BCBR Staff

 

Dean Payne

Dean Payne

President

“I love mountain biking, and I love our backyard trails here on the coast of BC. All I have ever wanted to do is share it with the rest of the world!”

Andreas Hestler - Dre

Andreas Hestler - Dre

Director of Marketing

Taking Canada to the Olympic debut of Mountain Biking in Atlanta (1996) ranks very high as an achievement, as does representing Canada as the National Champion (x5); but building the BC Bike Race from the ground up holds a special spot in Dre’s heart as it is sharing his passion for mountain biking with the world.

“Transitioning 20 years of marketing an athlete to marketing an event was natural, while the goal to be the ‘best bike race in the world’ was also natural. Creating this event from the ground up with our combined experience has been a privilege and a passion. Getting all the cycling world to come here and allow us to guide them around on a sweet BC singletrack adventure has been a true joy and a privilege.”

Danielle Baker

Danielle Baker

Director of Racer Relations

After growing up in a small fishing village on Vancouver Island, Danielle eventually moved to North Vancouver and discovered mountain biking 10 years ago. She is best known for her dedication with BC Bike Race, where she has been the Director of Racer Relations for the past six years. Since graduating from the photography program at Vancouver’s Langara College in 2012, she has been working as a writer and photographer to fuel her travels around the globe. Her passion for cycling and outgoing nature will ensure you have the best experience possible!

Malina Parmar

Malina Parmar

Transportation Manager

Malina comes from the field of theatre and corporate events, where she’s been working since the age of 15. She’s obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Technical Theatre Production from the University of Alberta and went on to work with many theatre and event companies. Some of her recent accomplishments include, Production Coordinator for the Richmond Olympic O Zone, Technical Director for Edmonton’s Fringe Theatre Festival, and Production Manager for Opera Nuova’s Summer Arts festival.

Karen Stark

Karen Stark

Marketing Communications & Retail Manager

Karen was brought up in the world of biking with a brother who raced on the circuit for years. Karen started at BC Bike Race in 2011 after 5 years of running her own clothing line. She has a Marketing Communications diploma from BCIT and 15 years of experience in the Tourism, Sports & Retail Marketing Sectors. When she’s not looking after her 3 kids you can find her riding her bike or running on the North Shore trails.

Jeff Stromgren

Jeff Stromgren

Director of Course Management

Jeff is a school teacher by trade and works year round developing social wellness programs and healthy living initiatives for children and families. Adding to his workload is a passion for organizing and managing adventure sport tourism events. Enthusiastic about making sure participants experience the thrills of adventure in a well designed and safe environment, Jeff assures in his work for BCBR the deliverance of consistent quality racing for our wide range of riders. He loves mountain biking with friends, food and wine, travel and adventure, and cherishes time with his family of four and two dogs.

Lisa Au

Lisa Au

Business Manager & HR Director

Lisa’s diverse background in event management, tourism and recreation and non-profit fundraising makes her an ideal fit for the BC Bike Race. She was bought onboard in 2009 and has continued to be the “calm and collected” positive smiley face of race week. When she is done trying on all the hats that come with her multifaceted role on the BCBR team, she works with other events and slides into her role as mother of two beautiful girls.

Brooks Hogya

Brooks Hogya

Director of Safety

Brooks Hogya is the Safety Advocate for the BC Bike Race, and a paramedic with the BC Ambulance Service. He is well known throughout Canada as the founder, owner and chief instructor of Canada’s most innovative and successful wilderness medical training provider, Slipstream Wilderness First Aid (www.wildernessfirstaid.ca). With more than 25 years experience as a professional outdoor adventure guide and wilderness first aid instructor, Brooks is in wide demand as a safety consultant and in 2006 join the BC Bike Race team.

Mike Cooper

Mike Cooper

Production Manager

With over 15 years’ experience in the live theatre and production industry, Cooper brings an appreciation for the mountain biking industry, and an abundance of technical skills to the BC Bike Race team.

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