Board of Directors

Board of Directors
Our directors for 2020-2021 are:

Vanessa Urschel
Vice President
Vanessa experiences her greatest joie de vivre when on a bike. As a geographer and geospatial analyst, urban enthusiast, and mountain adventurer, her curiosity for observing and analyzing the relationships between people, and socio/environmental systems are best experienced from a bike or on foot. She believes that cycling offers tremendous opportunity in cultivating stronger communities and environment connections within our urban and natural landscapes on an individual and collective basis. One of the best gifts her parents ever gave her was the skill and joy of cycling. That experience of personal agency, freedom, physical and mental well being afforded her through cycling is what motivates her cycling advocacy roles with Bike Calgary and Cyclepalooza. To promote  greater opportunity, and access for Calgarians across all ages and backgrounds to engage cycling as a mode of transportation for utility and/or recreational purposes, and a chance to experience that same freedom.

Dana Cornea
Dana Cornea is a year-round cycle commuter and long-time member of Bike Calgary advocating for four-season cycling infrastructure. Dana has also been riding bikes in the mountains for over a quarter-century. She is the founder of Spin Sisters Mountain Biking Club and has taught hundreds of women over the years how to enjoy mountain trails on two wheels. When not riding her bike, Dana raises two boys with her husband Les, makes her own wine from the rhubarb and sour cherries in her backyard. She works in stakeholder and Indigenous engagement for the regulation of Canada’s energy infrastructure.

Gary Millard
Gary has been a cycle commuter for over two decades, and a recreational cyclist since he could stay up on two wheels. As an environmental scientist and professional geologist working in the oil and gas sector, Gary is aware of the environmental impacts of transportation choices, and as a cycle commuter, he has realized the benefits to health and community associated with effective cycling infrastructure. He joined Bike Calgary as a Director in 2015 to help promote cycling and cycling infrastructure in Calgary, in order to deliver environmental, social, and health benefits. When Gary is not working on cycling or environmental matters, he can usually be found playing in the mountains – trail running, climbing, or skiing.

Molli Bennett
Molli is a firm believer in the power of bicycles, simple machines that can change our lives and our urban spaces. Her experience as a certified bike mechanic and bicycle-based educator has helped to shape her perspective. She is also a lifetime Calgarian and year-round cycle commuter that is passionate about seeing her city thrive. As a youth development worker and community builder she is motivated to advocate for safe and accessible transportation for all. She is inspired by the vast positive impacts of active mobility choices and is always excited to share the joy of cycling with others.

Karly Ross
Karly experiences flow when combining technical skills with hands-on experience. After an early adulthood living a dream life in small mountain towns in BC Karly returned to school to get an applied mathematics degree. When not working or volunteering Karly focuses on getting outdoors. Active transportation and engagement in urban infrastructure issues is a passion for Karly having been a committed year-round cyclist for two decades. Karly enjoys building understanding of how active transportation systems function and interact with communities.

Gary Lohuis
Garry is a graduate Petroleum Engineer with over 35 years of experience in the natural resources industry. He is currently a director of Petrox Resources Corp. a publicly traded junior oil and gas company and is a member of the audit and reserves committees. Garry most recently was the President of Athlone Energy Ltd. And Lift Resources Inc. both successful junior oil and gas companies. He has worked both in Canada and the Netherlands where he developed his passion for cycling. Garry’s primary responsibility for Bike Calgary is in corporate fund raising.