MEET THE BOARD
Duncan Ross – PRESIDENT
Duncan is a passionate advocate of cycling, the environment and community building. With 15 years business experience in the insurance industry he is well versed in risk management, strategic planning and governance. He is active in the community, sitting on multiple committees/boards and has coached many youth sports over the years. Duncan competes at an elite level in a number of cycling disciplines and triathlons, placing 7th overall and 4th in his age group at Ironman Muskoka in 2015. This year Duncan will race in the Ironman Championships in Kona Hawaii.
Katie MacDonald – VICE PRESIDENT
Katie brings helpful experience from cycling clubs across Canada. Most recently she worked in Alberta with Backroads Inc, to deliver cycling trips to visitors passing through the Canadian Rockies. Katie also brings professional experience as a Secondary Teacher and Health and Fitness Supervisor for the City of Brantford. In both roles she engages with the public to build programs that attract and empower people to live healthy active lifestyles.
Rachel Lunam-Sweeney – TREASURER
Rachel has been an avid cyclist for 15 years and in the last 6 years has evolved into a competitive cyclist and triathlete capturing many age-group podium finishes. She has recently found a passion for endurance cycling and has two full ironman finishes on her portfolio. Rachel brings her ‘knack for inspiring others’ to the Brant Cycling Club. She has a way to get those around her involved, and she uses this trait to promote the growth of the club and the cycling culture in our community. In 2015, she was named an ambassador for the Paris to Ancaster bike race and she continues to be the administrator for the “Let’s Tri Together” Facebook page which engages 100+ local athletes. Her strong social media presence will be an asset to the club and its members. She has been a certified ride leader with the club since its inception, and in 2015 completed the NCCP Let’s Ride Community Cycling Coach Level 1 Course. Rachel has been employed in the healthcare system for 15 years which heightens her awareness of the importance for healthy active lifestyles. It is her goal to engage as many of you as possible on your journey to becoming a cycling enthusiast!
Greg Kempa – DIRECTOR AT LARGE
Greg was bitten by the cycling bug just a few years ago. Since then he’s been spotted frequently on the rail trails around town, on the roads in the north end of town and hanging out with the club as a regular Wednesday night group leader. The high point of his cycling career thus far: cycling the Cabot Trail with his daughter Alex last summer.
Rick Weaver – DIRECTOR AT LARGE
Rick has been a biking enthusiast for 25 years. Rick has attended the International Mountain Bike Associations (IMBA) “Trail Building School” and has built trails in Brantford, Kelso Conservation Area, and Dundas Conservation Area. Rick has sat on various City of Brantford Committees including the Multi-Use Trail and Bikeway Advisory Committee (MUTBAC) where he was a past chair of that committee. Most recently Rick was successful in his first attempt to become a City Councillor where he now has the opportunity to set city policy to improve the bike infrastructure of Brantford.
Loren Butler– DIRECTOR AT LARGE
For the past 10 years Loren has been an avid cyclist. Her passion for cycling led her to become a volunteer member of the BCC steering committee in efforts to help others in the community maintain active and healthy lifestyles. She brings an in-depth knowledge of the bicycle industry having worked as a field representative for Shimano. In this role she attended and promoted cycling events to help launch and demonstrate new product lines. Currently she works as a media specialist for Brant News, and as such provides a crucial conduit for getting BCC information out to Brantford and area residents. She is out in the community everyday networking at local events or volunteering with local charitable groups. She also coordinates for the Community Champion column, in which she showcases deserving local athletes and volunteers. Maintaining these relationships provides her with a platform to help promote the Brant Cycling Club and partner with local businesses going forward as sponsors.
Steve Quick – DIRECTOR AT LARGE
Steve Quick have been involved in cycling for many years. At the age of forty he started to compete in duathlons and after taking up swimming, he switched to triathlons. He has raced many triathlons and was lucky enough to represent Canada the last couple of years racing on the age group national team. He just recently completed a personal trainer course and with his upcoming retirement from the City of Brantford Fire Department, he will now have more time to become involved in developing the cycling culture in our community and getting people out on their bikes for group rides!
Jacques Guenette – DIRECTOR AT LARGE
Jacques has been involved in cycling since the late 70’s. By riding his bike to and from rowing practice each day, it wasn’t long before the short rides became longer and faster rides. He soon joined the local club (St. Catharines Cycling Club) and began competitive cycling. Riding with the likes of world renown Steve Bauer, Gord Singleton and the Lefebvre brothers was truly inspiring and motivated him to compete at the highest level possible. Jacques has competed in many Canada Cup races both as a track rider and on the road. He believes that cycling clubs are extremely important for cyclists to learn the necessary skills and proper etiquette while one continues learning and developing as a rider. It is his goal to educate and encourage as many Brantford cyclists whether enthusiast or competitive to make cycling an active lifestyle!”
Derek Bowen – DIRECTOR AT LARGE
Dereck was born and raised in Brantford and has been riding a bike for as long as he can remember! After having a number of injuries from playing Brantford Harlequin’s rubgy, his wife suggested to take up mountain bike racing. His first
race was the Lake to Lake and he kept the injury streak up by wiping out coming down the Niagara escarpment! It didn’t matter. He picked myself up and the bike parts and finished the race. He got hooked on mountain bike racing! Around 2010 he bought a road bike and instantly loved the speed. In 2016 he started to race in the Ontario cup road racing series for NovoFit Girardin in the Master 3 division. He had great success and finished 3rd overall! He has been an active member of the BCC since it was formed and has volunteer as a Ride Leader for the past 3 years. He bring to the table a lot of hard work and knowledge to help the club evolve.