Board of Directors

Duties of the Directors
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President

Dale Mikkelsen – President

The President shall:

  • preside at all meetings of the Society and of the directors act as the chief executive officer of the Society
  • supervise the other officers in the execution of their duties
  • approve all media or public correspondence sent out by WORCA
  • uphold the mission statement of the Society
  • assist other directors when necessary
  • help with fundraising for the Society
  • approve, oversee, and help maintain the budget set out by the Association
  • act as the front-line for media exposure for the Society
  • represent, responsibly, the objectives of WORCA and its mission and ensure that the Directors are also acting in the same manner

 

The role of the President, WORCA, is largely a high-level role focussed on ensuring the delivery of the purpose of WORCA.  The President is the key messenger to media, the Resort Municipality of Whistler, WORCA funders, and the general riding community in regard to WORCA’s objectives, mission, values, and direction.  The President should be present at as many WORCA events as possible, should be an avid mountain biker in the community, and should make time to support other Directors at their key events and meetings to ensure continuity and support from all levels of WORCA.

The President of WORCA is expected to be “on call” for queries and for support of Directors and the week-to-week roll of the President is to be responsive to demands as they arrive and/or to help allocate scope to Directors and staff.  The President is a conduit to the Operations Manager and/or Executive Director on the operations of WORCA.  The President should be readily available for review, support, and management of staff in regard to the Trails Manager and the Camps Manager where the Operations Manager and/or Executive Director require this support.  The President must be available for timely approvals of invoices, billing, and program delivery.

The President should be passionate about WORCA, riding in Whistler, and being a liaison with our partners at SORCA and PORCA and other trail organizations that reach out for support and/or partnerships.

Vice President

Huw Jones – Vice President

The Vice President shall:

  • carry out the duties of the president during the president’s absence
  • help other directors to succeed in their roles
  • chair the Risk Management & Governance Committee
  • chair the Membership & Participation Committee
  • maintain the budget set out by the association
Treasurer

Bernard Nadeau – Treasurer

The Treasurer shall:

  • along with two other Board Members, have signing authority on the Society bank accounts
  • be responsible for ensuring that financial records are maintained in accordance with the Societies Act, in particular the financial requirements set out in Part 4 – Finance and Part 9 – Audit
  • review monthly financial statements and data provided by the Manager of Operations
  • maintain the budget set out by the Association
  • assist other directors when necessary
  • help with fundraising for the Society
Secretary

Omer Dagan – Secretary

The Secretary shall:

  • assist other directors when necessary
  • help with fundraising for the Society
  • maintain the budget set out by the Association
Director of Planning

Matt Cooper – Director of Planning

The Director of Planning shall:

  • act as chief liaison between WORCA and municipal groups, provincial agencies, private enterprise and the public on matters relating to off road cycling in Whistler, Garibaldi Park, and the rest of the Sea to Sky corridor in groups such as:
      • TPWG (Trails Planning Working Group)
      • FWAC (Forest and Wildland
      • Trails Subcommittee
  • act as WORCA’s representative on local or regional planning committees as required
  • represent WORCA on all issues pertaining to trails such as:
    • trail building and trail loss
    • trail right of ways
    • trail mapping
    • trail restoration
    • trail inventories
    • trail use
  • abide by the Society’s mission statement
  • abide by the planning committee’s mission statement (see below)
  • assist other directors when necessary
  • help with fundraising for the Society
  • maintain the budget set out by the Association
Director of Public Relations

Quinn Lanzon – Director of Public Relations

The primary responsibility of the Director of Public Relations is to promote the mission,
purpose, initiatives and activities of the WORCA to the community at large, including
members, stakeholders and partners.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • promote WORCA memberships and build better understanding for the reasons
    for membership
  • collaborate with Toonie organizers to promote the event and its sponsors on
    WORCA’s social media channels
  • Curate and send a weekly newsletter to our membership
  • Collaborate with special events organizers to promote the events
  • Coordinate or create promotional material and advertisements for WORCA
    events and programs (Toonie ads in the Pique, digital posters for Toonies and
    Trail Nights)
  • share information to the community regarding trail closures and openings at
    the beginning and end of the season
  • share information to the community regarding special notices (Trail closures,
    wildlife incidents, user conflict, etc.)
  • Assist other directors when necessary
  • work with partners to promote environmental stewardship, youth and family
    membership
  • attend monthly meetings
  • attend WORCA events when possible (Bike Swap, Trail Nights, Toonies, Special
    Events)
Director of Race

Kate Whitley – Director of Race

The primary responsibility of the Race Director is to manage the weekly ‘toonie’ events and to provide assistance with WORCA’s special events.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • ensure that all races/rides conducted under the WORCA club insurance are:
    • conducted by a WORCA member in good standing
    • in accordance with the rules set out in the race manual
    • concerned primarily with safety
    • in support of the WORCA mission statement and its objectives
    • in accordance with all requirements set out by the Resort Municipality of Whistler or any other governing body presiding over the race course site
  • organize and host the sponsors’ meeting in February
  • create the Toonie season calendar
  • work with each event organizer to ensure their event has all necessary knowledge, equipment and permits to put on a successful Toonie Ride
  • evaluate and plot race course, and submit land use permits
  • solicit sponsors for the Toonie series
  • work with the RMOW, RCMP another stakeholders to ensure all permits are completed correctly and in a timely manner
  • work with the Whistler Mountain Bike Park to organize the weekly Phat Wednesday races
  • sit on the Risk Management Committee
  • assist other directors when necessary
  • maintain the budget set out by the Association
  • responsible for WORCA’s race equipment (signage, race plates and sport ident system)
  • ensure all information for each event is passed on correctly to the PR Director and Ops manager to update communication channels, and Pique ad
  • attend monthly meetings
  • attend WORCA events when possible (Bike Swap, Trail Nights, Toonies, Special Events)
  • role requires 2-10 hours per week depending upon the time of year. Larger work load in February-April to set up the season ahead then ongoing regular tasks during the toonie season
Director of Special Events

 Grant Lamont – Director of Special Events

The Director of Special Events shall:

  • ensure that all races/rides conducted under the WORCA club insurance are:
    • conducted by a WORCA member in good standing
    • in accordance with the rules set out in the race manual and WORCA’s Rules of the Trail
    • concerned primarily with safety
    • in support of the WORCA mission statement and its objectives
    • in accordance with all requirements set out by the Resort Municipality of Whistler or any other governing body presiding over the race course site
  • oversee the creation of a Special Events calendar
  • organize and coordinate any special race or event sanctioned by WORCA
  • sit on the Risk Management Committee
  • assist other directors when necessary
  • help with fundraising for the Society
Director of Trails

Seb Kemp – Director of Trails

The Director of Trails shall:

  • Chair the Trails Committee
  • Oversee the organization and budgeting of the annual trail maintenance and building program; updating the ‘Trails Matrix’ to record the work completed to date.
  • Hire and manage WORCA’s professional contracted trail builders; ensuring these builders organize volunteer trail days regularly and throughout the year.
  • Maintain existing relationships with Whistler’s businesses, organizations and donors, whom all support and sponsor trail days.
  • Solicit businesses and organization for donations in support of trail days.
  • Keep the Board of Directors up to date on all trail related developments and challenges.
  • Assist other directors when necessary.
  • Help with fundraising for the Association.
Director of Fundraising

Sandi Wentzel – Director of Fundraising

The Director of Fundraising shall:

  • organize and run the annual Bike Swap
  • research and apply for grants
  • lead the fundraising for the Society
Director at Large - Advocacy

Nina Cairns – Director at Large – Advocacy

The Director at Large – Advocacy shall:

  • Assist other directors when necessary.
  • Help with fundraising for the Association.
Director at Large - Stakeholder Engagement

Rob McSkimming – Director at Large – Stakeholder Engagement

The Director at Large – Stakeholder Engagement shall:

  • Communicate and work with stakeholders as necessary.
  • Assist other directors when necessary.
  • Help with fundraising for the Association.
  • Attend and contribute to as many BOD meetings as possible
  • Provide input on all aspects of the organization.
  • Assist with WORCA related events and activities where and whenever possible

 

As a director “at large” this role is fairly broad based, without specific areas of specific areas of responsibility. Each individual in this role will bring different attributes to the association based his/her experience, relationships and interests. Recently, the focus of this position has been to work with Whistler Blackcomb to manage and maintain an effective relationship regarding trails outside of the Bike Park but within the WB CRA.

In addition, this role has worked with the Manager of Operations and other Directors to establish criteria for commercial operations on the WORCA managed trail network and on a framework for Sponsorship Opportunities.