MEET THE BOARD

 

Katie MacDonald – 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.

 

 

Greg Kempa – VICE PRESIDENT

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rachel Lunam-Sweeney – TREASURERrachel

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 Cameron – DIRECTOR AT LARGE

Greg harbors a lifelong enthusiasm for cycling in which he has packed his children books and snacks into a bike trailer so he could integrate his children and himself in cycling. As a member of the Board of Directors he hopes to help create a safe, friendly, and supportive environment in which everyone can further develop their skills and enjoy the camaraderie of their fellows. A firm believer of the N+1 philosophy of cycling Greg has a bike for every occasion and is always ready to ride anytime, anywhere, with anybody.

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer MacDougall– DIRECTOR AT LARGE

Jennifer has always pursued maintaining a healthy active lifestyle in a variety of ways, including  her career in community health care for the past 28 years. Inspired by her spouse’s passion and achievements in cycling, she decided to take up cycling 6 years ago as a way to stay fit and explore the outdoors, She has had no regrets since! Cycling has introduced another way to spend time together with her spouse and created an opportunity to expand her social circle with other cyclists! Since joining the Brant Cycling Club 3 years ago, Jennifer has been both inspired and impressed by the enthusiasm, commitment and progress of the Brant Cycling Club. The obvious support and integrity shown towards the old and new membership is welcoming and she is looking forward to contributing more actively to help strengthen and promoting the cycling culture in the Brantford community. 

 

 

 

 

Jacques Guenette – DIRECTOR AT LARGE Jacques2

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!”

 

 

 

Jennifer Romano – DIRECTOR AT LARGE

Hi! My name is Jenn. I’m a recent graduate from McMaster University, where I completed an undergraduate degree in Health Science and a Master of Science in Physiotherapy. I’m currently employed as a PT at the BGH. My interest in cycling started 8 years ago when I discovered the rail trail not far from my home in Brantford. I spent my summer evenings riding the rail trail with my mom’s old cruiser bike until I received my first Giant hybrid as a graduation gift. From the second I was able to clip in, I was hooked. I started cycling more often when I bought my first road bike in 2017 to train for the Ride to Conquer Cancer. With that goal in mind and with some encouragement from a favourite cousin, I joined the BCC and rode with the Wednesday beginner group. This year I’m excited to join the BCC in the capacity of a board member. I have been inspired by the enthusiasm of fellow BCC members to engage our community and motivate others to hop on their bikes to discover the magic of cycling!

 

Jeff Small – DIRECTOR AT LARGE

David Good – DIRECTOR AT LARGE

Dave is a geologist with a wide range of experience throughout Canada. He didn’t start cycling seriously until 2014 when he began training for his first race (P2A). The race was exhilarating and, although he finished about 2/3 of the way back, he continued to train hard with the goal of improving his time for P2A 2016. After his 2nd race, Dave starting riding for fitness instead of training for racing, and hasn’t looked back. Joining the BCC in 2016 was a great move because there is a good mix of people that are interested in fitness and having fun but there is also a little competition if you’re interested.

 

Duncan Ross – PAST 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.