Ottawa, ON (December 12, 2018) – Cycling Canada is pleased to welcome Pierre Laflamme as its new President following an election held at a Special Meeting today by the organization’s member Provinces and Territories.

Laflamme, a Quebec City-based investment advisor and accountant by trade, has a long history in cycling and has been a member of Cycling Canada’s Board of Directors since September 2017. A former racer on both the road and mountain bike, he has been the President of Club Élicycle in Quebec for three years. Laflamme is a CPA and CA and has worked with Desjardins Wealth Management in Quebec for the past 8 years.

“It’s exciting to come full circle, going from a passionate cyclist and club administrator to a Cycling Canada Board member and now President,” Laflamme said. “It’s an honour and a privilege to be able to give something back to the sport that I love. We’ve had great leaders in Canadian cycling and I’m looking forward to following in their footsteps. I want to thank our Provincial and Territorial partners for their confidence and I look forward to working with our Board, staff and all of our stakeholders to continue to build and grow the sport in an integrated way across the country.”

“I want to pass along my sincerest congratulations to Pierre as the newly elected President of Cycling Canada,” said Tolkamp. “Pierre has shown in his tenure as a Board member that he has a strong business sense as well as passion and knowledge of the sport. I am confident he will provide strong leadership going forward. My appreciation as well goes to Robin and Stefano for the interest and commitment to cycling they showed in putting their names forward.”

Cycling Canada announced on November 11th that its former President John Tolkamp would officially step down from his position in December after ten years at the helm of the organization’s Board of Directors. A total of three nominations were submitted for the election, including current Board member Robin Porter (Toronto, ON), as well as Stefano Rover (Montreal, QC) who previously served on Cycling Canada’s Board between 2009 and 2012.

“We want to thank John for his dedication and hard work as President over the last ten years,” said Matthew Jeffries, Executive Director of Cycling Canada. “He has been a tremendous ambassador and champion for our organization and our athletes. We’re looking forward to working with Pierre in his new capacity and we’re confident that he will bring the same level of passion and leadership to the position as John.”  

Cycling Canada’s Inter-Provincial Council conducted candidate interviews during the week of December 3rd in advance of the Special Meeting. The newly-elected President will serve for the balance of the current 4-year term, which will conclude in October of 2021.