M a r k h a m ON - The Canadian Int e r n a t i o n a l Motorcycle Heritage Museum Foundation (CIMHMF) is pleased to announce the 2012 Board of Directors. Kellee Irwin, Chair, commented on the 2012 board; “We continue to augment our board with diverse and accomplished professionals who have a passion for the mission and vision of the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame. While we still have two open positions on the board, I am excited by the potential that this board has to grow the awareness for our Hall of Fame and its honourable members, within the motorcycle industry and Canadian motorcyclists in general.”
Kellee Irwin - Chair (British Columbia): Kellee is a long time on- and off-road rider and enduro competitor, and worked in the family motorcycle retail business for many years. Kellee was chair of the Dual Sport Ride for Sight (‘05, ‘06), and is past-president of the Great Pine Trail Riders. She has been a member of the Ontario Dual Sport Club and the Ontario Federation of Trail Riders. She is also a Director of the Women in Insurance Cancer Crusade; Treasurer at the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators; Volunteer for Mountain Safety at Whistler Blackcomb and past president of the BC Safety Council. She is also Chair of the Motorcyclist Confederation of Canada (MCC). Kellee is currently Vice President, Personal Insurance, of the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia.
John Cooper - Marketing, Communications, Sponsorship + Events Committee Member (Ontario): John was one of the original 13 members of the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle
Group (CVMG) which was founded in 1968, and over the next 40-plus years, he served in various executive roles and proudly remains an honorary life member today. Answering an ad in Cycle Canada magazine for an editorial assistant launched a career that involved riding a wide variety of motorcycles, off-road as well as on, throughout North America, the UK, across Europe, South Africa and Japan. He has been on the masthead of Cycle Canada since 1974, including 15 years as editor, and today is a freelance contributor. His writing has been published in daily newspapers and other magazines in Canada, the U.S., and internationally.
Daniel Tessier - Secretariat (Ontario): Daniel - who currently serves as President of the Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada (MCC) - has over 25 years of progressive experience in association management, and possesses a solid background in strategic communications, advocacy, government relations and membership services. In addition to being an avid off-road and road motorcyclist, Daniel’s proven record of achievements in advancing issues will be invaluable as the MCC continues to grow.
Jim Bowie - Chair for the Marketing, Communications, Sponsorship + Events Committee (Ontario): As V.P., Marketing + Brand Development at the American Motorcyclist Association, Jim oversaw all marketing, communications, partnerships and events including AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days and the AMA’s Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Prior to the AMA, Jim’s experience includes marketing and business development programs with numerous professional motorsports properties. Jim has his own Indy 500 Championship ring from his team’s win at the 1997 Indianapolis 500. Today, Jim is in residential real estate with Royal LePage Signature in Toronto.
Bryan Lowes - Chair for the Governance Committee (British Columbia): A motorcycle tumble in Terrace, BC led to Bryan’s first contact with the BC Safety Council in 1974. He became a voluntary Motorcycle Instructor to help others and by August 1975 he had helped develop and operate a much expanded rider training program. By 1976 Bryan was certified in the Canada Safety Council’s Defensive Driver Course and the BC Safety Council’s own Hazard Avoidance Tactics Course. In addition to approximately 15,000 hours of direct instructional experience in a variety of programs, Bryan has had a lead role in developing over a dozen driver and rider training programs that have seen extensive use by industry and the public.
Thom Tyre - Marketing, Communications, Sponsorship + Events Committee Member (British Columbia): Thom has been riding motorcycles since 1966 and has contributed in virtually every aspect of the sport. Thom’s career began at Fred Deeley Ltd. in 1967, and included stops at Boyes & Rosser, Fred Deeley Imports, and over 10 years as contributor to Cycle Canada. Thom launched Pacific Rim Motorcycles in 1983 and had great success and eventually sold the thriving business in 2007.
Mike Harwood - Vice Chair (Ontario): In addition to his new role on our board, Mike serves as the Chair for the Central Ontario Ride for Sight. As an integral member of the Senior Leadership Group at Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada, Mike is accountable for the stewardship of corporate interests involving people and values; leadership regarding compliance with legislation and HR standards; provision of HR services to Deeley Harley- Davidson® Canada’s customers; and the development of a corporate climate that makes Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada a “learning organization”. As a career HR professional, Mike was recently recognized as a Senior Human Resources Professional (SHRP) by the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario.
Vada Seeds - Chair for the Nominations Committee (Ontario): Having previously chaired the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group’s Paris rally in the past, Vada also served as long-time editor of the CVMG’s monthly newsletter. Vada comes from a motorcycling family, her father having been an active competitor and occasional stunt rider. Vada has a deep knowledge of and passion for Canadian motorcycling history.
Ron Keys - Chair for the Alumni Committee (Ontario): Ron’s motorcycling accomplishments include numerous racing Championships - mostly in motocross - as well as a silver medal at the 1973 International Six Days Trial aboard a Yamaha 360 Enduro. Ron became Canada’s first full-time professional motocross racer and from then on racing was a year-round job. Ron Keys was recognized for his contributions to motorcycling with induction into the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame with the Class of 2008.
Bar Hodgson - Honorary Board Member (Ontario): The Canadian International Motorcycle Heritage Museum Foundation was founded in 1999 by Bar and Hedy Hodgson. Their vision was to preserve and protect Canadian motorcycle history for the benefit of the motorcycling community. Bar and Hedy gifted the Foundation to the motorcycling community in April, 2007 and it is now administered by the Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada (MCC), a national not-for-profit association of motorcyclists and motorcycling groups, federally incorporated.
About The Canadian International Motorcycle Heritage Museum Foundation (CIMHMF): The CIMHMF, through the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame, was founded in 2006 to recognize and preserve excellence, achievement and contribution to Canadian motorcycling.
For more information, please contact:
Jim Bowie, Chair; Marketing, Communications, Sponsorship +
Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame