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.
Directors are elected by NSMBA members at the Annual General Meeting and each one has the duty to act honestly and in good faith with a view to the best interests of the society. They meet on the first Tuesday of every month and the minutes for each meeting can be found here: https://nsmba.ca/board-meeting-minutes/
2022 Board of Directors
Take a look at the current Directors down below and be sure to give them 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.
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.
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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.
My mother was a ski instructor in the Laurentians well into her seventies, so the mountains have always been an integral part of my life. I wanted more than Quebec could offer, so in 2007, I followed my dream to live on the west coast.
I sold my house, law practice and everything I owned, which would not fit into my station wagon to make my way to Whistler. It was here where I fell in love with mountain biking and subsequently my wife, who I met through weekly community social rides.
My passion for biking has grown to cyclocross, road riding and squeaky dinosaur bells on my now eight-year-old daughter’s mountain bike. When not riding, I work as an employment and labour lawyer in Vancouver.
The best way to get to know your community is through volunteering. When I lived in Whistler, I was a social ride guide (I got my PMBIA Instructor level 1) and later the membership director for the Whistler Off-Road Cycling Association (WORCA) until my daughter was born. I was also a volunteer ski patroller for Blackcomb Mountain for 14 years, a Weasel Worker during the 2010 Olympic alpine events and a director with the Whistler section of the Alpine Club of Canada.
We moved to Lynn Valley in 2019, just before the pandemic. A perfect excuse to work and school from home, getting all of us out into the mountains every chance we get.
I am excited to be part of the North Shore Mountain Bike Association board, sharing my passion for people and promoting environmental stewardship through sport.
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