Staff & Board Members
Alix Aylen (Executive Director)
With an extensive background in community, environmental and arts program administration, Alix serves as the Interim Executive Director at Charlie's. Alix has been navigating the streets of Toronto by bike for fifteen years at a leisurely pace. She has toured extensively across North America by bicycle visiting bike co-ops and speaking about her experiences traveling long distances by bicycle in Canada, the U.S, and Mexico. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ainsley Naylor (Lead Mechanic)
A transplant from Halifax, N.S. Ainsley has spent the past decade learning about bikes by volunteering with community bicycle projects in Toronto, attending bike conferences around North America, and working as a bike mechanic for 7 years. Ainsley has too many bikes and just the right number of cats.
Alex Legum (Outreach Program Coordinator)
Originally from Virginia, Alex has been working in the Toronto cycling community for the last nine years. A certified CAN-Bike and Professional Mountain Bike Instructor (PMBI Level 1), and a bike repair instructor, Alex would be so happy to take you for a bike ride. In addition to her role with Charlie's, Alex coordinates group rides with Sweet Pete's Bike Shop and leads women's cycling programs as a rider for Trek’s Women's Advocacy program. You can usually find her with a posse of rad women and non-binary folks in the Don Valley mountain bike trails.
Board of Directors
Adam Popper is the Chair of Charlie’s FreeWheels. Adam is an avid cyclist and passionate about youth development, organizational development and public service. He has worked with youth through various public art projects and summer camps, including Seeds of Peace. Adam has a BA in Environmental Studies from Dalhousie University and a Masters of Urban Planning from McGill University. He is a Project Manager for the City of Toronto's Transportation Services, and enjoys utilitarian and touring cycling, and ice cream.
David is a global equity analyst responsible for the Real Estate sector and the Insurance sub-sector. David earned an MBA from Said Business School at the University of Oxford and a B.A. in Actuarial Management Science from the University of Manitoba. He is a CFA charterholder. David is Charlie's FreeWheels' Treasurer
Hilary Charlie's FreeWheels' Secretary and she is passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of our communities. She is currently an Urban Fellow at the City of Toronto and has previously supported a variety of community-building projects with CivicAction, Purpose Capital, Dave Meslin, and others. Hilary holds a B.A in Geography from McGill University and a Masters of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation from OCADU.
Richard Martin became of board member of Charlie’s FreeWheels in January 2017. He assists the organization with its financial planning and governance policies through his role on the finance committee. Richard has an Honours Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario and has worked at PwC in both the Assurance and Deals practices since 2010.
Joel Longland became a board member of Charlie’s FreeWheels in September 2015. With a background in marketing, fundraising, and social enterprise, Joel is supporting the development strategy so that Charlie’s can continue to deliver amazing bike programs for youth. He has a BBA and MBA from Brock University and studied Sustainable Business at Copenhagen Business School. He currently works in the Corporate Social Responsibility field in Toronto. A firm believer that cycling is good for people, the environment and economies, Joel is excited to help Charlie's empower youth to become cyclists and community leaders.
Amanda Lewis is an independent editor, project manager, and consultant. After working for eight years as an editor at Penguin Random House Canada, she is now Project & Development Manager with Page Two Strategies, a Vancouver-based publishing agency. A former volunteer with Cycle Toronto and Toronto350.org, Amanda is also co-founder and Programming Director of The Reading Line, an annual reading festival on two wheels. She first learned about Charlie's FreeWheels four years ago when a mechanic from the organization taught her Otesha group basic bike maintenance before they set off on a tour of southern Ontario farms.
Since retiring from teaching secondary school after a 30 year career in Richmond Hill, Woodbridge, Etobicoke and Swaziland, Jim has been working with The Chawkers Foundation. Its mandate is to fund work in environmental and educational arenas, as well as long-form non-fiction. Jim believes in the transformative power of bicycles for young and old.
Carolyn is an avid mountain and road cyclist and can be found commuting on the Sherbourne, Richmond and Adelaide bike lanes throughout the year, on her way to her office. Carolyn is passionate about youth involvement in physical activity as it relates to emotional development and self awareness. She is an active volunteer with youth having led the development of Kids in Action™ in partnership with the Talisman Centre for Sport and Wellness (Calgary, AB), and now in Toronto, through her involvement at Charlie’s Freewheels. During the day, Carolyn works with ExperiencePoint’s global partners who are seeking new ways to solve business challenges through learning, practising and applying the creative habits of design thinking and change management.
A successful camp owner, Robyn has always been involved in developing programs, training staff and guiding leadership. Having started her first venture at 19, Robyn has never shied away from the challenges and struggles of new business and social enterprises have always been her model of choice. Focusing on her passion to enable youth to reach their potential and provide support to those in need, Robyn tapped into her creativity to develop CitizenRad as a way to impact youth by supporting third party service providers using e-commerce as a fundraising platform. Robyn believes that to have a significant impact, we have to make a significant commitment. Robyn graduated from the Ivey School of Business at Western University with her MBA in 2002, having been awarded the ‘most outstanding contribution to her class’ by her peers. For Robyn it is always about finding ways to create an impact for the greater community.