilled to help make cycling more accessible to more people. At HUB Cycling, Jenny oversees partnerships with corporate and community organizations and also HUB Cycling's events. She was previously the Director of Business Development for Western Canada's largest multicultural marketing agency, a journalist with Postmedia, and a political consultant. Jenny is currently the co-chair of the City of Vancouver's Renters Advisory Committee. Outside of work, you'll find Jenny out for a swim in a lake, making jam, or trying out restaurants along a bike route.

Catherine Acuna

Catherine Acuna

Membership Manager

Cathy joined HUB cycling in 2016 as Membership Manager.  Cathy loves hearing from dedicated HUB supporters and hopes to expand the organizations membership base to further grow the voice and impact of HUB.

Having previously worked for environmental non-profits, Cathy is passionate about working towards improving the environment through alternate means of transit and helping all people across Metro Vancouver, find the confidence they need to get on their bikes!  

A Los Angeles transplant, Cathy loves living a car free lifestyle in Vancouver and can be found on the weekends zipping around the sea wall on her bright red Biria bike!

Jennifer Rai

Jennifer Rai

Office Manager

Jennifer comes to HUB Cycling with a background in Business Management and has over ten years experience working in both the for and non profit sector. Besides maintaining office operations, finances and administration, Jennifer also assists our programs, events and membership services ensuring the office runs like a well oiled bike chain. While living in Amsterdam, Jennifer's love for cycling as a means of transportation and a healthy lifestyle flourished. She was inspired and enlightened and looks to continue the ease of cycling in her own Vancouver community.

 

Gavin Davidson, MRM, MCIP, RPP

Planning and Research Lead

A nationally recognized leader in transportation policy, planning and facility design, Gavin brings two decades of experience facilitating trans-disciplinary teams in developing ambitious, award-winning plans and projects.  Using a collaborative approach, Gavin has helped organizations and agencies across Canada integrate policy and design innovation to achieve more efficient, safe and sustainable built environments.  As one of a select few certified trainers for the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), Gavin presents regularly at conferences and seminars throughout Canada.

Kristen Elder

Instructor Manager

Kristen became involved with HUB in 2018 after a road trip from her home base of Toronto brought her to Vancouver. She was quick to fall for the sudden ease and freedom of bicycle travel here. It became her means of commuting, exercising, socializing, and adventuring – and overall brought lines on the map to life. When the opportunity arose to use her outdoor education background in the Bike Ed. Instructor role, it was an easy transition. The energizing and rewarding season on the front-line sparked her interest in the behind the scenes work that culminated in such a successful program; thus drawing her to become an Instructor Manager. 

Kristen earned a BSc in Zoology, and Cognitive Psychology from the University of Guelph. Animal research was her gateway to Canada’s backcountry, and cycling continues to allow her quick access to nature while in the city. Being a firm believer in the all-around benefits of fresh air, wherever one may find it, Kristen is delighted to facilitate programs that draw people out the door and onto their bikes!

 

Rianna Fiorante

Marketing Manager

Rianna joined HUB Cycling during the Summer of 2019 as their Marketing Coordinator. Growing up as a young girl, she spent much of her time biking trails in Washington at her family's trailer in Whatcom Meadows. Since then she has grown passionate about connecting with like-minded individuals through a plethora of outdoor activities, including trail running, biking and hiking.
In 2018, she graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Business Administration, concentrating in Marketing, and minoring in Interactive Arts and Technology, with a Certificate in Corporate Environmental and Social Sustainability. While completing her undergrad, she co-founded a film production company called Stream Productions that focuses on raising environmental awareness through comedic media and film. Stream's films attracted the attention of reputable organizations such as the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, and Scouts Canada. Rianna is excited to use her experience and background to help HUB Cycling build happier, healthier, and more connected communities through cycling.

Kate Shen

Go By Bike Week Manager

Kate joined HUB Cycling at the start of 2021 as their Bike to Work Week Coordinator. Kate loves biking through the city in her free time and using her bike to make deliveries for her small business. One of her fondest biking memories was exploring the outskirts of Cuba on her bike after class each day during a field course she took part of in the summer of 2015. Kate is very passionate about health and sustainability and is excited to share the benefits of cycling with the community.

Kate grew up in Ottawa and lived abroad for several years before settling down in Vancouver in 2019. Kate has a BSc in Environmental Biology from the University of Guelph and an MSc in Environmental Sciences from Lancaster University. 

Lisa Storey

Events Manager 

Lisa (she/her) is our Event Manager, looking after our Bike to School, Bike to Shop and Bike Awards events. Before joining HUB in 2022, she worked in conference production, hosting live and virtual events for audiences in Philadelphia, Chicago, Frankfurt, Amsterdam & Paris, and has marketing and PR experience in the UK social enterprise sector. She has a BA in International Relations and Journalism and is excited to combine her event planning skills, commitment to sustainable living and love of cycling for the role.

Lisa is proud to have never driven a car and slightly embarrassed to admit she needed bike stabilizers until the age of 12. Her favourite biking accomplishment was cycling Japan's Shimanami Kaido trail. Having spent three years living in the Netherlands, she understands the importance of cycling infrastructure in building a cultural acceptance for commuting by bike.

Arthur Orsini

Bike Education Manager 

Arthur likes bikes. And transit. And walking. And although he's a member of two car co-ops, he's never actually owned a car. (Which is rather effortless these days - far easier than when he moved his young family to New Zealand for a year to develop cycling programs for Auckland high schools over a decade ago.) 
 
Since the mid-90s, Arthur has been developing active transportation programs across Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the USA. He's worked for government, businesses, non-profits and the local health authority; always with a focus on research, education and community engagement. His latest real-life project was to shift his car-free living to Langley - where his commute still involves cycling the last few kms after some reading time on the bus and SkyTrain.

Evan Hammer

Infrastructure Planning & Policy Manager

Evan grew up biking, but quickly forgot about it when he came of age in oil country and bought a truck. In 2011, Evan embarked on a car-lite experience. This was inspired by a desire to reduce his resource consumption, and he finally gave up his Mustang the next year.  

After moving to Vancouver, Evan acquired a west coast bike and has been steadily moving toward becoming a year round, utilitarian cyclists (not there yet!). Evan believes that cycling can be a ‘silver bullet’ on a number of issues - congestion, pollution, health outcomes - while at the same time providing a speedy, fun way to move around.

Evan has a Masters in Planning from UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning, in addition to his undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies. He has recently worked on transportation projects on multi-use paths, e-bikes and bus-bike integration, as well as stints with Vancouver Bike Share (Mobi),  Fraser Health doing employee consultation work, and a variety of projects related to cycling, transportation and planning. Evan is currently looking forward to his next multi-day bike adventure.   

 

Tim Davidson

Project Researcher

Tim comes to HUB from the private sector, where he worked as a planner delivering Active Transportation projects across Canada. He holds a Masters' of Planning from Dalhousie University where he worked on projects incorporating complete streets, neighbourhood and regional planning, and public engagement. He also has completed a Bachelors’ degree in Geography, and a post graduate certificate in Urban Design, both from Simon Fraser University.

Tim’s love for cycling began in Surrey BC, where he and friends would often make long trips all around Metro Vancouver. Later in life, he rediscovered this passion for two-wheel commuting using his $15 bike to travel all around Halifax and Dartmouth NS. 

Mark Corbett

Bike Mentorship Program Manager

Mark grew up in Ottawa and moved to Vancouver in 2007. Since then he has mostly lived in East Van, with time also spent living (and bicycling) in South Korea, The Netherlands, and Japan. It was Vancouver though, that really reignited a passion for cycling, and an interest in the infrastructure and systems, both formal and informal, that make it an enjoyable and efficient way to get around the city.

Mark has a BA from Trent University, and recently completed the Graduate Diploma in Urban Studies program at Simon Fraser University, during which he tried, whenever possible, to write about bicycling. Prior to joining HUB Cycling, Mark previously held a number of different roles in the non-profit sector, and worked as a teacher of English as a Second Language, both here in Vancouver, and overseas.

Chelsea Krahn

Planning Analyst 

Chelsea grew up in the Fraser Valley and has fond memories as a child of cycling along the Vedder River to pick blackberries in the summer. Years later, while living in Montreal, Chelsea discovered the joy of biking as a commuter using the bike share program. Since moving to Vancouver during the COVID-19 pandemic, Chelsea’s passion for inclusive cycling grew as she experienced the benefits of cycling for mental and physical wellness. 

Chelsea’s passion for community building, climate resilience and equitable placemaking is supported by her Bachelor’s degree in Global Development and a Master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning. She brings experience in community engagement, policy analysis, and partnership development for multilateral and non-profit organizations. In her free time, you can find Chelsea at a farmers market, thrift shopping, or the pottery studio.

 

Stuart Lew

Bike Education & Equipment Coordinator 

Born and raised in Vancouver, Stuart has long been an avid cyclist and advocate of car-free living. Prior to joining HUB in 2019, he served as the Provincial Coordinator for the BC Commuter Challenge for BEST (Better Environmentally Sound Transportation). In 2009, he helped to found The Triple Crown for Heart charity bike ride benefiting BC Children’s Hospital, and is currently Co-Chair of the organization. In addition to organizing the event he has enthusiastically participated in the ride each year, cycling all three North Shore mountains in one day. He also volunteers as a ride marshall for RBC Granfondo Whistler.

Stuart has a Bachelor’s Degree in Administrative and Commercial Studies from the University of Western Ontario and a diploma in Financial Management from BCIT. As a father of five children, Stuart has accumulated considerable experience in teaching kids to ride bikes.

Stuart is a passionate environmentalist who believes in sustainable lifestyle choices and works toward setting an example and educating people to obtain this goal. He believes that giving children the opportunity to learn about and gain confidence in cycling from a young age is a great investment in a more sustainable future.

Jonathan Mak

Community Organizer

Jonathan joined HUB Cycling in August of 2021. Growing up mostly in the auto-centric suburbs of Tri-cities and Surrey, Jonathan did not grow up thinking biking was a viable way of getting around. After spending a year abroad in Copenhagen and seeing the benefits of a city built with bikes in consideration, he began to bike as his main mode of transport. He is excited to work with different communities to overcome barriers to building a city where cycling is a viable and preferred mode of transport for everyone.

Jonathan has an undergraduate degree in Geography from UBC and a Master of Planning from Ryerson University. While attending Ryerson in Toronto, he became a year-round cyclist—even in subzero temperatures. He comes with experience working on projects with municipal and non-profit clients in the housing sector, as well as in cultural planning.

Lisa Corriveau

Bike Education Coordinator

Lisa Corriveau fell in love with cycling when she learned to ride a bike at age four. She became a regular cycle commuter in Vancouver while completing her Bachelor of Arts in French & Linguistics at Simon Fraser University. After starting a family, she realized that she needed a bigger bike and has been carrying her two kids, large grocery runs, or the occasional friend on cargo bikes since 2014.

Lisa saw a need for more resources to help families, particularly those with very young children, get into cycling and living car-free so she helped build the Vancouver Family Biking group, developed workshops, and put on events, as well as starting her blog, Spokesmama.com. Lisa also spent six years as a member of the City of Vancouver's Transportation Advisory Committee and currently volunteers as a pilot for Cycling Without Age.

Lisa has osteoarthritis in her hip, and as it has progressed, she has increasingly relied on her ebike as a mobility device. She advocates for disabled cycling via various public speaking engagements and on social media.

Lisa has been with HUB as a cycling instructor since 2016, sharing the joy of cycling with thousands of students of all ages and is excited to continue teaching as well as organizing as a Bike Education Coordinator.

 

Lilian Jones

StreetWise Manager

Lilian joined the HUB Cycling team in early 2021. Originally from the UK she has been in Vancouver for almost two years and is excited to apply her past communications and political organizing experience to the role. Lilian passionately believes in the importance of teaching young people to cycle in creating sustainable cities. 

Lilian fell in love with cycling from the back of her parents bicycles and then on her own two wheels in London from a young age. Since then she has spent many family holidays cycling (including cycling from London to Paris at the age of 11!). More recently she is looking forward to (and a little nervous about!) training for the Whistler Gran Fondo. 

Alexis Thibeault

Bike Education Coordinator

Growing up in Newfoundland (and experiencing its infamous winters) meant cycling season could be rather... short. But that didn't stop me and my family from enjoying it as much as was humanly possible! I learn to ride on rocky trails, coasting past bogs and watching out for moose on the path. I loved the freedom to explore my town and surrounding forests and did it as often as I could.

Since moving to Vancouver, I've turned into more of an urban commuter cyclist, but that doesn't mean I love cycling any less! Cycling has always meant independence for me, and I love inspiring others to feel the freedom that cycling can give you. I've been teaching natural and outdoor subjects to youth for over 15 years (including marine biology, outdoor theatre, and basic science literacy) and love coordinating and teaching cycling with HUB. It's a subject very near and dear to my heart, and I absolutely adore working to share that passion with others. 

 

Marcela García

Event and Volunteer Coordinator 

Inspired by the cycling culture of her hilly hometown of Bogotá, Colombia, Marcela has had a passion for biking from a young age. Marcela has a BA in Political Science and a minor in Creative Writing from UBC. Most recently, while living in Mallorca, Spain, Marcela discovered the joys of relying on her bike as a tool of daily transportation and for fun-filled tourism, including by successfully biking around the entire island. Prior to joining HUB, Marcela worked in several non-profit organizations focused on youth, women, and Indigenous rights and education. Marcela is excited to promote healthier, more sustainable lifestyles across Metro Vancouver through active transportation as part of her work at HUB. During her free time, Marcela can be found at her local thrift shops, nature-walking with her energy-filled dog, and tending to her many plants.

Parsa Eskandari

Bike Friendly Building Marketing Intern

Parsa was born and raised in Shiraz, Iran and moved to Vancouver to attain his bachelor's degree and start his career in 2017. He is passionate about marketing and connecting with people, and that's why he is studying the B.B.A. program at Capilano University. Parsa is in his last year of school and is majoring in marketing and HR. 

One of Parsa's favourite activities was cycling from a very young age. He enjoys riding his bike alongside the seawall and marinaside crescent in his free time. Additionally, Parsa enjoys playing tennis, guitar, photography and modeling in his spare time.  

Instructors

Ari Ng

I want to share my love of riding bikes with everyone! There was a time when I commuted by car to my corporate place of work… Often sitting in rush hour traffic, going through the complications of the day to come, surfacing memories of the fun and simplicity of bike riding kept my sanity!

Since then, I have become a full time car free cyclist, with an awesome hobby turned bikey career! When I’m not on a bike tour, exploring the North Shore mountains, building up a sweet frameset, at OCB (Vancouver’s most established community bike shop), or Kickstand Bikes (Vancouver’s newest volunteer run community bike shop) you’ll find me chilling at a coffee shop, with one of my trusty (steel, or carbon) steeds ready to go on a fun group ride around the bustling town:)

I’m big on bike social activities, events, building bikes and sharing skills to make our riding experience and ultimately, our everyday lives better! See ya on the ride ;)

Bike Love
Ari

Donna Chen

Donna Chen

I grew up cycling in '80s Beijing when there were more bikes than cars, then took a break from riding before rediscovering my love for bikes on the streets of Vancouver.

Cycling has since become one of my favourite ways for exploring cities, islands, and nooks and crannies of the world. It's been a treat as a bike ed instructor to facilitate and witness the remarkable moments of joy, courage, connection, freedom and self­reliance people find on their bikes.

Louise Fenwick

Louise Fenwick

I love riding my bikes!!! I love supporting adults and children as they learn how to ride a bicycle for the first time, or perhaps get back on the saddle after many years away. I love supporting people to ride with more confidence, learn how to understand, maintain and repair their bikes.

Love love love :) what more can I say...it's been a life­long love of mine.  I am so grateful to have the opportunity to inspire and connect with others through bikes and riding.

Darren Brereton

I've been biking ever since my dad taught me, pushing me on my purple mustang, back in the 70s.
Wait. That's not true.
When I went to high school I was afraid my bike would get stolen so I walked to school. This lasted through three years of art school, busing from Richmond to Granville Island.
One day I decided to ride to school, and I surprised myself by not only surviving the trip, but also by trimming 15 minutes off my bus commute. The trip was free; I got exercise; and I arrived sharper. I've been hooked ever since.
I've since ridden the streets of Paris; Harbin; Montreal (through winter). I've taken up randonneuring, centuries, and fondos. I commute by bike, shop by bike and explore by bike. Now I get to teach on a bike!
I've tried to describe to non-cyclists what it is about cycling that's so great, and then I sit down with another cyclist and we share that same look. "Yup. Cycling." We get it

Alexandra Chowne

Growing up near the mountains, woods, and ocean here in Vancouver gave Alexandra more opportunity than she could have imagined. What started as passion and playtime developed over the years, and it is what keeps her learning, active, and happy. Whether biking along the trails in nature or within a city, there is not a finer way to experience the quirks and quarks of life. She is so happy that she can share her love of biking with the greater community and join in the action to create a safer space for all. We are so lucky to live on the beautiful door to British Columbia's- let's make it better.

Odessa Cadieux-Rey

I only really became hooked on cycling as a young adult, but it didn't take long to become totally dependent (in a good way) on my bike for the freedom, convenience, fun, and exercise it provided. From UBC campus to the ruins of Angkor, I have found no better way to experience life than on two wheels. In addition to being a Bike Education Instructor, I am also an Academic Advisor at UBC with an MA in Classics (Ancient Greek and Latin) and a proud cat mom.

I dream of one day cycling around the world - or at least across a continent. For now, the best times on my bike are spent discovering scenic routes around Vancouver and on short camping tours around coastal BC. I am sure sharing my love of cycling with a new generation as an instructor will soon be added to that list!

 

Jasper Wrinch

I didn’t make biking very easy for myself when I started — the hills of Bowen Island, where I grew up, and the hand-me-down single-speed Baycrest I learned to bike on did not mix. But after slogging through my early years on two wheels, I felt like I was set free on the streets of Vancouver when I moved here in 2012. Using a bike as my primary form of transportation while commuting out to UBC, I became more interested in cycling overall and started working for Vancouver Bike Share in 2016 until 2018. Since then, I have continued cycling (as close to year-round as I can manage) and I have worked in education with youth in various aspects, from mental health awareness to private tutoring. It’s great to be able to finally combine cycling and education and spread the word about how wonderful biking can be!

Daisy Barker

The (documented) beginning of my love for riding a bike can be found on a VHS tape at my parent's house. On it I can be seen, at the tender age of 3, zipping around in tight circles on my tricycle yelling "look at me guys, look at me". I've cooled it on the showboating front since then but the fundamental joy that riding a bike brings me remains. I like to say that when I ride my bike I feel like how I imagine a dog feels when they stick their head out a car window - it's bliss.

One of my favorite things about riding a bike is how it opens up the world to you - the smells, the sights, the sounds! It's such a fun and freeing way to travel and I couldn't imagine a life without it, I feel so lucky to live in such a beautiful place that lets you ride a bike year-round. I'm excited to educate and work with lots of different people, to both collaborate and help them find their confidence on wheels.

 

Elaine Wallace

I consider myself to be an incredibly fortunate person to have been born and raised in the spectacular city of Vancouver and the lower mainland. With our mild climate, mountains, ocean and lakes I have been able to take advantage of an array of outdoor activities throughout my life. One of which has always been cycling. What was once a means of transportation as a young child has become an integral part of my lifestyle. From biking to / from work, participating in fund raising rides such as The Ride to Conquer Cancer”, to camping adventures and to stay healthy and fit. 

In 2019 I decided to retire from the position of Vice President at a Property Management frim. I realized I wanted to retire from the hectic pace of management and to take a slightly different path in my semi-retirement. In the spring of 2019, I found myself working for a cycling tour company taking visitors around our beautiful city on bikes. Early in 2020 I joined HUB and was later hired as an instructor for their bike programs in schools. I happy to say that I have been able to turn my passion for cycling into the best part-time retirement jobs a person could wish for. 

 

Christian Chow

I learned to ride a bike when I was about eight years old, and at that point in my life, it was my crowning achievement. In 2012, after watching the movie, Premium Rush, I knew without a doubt that I wanted to be a committed cyclist. I bought my first steel single-speed commuter a year later, and since then my interest in cycling has only increased. One of my goals since I first learned to ride was to be as in control of the bike, and also to be as connected to it, as possible. At first, that meant learning cool tricks and skills to show off my balance and control. A few years ago, I learned to bunny hop, which felt like (pun intended) a huge leap for me. Now that I have more experience, I’ve realized that control and skill also mean riding responsibly. Especially in Vancouver, knowing how to ride responsibly is something I hope I can share with cyclists of all levels. 

Recently, I’ve gotten interested in gravel and off-road riding, and I hope to start mountain biking soon as well. I’m lucky to have grown up in Vancouver, which has become a hotbed for cycling and riding of all kinds.

 

Paul Janzen

My first love of cycling was riding my tricycle in the park, but I was 14 then and my knees kept hitting me in the forehead. So I graduated to a Raleigh with Sturmey Archer 3 speed hub and I was hooked—long hair flowing in the breeze (that was before helmets were invented), bell bottom jeans flapping, dodging the cobblestones and streetcar tracks of Toronto.
 

We have learned that the bicycle can change the world. I want kids to feel safe and confident so their riding can be an instrument of change for whatever cause excites them: health, transportation, the environment, philanthropy...

For me that is combatting my greatest foe: cancer. Together with my ride mates we have contributed over $7 million dollars to research. That’s gratifying. My hope is that it inspires.

Emily Kuang

I love working with kids and being inspired by the smallest things; I might secretly still be a kid, shh! Riding bikes is so much fun—just spinning those legs around frees your mind. Your neighbourhood ride can become a spy mission, or your thoughts could be a million miles away. Your choice.

When I was a kid, I used to think I was really cool because I spent hours trying to keep my tire straight riding across wooden or concrete dividers that were elevated slightly off the ground. I imagined I was on a knife edge on a mountain. Maybe I could be in the Olympics, with my great sense of balance! Now I have settled into the fact that I was probably just like every other kid. I can’t wait to see what else cycling and working with kids has to offer!

Emma Kazic

Cycling is the best! With no car and no drivers license, it’s the only way I get around. Madison (my road bike) and I have been on many adventures together, whether it’s commuting to work in the city or bike packing somewhere far from the city. I’m a lover of the outdoors and cycling is a great way to incorporate some adventure into my daily life. When not cycling, you can find me in the mountains either climbing or skiing, or volunteering at Fresh Roots and Kickstand. I’m excited to be teaching and sharing my bike love with many others!

Bruce Kleeberger

Cycling has been part of my life since the age of 6. That’s a lot of commuting, touring, errands, mountain paths, and navigating congested city streets. Cycling is a part of my everyday work and fun with family and friends. I am driven by my passion for making real change to benefit our environment, enhance opportunities for healthy living, and decrease our dependence on the car. With HUB Cycling, I will help students confidently make cycling a routine and safe life skill.

Sofia Montant

I love the feeling of freedom and the air hitting my face every day while riding my bike. I grew up in Mexico City where biking as a way of transportation is a big adventure. Biking in the city allowed me not just to avoid being trapped in traffic but to discover new pathways, little coffees shops, colorful street art, and much more. Now, I travel around metro Vancouver by bike and every day feels like a new adventure.

My goal as a bike instructor is to share my experiences, have fun, and hopefully inspire others to bike more.

Chuck Wright

My "love" of bikes is a practical one. Growing up, it was simply an inexpensive way of getting around town that didn't rely on my parents or bus fare. My cycling got more serious when I took a job as a bike messenger in Winnipeg, MB. At that stage, I needed to get the gear and bike maintenance skills to deliver packages across this prairie city through wind, rain, snow and sun. Since moving to the West Coast, I've left that behind for a 7-gear, Dutch-style bike that will get me from point A to B in comfort.     

In addition to commuter cycling, I have dabbled in education in a variety of community settings, including adult literacy, digital skills, teaching English, and rec programs for children and youth. I'm excited to teach others about safe, urban cycling. 

 
 
 

Clarisse Obedkofft

I am so fortunate that I have been able to grow up experiencing the world through biking. Spending Okanagan summers cruising lakeside and beach hopping by bike are such happy memories for me. Now recently moving to Vancouver, I am so excited to create new cycling memories. If I am not biking, you can find me either running, knitting, or reading! 

I’m really looking forward to sharing my passion for cycling through teaching this season!

 

Cory Hadley

Born and raised in Calgary Alberta - Traditional Blackfoot territory, I didn't find my love for cycling until I moved to Vancouver. The cycling infrastructure here in BC is amazing! I started commuting to and from work and eventually wanted to explore more. I didn't have a car or a license, so if I wanted to go on an adventure it would be on my bicycle! That's when I started going on bikepacking trips in and around the Lower Mainland/Vancouver Island. At this time in my life, I knew nothing about bicycles, I just knew I loved riding them! As years passed, I started repairing my own bicycles because I wanted to learn more about bikes and how they work.

When not riding bikes or working on them.. you can find me organizing group rides, workshops and events for a local cycling group called Chill Rides Vancouver. We’re dedicated to making an inclusive space for Non-binary, Women and Queer cyclists; where folks can come ride, learn new things, meet others and most importantly have fun!

 
 
 
 

Dylan Hamilton

This job combines two of my greatest passions: teaching and cycling. Cycling is so much more than transport or exercise, it is a representation of what a better future might look like. The economic and environmental implications of a society built around human powered transport are extraordinarily positive. Rising house prices and cost of living in our city coupled with the looming prospects of the climate emergency therefore illustrate the importance of educating youth on the capabilities of the bike. My personal passion for cycling melds with my love for the outdoors as the activity allows me to interact with previously unnoticed features of the lower mainland. Having recently developed an interest in the mechanics of bicycles through the building of the bike I’m standing with, I can now move through my city on a piece of machinery built by my own hands and powered by my own legs. This passion is not required to realize the benefits provided by city cycling but I hope that at least some of my students are inspired to share it. As I study to become a teacher I could not think of a better environment to test and learn new skills than the one provided by HUB.

Mark LaForge

I received my first bike fifty years ago. I got it for my fifth birthday, and that bike was my ticket to freedom. I rode that blue CCM for years, all over my neighbourhood and beyond.

I got my first road bike as a teenager and used it to commute from Coquitlam to Vancouver to get to school. There were no bike routes or bike paths at that time. I began commuting to work as

an adult and then I got involved in riding to raise money for charities. There are so many good reasons to ride a bike and I have learned that no matter what the reason is, cycling is always a

good time. I am excited to be involved with the cycling community and sharing my love of riding with others.

 

Mónica Perea

Bicycles are happiness machines for me, totally changed my life. I started my biking journey in Mexico when I was 4 years old and my father taught me to ride. Since then, bicycles have given me a lot of freedom and independence as well as the opportunity to challenge myself and meet lots of incredible people on my roads. They also made me understand the importance of community and the sense of belonging. I love to spread the word about cycling everywhere because I think everybody deserves the happiness they provide every time your body starts liberating endorphins in each ride while you are also helping the environment with no carbon emissions.

I hope I can share my knowledge, experience and enthusiasm so people can have safer and joyful rides.

 

Montana Goloubef

April 2020 marked my long-awaited return to cycling after years and several failed attempts to rekindle my connection to this iconic form of transportation. I picked a bike up from Craigslist three years ago and hardly a day passes that I am not on the saddle. What started as an accessible option for commuting to work became inextricably linked with my life in Vancouver. 

I have volunteered across the city as a Board Member and Social Justice Chair for UBC’s bike co-op, delivered groceries to at-risk community members through the Britannia Food Connection during the height of the pandemic, and as a Mechanic at East-Van Kickstand. Cycling is central to my life and has allowed me to connect with the people I love and the community I care for.

I hope to show people the independence and fulfillment it can bring to life regardless of when the decision is made to get rolling!

 

Kelsey Marzotto

I first experienced the joy of riding on a 1990s single speed with pink tassels flowing off handlebars. My little legs loved the cheap thrills of riding fast down the dirt roads of Western Massachusetts. Now with slightly longer legs still the feelings have not changed. A small-town human at heart, I seek out the familiarity of quiet routes through the city. 

I am a strong believer that the empowerment people experience through learning to ride and navigate our cities reach far beyond moments in the saddle.