Your Cycle Toronto staff are hard at work representing you on the streets and at City Hall.
Interim Executive Director
Keagan currently oversees Cycle Toronto’s advocacy, programs, and operations. She was the second permanent employee at Cycle Toronto when she joined the organization in January 2013. Since that time, Keagan has managed a large portfolio of programs and has played a pivotal role in everything from advocacy strategist, to growing & professionalizing our ride services, encouragement programs and educational offerings, to HR &, staff management. Her love of sustainability and governance was nurtured in her time obtaining an Environment & Resource Studies degree from the University of Waterloo. Her interest in transportation planning as a tool to transform cities was sparked as a Program Manager at Smart Commute and as a member of the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation steering committee. Keagan rides her bike year-round. She's passionate about reshaping public space as a means of civic engagement and social justice.
Mark manages memberships and fundraising at Cycle Toronto. 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.
Kevin oversees Cycle Toronto's major campaigns, whether getting protected bike lanes on key arteries such as Bloor and Danforth or rebuilding uptown Yonge as a complete street. He works closely with citizens and politicians to make our cycling dreams a reality. Kevin enjoys tinkering with technical projects, has a strong interest in urban and civic affairs, and is passionate about sustainability. He completed his undergraduate studies in Electrical and Computer Engineering and is currently pursuing his graduate studies in Civil Engineering (Cities Engineering Management), both at the University of Toronto.
Community Engagement Manager
Tamara Nahal is the Community Engagement Manager at Cycle Toronto. She supports our ward advocates and district leaders, assists in campaign management, and provides program assistance and coordination. Prior to joining Cycle Toronto, she worked in the fields of public policy, communications, and urban planning, most recently working as a content writer. Her research interests include active transportation, public transit, visual art, identity, and public space. She holds a Masters of Urban Planning from Ryerson University.
Programs & Operations Lead
Claire McFarlane is the programs and operations lead for Cycle Toronto. She's also the director of The Bad Girls* Bike Club—an organization that runs workshops and group rides for women, trans and non-binary people—which she co-founded in 2016. Claire sits on the Charlie's FreeWheels board as the director of marketing and communications. In 2017, she graduated with a bachelors of Journalism from Ryerson University. She likes to go on cycling adventures whenever she can.
Ryan is the Communications Lead for Cycle Toronto. He works with all our outward facing media including the Ring & Post newsletter as well the social media you know and love. Ryan is a longtime member who has worked with us as a Ward Advocate, Ride Guide and Cycling Educator, helping out with many of the events we put on. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Film Studies from York University, he spent more than a decade working in broadcast television behind the scenes. His passion for cycling as a vector for societal change came together with his media experience when he created a series of videos known as Low Velocity Cycling.
Bike to School - Partnership Project Staff
Assistant Manager, Sustainable Communities - Bike to School Project, Bike Host, Bike Repair Hub
Partnership for Integration and Sustainable Transportation (a joint initiative between CultureLink Settlement Services and Cycle Toronto)
Working out of CultureLink, Kristin 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.
Project Worker, Bike to School Project
Sam manages Families and Educators for Safe Cycling, which mobilizes and supports parents, teachers, administrators, and students in doing civic engagement in support of safer streets near their schools. Sam has been involved with Cycle Toronto since 2010 and with the Bike to School Project since 2016. Sam likes to bike all over Toronto. His favourite spots are Mount Pleasant Cemetery and the Bloor Bike Lanes.
Board of Directors
Francesca works as an employment lawyer at three community legal clinics in Etobicoke and west Toronto, providing free legal advice to low-income people who have had problems at work. An experienced facilitator, she is passionate about making social justice organizations more effective, sustainable, and fun.
Kathryn is a professional urban planner, road cyclist, and commuter. Kathryn is passionate about creating a safe, active transportation network, to better move people through our City and reduce our impact on the environment. Kathryn loves her east-end neighbourhood and community in Ward 19!
Mark, a 15-year finance professional, became passionate about cycling eight years ago, when he began commuting downtown on a daily basis. He loves the workout and the incredible variety of cycling routes Toronto has to offer. He shares his passion with his two wonderful daughters, and wants to help make the city streets a safer and better place for them to ride everywhere they go!
Adrian is an actor and film maker, with a BA in Economics and a BA in History, both from McGill University. He is passionate about cycling in Toronto, which he would like to see flourish and become part of our everyday culture and infrastructure. Adrian sits on Cycle Toronto's Advocacy Committee, and is a co-chair of Cycle Toronto's Bicycle Parking Working Group, as well as a board member and past chair of the Community Bicycle Network (CBN). Adrian is very proud of the value that Cycle Toronto provides to the community. As a CBN member since 2002 and a board member for many years, he has seen plenty of change in our city, and is happy to be a part of it.
Melana Roberts brings a background in policy development, non-profit community organizing and communications to the Board. Currently working as policy staff in the office of City Councillor Joe Mihevc, she supports environment-focused neighbourhood initiatives and social policy issues, including food policy and poverty reduction. Melana is a passionate city builder who hopes to guide and strengthen Cycle Toronto's strategic policy voice to help transform Toronto into a more inclusive, safe, and connected cycling city. Melana is excited to bring her diverse experience to the Board, with experience working on 3 other non-profit and funder boards, and also sitting as Chair of the Toronto Youth Food Policy Council and Chair of FoodShare's Advisory Committee. Prior to engaging in policy work, Melana spent 5 years working in the non-profit sector where she focused on resident engagement, civic action and community health initiatives.
Robert is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over ten years of accounting experience and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Bishop's University. Prior to joining the Board of Directors, Robert has been a long-time Cycle Toronto volunteer including being the former Ward 14 Co-Captain and a current member of both the Advocacy Committee and the Bloor working group. His writings can be found on Dandyhorse and his own bike blog.
Priyanka is an environmental lawyer by trade and passion. Outside of that she would identify herself as a thrift shopper, walking tour aficionado and is on a constant quest for the best Singaporean food in the GTA. Around the world the bicycle has been her trusty partner. Since moving to Toronto, she’s found that cycling has become a greater part of her identity and is interested in seeing Toronto include cycling as an integral part of its sustainable growth and urban planning.
Ashley brings a decade of experience working at non-profits in the realms of communications, marketing, design, and events. Her academic background is in social justice and environmental science. She has served for three years on Cycle Toronto's Fundraising Committee, and co-chair the grassroots advocacy group Defend Toronto.
JP is a father of 2, a financial professional who works for a publicly listed company and currently sits on a number of non-public corporate boards. He is a cycling nut and is passionate about seeing Toronto become a world class cycling city.
Joseph works in data management and visualization. He’s passionate about ensuring data is collected, analysed, used and communicated as well as possible to inform good decision making. Joe has been biking to work since 2005 and likes to think of fun and wonderful ways to get more people on two wheels in Toronto.
Eric is a volunteer, campaigner, and former Director of the Board for the Centre for Social Innovation. He brings experience in issues management, communications and public affairs to the Board. Eric got to know Cycle Toronto through Ward meetings, advocacy training, and the Ride for Safe Streets. He believes that infrastructure for vulnerable road users like cyclists will make Toronto better, because all road users benefit from safer streets.
Lachlan is the Director of Engineering of a publicly listed company. He currently sits on Cycle Toronto's IT committee. He has 19 years' experience in the technology industry, and commutes to work year-round by bicycle and in the past raced semi-professionally on Team H&R Block.
Valkyrie moved to Toronto a few years ago after completing her PhD. After founding her own company, she now heads a project team at a startup developing VR controllers. She helped organize the March for Science Toronto 2017-2018, and in her spare time runs an off-beat sports club. She and her bike have travelled 25,000km in 23 countries over the past decade.
Supporting staff on strategic and tactical issues. Composed of board and non-board members
(attn: Advocacy Committee in subject)
The Advocacy Committee is responsible for supporting, planning, developing strategy for, and assisting in the advocacy of Cycle Toronto campaigns. They are not responsible for delivery of Cycle Toronto programs but provide strategic input on the Ward Advocacy Program. They seek input from Working Group Chairs. Committee co-chairs report to the Cycle Toronto Board of Directors.
They write position statements, develop submissions for City and Province-led consultations, attend meetings and collaborate on hot button issues related to cycling in Toronto.
2019-2020 Advocacy Committee Members: John Taranu, Herb van den Dool, Adrian Currie, Paula Turtle, Michael Black, Robert Zaichkowski, Darnel Harris, Clayton Rudy, Kevin Rupasinghe, Laura Bast, Gerry Brown, Nicholas Sanderson, Priyanka Vittal (Co-Chair), Jared Kolb (Co-Chair).
We recruit new members in the Fall for two-year terms.
(Attn: Fundraising Committee in subject)
The Fundraising Committee is composed of Board members, staff and interested volunteer members-at-large. The Committee aims to achieve the fundraising objectives set out in Cycle Toronto’s Fundraising Strategic Plan. The Committee provides leadership in developing fundraising strategy and implementing the Fundraising Strategic Plan to build on existing funding sources, such as business partnerships and memberships, but also support staff in exploring new opportunities
2019-2020 Fundraising Committee Members: Adrian Currie, Alex Cheesman, Chantelle Campbell-Scholzberg, Ashley Quan, Mark Romeril, Joe Travers.
We recruit new members in the Fall for two-year terms.
(Attn: IT Committee in subject line)
The IT Committee is composed of Board members, staff and interested volunteer members-at-large. The committee works with external vendors to support Cycle Toronto’s web presence, providing guidance to staff on all IT related decisions. Introducing industry best practices into the management and maintenance of our sites and systems, the committee builds solutions that will scale beyond this year and will be sustainable beyond board and staff turnover.
2019-2020 IT Committee Members: Lachlan Holmes, Mark Romeril, Valkyrie Savage.