Board of Directors

Who are we?

The Directors of the NSMBA are community members dedicated to advocating for the goals of the Association and its members as outlined in the Constitution and bylaws. They are all volunteers, and responsible for planning for the future of the organization, as well as managing its day to day activities. Each director has a duty to act honestly and in good faith with a view to the best interests of the society.

The Board of Directors meets on the first Tuesday of every month. The minutes for each meeting can be found here: https://nsmba.ca/board-meeting-minutes/

Directors partake in the planning, organization, execution, and follow-up of the following activities:

  • advocacy
  • trail planning
  • operations
  • fundraising
  • events (trail days, member meetings, special events)
  • races
  • marketing and promotion
  • education

Give a Director a high five the next time you see them out on the trails. They all volunteer significant amounts of their time to support mountain biking and the community of trail users on the North Shore and in British Columbia.

James Nadel

James Nadel

President

I was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, but left the hard-working folks of Steeltown for The Shore in March of 2020; these mountains have since been my home. Cycling has always been a cornerstone of my life. No riding, though, has been so rewarding or fun as dropping into a chute of dirt, root, and rock.

The Shore’s trails are built upon many histories, layered like the soil below and intertwined as the roots embedded therein: enduring First Nations’ habitation; colonial settlement; old growth forestry; residential development; and recreation. Just as these histories are ever-present and interacting, each trail has its own unique origin and past that continues to change and develop with the builders, riders and seasons.

Legends of mountain biking who still ride and build on Fromme, Cypress, and Seymour made North Shore riding world-famous. To keep these trails world-class, sustainable, and accessible requires a commensurate community effort—the NSMBA exists for this purpose. As President, alongside our dedicated directors, volunteers, and staff, I aim to make these trails (present and future) trails for all, and trails forever.

 

jamesnadel@nsmba.ca

Q&A with James 

 

Cooper Quinn

Cooper Quinn

Vice President

The Shore’s trails are a primary reason I moved here 15 years ago. I grew up in Jackson, Wyoming as part of a tight-knit community of builders and riders. I learned early on that trail access is a privilege, not a right, and in the value advocacy; working together with land managers and other stakeholders to build solutions that benefit the entire community.

There’s a long, involved history in the forests here—a patchwork of land managers, a complex stakeholder environment, and 1400 mm of rain annually all overlay our frontcountry network of multi-use trails, all within a stones throw of the 3rd largest municipal area in Canada. And, it’s The Shore—we’re legendary across the world for our legendary progressive trails.

As your Vice President, I’ll try and balance the needs of NSMBA members, environmental stewardship, maintaining our position as a leader in progressive trails, and the community at large. Our community, mountain biking, and outdoor recreation are things I care deeply about; if you ever want to talk about them, email me, and lets get outside somewhere and talk!

cooper@nsmba.ca

Q&A with Cooper

 

Katherine Enns

Katherine Enns

Treasurer

Growing up in Vancouver I am surprised it took me so long to get on a mountain bike. It all started with a (very short lived) national rowing team career that left me with a lot of competitive energy. This led to triathlon, road racing, cyclocross, and finally to mountain bikes.
 
The sport was intimidating. I don’t love adrenaline… I’m not good at going fast down hills… and I’m really into spandex… so the idea of going up, only to go down, didn’t occur to me as something I would enjoy. I was so very wrong.
 
I’m still a scaredy-cat, but the trails have become a new challenge that I never expected to love this much. While I still do love road riding and remain on the elite race team, Crit Nasty, mountain bikes have provided me with a whole new level of appreciation for our backyard, and for bikes in general.
 
It has been such an odd year with so many ups and downs, but it has really clarified my interest in giving back to my community and connecting with those who make these trails possible. With my CPA designation, and work experience in accounting and finance, I think I will make a great team member to a crew who is already so dedicated.
 
I am super excited to have been elected to this year’s board of directors and can’t wait to see what we can accomplish.
 
Vanessa Lebrun

Vanessa Lebrun

Secretary

I’ve always liked being on two wheels, but it’s when I moved to BC in 2015 that I became totally hooked on mountain biking. Having the chance to work in the industry, I can now honestly say that cycling is part of my daily life. If it’s not on the trails, you might also see me on the road, on a bikepacking trip, or at local dirt jumps and pumptracks. I’m that kind of person who doesn’t put all the eggs in one basket…
Through my work experience and bachelor’s degree, I’ve developed skills in marketing, events & volunteer management, as well as customer service. I love listening to people and finding ways to reach them through whatever project I’m working on.
A trail network so close to the city creates fantastic opportunities, but it also brings its loads of challenges. I’m thankful for this opportunity to be on the Board and look forward to strengthening peaceful relationships with all the parties involved, give back to the trails, and get more people to do so.
Ben Organ

Ben Organ

Director

I grew up in the UK, spending a lot of time in Bristol, and have been into mountain biking and more recently road riding for many years. I moved to Vancouver in 2018 and quickly had to step up my mountain biking game; the trails here are next level compared to what I was used to back home!
I work in web technology, running my own digital agency in the UK for many years before emigrating to Canada. Currently I am the tech lead at a local startup specialising in the on-demand transit space. I love using technology to make the world a better place.
I’m really excited to be part of NSMBA; being able to give back to the community and support the trails we all love. I’m hoping to use my experience to improve the way we use technology to support our members, alongside improving accessibility, diversity and inclusion, in line with our mission of trails for all, trails forever.

benorgan@nsmba.ca

 

Brent Hillier

Brent Hillier

Director of Youth

I’ve been living and working on the North Shore for the better part of a decade, and am proud to call it home and raise my family here. In my professional life, I’m the host of the Front Lines MTB Podcast, a bi-weekly show aimed at Trail Advocates, Builders and Non-profit volunteers and employees. In addition, I work as the Community Manager at Trailforks, where I work with over 1400 Trail Associations all over the world.

I’m passionate about trails and the people who recreate on them. Like public libraries, trails are not only a crucial community asset, but a public right. But unlike our roads and social services, I believe they should always be maintained and managed by the community. Having community members maintain an integral community asset, provides us with the opportunity to learn, grow and socialize; ensuring a legacy of stewardship for generations to come. Like everything it starts with the youth. The future of Mountain Biking, and the trails in general, will be determined by the generation that follows us but like building or maintaining a trail we can still play a huge roll in pointing that path in the right direction.

brent@nsmba.ca

 

Colin Brumelle

Colin Brumelle

Director

I was born and raised in Vancouver and have been riding on the shore since I was a kid. I can be found, more often than not, smashing out a loop on our local hills. I spent 10 years away, living in the San Francisco Bay Area for work, then moved back to Vancouver 2 years ago. I always knew the shore was a special place, but it was my time away that made me truly appreciate the amazing trails in our own backyard. Seeing first hand the challenging and legally precarious state of trail systems in places like California, made me realize the importance of strong advocacy and community building work. Moving back home has been phenomenal, and it is a joy to take my children (ages 7 and 11) down trails that I rode down as a kid.

For employment, I’ve been a software engineer and business leader for most of my career. I’m currently running a small company called ChopShop (https://chopshop.co) that helps people and businesses make great video content. Before that I worked in San Francisco at Twitter as a software engineer and then as an engineering manager, building the advertising platform.

I’m super excited to be on the board and I look forward to chatting on the trails.

colin@nsmba.ca

 

Isabelle Deguise

Isabelle Deguise

Director of Advocacy

I started mountain biking over a decade ago when I moved to Vancouver from Ontario for grad school. Considering the major falls, bruises and tears that first year, it’s surprising it’s become such a big part of my life. But the community, the trails and the adrenaline rush just can’t be beat.

I moved to North Vancouver four years ago specifically to be closer to the mountains and now I use the trails on the North Shore almost every day to ride, run or walk my dog. I’ve been so impressed with the work the NSMBA has done over the past several years, I’ve decided to get more involved. My day job involves permitting and managing environmental aspects for the development, construction and operation of renewable energy projects in Western Canada, which involves a lot of regulatory work, government relations, stakeholder consultation and First Nation relationship building. I plan to transfer these skills as your new Director of Advocacy.

isabelle@nsmba.ca

 

Jackie Hicks

Jackie Hicks

Director of Events

I’ve lived on the North Shore for as long as I can remember and did not start mountain biking soon enough.  But it is now a huge part of my life where I continue to learn & improve, be challenged every ride, enjoy the outdoors, and meet incredible people.
I’m excited to become more involved with the NSMBA as a director.  I have seen the trail system changes and improvements over the years and am looking forward to having a role in maintaining and expanding a sustainable trail network.
My background is in project management, mainly working for a few different Federal Departments (currently Parks Canada).  I hope to meet many NSMBA members as soon as we can at Fivers, trail days, and some new events!!
Ken Coopland

Ken Coopland

Director

I moved to Vancouver from Winnipeg in 1989. In Winnipeg, I was an avid runner and sailor so Vancouver was a natural fit for the water but I never knew I would love the trails as much as I do. Trail running led to Knee Knackers trail race, trail knowledge led to hiking and climbing and the local North Shore mountains led to backcountry skiing and snowshoeing. I moved to the North Shore in ’93,  and for the last 15 years, the majority of my time is spent on my mountain bike, with my dog, my neighbours or my friends. Now, most vacations up and down the coast include riding, my wife rides with all her friends, and it’s one of the few things that makes me scream and laugh like a 7-year-old again.

In the last 5 years I’ve joined the NSMBA and helped out building trails but feels like it hasn’t been enough. I’ve realized trails don’t build themselves. As a Director of the NSMBA, I want to grow the membership and the rider engagement that will allow all existing and newly introduced riders to enjoy the use of the trails forever.

My background is in Sales, Product Marketing, Consulting and designing superior Customer Experiences through technology. I’m looking forward to continuing and contributing to the excellent work the NSMBA has delivered to date and going forward.

ken@nsmba.ca

Laura Tacchi

Laura Tacchi

Director

After learning to mountain bike in the Rockies, I moved to North Vancouver in 2017. Having lived in three other provinces I can confidently say that we spoiled for choice when it comes to trail and riding areas in the Sea to Sky. Since moving here I have tried to ride the local mountains as much as possible. I have been blown away by how much work goes into the trails and how well maintained they are. It is not unusual to roll onto some fresh gold or a new feature and I love that! I am so excited to be a part of the NSMBA and to be able to give back to this community.

When I am not outdoors I work in the banking industry and for the past 9 years, I have worked directly with businesses helping them grow and achieve their goals. Two years ago a group of us from RBC leveraged our community program to adopt Lower Oil Can. It has been so much fun working with the NSMBA and Michael Stormer to help them realize their vision for the trail. As Treasurer I hope to have an even bigger impact and work to ensure the long term success of the Association.

laura@nsmba.ca

Rob Donovan

Rob Donovan

Director

I am from Kingston, Ontario, but left the land of warm lakes for the cool forests of the North Shore in 2013 and have been an avid mountain biker ever since.
 
I soon became involved in trail building after being drawn to the local mountain bike culture. Now I volunteer with the NSMBA as a trail builder on many Fromme trails including Lower Oilcan, the Griffen’s, and Baden Powell.
 
Professionally I work as a building commissioning provider – making sure buildings are designed, built and function properly. My role includes project management, problem solving, thorough organization, and coordinating various stakeholder groups. These skills have transferred directly to trail building and will be an asset as I take on more projects.
 
I am excited to work with the NSMBA on the Board of Directors and look forward to making our great trails enjoyable for all.