Lori Newton, Chair of the Board
Executive Director, Bike Windsor Essex
Lori’s is the leading voice for cycling advocacy in Essex County, Canada’s southernmost, and arguably flattest, region. She vigorously campaigns for social justice on our streets, for complete streets policies in our communities, and believes our public spaces should be designed for everyone from 8 - 80.
Lori is a writer and PR consultant, with a passion for the non-profit sector. She sat on the Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant Review Team, adjudicated City of Windsor Arts and Culture Grants and has written numerous successful grants for organizations including Bike Windsor Essex across Windsor-Essex. She recently left a position with the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Law to focus full time on building and running the region’s first non-profit community bike shop, and to continue her work promoting bicycling and cycling education in the region.
Lori is a commuter cyclist. She travels extensively and whenever she can, explores the world from the seat of her bicycle.
Janet O’Connell, Treasurer
Principal, O’Connell Productions
Janet O’Connell has long been active in cycling advocacy having been Executive Director of the Bicycle Trade Association of Canada (BTAC) for twelve years and as previous Board of Director with the International Mountain Bike Association. During her time with BTAC, she advocated with all levels of government on behalf of cyclist and supported Share the Road in the start-up days. Cycling projects across Canada have been impacted by Janet’s commitment and support through the BTAC grant program. Having also worked in with the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario Janet champions the economic impact of cycling in Ontario when given the opportunity.
Currently consulting in the event business, Janet lives in Keswick, on beautiful Lake Simcoe where she enjoys getting out on the water on her stand-up paddleboard and enjoying the company of her family.
Joy Shikaze, Secretary to the Board
APR – Leadership & PR Consultant at MJS Communications
Joy is communications professional who has been responsible for the public relations, marketing and communications strategies for numerous events as both a consultant, board member and volunteer. Through managing an executive leadership communications consulting firm, she knows that one of her unique talents is the ability to coach everyone in an organization (from the C-Suite to frontline) to be confident communicators by empowering leaders to manage their message.
Joy is a weekend cyclist who enjoys riding an easy path with no hills and very few cars. She got involved with Share the Road to help keep the roads safe for the many people she loves who are avid recreational & competitive cyclists that cycle thousand on kilometres year-round.
J. David Mclaughlin, Board Member
MES, MCIP, RPP, Senior Project Manager, National Active Transportation Planning and Design Lead: Canada, WSP
Dave is a multi-modal transportation planner with extensive experience in preparing transportation master plans, cycling and trail system network strategies and design guidelines, as well as transit and TDM planning and policy development. He is WSP’s Active Transportation Planning and Design lead in Canada, one of WSP’s leading national urban mobility and complete streets specialists and is often involved in projects from the planning and approval stage through functional and detailed design stages.
Dave is a full member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Institute of Transportation Engineers, a member of ITE’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Council, a member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) and sits on the Ontario Traffic Council’s Active Transportation Committee. He is co-author of Ontario Traffic Manual Book 18: Cycling Facilities (2013) and MTO’s Bikeway Design Manual (2014) and is currently leading a team developing a Provincial Cycling Network Strategy for the Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto’s on-street bikeway design guidelines. Dave has extensive experience in the development of sustainable and active transportation (AT) master plans, bicycle parking guidelines, Class EAs, AT facility guidelines and separated bikeway functional and detailed designs.
Ian Brisbin, Board Member
Lawyer, Martin & Hillyer Associates
Ian has a long-standing commitment to volunteerism to better his community. Recently, he served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Royal Botanical Gardens and Chair of the Board of Melrose United Church, and is a past Chair of the City of Burlington’s Canada Day Celebration. He currently serves on the Board of Governors of the City of Hamilton Future Fund, and on the Board of Directors of Hamilton Bikeshare Inc., the corporation which operates the SoBi bicycle network in the City of Hamilton. Ian has also sat as a member of numerous committees of the Hamilton Law Association and is currently a member of the United Way of Halton & Hamilton Legal Committee.
Ian joined the Share the Road Board in April, 2015. In addition to his volunteer contributions to the community and specifically to cycling initiatives in Hamilton, Ian is a passionate cyclist on the road, mountain bike trails, track, for transportation and for pleasure. Ian sees bicycles as an agent for positive social change, and loves seeing his two young daughters embrace a healthy (and fun!) cycling lifestyle.
Steve Parish, Board Member
Steve is the former Mayor of the Town of Ajax where he was the longest serving Mayor in the Town's history. In 2018 he chose not to seek reelection and retired from public office. A recognized municipal leader on issues of sustainability, he is an outspoken advocate for environmental concerns and championed the adoption of an environment-first Official Plan by the Town of Ajax. He is a proponent of the Province's Greenbelt initiative, served as Co-chair of the Municipal Leaders for the Greenbelt, and successfully advocated that all of the Town's non-urban lands be placed in the Greenbelt.
Steve is a champion of Ajax's unique, picturesque and publicly-owned waterfront, and has fought tirelessly for the elimination of nuisance algae along Ajax's nearshore. As an engaged member of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, he actively sought the opportunity to showcase Ajax's water advocacy work by hosting their 15th annual meeting and conference in Ajax.
Steve holds an LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School and retired from actively practicing law in September 2006. An avid cyclist and cross-country skier, Steve can often be seen cycling around Ajax. He continues to support the development of a connected, multi-modal transportation system to provide transportation options and to encourage tourism.
Eleanor McMahon, Board Member
Senior Executive, former Legislator and Cycling Advocate
Eleanor’s career has included senior roles in business, government and the not-for- profit sector and began on Parliament Hill where she served as Press Secretary to Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. She also held senior roles with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Petro-Canada, United Way Ottawa, the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women and the Ontario Medical Association.
The tragic death of Eleanor’s husband, Ontario Provincial Police Sergeant Greg Stobbart - killed in June 2006 while cycling - inspired Eleanor’s desire to to improve cycling safety in Ontario. Learning the driver had several convictions for driving under suspension led her to advocate for Greg’s Law (2009) as well as her desire to engineer legislative and societal change. In 2007, she launched the Share the Road Cycling Coalition, Ontario’s cycling policy and advocacy organization.
In 2014, seeking to continue her cycling and road safety work, Eleanor was elected MPP for Burlington. She was appointed to the Cabinet in 2016 as Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport where she announced a $100M investment in cycling infrastructure and several changes to the Highway Traffic Act. In 2018 she was appointed President of the Treasury Board.
Ms. McMahon is currently the Principal of her own business and government relations consulting firm.
Phil White, Board Member
Co-founder Cervelo Cycles
Phil started Develop Cycles with Gerard Vroomen, which became the engineering leader in the bike industry. With a focus on technical and marketing innovation, Cervelo grew from a garage startup to become the most popular triathlon bike in the world.
The Cervélo Test Team became the #1 ranked team in the world within 6 months. After the sale of Cervélo to Pon Holdings in 2012, Phil stayed with Pon as the non-executive Chairman of Cervélo, and as a Board member & the Chief Innovation Officer of Pon Bike. In July 2017 he left those positions to pursue other adventures in innovation, mobility, and performance.
Phil has been a guest lecturer at a variety of Universities and Colleges in Europe and America including, the University of Toronto, Ontario College of Art & Design University, Université d’Ottawa, and École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). He is also an advisor and Board member to a number of companies and organizations, and is a regular guest on various business & technical forums.