Board of Directors 2012 – 2013
Members at Large
- Spencer Chilliak
- Keven Fontaine
- Gord Holtslander
- Rod McLaren
- Ted Popel
- Kamil Rogowski
- Leesa Schultes
- Caitlin Taylor
- Brett Suwinski
Executive Members’ Bios
Mostly retired physiotherapist who is interested in a safe cycling infrastructure in Saskatoon for my grandchildren and other vulnerable cyclists in a city that has the potential to be the best year round cycling city in the world! My bike is an agent of social change. I love travels near and far cycling with my husband. The Trans Canada Trail is my passion for connecting Canadians by active transportation.
Eric is a year-round commuter cyclist, a summer mountain-biker, and summer road-biker. Born and raised in Europe, Eric calls Saskatoon his home since 1993. He considers Saskatoon is the perfect city for biking, but wishes cycling infrastructure would be more developed to the image of some other Canadian or European cities. He is a strong promoter of all cycling activities among his family and friends. Eric believes that a bicycle is a therapy device, a stress control tool, a social life enhancer, as well as an efficient means of locomotion. On a professional level, Eric is a consultant in Community Development, and believes he could bring some of his skills to help promote cycling in Saskatoon. Eric and his wife Laurette are the lucky parents of a 5-boy team, and they host a flock of velocipedes in their garage.
Tania is a relatively new member of the community. Her family moved to Saskatoon in the Fall of 2011 after living in Yellowknife, NT for 6 years. She worked as an engineer in the north before starting her family, and she is currently at home with 3 young children. Limiting the use of their family vehicle is a family value, and walking and biking are always the preferred method to transport her family around the city. She is excited to be involved with Saskatoon Cycle.
I’m a mostly year round cyclist who still owns a car. I ride my bike because it’s handier to get around and it’s a lot more fun and less stress. I always get a close parking spot to wherever I’m heading and I’ve met some great people. I got involved with Saskatoon Cycles because I parked my bike at the Bike Valet at all the festivals and events. Then I volunteered to help with the Bike Valet and discovered the incredible community that Saskatoon Cycles is building around the goal of actively transporting ourselves around Saskatoon.
My return to Saskatoon two years ago has coincided with a renewed interest in cycling out of sheer enjoyment and the physical fitness that cycling promotes as well as an environmentally friendly means of transportation. I have enjoyed cycling in the city and would like to see if there are ways that I can help others enjoy the same experience.
Originally from Amherstburg, Ontario, with a background in Architectural Design, Ted has relocated to Saskatoon following a suspended career in the automotive industry. During his time in Ontario Ted has served on the local Heritage Planning Committee as well as the Parks Committee. One highlight of this involvement was his initiative of a Bike-to-Work-Month. Along with biking, additional outdoor activities included sailing, rowing and skiing. Now, calling Saskatoon home, Ted is forging ahead on bicycle alone and no longer owns a car. Quality of life, community and the built environment are the main factors that keeps his interest and are all things that are also supported by Saskatoon Cycles.
I am a civil engineering student at the University of Saskatchewan and I enjoy commuting by bicycle. My favourite things to do are playing soccer, reading, and mountain biking on the trails along our city’s beautiful river. Cycling brings a fantastic feeling of liberation to my life along with physical, psychological, and economic benefits. By improving cycling safety and infrastructure, and introducing more people to the joys and benefits of cycling, I believe we can make Saskatoon a healthier and livelier city.
I moved to Saskatoon from Regina in 2004 to attend a 2 year course at SIAST. Upon completion of the course I did not even consider moving back to Regina, Saskatoon was the city for me. It was around this time that I purchased my first bike and took to the streets as a casual rider. Not too long after, I discovered the surprisingly extensive trails along the river and I was officially hooked on cycling.
The last 2 years I have included commuting to work as part of my cycling love, but this past summer I have had second thoughts about continuing my commute. It would not be a stretch to say that on nearly every commute I was verbally assaulted, intimidated physically, or had close calls simply because drivers did not actively look for cyclists. Saskatoon streets are becoming more congested, less safe (both in crumbling infrastructure, and aggressiveness of drivers), and the acceptance of cyclists as ‘vehicles’ and their rights to the road has not improved.
My dream for Saskatoon is to become a year round safe haven for cyclists, without reducing the rights of drivers or pedestrians. A holistic bike path network is possible, I have seen amazing examples of continuous bike paths incorporated both on the road and sidewalks that keep the cyclist, pedestrian, and driver safe and knowledgeable – leaving no questionable grey areas that cyclists often find themselves in.
Brett is a student advisor at the College of Arts and Science at the University of Saskatchewan. He is originally from Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan, but has lived in Saskatoon for nine years. He received an Honours degree in Sociology with recognition in French from the U of S in 2009. He is an avid ultimate disc player, cook, music festival attendee, and bike tourist. Brett lives in Lakeview and wants to make cycling more accessible to those living outside Circle Drive.