The directors of the NSMBA are 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. Directors are expected to be involved in the planning, organization, execution, and follow up of the following activities:
- events (trail days, member meetings, special events)
- marketing and promotion
To fulfill their role, directors are expected to have excellent communication skills allowing them to effectively liaise, negotiate, and communicate with local landowners, NSMBA members, corporate supporters, media, and the general public. Directors should expect to set aside a reasonable amount of time to complete their duties, and be committed to the organization and serve their entire term.
I’ve been on the NSMBA Board of Directors since 2014, covering Advocacy and then Grants & Advocacy. I’ve served as President since late 2016, leading our strong, diverse and talented Board and employees through a growth in membership that coincided with our 20th Anniversary year in 2017. A recent economic impact study shows that the popularity of biking on the Shore has increased six-fold over the last decade. Our goal is to continue growing the organization, strengthening relationships with members, directors, sponsors, supporters, the community, local government and public/private land managers.
My day job at a global technology organization involves using a data-driven approach to identify customer experience improvements, building loyalty, brand reputation and increasing sales. We have been working to bring those corporate best practices to the NSMBA in order to protect existing trails, open further opportunities and better represent our members.
The North Shore trails are legendary amongst mountain bikers worldwide and the main driver behind my relocation to Vancouver eight years ago. Being able to contribute to a trail network that has brought me so much fun and introduced me to so many friends is a fantastic way of giving back to our community. And I’m not the only one who feels this way: I have respect and gratitude for everyone who has volunteered at trail days, participated in our events, donated to our cause and purchased memberships or trail passes. YOU help make our organization what it is today.
I like to say I am a mountain biker who has a great side job as an accountant, that’s how most of my friends perceive it. 2016 was my first year with the NSMBA, having relocated down to the north shore permanently 3 years ago after a number of years riding, skiing, living and working in Whistler. I was the controller for the lodging division of Whistler Blackcomb for 11 years and I am now the chief accountant for a family run business here in North Vancouver. My goal as treasurer is to continue on with the great work the board has been doing to help grow our membership into the largest mountain bike club in Canada (if not the world). I would really like to see fully paid membership hit 2,500 in 2018.
Over the last 3 years I have ridden extensively around the shore at least twice a week and can say I am extremely proud of the work that the NSMBA have done to keep up this trail network as one of the premier networks in the world. It takes a lot or work to deal with all the various stake holders here on the shore, harder than any land management we had to deal with in Whistler when I was the treasurer for WORCA. I plan to use all that experience in helping the NSMBA protect, manage and expand our trail network.
So what’s my favourite trail? Well thanks to Peter Morin I have to say it’s the 7th , Leopard, Krinkum, Kirkford rip. When I think back to what it was like to ride those trails for the first time in 1997 when I moved here from Ontario, (on my hardtail Dekerf with v-brakes and 2” travel) compared to now, wow what a difference. So thanks to all our trail builders!
After riding the North Shore a couple of times (and only breaking down into tears once on Pipeline), I moved over here in 2010. Since then I’m amazed at how the community has grown and how well the trails are maintained. Ladies Only was one of the first trails I rode and, to this day, is still my favourite.
Director of Advocacy
My passion for mountain biking began in 1998 when I was first introduced to the North Shore, with its incredible trails, passionate builders, and welcoming community. Our community is thriving as evidenced by the successes of the TAP program, the Fivers, and the whoops and hollers heard from riders on trails. My goal is to continue building on the amazing work accomplished by the current and past NSMBA boards. As a rider, coach, and trail builder, my vision is to continue to help maintain and build trails on the North Shore, to advocate for projects that provide technical challenge to advanced riders yet provides a network of trails that is inclusive for all levels of riders, and work towards developing long term trail management and development plans.
Director of Marketing & Volunteers
Todd "Digger" Fiander
Director of Trails
My years on the mountains, digging, living and digging some more allow me to contribute vast amounts of knowledge on the environment we are working with.My first trail was on Cypress, Cross Cut. Top of Cypress to ride Brothers Creek. I made some short cuts to cut across the road. While I was out there I found a big Saw and hence the name – Cross Cut. My favourite trail right now is Bookwus because it is CRAZY!!
My goals as the Director of Trails for 2018 are easy: Build more trails, keep people smiling and yahooing on the mountain!
After a day of digging you can find me at the local hot spot Browns Social House.
Please note in 2015 Todd was inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame and most recently named by Cycling Canada Magazine as one of the 14 most influential Canadians in Cycling.
Director of Events
As a rider of the north shore since the mid90’s and a mountain bike instructor, coach and guide in our community for over a decade, I have a broad and unique perspective on our trail infrastructure and the local ridership. As a mother of two young shredders, I have a desire to see mountain biking stay sustainable on the shore for generations to come and to ensure that there are trails that provide a positive riding experience for new participants of the sport.
In addition to raising the future generation of mountain bikers, I have worked in a variety of roles, including marketing, sales, program development, event planning, and volunteer coordination.
My focus for 2018 is on growing community involvement, awareness of our organization and increasing membership numbers. If you see me in the forest, please say hi!
Director of Events
I moved to the North Shore a decade ago for the mountain biking. I really appreciate the unique value of what we have with the mountains in our backyard especially now with my family as we raise our own little one. Professionally, I am a project manager and engineer. I am looking forward to working with the team and giving back to the mountain bike community that is such a large part of my life. As for a favourite trail – that’s a tough one! Lots to choose from!
Director of Youth
Director of Membership