Our Team

The Staff

Your Cycle Toronto staff are hard at work representing you on the streets and at City Hall. Become a member today to get these advocates working for you!

 

Jared Kolb
Executive Director

Jared joined Cycle Toronto in 2010, first as a volunteer, then Director of Membership and Outreach, followed by Director of Campaigns and Membership, before settling into his current role as Executive Director. Prior to joining Cycle Toronto, Jared worked for 8-80 Cities and helped to establish the College of Sustainability at Dalhousie University. Jared holds an MA in International Development from Dalhousie University and has biked across Canada.

Keagan Gartz
Director of Programs & Events

Keagan has been with us since 2013 and oversees the programming and development of Bike Month across the GTHA, our Bike Valet Service,  the Toronto Bike Awards, and our other rides & events. She also oversees our Street Smarts outreach, staff and volunteers. She was formerly a Program Manager at Smart Commute, helping employers to support sustainable transportation at the workplace. Keagan has a degree in Environment and Resource Studies from the University of Waterloo, and was a member of the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) Steering Committee from 2011-2015. Keagan takes her bike almost everywhere she goes, and wants to help make streets feel safe so that everyone can feel how empowering and fun it is to experience the world by bicycle.

Mark Romeril
Membership & Ward Advocacy Manager

Mark oversees memberships as well as our Ward Advocacy Program. Before joining Cycle Toronto, he worked at Cycle Solutions, and held internships at the City of Toronto and the Canadian Rights Action Foundation. Past projects include developing a strategic active transportation plan for the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) and the Toronto Cycling Think & Do Tank, as well as a process evaluation for the Daniel’s Centre for Learning in Regent Park. Any spare moments between work and school consist of bike rides, rock climbing, and the occasional shift at Bike Sauce. Mark holds a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson University.

Thevishka Kanishkan
Communications & Education Manager

Thevishka oversees our print and digital media, workshops, educational programs, sponsorship and promotional activies. She was a Designer & Program Coordinator at the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, and brings further experience from the Toronto Environmental Alliance, The Centre for City Ecology, and Mott MacDonald Canada. Thevishka's work has always focussed on sustainability in urban contexts, and she is excited to continue this work at Cycle Toronto. She uses her bicycle to commute and to explore the city, and believes that riding a bike is one of the most empowering and enjoyable experiences a person can have in Toronto. Thevishka holds a BScH in Environmental Biology from Queen's University and a post-graduate certificate in Interdisciplinary Design from the Institute without Boundaries at George Brown College.

Kristin Schwartz 
Newcomer Cycling Outreach Coordinator

Partnership for Integration and Sustainable Transportation

Kristin Schwartz is the Cycling Outreach Coordinator with the Partnership for Integration and Sustainable Transportation, a joint initiative between CultureLink Settlement Services and Cycle Toronto. Working out of CultureLink, she promotes cycling to newcomers to Toronto by offering cycling workshops and programs like Bike Host, which matches newcomers with confident cyclists who act as mentors, and the Bike to School Project. Kristin’s past work has included tenant organizing and community-based writing and radio production. A graduate of the Co-operative Management and Leadership Certificate Program at the Schulich School of Business, she is a founding board member of two grassroots environmental organizations.

 

 

 

The Board

Reach the Board at directors@cycleto.ca.

Meredith James
President
 

Meredith got her start in cycling advocacy almost ten years ago with the Peoples' Pedal Bicycle Sharing Cooperative in Edmonton. She believes in the power of the bicycle to provide accessible, sustainable, fast, and fun transportation. She is also an environmental lawyer and a former Board member of the Saskatchewan Environmental Network, Sierra Club Canada, and the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition.

Brandin O'Connor
Vice President
Brandin serves as Vice Chair of the Board. He is a labour and employment lawyer and avid urban cyclist. He has served on the governing body of Osgoode Hall Law School, a fundraising committee of CANFAR, as aide to the Speaker of the House of Commons and as law clerk to Ontario's Chief Justice. He is originally from Belmont, Ontario.

Robert Tarantino
Chair
Rob is a human rights and employment lawyer with a passion for and commitment to social justice. An everyday cyclist, Rob advocates for safe and accessible streets.

John Taranu
Vice Chair

A mapping software developer by trade, John joined Cycle Toronto as a ward captain in 2010, and has been on the Board since 2012. John organizes the Ward 22 group, Cycle Toronto's Eglinton campaign, and is working to make cycling safer on the streets and trails of Toronto - from downtown to the suburbs.

Damion Ketchum
Treasurer
Damion is a senior financial leader with a passion for cycling in Toronto. As a 12 month bicycle commuter since 2007, Damion hopes to leverage his financial and strategic expertise to help promote safer cycling and better access for cyclists in Toronto.
Jesse Moses
Vice Treasurer 
Jesse is a Chartered accountant, business advisor and tax manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers. His area of practice is diverse and includes tech start-ups, high net worth individuals, and private corporations. Jesse also sits on the board of Outside the March, a Toronto-based theatre company. He was born and raised in Toronto and can be seen cruising through the streets of his hometown on his 70s Raleigh Sport 3-speed or his Trek Madone.

Sylvia Slaughter
Secretary

Sylvia is a commercial real estate professional with a passion for urban living.  An avid traveler, she has visited 60 countries, and lived in 4, concluding that big city living is where it’s at!  She was officially turned onto urban cycling in central London (UK), but extensive trips through the Netherlands and Scandinavia really opened her eyes to life on a bike. After 7 years in Europe, Sylvia has relocated back to Toronto can often be found cycling with her two kids around Ward 30.
Alex Cheesman
Secretary
Alex has worked as a fundraiser for environmental organizations for over 10 years. Using a muscle-powered vehicle for transportation is pleasing to her as an environmentalist, as an urban adventurer, and as someone who can (just barely) tolerate the icy kiss of Toronto winters.
Benjamin Leszcz Ben is the managing director of the design and communications consultancy, Whitman Emorson, and a freelance journalist. Prior to joining Cycle Toronto's board, he rode his single-speed Raleigh Équipe through the busy streets of London, UK, where he worked with the renowned creative agency, Winkreative, and earned an MSc from the London School of Economics.
Chantelle Campbell-Sholzberg Chantelle is an anthropologist and cycling advocate that has been volunteering with Cycle Toronto since 2011. Working towards strengthening communities, she coordinates activity based initiatives including MEC Bikefest and MEC Outdoor Nation Toronto. She bikes downtown from Scarborough to work every day.
Liz Sutherland Liz is a policy advisor with experience in the public and non-profit sectors. Originally from Ottawa, she moved to Toronto in 2011 and became active with Cycle Toronto Ward 18. Her interests include politics, vegetarian cooking, sexual & reproductive rights, and diversity in the cycling advocacy movement.

Tom Worrall

Tom is an entrepreneur who started a new ticketing company that eventually grew into Ticketmaster Canada. He has been a cycling commuter from Ward 16 to downtown Toronto for the past 20 years and loves the green and healthy lifestyle benefits it brings. He’s involved with several committees and hopes to help Cycle Toronto expand so we can be even more effective in their outreach programs designed to grow the bike culture in this great city.

Michael Werneburg Michael is a lifelong cyclist who didn't own a car until he was 43. He has been a daily commuter since 2004, in Toronto and abroad. He is an executive at a growing software firm, where for the past five years he has managed the firm's risk, compliance, and IT governance. He has raised nearly half a million dollars in innovation grants and credits.