2015 Speakers

Keynotes

Elanor McMahon

Eleanor McMahon founded Share the Road Cycling Coalition after her husband, OPP Sergeant Greg Stobbart, was killed in a cycling collision in June 2006.   Ms. McMahon worked to engineer legislative change in Ontario, unite cycling organizations from across the province, and work with and on behalf of municipalities to enhance their ability to make their communities more bicycle-friendly.  From 2008 to 2014, she championed advocacy efforts that have changed the cycling conversation and led to significant developments in support of cycling, including the launch of #CycleON, Ontario’s first bicycle policy update in 20 years.

In June 2014, Ms. McMahon was elected as the MPP for Burlington. After her election, she resigned from her work with Share the Road. She now brings her extensive background in communications, government relations and marketing to her new role representing her constituents and to her work as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry.


Jean François Pronovost

Jean François Pronovost is Vice President, Development and Public Affairs for Vélo Québec. He works on the focus, strategy and development of new projects and partnerships with the various divisions of the Vélo Québec family (Association, Events, Publishing).

In 1992, he was Chief Organizer of the first world-wide conference on bicycling, the Conférence Vélo Mondiale Pro Bike•Velo City, in Montreal. The Technical Handbook of Bikeway Design is among the many technical publications he has edited. Jean-François Pronovost has been instrumental in building the world’s longest bicycle greenway, la Route verte. He is also involved in several active transportation initiatives in collaboration with municipalities and the school network.

Trained as a biologist, Jean François Pronovost has worked as a nature guide, journalist and television commentator. He has also authored numerous books on hiking, cycling, and science. Over the last 25 years, he gave several lectures and presentations for several international audiences in Canada, in the United States and in Europe.


Featured Speaker

Tom BabinTom Babin is a an award-winning journalist and the author of Frostbike: The Joy, Pain and Numbness of Winter Cycling. He is an editor at the Calgary Herald, where he writes the popular Pedal blog, and has worked as the editor of Arts&Life, Travel, the Sunday edition and Swerve magazine. He has written for the National Post, Explore, Momentum and Canadian Cyclist magazine.