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Founded with a Passion for Cycling.

From Franchise Partners to Mechanics, Head Office employees, Founders and our Investors, everyone at velofix believes that bicycles can help change the world. Our team is growing rapidly and we are always looking for great people. For more information on available opportunities check out our Careers page. You can also read more about our Leaders below.

Leadership

Chris Guillemet

CEO
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Chris Guillemet

CEO

Chris brings over 20 years of Business Experience to velofix. His Senior Management experience includes growing a company to $90 million and a successful IPO, launching an Internet startup that has raised $45 million in financing and driving growth at a $30 billion dollar consumer packaged goods company.

Chris is active in endurance sports and his most recent results are a 2:54 Boston Marathon & a 38th overall finish at IronMan Canada 2012.

Chris is a graduate of the SFU Executive Management Program.

Davide Xausa

President & Executive Chairman
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Davide Xausa

President & Executive Chairman

Davide’s business experience includes President of a Real Estate Investment Trust and Senior Management at a Renewable Energy Company.

Davide has represented Canada at the Olympic and World Cup levels of soccer. He finished his professional career in Europe and North America in 2005.

Davide has a Finance Degree from the Pamplin School of Business at the University of Portland.

Boris Martin

Vice President Procurement & Program Management
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Boris Martin

Vice President Procurement & Program Management

Boris is a Master Certified Bicycle Mechanic from the Barnett Bicycle Institute Colorado Springs, Colorado.

He has 9+ Years of Bike Shop Mechanical & Management experience.

Boris also is a 3-time Canadian National Track Champion.

He is a graduate for the Bachelor of Business Administration program at Langara College.

Ward Grootjans

VP of Global Business Development
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Ward Grootjans

VP of Global Business Development

Ward’s career started as a management consultant at Accenture. After a number of years he decided to follow his passion and was active in several Senior Executive roles at one of the cycling industry’s biggest manufacturers.

Ward joined velofix in 2016 to take on the challenge of making velofix a global company and bring the best customer service experience in this changing industry.

Ward holds a degree in Engineering and a Masters title in International business at the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands.

Ward is based in Maastricht, the Netherlands and lives on holy cycling ground: The Amstel Gold race, Liege-Bastogne-Liege and many other classics pass by his door. In his free time he is an avid cyclist who cycles more than 10.000 Km per year.

Cody Compau

VP Business Development & National Accounts
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Cody Compau

VP Business Development & National Accounts

Cody brings over 10 years of business experience in the fields of marketing, sales, and project management. Most recently, a Marketing Manager for Whole Foods, implementing strategies to develop business and brand loyalty.

In 2008, Cody cycled 4,000 miles from Seattle, WA to Washington DC to benefit people with disabilities.
Cody has a Bachelor of Communications and an MBA from Arizona State University.

Strategic Advisors

Charles Chang

Investor & Advisor
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Charles Chang

Investor & Advisor

Charles Chang holds an equity position and Board Member seat with velofix.

Charles is a born entrepreneur with a passion for innovation, active living and mentoring. Charles is the President and Founder of Lyra Growth Partners, which was started in September 2015. Prior to Lyra, Charles was the President and Founder of Vega.

Started from scratch from his basement in 2004 and financed by his life savings, a second mortgage on his house and four credit cards, Charles lead Vega to become an iconic lifestyle brand of clean, plant-based nutritional products sold in over 20,000 stores across North America.

Honoring a triple bottom line approach to business and recognizing people were the company’s greatest source of competitive advantage, Vega and Charles have received many accolades and awards, including: Profit 100 Fastest Growing Companies, Best Workplaces, BIV 40 Under 40, Canada’s Best Managed Companies and E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year.

In August 2015, Vega was sold to White Wave Foods for US$550 million cash. Charles is proud that corporate headquarters will remain in Vancouver, all Vega’s employees have been retained and Vega’s executive management team continue to run the company.

As one door closes, another opens and so Lyra was born: The constellation in which Vega was its brightest star seeks fresh, young stars looking to shine brighter and reach further.

Charles lives in Vancouver, BC and is an active member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), an avid mountain biker, skier and Whistlerite wannabe.

Jim Treliving

Investor & Advisor
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Jim Treliving

Investor & Advisor

Jim Treliving serves as co -chairman and co- owner of T&M Management Services Ltd. alongside his long time business partner George Melville. T&M is a multi-faceted organization with a diverse group of businesses including: Boston Pizza International, the leading casual dining brand in Canada with over 370 locations, Boston Pizza Royalties Income Fund, Boston’s The Gourmet Pizza located throughout the United States and Mexico, Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects, Kitchen Partners Ltd., Mr. Lube, Frogbox, velofix, White Rock Commercial the Naramata Benchlands and several others.

Jim also stars as one of the five Dragons on the highly successful CBC’s reality TV show, Dragon’s Den which he has been on for all 11 seasons. In addition to his various business and family commitments Jim is also a dedicated philanthropist and best-selling author with his book Decisions which made Canada’s and North America’s best sellers list for non-fiction with all proceeds from the book donated to Canadian charities.

Simon Whitfield

Advisor
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Simon Whitfield

Advisor

Simon is an Investor, Multiple Franchise owner (Victoria and Sea2Sky) & Strategic Advisor to velofix

Simon is a 4x Olympian 2x Olympic Medalist & Flag Bearer London 2012 (2000 Gold & 2008 Beijing Silver).

Now retired from international competition, Simon is the Director of Sports Entertainment @ The Fantan Group and active with his Business & Charity Ventures.

Team

Adam Kourakis

Manager, Franchise Support and Operations
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Adam Kourakis

Manager, Franchise Support and Operations
As the Manager of Franchise Support and Operations, Adam’s role is to support velofix Franchise Partners in all aspects of their business. As the first point of contact for Franchise Partners, Adam helps develop and evaluate programs, gain commercial accounts, plan and execute events, and ensure velofix Partners have all the tools they need to run their business successfully.
Adam is also a certified mechanic and owns velofix Ottawa.
When not wrenching or supporting velofix Franchise Partners, Adam can be found coaching for 3 different clubs, organizing events of his own, and riding his bike.

Jamie Henning

US Franchise Success Manager
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Jamie Henning

US Franchise Success Manager
Jamie brings nearly 20 years of Retail Operations, Sales Team Management, and Business Development experience to his role of US Franchise Success Manager.  Jamie works day in and day out to ensure our franchise partners receive the tools they need to provide their clients with best experience in the industry.
When not partnering with our franchisees, Jamie can be found either racing his bike around one of the many office parks in Southern California, playing with his dog Fofa, or catching some waves off the coast of San Diego County.

Jen Vlek

Financial Controller
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Jen Vlek

Financial Controller

Jen has over 20 years of accounting, finance and treasury experience in publicly-listed international and multi-currency companies in the mining industry.

Jen is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA) and has a Business Administration Degree from Simon Fraser University.

Jen has played competitive soccer for over 30 years and now enjoys coaching her two daughters.

Kyle Barnes

Franchise Sales & Key Accounts Manager
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Kyle Barnes

Franchise Sales & Key Accounts Manager
Kyle started his Cycling Career in Southern California at SuperGo Bike Shops in the mid 90’s.  Kyle’s extensive background in the industry will be an asset to velofix Franchise Partners as he guides them through the sales process.  His relationships with manufacturers, advocacy groups, cycling clubs and big box retailers will be a perfect fit to manage and grow Key Accounts at velofix.
In his spare time, Kyle can be found on the baseball field coaching his youngest son or on the golf course caddying for his 10 year old.  When he’s able to get away you can find him out on his bike.

Rachel Varn

Franchise Sales & Key Accounts Manager
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Rachel Varn

Franchise Sales & Key Accounts Manager

Rachel Varn is the Business Development Manager for velofix in the Eastern United States. She brings nearly ten years of franchise development experience to her role at velofix where she has the opportunity to work with both prospective franchisees and with velofix franchise partners to support their business growth.

Prior to velofix, Rachel led franchise development efforts for national franchisors, both mature and emerging, in endurance sports retail, health services and education.

Formerly a collegiate runner, Rachel embraced triathlon as a new challenge and quickly became a competitive age group athlete. A 3-time USA Triathlon All-America and 2 time Ironman All World Athlete, Rachel has earned age group and overall podium finishes at every triathlon distance from sprint to Ironman, most recently placing 4th overall female at Ironman Maryland 2015. Rachel is also a Boston Marathon qualifier and will get to race in her hometown in 2017.

Stuart Smith

Director, Systems & IT Management
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Stuart Smith

Director, Systems & IT Management
Stuart Smith brings extensive IT, inventory and point of sale experience after a career with a global technology firm serving hospitality and retail verticals.
A passionate advocate of safe cycling for all ages and abilities, he is an active volunteer with BEST and serves on the board of HUB Cycling Vancouver.

Ambassadors

Brendan Brazier

Ambassador
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Brendan Brazier

Ambassador

Brendan is the formulator and co founder of Vega, bestselling author of the Thrive book series, and editor in chief of alive magazine. He’s a former professional Ironman triathlete and a two-time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon Champion. Brendan is regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on plant-based performance nutrition, and therefore works with several NHL, NFL, MLB, UFC, and Olympic athletes. Brendan now invests in and works with socially responsible food & tech companies whose mandate is to fix our food system and reduce the environmental strain of food production.

Dave Scott

Ambassador
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Dave Scott

Ambassador

One of triathlon’s most recognizable personalities, Dave Scott began his career at the inception of the sport in 1976. Scott is the first six-time Hawaii IRONMAN World Champion, crossing the finish line first in 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986 and 1987.

Scott was the first-ever inductee into the Ironman Hall of Fame in 1993 and celebrated his induction in 1994 by coming out of retirement to place second in Kona at the age of 40.  He returned to Kona one final time in 1996, and finished fifth overall at the age of 42!

Milestones of “firsts” mark Dave Scott’s career.  He was:

  • First to complete the Hawaii Ironman in under 10:00 hours
  • First to complete the Hawaii Ironman in under 9:00 hours
  • First to complete the Hawaii Ironman in under 8:30 hours
  • First champ to run the Ironman marathon in under 3:00 hours
  • First champ to run the Ironman marathon in under 2:55 hours
  • First champ to run the Ironman marathon in under 2:50 hours

Dave was also inducted into the Triathlete Magazine Hall of Fame in 1999 and into the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame in 2010.  In 2015, Dave was named to the Advisory Panel of Ironman U, where he serves as its Master Coach.

A native of Davis, CA, Scott currently resides in Boulder, CO, where he coaches many multisport athletes ranging from age-groupers to elite pros.

Scott continues his athletic and business pursuits through his corporate presentations, coaching clinics, instructional videos and as a contributor to numerous publications and websites.  He is also the director of the Dave Scott Institute for Multisports & Wellness at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai on Hawaii’s Big Island.

Nathan Killam

Ambassador
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Nathan Killam

Ambassador

By 2005, Nathan weighed in at over 200lbs and led a fast-food driven lifestyle.

After years of dedication and hard work, in 2009 he became a National Amateur Champion, and since has had many top-10 Ironman and Challenge Family finishes racing as a professional, while working a full-time career as a Fire Fighter.

He has lofty goals for the ITU Long Course World Championships in 2016, and is aiming for a Kona slot in the coming years. Nathan loves triathlon, but even more loves to share his infectiously positive attitude with those he interacts with.

velofix is thrilled to support Killam as he continues to test his limits and pursue Kona in the years to come.

Jeff Symonds

Ambassador
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Jeff Symonds

Ambassador

Jeff is a Canadian professional triathlete who most recently won the 2015 Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship in Melbourne, Australia.

velofix is excited to support Symonds quest for another Ironman title in 2016 and work in collaboration to promote triathlon around the globe.

Jenny Fletcher

Ambassador
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Jenny Fletcher

Ambassador
Jenny grew up in Red Deer, Alberta and started modeling at the age of 15. Jenny later became obsessed with almost all sports including competing for Canada at Jr & Sr Worlds for Modern Pentathon. She is sure this is the reason how almost 2 decades later she discovered the bike and picked up Triathlons turning Pro at the age of 33 in 2010!
Jenny won her first race in 2012 (Branson 70.3) and completed her first full last year at Challenge Roth finishing 10th. She is also gearing up for a last minute decision to try and qualify for Kona for 2017!!
Her motto, “living an adventure everyday!”

Leanda Cave

Ambassador
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Leanda Cave

Ambassador

Leanda Cave has been competing in triathlons since 1994. She began her triathlon career at the Olympic distance and gradually made her way to dominating long course triathlon. In 2012 Leanda was also named as one of the “World’s Fittest Women” by CNN. This is quite a recognition as 2012 was also an Olympic year. Leanda also won both the IM 70.3 World Championships and IM World Championships, the first female triathlete in history to accomplish both feats in a single year (2012).

Leanda was born in England, moved to Australia when she was only 4 and eventually moved back to the UK where she chose to represent Wales in triathlon. In 2008 Cave moved to United States, she currently lives and trains in Miami Beach when she’s not racing.

Rachel McBride

Ambassador
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Rachel McBride

Ambassador

Rachel has been racing full-time as a professional triathlete since 2011. She is a two-time 70.3 Champion and has numerous podium and course record results in Olympic and long distance triathlon, including 2 bronze medals at ITU Long Distance World Championships and 9th place at Ironman 70.3 World Championships. Known as the “purple tiger,” she is one of the strongest cyclists on the world circuit, consistently first off the bike.
Along with a soft spot for cats and tattoos, Rachel is a board-certified Genetic Counsellor with two graduate degrees in genetics. She is an accomplished cellist and works in sexual health education, counselling and advocacy in beautiful Vancouver, Canada, where she lives and trains.

Steph Corker

Ambassador
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Steph Corker

Ambassador

Steph is a 15x Ironman finisher, 3x Kona qualifier, and IM Canada 2016 Female Champion.

She is a Rookie Pro in 2017 off to chase start lines at IM South Africa, Challenge Roth and of course, returning to her favorite hometown IM in Whistler, BC.