Janet O’Connell, Interim Chair, 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.
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.
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 Cervelo 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.