Our Team

The Staff

Your Cycle Toronto staff are hard at work representing you on the streets and at City Hall. Become a member today to get these advocates working for you!

Jared Kolb
Executive Director

Jared joined Cycle Toronto in 2010, first as a volunteer, then Director of Membership and Outreach, followed by Director of Campaigns and Membership, before settling into his current role as Executive Director. Prior to joining Cycle Toronto, Jared worked for 8-80 Cities and helped to establish the College of Sustainability at Dalhousie University. Jared holds an MA in International Development from Dalhousie University and has biked across Canada

Kristin Schwartz 
Newcomer Cycling Outreach Coordinator

Partnership for Integration and Sustainable Transportation

Kristin Schwartz is the Cycling Outreach Coordinator with the Partnership for Integration and Sustainable Transportation, a joint initiative between CultureLink Settlement Services and Cycle Toronto. Working out of CultureLink, she promotes cycling to newcomers to Toronto by offering cycling workshops and programs like Bike Host, which matches newcomers with confident cyclists who act as mentors, and the Bike to School Project. Kristin’s past work has included tenant organizing and community-based writing and radio production. A graduate of the Co-operative Management and Leadership Certificate Program at the Schulich School of Business, she is a founding board member of two grassroots environmental organizations.

Keagan Gartz
Programs & Partnerships Manager

Keagan oversees the programming and development of Bike MonthBike Valet partnerships, the Toronto Bike Awards, and the Cycle Toronto Business Membership Program. She works to build capacity for organizations that support cycling as a safe, healthy and fun mode of transportation. She was formerly a Program Manager at Smart Commute, helping employers to support cycling, transit, telework, carpooling, and walking initiatives. Keagan has a degree in Environment and Resource Studies from the University of Waterloo, and is Chair of the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) Steering Committee.

Mark Romeril
Membership & Ward Advocacy Manager

Mark oversees memberships as well as our Ward Advocacy Program. Before joining Cycle Toronto, he worked at Cycle Solutions, and held internships at the City of Toronto and the Canadian Rights Action Foundation. Mark is concluding a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University. Past projects include developing a strategic active transportation plan for the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) and the Toronto Cycling Think & Do Tank, as well as a process evaluation for the Daniel’s Centre for Learning in Regent Park. Any spare moments between work and school consist of bike rides, rock climbing, and the occasional shift at Bike Sauce.

 

The Board

Reach the Board at directors@cycleto.ca.

Robert Tarantino
President

Rob is a human rights and employment lawyer with a passion for and commitment to social justice. An everyday cyclist, Rob advocates for safe and accessible streets.

 

Jake Schabas
Vice President 

Jake is a policy analyst and writer with a passion for safe, diverse streets. Having recently returned to Toronto after a couple years away, Jake looks forward to drawing from cycling successes abroad to support made-in-Toronto strategies for improved cycling.
Bob Brent
Chair
Bob, a career consumer marketer & corporate director, grew up in Vancouver. His first new bike was a hand-built Raleigh Carlton Cresta 10-speed touring bike with 46/49 front chainrings & Simplex derailleur. He rode it around UBC for 7 years while pursuing his BASc & MBA, and on Vancouver Island over 5 summers while working at the Harmac pulp mill. How he rode it up & down the Sunshine Coast & Malahat Highway with such tall gearing puzzles him now as he huffs & puffs his way up the Avenue Road hill with 30 gears!After a catastrophic hip infection, amputation & rebuild left him disabled 4 years, he started cycling again, joined CycleTO in 2009 & ran for the Board in 2010 to give back to cycling—after it helped him regain his mobility, health & fitness.

Damion Ketchum
Treasurer 

Damion is a senior financial leader with a passion for cycling in Toronto. As a 12 month bicycle commuter since 2007, Damion hopes to leverage his financial and strategic expertise to help promote safer cycling and better access for cyclists in Toronto.

John Taranu
Secretary
A mapping software developer by trade, John joined Cycle Toronto as a ward captain in 2010, and has been on the Board since 2012. John organizes the Ward 22 group, Cycle Toronto's Eglinton campaign, and is working to make cycling safer on the streets and trails of Toronto - from downtown to the suburbs.
Sabrina Bowman Sabrina has worked and volunteered in a variety of not for profit organizations working on environmental issues, active transportation, human health, and civic participation, among others. She loves building community, connecting people together, and of course ducking through the streets of Toronto on two wheels.
Chantelle Campbell-Sholzberg Chantelle is an anthropologist and cycling advocate that has been volunteering with Cycle Toronto since 2011. Working towards strengthening communities, she is the Coordinator of MEC Bikefest 2013, a community celebration of everything bicycle related. She lives in Ward 43 and bikes downtown from Scarborough to work every day.
Joe Drew Joe is a software developer and political activist. In addition to his duties on Cycle Toronto's board, he is an executive director of CodeRedTO, a transit activist group; he splits his time between advocating for transit, cycling, and urban form. He lives in Toronto's east end with his wife and their cats.

 

Meredith James Meredith got her start in cycling advocacy almost ten years ago with the Peoples' Pedal Bicycle Sharing Cooperative in Edmonton. She believes in the power of the bicycle to provide accessible, sustainable, fast, and fun transportation. She is also an environmental lawyer and a former Board member of the Saskatchewan Environmental Network, Sierra Club Canada, and the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition.
Benjamin Leszcz Ben is the managing director of the design and communications consultancy, Whitman Emorson, and a freelance journalist. Prior to joining Cycle Toronto's board, he rode his single-speed Raleigh Équipe through the busy streets of London, UK, where he worked with the renowned creative agency, Winkreative, and earned an MSc from the London School of Economics.

 

Kristin Lillyman Kristin is an urban planner who has worked in social housing, transportation, and, most recently, municipal politics. She is passionate about urban issues and her favourite thing is encouraging others to try riding a bike for transportation. Kristin just moved back to Toronto after 5 years in Vancouver and is excited to bring the west coast cycling enthusiasm to Cycle Toronto.

 

Brandin O'Connor Brandin is a labour and employment lawyer and avid urban cyclist. He has served on the governing body of Osgoode Hall Law School, a fundraising committee of CANFAR, and as law clerk to Ontario's Chief Justice. He is originally from Belmont, Ontario.
Liz Sutherland Liz is a social/health policy analyst and project coordinator with experience in the public and non-profit sectors. Originally from Ottawa, she moved to Toronto in 2011 and became active with Cycle Toronto Ward 18. Her interests include politics, vegetarian cooking, sexual & reproductive rights, and diversity in the cycling advocacy movement.

 

Tom Worrall

Tom is an entrepreneur who started a new ticketing company that eventually grew into Ticketmaster Canada. He has been a cycling commuter from Ward 16 to downtown Toronto for the past 20 years and loves the green and healthy lifestyle benefits it brings. He’s involved with several committees and hopes to help Cycle Toronto expand so we can be even more effective in their outreach programs designed to grow the bike culture in this great city.