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.
President (2018 TBD)
I’ve been on the NSMBA Board of Directors since 2014, covering Advocacy and then Grants & Advocacy. I’m excited to step up as President in 2017 and delighted that we have such a strong, diverse and talented Board. During our 20th Anniversary year, our goal is to continue growing the organization, strengthening relationships with members, directors, sponsors, supporters, local government and public/private land managers.
My day job at a global US$80bn 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 seven 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. Here’s to our 20th year!
Treasurer (2018 TBD)
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. The coming 2016 year will be my first with the NSMBA, having relocated down to the north shore permanently 2 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 2,000 by 2017.
Over the last 2 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!
Secretary (2018 TBD)
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.
Todd "Digger" Fiander
Director of Trails (2018 TBD)
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 2017 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 Membership and Community Partnerships (2018 TBD)
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 2017 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 Advocacy (2018 TBD)
The Shore and it’s trails are iconic, and a primary reason I moved here almost 15 years ago. I grew up in Jackson, Wy, as part of a small group of rogue riders and builders who faced losing access and trails. We got organized, legitimized; and working with the National Forest Service the new non-profit Teton Freedom Riders successfully helped coordinate the first user-specific trail network in the US on National Forest land. Today, TFR works with multiple government organizations, non-profits, and other stakeholders on an ever-expanding trail network throughout the Teton area.
In my professional life, I’m a director and officer in the private sector. I’ve worked as a project manager all over the world, as well as a director and officer in public companies. I can tightly manage budgets, schedules, personnel, and logistics on projects from $10k to $15M, in an industry with challenging permitting, environmental, and social considerations.
This background and my communication skills give me the experience I need here to liaise and build lasting relationships with the multitude of land managers, trail users, residents, trail builders, and other concerned stakeholders here on the Shore as the Director of Advocacy.
Ensuring the current trends in trail network success, NSMBA membership, and revenue are well managed will help secure a long term sustainable future for mountain biking on the North Shore.
Mountain biking, community, and trail access are things I care deeply about; Trails for All, Trails Forever. Now who’s up for a ride?
Director of Youth (2018 TBD)