Meet the Team
Mike is the Founder, CEO and Chairman of Race Force. Besides being an avid runner, engineer and passionate leader in the community, he is the visionary that gave birth to this organization. Under his leadership, Race Force grew from a small grassroots group of 3 volunteers to our current size now. His vision 10 years ago still lives and breathes in at the core of this organization.
Taylor joined the Race Force leadership team in 2017 after being a member of the Race Force Race Crew. A lifelong athlete, in recent years Taylor has switched his main athletic pursuit from water polo to running, and subsequently, ultra running. Taylor is an engineering student at Capilano University, and works in construction management. He believes in giving back, especially for mental health initiatives, and advocates to reduce and eliminate the surrounding stigmas. In 2016, Taylor participated in the inaugural Race Force Movember Half Marathon, and along with his team at work, raised over $16,000 for the Movember Foundation of Canada.
An avid road and trail runner, Walter has been running with Race Force since November 2016 and volunteering since January 2017. In addition to race day volunteering Walter is also a part of the Sponsorship/Donation Team, working with local businesses that support Race Force and its volunteers. Outside of Race Force Walter is a graduate of Simon Fraser University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology, a Certificate in Cultural Resource Management, and a Certificate in Spatial Information Systems and now works as a consulting archaeologist.
Steven has been with Race Force for at least 5 years and an Event Volunteer Coordinator for the last 2 years. He graduated from UBC Vancouver in 2016 from the General Mechanical Engineering program and currently works as a Mechanical EIT in Design Consulting Services, designing HVAC and Plumbing & Drainage systems for several industrial projects. Steven began volunteering at racing events in 2012 during the summer break between school semesters. This became an opportunity for Steven to develop his organizational, leadership and problem solving skills outside of school and in a fun way that would benefit the people and charities involved with these events. Steven is a key player of the organization and takes initiative to help the community.
Cynthia is currently an executive assistant at Race Force, helping oversee many administrative and IT roles. Cynthia joined Race Force in 2016 when she found it aligned with her passion of volunteering and running. She is currently in her 4th year of studies at the University of British Columbia in Cognitive Systems. Fun fact: she drinks her hot coffee using straws.
Kevin enjoys volunteering while helping others and meeting new friends in the process. Kevin has been with Race Force for about three years. Kevin became involved in Race Force through Mike to help with an event and having never volunteered at a race event before, it was a new and fun experience. Kevin became more involved in Race Force and was also able to meet new friends and gain many memories from volunteering.
"Race Force is like, a family I can turn to at the least expected times. Familiar faces and positive attitudes. I guess that’s why I stick around, because spending time with you guys is like hanging out with old friends. Albeit often in the wee, cold hours of the morning. I got involved through Mike – as I’m sure most people did, and just started to grow attached. We’re a little crazy, but this team is made up of some of the most hardworking and persevering individuals I know. I’m proud of what we’ve come through, what we’ve become together, and what we will continue to achieve. I look forward to seeing you again, or meeting you, I’m always open to talk!"
Anna is a recent member of the Race Force Leadership team. She joined in March 2017 after hearing about how the organization joins members of the community for a common cause while helping high school youth develop leadership skills. Thus far, she has enjoyed volunteering with the different races and meeting other volunteer members. Anna is currently finishing her degree in Integrated Sciences at UBC.