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Meet our Board


Sandra Schinnerl

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

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.

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Alexa McLaren-Nabavi

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.

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Joseph Tam

Joseph is the Network Administrator for the Department of Mathematics at the University of British Columbia and a founding member and Board members of the Escape Velocity Cycling Club.  He is a major contributor to the club in his many volunteer positions and has initiated some of the clubs key events and activities over the years.

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Barb Morris

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.

Sean Davis

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.

Paul Rigby

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.

Jeneen Sutherland

Jeneen is a marketing and communications professional who has worked across a variety of sectors during her career. She spent many years in tourism promotion and has recently been working for a not for profit that focuses on sustainable community development. Jeneen enjoys road (she has ridden almost every col of the Tour de France), cyclocross, and nowadays usually ends up on her mountain bike in Vancouver's North Shore trails with her DEVO kids.

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.

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One of our early club presidents sporting the jersey at that time.


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