Your Cycle Toronto staff are hard at work representing you on the streets and at City Hall.
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.
Senior Partnerships & Development Manager
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.
Programs & Operations Manager
Claire McFarlane is 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.
Ry works with all our outward facing media including the Ring & Post newsletter as well as our social media. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Film Studies from York University, they spent more than a decade working in broadcast television behind the scenes. Their passion for cycling as a vector for societal change, with a particular interest in its benefits for mental health and reduction in financial stress, came together with their media experience when Ry created a series of videos known as Low Velocity Cycling.
Sonam has extensive experience in community organizing and political advocacy; she has worked for organizations such as Future Majority for their mental health advocacy campaign, and GreenPAC as an election engagement intern. She continues to volunteer as a co-organizer for the UofT Emergency Food Bank, providing food relief to post-secondary students and youth in the community. Sonam is passionate about grassroots advocacy, fundraising, and forming sustainable networks in the community to build an accessible, resilient city for all. She is highly interested in the role active transportation has to play in the larger context of equity-based urban planning. Sonam holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Environmental Studies from the University of Toronto.
Community Outreach Coordinator
Taneisha works with our outreach volunteers and ward advocacy program. She is a passionate child welfare advocate, and her community work includes serving on an advisory council for a national charity and as a mentor in a community cultural mentorship program. She loves spending time outdoors with her dog, or inside curled up with a book. Taneisha is a recent graduate with a degree in Community, Economic and Social Development from Algoma University in Sault Ste. Maire. Taneisha is passionate about education, advocacy, and creating opportunities for community capacity building. She is looking forward to working with city residents to foster community change through cycling.
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.
Adrian is an actor and a 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 a part of our everyday culture and infrastructure. Adrian is co-chair of Cycle Toronto’s Advocacy Committee, co-chair of the Bicycle Parking Working Group, co-chair of the Anti-Oppression Committee, as well as a past board member and past chair of the Community Bicycle Network (CBN). Adrian is very proud of the value that Cycle Toronto provides to the cycling community. As a CBN member since 2002, he has seen plenty of change in our lovely city, and is happy to be a part of it.
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!
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.
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!
Experienced board member (formerly of Organic Council of Ontario) and community activist that is drawn to solving complex problems (transportation, food security, climate change, international development). Sarah has worked for over 15 years as a senior leader in non-profits and as the Executive Director of a fast growing charity, she has a great focus for the world of fundraising.
Darnel is a planner, researcher and community advocate breaking down barriers to practical mobility for all ages and abilities. His research and outreach efforts have been recognized by the German Government, the Canadian Urban Institute and York University. Darnel is the Executive Director of Our Greenway Conservancy, a coalition of businesses, residents and community groups in Toronto's northwest seeking to build 21 kilometers of mobility paths protected by raingardens, connecting people to places and new opportunities all year round.
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.
Christopher McGarrell is the Founder and President of ManDem Cycling Club – an inclusive and diverse cycling movement that was created in the summer of 2020. He was born and raised in Scarborough but is now a resident of Etobicoke.
Aaron runs Majority Labs, a software as a service start-up that builds organizing tools for progressive campaigns and advocacy/organizing organizations. Aaron spent ~10 years in political organizing and technology in the US. He was the deputy chief technology officer at a large ($50MM/yr) progressive political action organization and directed field campaigns in Georgia, New Mexico, and Colorado.
Dana works as the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Council of Canadian Innovators. In her role she spearheads the Council’s pan-Canadian advocacy efforts for developing data driven strategies to support Canada’s economic transition to a more digital world. She has held various public policy and government affairs roles supporting on issues related to economic development, transportation and energy. Dana studied law and business abroad, acquiring a BA, an LL.B, and a Master’s of Business and Law. On any given day Dana can be found teaching spin at SPINCO or planning a getaway to somewhere warm with (vegetarian) tacos!
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.
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.
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.
Andrea has lived and cycled in Toronto for most of her life, and worked with non-profit and charitable groups invested in social justice, environmental and human rights issues. Currently, she manages finances for two non-profits. On the side, she’s often plugged into podcasts and documentaries and planning annual road trips.
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.
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
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.
(Attn: Governance Committee in subject line)
The Governance Committee is composed of Board and interested non-director volunteers. The Committee advises the board on matters relating to the organization's strategic direction and board governance. This includes strategic planning; reviewing by-laws; recommending candidates for election to the board; orienting new board members; evaluating the effectiveness of board governance structures and processes; organizing regular board-staff retreats; and ensuring corporate records are properly maintained.