Board of Directors

Board of Directors
Our directors for 2018-2019 are:

Gary Millard
President
Gary has been a cycle commuter for nearly 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.

Garry Lohuis, P. Eng.
Vice President
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.

Jessica Shumlich
Treasurer
Jessica Shumlich joined the Bike Calgary Board of Directors in 2016 as Treasurer after returning to Calgary after two years living in the Netherlands. Jessica is an advocate for sustainable development, healthy living and community advocacy. She currently works as an Environmental Engineer in energy efficiency. Her passions include family and friends, travel and learning about different cultures, and anything that gets her outside including exploring the mountains at the door step of Calgary.

Pavneet Singh
Secretary
Pavneet is a PhD in Molecular Biology and works as a researcher at the University of Calgary, working with cardiovascular patients to improve their health outcomes. Thus, he realizes the role cycling can play in creating healthy communities. He has been using a bike for commuting ever since he was a kid. Pavneet rides his bike year round and loves doing longer road bike trips in summer. He also runs a local outdoor meetup group with over 2600 members organizing scrambling, hiking, biking and backpacking trips. When he is not working or biking, he can be found climbing mountains in the Rockies! Pavneet joined Bike Calgary Board of Directors in 2018 to promote cycling and advocate for better cycling infrastructure in Calgary.

Frans Hettinga
Director
Frans is a senior environmental consultant with a background in chemical engineering and laboratory sciences. He has more than 30 years of technical and project management experience in the consulting industry, both in the Netherlands and Canada. In 1994 Frans moved to Calgary and in the late 1990s he became involved in bike advocacy. He was advocacy director for the Elbow Valley Cycle Club from approximately 1999 to 2000, co-chaired the City of Calgary’s Calgary Pathway and Bikeway Advisory Council (CPAC) during much of that period and is one of the founding members of Bike Calgary. He has been on Bike Calgary’s Board of Directors for approximately 10 years.

Jeff Blair
Director
Jeff is a born and raised Calgarian with a passion for cycling. His career as an Urban Planner included developing the first City of Calgary Cycle plan. The intervening years have involved work in both the public and private sectors on a wide range of land development projects. Jeff is a firm believer in the role cycling can play in enhancing the quality of and experience in the urban environment. In addition to cycling, Jeff enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, travel, natural history and spending time with family and friends.

Vanessa Urschel
Director
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 in promoting 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.