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February 25/23 12:45 pm - Cycling Canada Board & Awards Updates

Posted by Editor on 02/25/23

A number of these changes to the Cycling Canada Board, and the announcement of national federation awards have happened over previous months, but here is the collated information/update.

Cycling Canada National Awards

Following the announcement of the award winners for Events and Commissaires, Cycling Canada is please to recognize the remaining award winners for 2022.

New for 2022 is the Community Coach of the Year Award. The inaugural recipients, Nicolas Masbourian and Camille Desjardins-Leduc, were nominated by their community with the support of their Provincial/Territorial Sport Organization (PTSO). Desjardins-Leduc has developed a day camp that allows young people learn about cycling activities and involves U17 and Junior cyclists as leaders. She has also developed a Canadian para-cycling program for children 17 and under to promote accessibility to people with disabilities.

Masbourian is a youth cycling club coach, HopOn Learning Facilitator, National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Instructor and developer of a bicycle safety education program delivered in Quebec.

Earning the title of 2022 Coach of the Year are Pierre Hutsebaut and Christine Gilliard. Gilliard coaches athletes to reach their full potential through the Sport-Études program, which she has managed since 2006. In 2022, several of her students participated in Canadian National Cycling Team projects, including Road World Championships.

In his decades-long involvement with cycling, Hutsebaut has earned a reputation coaching both elite and up-and-coming road cyclists to perform their best on the international stage. Among the Canadian cyclists he coached in 2022 were Hugo Houle, Simone Boilard, Nickolas Zukowsky and Paralympian Marie-Claude Molnar.

The Presidents' Trophy recognizes the best performance in World Championship competition as voted on by members of the Canadian National Cycling Team. Dylan Bibic claimed the honour in recognition of becoming the first Canadian in history to win gold in the Scratch Race, at the Track World Championships at just 19 years old.

Also decided by National Team athletes is the Russ Copeland Award for best Junior rider, which Jackson Goldstone received for the second consecutive year. His win of the UCI men's junior Downhill World Cup Overall was a result of an impressive string of first- and second-place finishes throughout the season.

Finally, Cycling Canada has awarded the Builder of the Year Award to Nicolas Legault, General Manager of the Centre National de Cyclisme de Bromont (CNCB). Led by Legault, the CNCB initiated a transformative project that culminated in September, when the Vélodrome Sylvan Adams-Centre Multisports Desjardins was unveiled to the public. In December, the CNCB was officially named as a UCI World Cycling Centre Continental Satellite. In addition to being an invaluable facility for athlete development, the centre bolsters Canada's prominence on the international cycling stage and play an instrumental role in Cycling Canada and the FQSC's efforts to build and support the cycling community via grassroots programming and high profile events.

2022 Community Coach of the Year
Camille Desjardins-Leduc
Nicolas Masbourian

2022 Coach of the Year
Christine Gilliard
Pierre Hutsebaut

2022 Presidents Trophy
Dylan Bibic

Russ Copeland Award
Jackson Goldstone

2022 Builder of the Year
Nicolas Legault

Cycling Canada Board of Directors

Cycling Canada is pleased to announce updates to the composition of the Board of Directors following its Annual Meeting in September 2022, as well as several recent appointments.

Cycling Canada's Provincial/Territorial Sport Organizations (PTSOs) voted to re-elect three incumbent directors from a slate of nine nominees. Each of the following Directors will serve two-year terms in the role of Director at Large:

• Mark Collins (Georgetown, ON)
• Louizandre Dauphin (Abbotsford, BC)
• Curt Harnett (Toronto, ON)

After the Annual Meeting, the Board appointed Andrea Eby (Vancouver, BC) to the role of Director at Large for a term of one year, concluding at the Cycling Canada Annual Meeting in September 2023.

In February 2023, the Board voted to appoint Denise Ramsden (Toronto, ON) to fill a recently vacated Director at Large position for a term also expiring at the 2023 Annual Meeting.

Stepping down effective February 7, 2023, was Mark Gilligan (Toronto, ON), who served on the Board for two terms beginning in September 2019. Shauna Finlay (Edmonton, AB), also departed the Board after completing a two-year term in September 2022 and did not stand for re-election.

The Board would like to recognize and thank both Shauna and Mark for their significant contributions over their time on the Board, particularly in the areas of governance, safe sport policy and risk management.

Continuing their ongoing terms on the Cycling Canada Board of Directors are Peter Lawless, Kelly Murray and Board Chair Pierre Laflamme. The position of Athlete Representative remains filled by Andrew L'Esperance but may change subsequent to the completion of the current Cycling Canada Athletes' Council election process.

Cycling Canada would like to extend a warm welcome to its new Directors and a sincere thank you to all candidates who put their names forward as nominees in the recent election.

The role of Cycling Canada's Board of Directors is to provide overall strategic direction, leadership and stability for the organization. The Board establishes the overall mission and purpose for the organization and is responsible for a number of key governance-related activities including approving the appointment of and providing direction to the CEO and senior management team, the development and adoption of organizational policies, financial oversight and approval of the annual budget.

Cycling Canada Board of Directors as of Feb. 8, 2023:

Mark Collins - Director at Large
Louizandre Dauphin - Director at Large
Andrea Eby - Director at Large
Curt Harnett - Director at Large
Pierre Laflamme - Director at Large/Chair
Peter Lawless - Director at Large
Andrew L'Esperance - National Team Athlete Representative
Kelly Murray - Director at Large
Denise Ramsden - Director at Large


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