Meet our Board
Sandra has worked as practitioner and senior administrator in international education for 25 years. She spent 14 years at the University of British Columbia in various international education roles including work in study abroad, international student recruitment, international student support and international development. In 2008 she took on the role of Director of International Programs and subsequently the Director of International Students and Scholars at Kwantlen Polytechnic University which she held for 8 years. Sandra is currently an Associate Faculty member of Royal Roads University and a Public Scholar and Doctoral Fellow at the Institute for European Studies at UBC where she is a doctoral candidate. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters degree in Education.
John Clarke, a Sr. PM with Milestone Environmental Contracting, has over 25 years in environmental engineering, 21 as a remedial contractor. John combines technical knowledge with strong team building and client management skills. John has extensive experience in a range of remedial technologies including soil stabilization, cutoff wall design / installation, PRB wall installation, remedial plan development and implementation, and design build to name a few. Johns also has extensive experience in providing Emergency Response services to major industrial clients.
Masha was born and lived in Moscow for close to 30 years where her career in finance began. She and her soulmate met in Russia on a cycling date and since then they have travelled extensively; they pedaled across the US and ended their trip in Vancouver two years ago. They have relocated here and love this city where mountains meet the ocean. When not riding, swimming or biking, Masha can be found baking or curled up with a book!
Health & Safety
Deb has been practicing occupational therapy for over 17 years. The majority of her career has been
spent at Vancouver Coastal Health in various inpatient, community and outpatient rehabilitation
programs. In recent years Deb made the move to private practice to focus on cognitive rehabilitation
and dementia care. She owns a consulting company called BetterBrains Rehabilitation. Deb lives on the
North Shore with her husband and their two kids.
Alexa McClaren-Nabavi specializes in Aboriginal law. Alexa was called to the Bar in Alberta and British Columbia in 2003. Prior to law school, Alexa earned a Masters degree in Aboriginal history with a focus on residential schools. She then worked for the Federal Government as a treaty analyst and assistant negotiator and travelled to First Nations communities throughout BC and the Yukon to attend negotiation sessions.
Tom is a pro-cycling superfan who likes to ride and race bikes himself, albeit much slower. Tom took up
cycling in his early teens after watching Steve Bauer win silver in the 1984 Olympics. Having gone
through that experience without any youth development infrastructure to speak of, he is committed to
seeing that young cyclists today have more opportunities to explore their potential and test their limits.
Tom’s values around cycling include advancing diversity and accessibility, clean sport, holistic health,
community building, and the use of competition to bring out the best in ourselves and our competitors.
For Tom, Escape Velocity represents a long-standing, local embodiment of those values and he is proud
to strive to maintain that tradition. Tom has a 20+ year career as a millwright and commutes by bicycle
to his current position at UBC. His daughter Sidney proudly represents the DEVO colours in road, track,
Technology, Clothing & zillions other niche roles
Joseph works in IT Admnistration at a large educational institution, and is a founding member of Escape Velocity. Since the Paleozoic era when he became a member, he has held just about every role within the club, only resigning from them when members became aware he was no good
at them. He engages in many cycling activities, and what he lacks in competence, he makes up in enthusiasm.
Eric grew up in Toronto, Ontario and works in Corporate Development at Mercer International. He used
the move to Vancouver as a great excuse to purchase a new bike and explore the beautiful Vancouver
region, including the local mountains. Prior to moving to Vancouver and joining Mercer International in
2018, Eric worked as an Investment Banking Analyst at Raymond James covering the technology
industry. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier
University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder.
Adult Ride Club & Membership
Barb has been coaching for over 15 years, racing for over 20, and is passionate about bringing people to the sport of cycling as a newcomer, or helping experienced riders with their goals of being the best they can be. With a Kinesiology, Health and Fitness certification from SFU, Functional Movement Screen certification, designation of American College of Sports Medicine Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist and NCCP Coach status, Barb is well rounded in her knowledge and brings that to her practice and program offerings.
Adult Race Liaison
Sean is the Senior Systems Manager for OSI Maritime Systems which specializes in navigation systems for a range of large vessels with a focus on military and warship tactical systems. Sean has extensive experience in systems and network administration. An avid cyclist and father of three kids who are all aspiring young DEVO riders.
DEVO Youth Development Liaison
Paul loves riding bikes and is best described as a recreational racer. Having grown up in Northumberland, UK riding bikes in the north pennines, Paul has had a passion for sport throughout his life. In recent years Paul has coached youth rugby Rugby with Tynedale RFC and Youth Cycling with Tyneside Vagabonds. Paul is a UK qualified architect and is a Partner of Faulkner Browns Architects, Faulkner Browns specialize in mixed use, commercial sport and leisure architecture and have designed and built velodromes in Europe and Canada. In 2019 Paul established Faulkner Browns first international studio in Vancouver and continues to build a new portfolio of work for the team in Canada. Paul's son Monty is part of the DEVO program and rides mtb, cx road and track.
Alex works for Coast Mental Health, an organization that provides non-profit housing and support services. He has been a member of EV since 2016 and joined the Board in 2021. He likes hiking and riding his roadbike.
Jeneen Sutherland, Executive Director
A marketing, communications and community enagagement expert, Jeneen has been a cycling and skiing enthusiast her entire life. One of her main goals at EV is to see more kids at the start line bike racing and just to see more adults having fun on bikes in general! She is also an advocate for better cycling infrastructure across the province. When she's not involved with her outdoor passions, she works for an international Community Centered Development (CCD) organization.
A History of our Club
The legend of what we now call the Team Escape Velocity Cycling Club (plus DEVO) is long and storied. What follows is a silly precis.
Normally, one begins at the beginning, but that may be the hardest place to start. When EV began, it wasn't EV at all, it was the Bike Cellar's bike club. That was in 1989.
Then in 1991, more or less, the founding members mostly left the Bike Cellar to form their own club, Escape Velocity. Club elder Michael Haywood shares this tale:
I pulled out of my driveway onto Pemberton Meadows Road on the weekend, with my wife in her usual spot hard on my rear wheel. Joe Tam’s favourite spot. Up the road was a solitary rider and we soon rode past her. She and Heather started talking, while I slaved away up front.
I was not paying much attention until I heard the visitor to our miniature pace line say, “I invented the name of your club, you know.” The pace-lining ended as I sat up to join the conversation.
Her story was that she, Alistair Barret (first club president, I think, and three in line prior to me) and two others were sitting around a kitchen table. The club was about to evolve from The Bike Cellar to something new. Alistair had liked the word “escape”, which makes sense if you know Alistair. She suggested velocity, as a combination of Velo and City. And the rest was history.
We later rode up to her spouse, who she met through their mutual membership in the club. He insisted on a slightly different story, but I like hers better.