IMBA Canada Launches Provincial Council Initiative

May 17, 2016 -- Spring 2016 marks the launch of an initiative that will span the gap between IMBA Canada's efforts at the national level, and the important work of local mountain bike clubs Canada-wide.

IMBA Canada’s Council program is a vehicle for provincial action, supporting the growth of a strong and vibrant mountain bike community provincially and across Canada. Each Council works with its local mountain bike community and IMBA Canada to identify key priorities and address major issues on a provincial scale. As the voice of mountain biking in the province, each Council works to ensure the mountain bike community is included and effectively represented in all regional and provincial discussions that impact mountain biking.

Activities of the Councils will include:

  • Shaping provincial strategy and agenda.
  • Expanding mountain bikers’ influence on public policy.
  • Fostering the growth of resources (funding, research, tools, etc.) to support the activities of the mountain bike community and strengthen club capacity in the province.
  • Supporting IMBA Canada program activity through participation, promotion, and/or provision of feedback at the provincial level.

To kick off IMBA Canada’s Council program, we are pleased to launch the British Columbia Council. Drawing on regional representatives from many sectors within the province, the initial team consists of:

  • Russell Brewer (Powell River) 
  • James Brown (Victoria)
  • Aleksa Havelaar (Terrace)
  • Andreas Hestler (North Vancouver)
  • Seamus McGrath (Victoria)
  • Mark Savard (Williams Lake)
  • Cameron Sorensen (Vernon) 
  • Doug Topp (Squamish)

Stay tuned to eNews and as the IMBA Canada Council program develops in British Columbia and across the country.

A special thank you to MEC, whose Capacity Building Grant has assisted with the development of IMBA Canada's Provincial Council initiative.

About IMBA Canada

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (Canada) is a non‐profit association whose mission is to ensure Canada is home to a strong and vibrant mountain bike community, riding a world-class network of mountain bike trails. Since 1988, IMBA has been bringing out the best in mountain biking worldwide by encouraging low-impact riding, volunteer trailwork participation, cooperation among different trail user groups, grassroots advocacy and innovative trail management solutions. IMBA’s Canadian office has been up and running since 2004. Join the movement at

Daryl Beatty
Chair, IMBA Canada Board of Directors