- Founder / President
Tim is very passionate about cycling and spends a lot of his personal time riding and supporting charities through cycling events. Among his favourites are visiting the Tour De France, and the epic four day Tour For Kids each summer.
In his "work" time, Tim is Group Head, Canadian Banking, Auto Finance, and Credit Cards, TD Bank Group, and President & CEO, TD Canada Trust. Tim's primary responsibility is the leadership of Canadian banking, more commonly known as TD Canada Trust, which includes personal and commercial banking. He’s also responsible for leading two of TD’s North American businesses – TD Auto Finance, and the bank’s credit card businesses. He’s what some may call a TD-lifer having spent close to 30 years with the organization and in this time, has held senior positions in a variety of areas including mutual funds, retail delivery, information technology, core banking and small business, credit cards and personal lending.
Tim has an MBA from the University of Western Ontario and now sits on the Advisory Board of the Richard Ivey School of Business. He also serves on the board of directors for the SickKids Foundation, the largest non-governmental granting agency in children’s health in Canada, and is Chair of the Hospital for Sick Children’s Research and Learning Tower Campaign.
Tim is also an executive member of the Canadian Bankers Association, previously serving as Chair of the organization. And, as a previous winner, Tim sits on the Advisory Board for Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40”, a program that celebrates Canadians who have reached significant success before the age of 40 in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.
Tim and his wife Lana live in Mississauga, Ontario. They have two sons, neither of whom thinks lycra is cool.
- Founder / Vice President
Jeff Rushton is an individual with a passion for his family, his businesses & charitable causes.
In his business life, Jeff has held senior President and “C level” positions in a diverse portfolio of businesses spanning start ups to billion dollar organizations such as Vizible Corporation, Fujitsu Consulting, Netigy Corporation, MCI Systemhouse, Gannett Corporation and Rogers Communications. Jeff also formed his own consulting company focused on strategy and change management. Currently Jeff is an investor in several start up organizations and spends the majority of his time as a philanthropist focused on childhood cancer causes.
As part of this focus and passion, in addition to his Board role at Les Domestiques, Jeff is the Founder, Chair, and Passionate Volunteer for the Coast the Coast Against Cancer Foundation; a volunteer-based charitable Foundation (www.coasttocoastagainstcancer.org) that develops and runs a number of high quality, physically challenging local, regional and national events that raise funds for childhood cancer charities directed towards pediatric oncology research, survivorship and support programs. Through its volunteer-based operating model and corporate sponsorships the Foundation’s mandate is to distribute 100% of donations from individual donors directly to the programs the Foundation supports. The Foundation makes no use of professional fundraisers and keeps overheads to a minimum. Previous to creating the Foundation, Jeff has been on the Boards of several major childhood cancer charities.
Jeff holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, an MBA from the University of Toronto, and is a Certified Management Accountant. Married for 25 years to his high school sweetheart Diane, Jeff has a 17 year old son named Skylar and a 15 year old daughter named Brooklyn. Jeff maintains an active lifestyle through long distance cycling (including three cross continent trips and a world record), snowboarding, and running.
- Founder / Communications Officer
Howard has a long and sordid history in the sport. From his first club ride at the age of 15 aboard a $100 Supercycle - to stints coaching national team riders, Howard has been deeply involved in the sport of cycling (for better or worse) for over 35 years.
As a bike shop owner in the 80's Howard promoted the sport of cycling by sponsoring riders, coaching and organizing the first sanctioned mountain bike races in Ontario. After 10 years of retail, Howard moved into sports marketing where he owned several cycling properties including the top road cycling team in Canada sponsored by Toshiba and featuring marquee riders like Gord Fraser, Graeme Miller and Dave Spears.
Howard has raced every category in the sport and currently competes in cyclo-cross, road and mountain bike in the "old fat guy" category to no acclaim whatsoever. However he still loves to ride with his club mates and does so every weekend when he is not racing or travelling.
Howard is the CEO of Top Drawer Creative Inc. a 40 person ad agency located in the heart of the Beach.
- Founder / CFO
Like Howard Chang, Ian started his cycling career on a Supercycle and Raleigh Grand Prix, trying not to be doored or go over the front end of cars as he commuted around Toronto to sailing regatta's.
He spent 7 years on the National and Olympic sailing teams, which detracted from his road mileage. He came back to the sport first doing some racing in the mountain bike series in Ontario (mediocre results) and more recently on the road. He thoroughly enjoys the training and challenge.
He has been with TD Bank for 25 years in a variety of roles and locations, most recently as Senior Vice President National Accounts Business Banking. He has been on a number of non-for profit Boards, primarily arts related organizations and he is currently on the Board of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
He was fortunate to meet his wife Elle at a sailing regatta in Estonia and they have been married for 20 years. Emma 13 and Norman 10 are great fun and keep them very busy.
- Founder / Secretary
“Because I think I can” ... and ... “If not now ... when?”
I’ve lived in 9 different countries, on four different continents and landed up in Canada just over ten years ago. I got the cycling buzz about 5 years ago, thanks to the likes of Art Slaughter, Dan Watt, Kevin Wallace, Gears and Jeff Rushton. I still curse them for it. I’ve always been relatively active, try anything, competent enough at some things (except skating) but never very good at anything. So I’ve got three rules, and in this order: no permanent injury; finish; and enjoy it. Only after those can I ask “what was my time?” or “who won?” etc. Taking part, enjoying it, and helping others enjoy it too, is way more important to me than where I place. Hence my enthusiasm for cycling as a sport that encourages a wonderful, personalized combination of fun, good-for-you, hard punishment, challenge, help others, be helped by others, concentration, endurance, heroes, sweating and giving. I agree, it’s not about the bike, because I reckon it’s about the people on the bikes around you. Kinda fits well with our Les Domestiques’s ethos. Give to get.
My connection with cycling for charities and therefore Les Domestiques is, thankfully, more through the heroes that organize, participate in, and volunteer for the events like the Sear National Ride or Tour for Kids. It is their leadership and the inspiration of the selfless riders and volunteers who give, that draws me to the cause and to the events. People like Jeff Rushton, who picked me up on the first morning of the first day of the first year of Tour for Kids and has kept smiling at me ever since. The mix of morning tears at the events and the speeches ... then make the xxx kms of sweat afterwards that much more compelling. Give to get.
In my spare time I work at Cisco.
“The love you take . . . is equal to the love you make.” Final lines, Abbey Road.
- Founder / Membership Officer
Having participated in only a few races, I ride mainly for the pleasure of it. There are many aspects to the sport that are enjoyable: the long distance solo ride, groups rides on the weekend or the commute to work. It is a great way to vacation. Seeing a place at 30 kph, experiencing the culture and meeting the people during stops to refuel is so much better than sitting in a car watching the scenery blur by at 100+ kph. I can’t imagine seeing Europe any other way than on a bicycle.
As good as all that sounds, it pales in comparison to riding with the purpose of helping others. I have ridden to raise funds for different causes for over 15 years. Each event brings its own unique experience, but the Tour for Kids and Sears National Kids Cancer Ride events are some of the best experiences to be had on a bike. I have helped organize the National Rides for 3 years and participated on the Board of Directors for Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation that puts on these wonderful events.
In my professional life, I am the Head, Global Program Office for RBC Dexia. In the past I have run major projects and change initiatives in a variety of industries including Finance, Human Resources, Operations, Sales, Retail and even the Cemetery Industry. I have an MBA from Queens University.
I live in Oakville, Ontario with my wife and 2 cats that watch me ride on the trainer in basement during the winter months and wonder, “what is he doing!”
- Founder / Advocacy Officer
J-F Courville has been an ardent cycling fan since 2001. Since discovering the perils of mountain biking in 2004, J-F has converted to a dedicated roadie. He spends most of his riding time in pelotons around the greater Toronto area, accumulating most of his miles on weekend rides and weeknight hill training. He also throws his enthusiastic support behind a few classic charity rides around North America. One of his favorites is the Ride for Karen that he describes as “one of the fastest ways to connect with your human side on 2 wheels”. J-F has also discovered the pleasure of travel cycling as he frequently brings his bike to the Pro Tour races, to training camps on the Blue Ridge Parkway and on almost all vacations. He also often packs his bike on his very frequent business trips, allowing him to keep his riding shape and climb new mountain peaks everywhere around the World. J-F only drops cycling for a few months a year to dedicate himself to alpine ski racing in Collingwood.
On a professional basis, J-F joined RBC Wealth Management as Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer in 2013 and is responsible for their global support groups as well as their overall strategy and oversight of the group’sstrategic growth initiatives.
J-F joined RBC Wealth Management from Manulife Financial Corporation, where he was President & CEO ofManulife Asset Management. Prior to that, J-F was President and CEO of State Street Canada.
J-F is very active in the community, notably as Past Chair of the Board of Habitat for Humanity Toronto and as a member of the Faculty Advisory Board of the Desautels School of Integrated Management at McGill University.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance and International Business from McGill University in Montreal, and has a CFA designation.
J-F was named to the list of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, 2005. He is a competitive cyclist and skier and an arts enthusiast. He has also been a member of YPO since 2006.
- Founder / Events Coordinator
T.J. is a founding member of Les Domestiques and is responsible for the coordination of events that the club participates in.
Riding has been a life changing experience for him. Joining Les Domestiques was an incredible way to start riding as the group truly cares about each other and supports all levels of riders. Not only has he made many new friends and supported great charities – most importantly he has become more fit and can now keep up (for the most part) with his 9 and 11 year old kids.
As for work, he has been involved with many companies over the years. He is an entrepreneur at heart and owns/has owned several companies which have included Breakaway Tours, Impact Educational Tours, TMS Truck Centre, Redlab Digital Studios, Baldhead Systems and Explosive Entertainment. His current day-to-day "work" passion is his newest ventures, which are called the Student Life Network and Parent Life Network, which help Canada's top brands connect with consumers online.
T.J. and his family made the lifestyle choice and now live in Blue Mountains.
- Ride Coordinator
Fearless and enthusiastic when it comes to riding, five-foot-one-inch Tricia Gadsden has earned a fitting nickname: Turbo. It’s a name that also harkens back to her childhood. Tricia’s mum — knowing her energetic daughter all too well — refused to allow her a bike with “curly handlebars,” so Tricia would pedal her clunky mountain bike “like stink” to beat the boys on their 10-speeds. …Some things never change.
Tricia showed community spirit early winning a volunteer award as early as Grade 5. She has tutored children with special needs and now rides in and helps to organize charity cycling events.
Off the road, Tricia has earned a master’s degree in organizational behaviour, is a published researcher, has run national public relations and the marketing strategy for Royal Doulton Canada, and for the past five years has been the marketing guru behind many of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario’s multi award–winning promotions. Her contagious energy inspires every creative team she’s worked with.
Outside of the marketing biz, Tricia also designed Royal Doulton figurines, collaborating with Disney and artists from around the world. There must be something about small, beautiful things that intrigues her: Tricia owns a 44 cm bike that folds and fits into an airplane seat’s magazine holder! Tricia is proof that great things come in small packages.