OBC Announces New Board of Directors

Club to commemorate its 50th Season in 2021

Ottawa, December 22nd, 2020 – The Ottawa Bicycle Club today announced its new Board of Directors and Club President for the 2021 season.
Jim Brennan becomes the 20th President of the Club, having been selected for a two-year term at the recent Annual General Meeting held on November 16th.  Brennan will be joined by a Board team that will lead the club into its fiftieth continuous year of operations in 2021.  Portfolio assignments for the new Board of Directors were ratified at a meeting of the OBC Board of Directors held on December 7th.

For 2021, the Club’s Officers and twelve-member Board welcome four new members to its ranks including Heather Boyd, Steven Cornick, Sean Dawson and Doug Holt.  These new additions will join nine returning members who will serve the Club throughout the 2021 season.
The Officers and Directors of the Club also thanked retiring President Scott McDougall for his service to the OBC Board, particularly in a difficult year marked by a global pandemic.

“Being entrusted by our members to lead one of the oldest and most recognized athletic clubs in the National Capital Region, particularly in its golden anniversary year, is an honour and a privilege.  Our Club’s new management team looks forward to growing and enhancing the OBC’s programming and operations over the course of the next two seasons.  I am very pleased that such a skilled complement of volunteers have come forward to help shepherd the operations of the OBC in 2021,” said Brennan.
The OBC Board of Directors nominated & confirmed at the 2020 Annual General Meeting are (* denotes Officers of the Ottawa Bicycle Club):

  • Jim Brennan, President*
  • David Palmer, Vice-President*
  • Byron Johnson, Treasurer*
  • Emily Graves, Secretary & Chair, Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour Committee*
  • Sean Dawson, Director - Marketing & Communications
  • Michel Ferland, Director - Membership and Volunteers
  • Steven Cornick – Director - Touring
  • Richard Persaud - Director - Racing
  • Noel Harrington - Director – Youth Programs
  • Heather Boyd – Director without Portfolio
  • Doug Corner – Director without Portfolio
  • Doug Holt – Director without Portfolio

Speaking about the coming 2021 season Brennan said, “Our anniversary slogan is ‘Riding a Half Century’. To mark this milestone, we have earmarked a number of special  events and activities to celebrate the first fifty years of the modern era Ottawa Bicycle Club.  Throughout the coming year, the Club will be integrating this anniversary theme into our programming while commemorating our rich cycling history in Ottawa.”

He went on to say that, “Although COVID restrictions remain in place for the foreseeable future, the Club will continue to operate using new online delivery tools and is hopeful that we will be able to run many of our regular activities this season, albeit using formats that conform to legislation, public health rules, and guidance from our provincial governing body, the Ontario Cycling Association”.

The Ottawa Bicycle Club runs a full complement of recreational touring and racing activities throughout the cycling year.  The most popular and best-known OBC activities and programs are:

  • The Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour, one of the largest recreational cycling events in Canada.  Established in 1972, the RLCT will be celebrating its 49th Tour in 2021
  • The Almonte Paris-Roubaix Gravel Sportif, one of the oldest gravel sportif rides in Canada
  • The OBC Youth Development & Junior Racing Programs, the OBC operates one of the largest youth cycling development programs in Canada and a dedicated U19 road racing team
  • The OBC Open Time Trial Series, a weekly 15Km timed race held on the Aviation Parkway
  • The OBC Women’s Time Trial Series, a weekly 9Km timed race held on the Aviation Parkway
  • Regular weekly touring rides throughout the National Capital Region held from April to October

Established on April 15th, 1971, the Ottawa Bicycle Club is today one of the oldest and largest cycling clubs in Canada.  The OBC is a membership-based athletic club focusing on education, youth development, recreational and competitive programming while organizing some of the best-known and loved cycling events and activities in the National Capital Region


For additional information, please contact:

Sean Dawson
Director, Marketing & Communications

Linda Parsons
OBC Office Administrator