Active Transportation Champions

Between 2009 and 2015, TCAT recognized colleagues that inspire us with an Active Transportation Champion award. TCAT’s Active Transportation Champion award is for an individual or organization that has worked to raise the profile of cycling or walking and its relationship to a high quality of urban life.

In 2014, we built on our Active Transportation Champion tradition through a strategic partnership with Metrolinx called “It’s Your Move”. The Big Move, Metrolinx’s 25-year regional transportation plan adopted in 2008, is intended to dramatically improve transportation, including walking and cycling, in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). Each video in the 12-part series features a leader living in Halton, York, Peel, Durham, Hamilton or Toronto and shares personal and professional stories about the benefits of active transportation. By promoting how these leaders and residents used walking and cycling to enrich their lives and their communities, each video in turn built recognition for the importance of walking and cycling networks as we expand regional transportation to move people in the GTHA. See the compilation video “Practical Benefits, Inspired Leaders” here and watch all 12 It’s Your Move videos here.

 

Michael Black

Michael Black

Co-founder, Walk Toronto

Recipient of TCAT’s 2015 Active Transportation Champion Award

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Eleanor McMahon

Eleanor McMahon

MPP, Burlington

Recipient of TCAT’s 2014 Active Transportation Champion Award

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Jennifer Keesmaat

Jennifer Keesmaat

Chief Planner, City of Toronto (2012-2017)

“We can create a direct line between active transportation and our health.”

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Nadien Godkewitsch

Manager, Programs, Toronto Community Foundation

“It’s a really great way of sharing time together and being active”

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Rob MacIsaac

President and CEO, Hamilton Health Sciences

“Active transportation investment results in much more livable, interesting, vibrant cities”

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Pam Damoff

Town Councillor, Ward 2 Oakville (2010-2015)

“Better design for active modes of transportation increases safety on the road for everyone”

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Vito Tolone

Senior Transportation Planner, City of Burlington

“We’re asking Burlington residents to give active transportation a try in their everyday lives”

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Nicole Arsenault

Manager, Transportation Services, York University

“Pedestrians and cyclists animate public spaces.”

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Steve Parish

Mayor of the Town of Ajax

“For me there is a sense of freedom on a bike that can’t be replicated, it allows you to slow down and see the world at a human pace.”

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Donna Quan

Director of Education, Toronto District School Board (2013-2015)

“Removing the barriers to active transportation, investing in the infrastructure is so important.”

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Dr. Scott Wooder

President, Ontario Medical Association

“It’s time to make a strong commitment to cycling infrastructure. A safe cycling system benefits everyone, including drivers and transit riders.”

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Susan Eng

Vice President, Advocacy, CARP: the Canadian Association for Retired Persons (2008-2016)

“People who live in walkable neighbourhoods are more likely to feel a stronger sense of community than residents of car-oriented neighbourhoods.”

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Dr. David Mowat

Medical Officer of Health, Region of Peel (2007-2014)

“An investment in infrastructure for active transportation & public transit is a direct investment in the health of the population.”

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Bruce McCuaig

President and CEO, Metrolinx (2010-2017)

“Active transportation is a huge and significant part of The Big Move.”

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Monica Campbell

Director, Healthy Public Policy, Toronto Public Health (2010-2017)

Recipient of TCAT’s 2013 Active Transportation Champion Award

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Patrick Brown & Albert Koehl

Co-recipients of TCAT’s 2012 Active Transportation Champion Award

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Paul Hess

Associate Professor & Progam Director, Department of Geography and Program in Planning, University of Toronto

Recipient of TCAT’s 2011 Active Transportation Champion Award

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Paul Young

Health Promoter, South Riverdale Community Health Centre

Recipient of TCAT’s 2010 Active Transportation Champion Award

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Jane Farrow

Founding Director of Jane’s Walk

Recipient of TCAT’s 2009 Active Transportation Champion Award

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