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October 30/11 11:41 am - 2011 CCA AGM Report

Posted by Editoress on 10/30/11

The Canadian Cycling Association (CCA) held its 2011 AGM in Winnipeg over the October 28-30 weekend.  The event was 'enlivened' by the fact that a Comic Con show was also taking place at the same time, with actors such as Kevin Sorbo and William Shatner appearing randomly in the hotel.  I knew that we had entered a different reality when a storm trooper wandered by me...

Below are some of the main points of the AGM; we will follow up with some more detailed analysis over the next few days.


The CCA is in good shape, financially, with revenues surpassing $4.7 million in fiscal 2010-2011 (and expected to top $5 million in 2011-2012).  However, sponsorship revenue has declined, and the vast majority of this funding comes from federal funding sources (ie, Sport Canada).  So, the CCA is working to develop alternative sources of revenue to allow for both flexibility of program funding (currently much is tied directly to specific programs or activities) and in case of a drop funds in current funding sources (always a possibility with government funding).

By-law Amendments

A number of amendments were put forward:

1. One more Director at Large be added to the Board, taking it to six from five, plus the President, National Team Representative and non-voting Past President.  This was passed.

2. Term limits to be removed.  Currently, the President may serve for a maximum of two four year terms and Directors at Large for three two year terms.  It was felt that so good members were being forced out by term limits.  This was passed.

3. Two additional Standing Committees to be established - Insurance Committee and Finance & Audit Committee.  This was passed.

4. Geographic limits be imposed on how many Directors at Large can be from a single Province/Territory.  Currently no limits and proposal is to limit to two.  This was passed.


Board of Directors - Three nominees for two positions.

Peter Lawless, BC - Defeated
Steve Rover, QC - Elected
Michael Sarnicki, AB - Elected

Also, Yannick Archambault, QC, resigned one year into his two year term, and the Board will appointed someone to fill the remainder of his term.


Brian Cowie, BC - High Performance, Para Representative - Defeated
Julie Hutsebaut, ON - High Performance, Para Representative - Elected

Simon Theriault, QC - MTB Representative, Events Committee - Acclaimed

Louise Lalonde, QC - Chair, Officials Committee - Acclaimed

Louis, Barbeau, QC - High Performance Member, National Team Rep - Acclaimed

To be Filled by the Board - BMX Representative, Events Committee

Josée Bedard, QC - MTB Representative, Officials Committee - Acclaimed

Location of 2012 AGM will be in Ottawa or Toronto, the last weekend of October (26-28).  Toronto is the more likely venue, with some sort of post-Olympic athlete recognition event at that time.

The following Awards were presented at the Annual General Meeting.

Event/Organizer of the Year:

Road - Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec, QC

Mountain Bike - Coupe du Monde-Mont-Sainte-Anne, QC

Track - Championnat Canadien - Bromont, QC

BMX - Championnat Canadiens BMX, Québec

Paracycling-  Coupe du Monde - Baie Comeau, QC

Cyclocross - Canadian Championships, Toronto, ON

National Commissaire of the Year -   Helene Soulard, QC

International Commissaire of the Year -  Louise Lalonde, QC

Torchy Peden Award - Alberta Bicycle Association

Russ Copeland Award - Lauren Rosser, BC

While Lauren was not able to repeat her Downhill world champion performance in 2011 she did manage to finish third at this year’s Downhill mountain bike Worlds in Champery, Switzerland on a very demanding course, proving that she technically solid and can produce consistent performances.

President’s Trophy - Catharine Pendrel, BC

Catherine Pendrel was able to show increased performance consistency with top place finishes in the 2011 World Cup season ranking her second overall in World Cup and capping off the XCO season with a World Championship title in Champéry, Switzerland.

Builder of the Year - Serge Arsenault, GP Cycliste Quebec/Montreal

Service Pins

5 years: Brian Cowie, BC

15 years: Eric Van den Eynde, QC

Special Athlete Presentations:

In recognition of 2011 medal performances at World Cup and World Championships

UCI Track World Champion/World Cup Champion Omnium - Tara Whitten, AB

UCI Track World Cup Champion Omnium - Zach Bell, YK

UCI Para World Championships:

Time Trial - Robbie Weldon/Lynne Bessette - Tandem BandVI
Road Race and Time Trial - T1 Shelley Gauthier, ON
Road Race and Time Trial - T2 Marie-Eve Croteau, QC

Road Race and Time Trial - H2 Karen March, BC

C4 Road Race Silver Medal / Time Trials Bronze - Marie Claude Molnar, QC
Men’s H3 - Mark Ledo, ON

MTB World Championships
Catherine Pendrel, BC - UCI MTB XC World Champion
Lauren Rosser, BC - Bronze, Junior Women’s Downhill
Claire Buchar, BC - Bronze, Women’s Elite World Championship Downhill

Board Recognition: Aaron Hershoff - 2005 to 2011 - Board Member at Large


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