Board of Directors

As a non-profit organization, the Halifax Cycling Coalition is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The HCC Board of Directors is voted in at our annual general meeting, which takes place in June each year. Board members have two-year terms and they oversee the operation of the HCC.

2019-20 Board of Directors

Sarah Manchon (Chair)

Sarah Manchon has been a member of the board of directors of the Halifax Cycling Coalition for 2 years, and Chair of the board for one of these. Sarah works at the Halifax North Public Library and has a particular interest in the opportunities that cycling offers for those who face barriers of accessibility and affordability. This past year Sarah has led the HCC through a period of transition and strategic planning and seeks to continue this work to renew the processes of the organization to further the goals of safe and accessible cycling for all.
Billy Kennedy (Treasurer)

Billy is currently a Senior Accountant at Grant Thorton LLP, and is a grad of Saint Mary’s Bachelor of Commerce Program. Billy is looking forward to using his accounting experience to help the HCC with the work of the Treasurer position. He’s keen to help boost Active Transportation initiatives in the city!
Emily Miller (Secretary)

Emily is a natural connector who works with social entrepreneurs across the province to help them flourish. She is the Community Development Director at Common Good Solutions, a community interest company, and social enterprise incubator. She is a keen supporter of active transportation and believes everyone, no matter their age, place or ability should have the option to feel safe while cycling in their city. She is the acting secretary of HCC.
Caroline Martin

Caroline is an avid cyclist who has lived (and biked) in AB, BC, the Yukon, and Cape Cod. She has called Halifax her home since 2006. She has worked for non-profits and gov’t, in policy, schools & universities, hospitals, and emergency outreach. She currently owns & operates a mental health firm, Martin Counselling & Consulting. She is a passionate environmentalist and dedicated to fostering clean energy, including human powered transportation. She’s keen to help Halifax build bike lanes through HRM and has a special interest in youth leadership.
Dan Peterson

I’ve lived in Halifax for ten years since moving from Arizona. For the last five, I’ve gotten around mostly by bike. My love of bikes is shared with my partner and former Board member, Jillian, whom I met on a Bike Week ride. We enjoy riding with my eleven-year-old son, Evan, who often wonders why there are so many cars and so few bike lanes. I’m a software developer by trade and hobby, and enjoy digging into data.
Steve Schwinghamer

Steven Schwinghamer enjoys being on the HCC Board, as it brings together two of his favourite things: biking and research! Steve is a historian at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, where his research has ranged over topics from policy and regulations to sports and immigration, and from refugee histories to exclusions and deportations. He loves to ride with his family, too.
Becky Spencer

I am an interdisciplinary PhD graduate and Instructor in Health Promotion at Dalhousie University. My research interests surround understanding health in the context of complex environments, particularly relating to physical activity, nutrition, and gender. I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with the Halifax Cycling Coalition, where I hope I can use my health promotion knowledge and skills to support and reinforce the HCC’s mandate.
Matthew Wood

My name is Matthew Wood, and I’m an economist for the Nova Scotia Department of Energy. I grew up in Dartmouth, and recently moved to Halifax after living in Helsinki, Finland since 2010, where I worked as Policy Director for the local American Chamber of Commerce. I’m a typical urban cyclist and I tend to prioritize cycling as a means of transportation rather than as a sport or hobby.
Megan Rector

Megan is a former fundraising professional with eight years of experience securing resources for environmental NGOs. She has experience building membership programs as well as securing funds through grants and digital campaigns. Megan is an avid cycling commuter and trail user. She is currently a Marine Affairs PhD student at Dalhousie University.
Raylene Langor

Photo and bio coming soon.