IMBA Canada hires new Ontario Coordinator

Founding president of the Durham Mountain Bike Association, and long-time trail builder, Jason Murray is well known in the Ontario mountain biking community.

IMBA Canada's Ontario Coordinator since 2008, Jason has attended countless meetings, and sat on numerous committees on behalf of mountain bikers in the province. He helped to organize the 2009 IMBA Canada regional summit in Ontario, assisted with Mountain Bike Ontario's 2011 Trail Blazing Festival, and also formed Canada's first Regional Leadership Advisory Council (RLAC) in Ontario.

Working with clubs all over the GTA and southern Ontario, Jason often took part in and led trail building days, and also helped many clubs like TORBA, Lapdogs, and Wildbettys get involved with advocacy. Throughout 2011, Jason worked to unite mountain bikers and gain access in Copeland Forest, and also in Rouge Park, a property slated to become Canada's first urban National Park.

"Jason's dedication to mountain biking and the trails community in Ontario has been an invaluable asset to IMBA over the past four years. We are all sad to see him go, but wish him the best of luck with his growing family," said Lora Woolner, Executive Director of IMBA Canada.

Taking over for Jason as Ontario Coordinator will be Igor Hoogendorn. Riding since the mid 1980’s, Igor has been an active member of the Guelph Off-Road Bicycling Association (GORBA) for over a decade. His experience in the mountain bike community is extensive, and includes positions such as Trail Maintenance Supervisor with GORBA, Mountain Bike Coordinator at Conservation Halton, and IMBA National Mountain Bike Patrol Instructor. Igor has also been involved in the organization of numerous events, including the 2005 North Shore Credit Union World Mountain Bike Festival and Conference, IMBA's 2009 Ontario Regional Summit, and last year's Trail Blazing Festival. Full bio.

IMBA Canada currently employs four Regional Coordinators in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia. The program, which is supported in part by a generous grant from Mountain Equipment Co-op, seeks to build club capacity, create critical mass, and expand mountain bikers’ influence on public policy at the provincial/regional level.

Get more information on the Regional Office program and Regional Coordinators here.

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For Immediate Release: 02/22/2012
Contact: Rachael Raven
Communications Specialist
rachael.raven[at]imba.com
1-855-255-4095 x 104