Who We Are

Mission

Making Edmonton a friendlier place to walk, roll and cycle.

Vision

Edmonton is a multi-modal city where active transportation is a safe, accessible, year-round option for all.

Goals

  1. Promote safe, accessible, enjoyable active transportation for all
  2. Advocate for active-transportation infrastructure, policy and leading practices
  3. Bust active-transportation myths
  4. Foster community and relationships with allies
  5. Grow a diverse, engaged and inclusive membership

Our Board

Stephen Raitz – Chair

After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Planning from the University of Alberta 2019, Stephen Raitz now works as an urban and regional planner within the Edmonton region. In his work, Stephen focuses on transportation policy and community engagement. He has been a part of the Paths’ For People Board since 2018, always equipped with a lot of enthusiasm for ensuring that everyone can walk, roll, or cycle around our city safely. Stephen is also involved with the Queen Alexandra Community League, supporting planning and development matters, and is an improviser with Rapid Fire Theatre.

Jason Ruochen Wang – Director

Jason Ruochen Wang is an engineer-in-training with a masters from TU Delft in The Netherlands, where he fell in love with cross-country biking (in the geospatial sense). Jason works on climate policy with the Government of Alberta, and on climate and energy transition research outside of his day job. Having grown up in both a dense, pedestrian Chinese town and in Edmonton suburbs, he is passionate about how public spaces create communities. Jason can sometimes be spotted on Edmonton’s streets enthusiastically pointing out microscopic infrastructural changes to friends.

Kayla Atkey – Treasurer

Kayla Atkey is a policy analyst for the Alberta Policy Coalition for Chronic Disease Prevention at the University of Alberta, School of Public Health. In this role, she coordinates the activities of the coalition and synthesizes evidence on policy to promote health and well-being. Kayla is interested in the potential of active travel to support healthier, more livable and equitable communities. She enjoys getting around by foot, bike or transit and spending time in the Edmonton river valley with her family.

Haiqa Cheema – Secretary

Haiqa Cheema is a community organizer and Masters in Public Policy Candidate at the University of Calgary. Her expertise lies in stakeholder engagement, communications and electoral organizing. In 2018, Haiqa was named Alberta’s Top 30 Under 30. She is a self-proclaimed #1 Edmonton fan, and is passionate about sharing her love for the city with others. She is a new biker and is excited to discover Edmonton in a new light. You can always catch her at a brunch cafe near you!

Madeleine Stout – Director

Madeleine Stout is an aluma of the University of Alberta School of Urban and Regional Planning and recently completed her MA in Human Geography. Throughout her studies, Madeleine has explored questions around winter, housing, and health, particularly in Canadian prairie cities. Madeleine currently works with Taproot Edmonton on their People’s Agenda project, a public conversation seeking to identify the municipal election issues that are most important to Edmonton residents. She loves exploring Edmonton’s grocery stores, bakeries, and parks by bicycle.

Leslie Paetz – Director

Leslie Paetz is a lawyer who was born and raised in Edmonton. In addition to practicing law, she is a sessional lecturer at the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta. Over the years Leslie has been an active member of her community, volunteering on various boards and councils, while raising her two children. She is an avid hiker, runner, snowshoer, vegetable gardener, and synchronized swimmer, and an enthusiastic advocate for safe urban spaces in which to pursue those activities.

Daniel Morin – Director

Daniel Morin is an Urban Planner passionate about mobility equity, affordable housing and sustainable development. In the day, he works as a nonprofit affordable housing consultant, and at night he spends his time roamin’ the streets on his bike and advocating for his community as the Oliver Civics Committee Director. Daniel holds a Master’s of Science in Urban and Regional Planning degree from the University of Alberta, where his research focused on policy implementation and sustainable transport and design in new communities

Andrew Ritchie – Director

Andrew Ritchie is a stage director and theatre maker with a Masters of Fine Arts in Directing/Creation from York University. Born and raised in Edmonton, he currently runs two independent theatre companies (You Are Here & Thou Art Here Theatre), is an improviser with Rapid Fire Theatre, and is a faculty member at the Citadel’s Foote Theatre School. He is a year-round cyclist, enthusiastic transit user, and loves exploring neighbourhoods by foot. Andrew has had the opportunity to live across the country and is thrilled to be living in his favourite city advocating for Edmonton to be a friendlier place to walk, roll, and cycle.

Yasin Cetin – Director

Yasin Cetin was born and raised in Edmonton- a city he loves! He works with the City in the areas of Equity, Inclusion, and Human Rights, and is also on a board with MAC (the Muslim Association of Canada). Yasin also serves on the City of Edmonton’s Guiding Coalition on Public Engagement and values involving diverse communities in decision making. Yasin loves changing conversations on transportation, from how we move cars to how we move people, and is passionate about the role it plays in fostering a greater sense of community and belonging. In his free time, Yasin likes to read, bake, and roam the aisles of Costco.

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