CVMG National Executive Committee

Voting Members

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 President Chris Ness
 Vice President
 John Tankard
 Correspondence Secretary
 Bill Hoar
 Membership Secretary
 Dale Prisley
 Treasurer Deborah Hickey
 Newsletter Editor
 Shona LaFortune
 Director Craig Cooksley
 Director Ian Sandy
 Regalia Sales
 Holly Ralph

Non-voting members

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 Past President  Jim Briggs
 National Rally Chair April Spears 
 Competition Chair Neville Miller 
 Chief Judge
 Website Administrator Mark Melcher

Bios and pictures below:

At the 2017 Members' Meeting, the following changes to the Executive Committee were made:

- Chris Ness was elected President

- Deborah Hickey was acclaimed as Treasurer

- John Tankard was elected to replace Chris Ness as Vice President

- Ian Sandy was elected Director

- Craig Cooksley was elected to fill the Director position vacated by Robbie Wlson

These changes take effect at the July meeting of the National Executive

CVMG members can view the full set of Executive moves in the minutes on the Members' Meeting page (note,  you need to be signed in to this website to view)

National Executive Committee Meetings

The National Executive (NEC) meets every second month by teleconference.  Members are encouraged to attend.  Click the button below to see information on the next meeting.

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President - Chris Ness, Barrie-Huronia Section

Growing up on a large dairy farm, there wasn’t much time for anything else but milking cows, driving tractors and shovelling manure. That all changed following the summer of ’69 when Chris went away to University and promptly found a used 100cc Yamaha Twin-Jet. Freedom was at hand.

Since then a variety of two-wheelers have come and gone (some have stayed…) and at this point he cannot imagine life without motorcycles. Yes, riding is a big part of the passion, but he’s sure you’ll agree, it runs much deeper than that.

The first “restoration project” found him in 1980. A few years later he discovered the CVMG and the membership privileges it offers. What a fabulous fraternity of which to be a part. As a volunteer he has learned that the more you put in, the more you get out. That in itself is a wonderful thing.

The road ahead will offer peaks and valleys, twists and turns, smooth and bumpy surfaces. He looks forward to continued work with those members already in his life and those yet to be discovered along that road.


Vice President - John Tankard

John has been a CVMG member since 1995.  During this time John has previously assumed roles as Regalia Sales Coordinator and in most recent years as a member of the Paris Rally Committee. John and his wife, Lilian, live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where their two children, their spouses and 3 grandchildren also live.  John’s love for riding motorcycles came to an abrupt end in 2012 when his vision was compromised but that same love is the drive keeping him involved with CVMG.


Correspondence Secretary - Bill Hoar, Central Alberta Section

I seem to have circled back into the CVMG National Executive team, although still being the current past President, maybe I never really left.  I was born, raised and I am still working and farming right here in Central Alberta.  My love of motorcycles hit me at an early age and has never left.  I seem to still own almost all the motorcycles I have ever acquired over the years and love them all equally.
I’m here to serve members.  My belief is one of supporting grass roots functions and activities within Sections throughout Canada.  National must exist for its members and for member reasons and without their interest and enthusiasm for old or important motorcycles the cause is lost.  You have a voice in this group, I urge you to get involved in any small way possible.
Most memorable motorcycle viewed:  Lawrence of Arabia’s 1929 SS-100 Brough Superior in England; amazing story about the man and the machine.
Most memorable motorcycle visit:  Honda Collection Hall in Motegi, Japan; again more about the vision of one man.
Most memorable ride:  Cross Canada ride in 2007 with Mr. Skinny Labine; doesn’t get any better than this. Just do it!
Next memorable ride:  Stay tuned!

Membership Secretary - Dale Prisley, Essex Kent

I was born, raised and have spent my life in the Essex County area of Ontario. I like to say Essex county is the "antithesis of the Tail of the Dragon as we have 322 miles with 11 turns. I started motorcycling in the 70's with an S2 Kawi and then moved to a GT550, GS750, KZ 750 and then got married. Jan and I were bikeless for a period of time when the only riding I did was demo days anywhere and everywhere. At the turn of the century we decided it was time to get a bike again and the BMW R1150RT was what we chose. This morphed to the K1200GT. During these days I also took up road racing with the VRRA. I raced an H1 and a GPZ 550 for 2 years. Following this time I entered a dark phase when I rode a Harley Road King. After the Road King I went vintage and rejoined the CVMG in 2011. I am currently the president of the Essex/Kent section and a member of the Paris Rally committee. I enjoy the motorcycling community and I am always impressed with the extensive knowledge within our group. I am looking forward to serving you as the membership secretary.

Treasurer - Deborah Hickey, Nipissing

My first experience riding was on the back of a 1967 BSA Lightning when I was fifteen.  I was content and enjoyed riding on the back with Michael in control.  We took a break from riding while our children were small but once our youngest was about eight Michael got the urge to get another bike.  Problem was I didn’t want to sit on the back any more so for my 45th birthday/Mother’s Day I attended a woman’s only motorcycle course through Canadore College in North Bay.  My first solo bike was a Suzuki Intruder (can’t remember the year) which was okay because at least my feet could touch the ground.  Being vertically challenged proved to be a problem finding a bike that “felt right”.  Finally we found my baby in Mississauga, a 1983 Suzuki GS750ES and we fit perfectly together. 

Unfortunately, now due to issues with my vision, I am now relegated to the back of the bike I am still very much involved with my home group, Nipissing Section, as Secretary/Treasurer and now as Treasurer with the NEC.  It is great coming together in one place with so many, we all come from different places and have different bikes, but we all have a common interest in preserving the beauty of older bikes and their history.


Newsletter Editor - Shona LaFortune,

 Unlike many people in this organization, I was not carried around in a sidecar as a baby, or riding when I was two.   I barely learned to ride a bicycle in my teens . . .  Then a friend’s influence combined with some sort of mid-life crisis had me taking riding lessons at age 50-something. My first motorcycle (and I still have her) was a 1979 185cc Honda Twinstar, the little bike that I rode to Mexico … I bought a 50 cc scooter and commuted 40 km/day for two years, missing only a few days when the snow was too heavy (ice was no problem!), and took some BCIT courses to learn more about maintaining the several bikes I had suddenly acquired.  Now that I live in Lillooet, I love that I can be on amazing roads within minutes of leaving the house.  I ride to the metro Vancouver area frequently, another lovely trip through the Fraser Canyon.  I’ve been on motorcycle trips in Canada, the USA, UK and Europe, riding or pillion.  I have a few projects on the go and lots of unrelated hobbies and interests besides, including spinning, yarn crafts, photography, CGI and gardening.  Never a dull moment.


Director - Craig 'Bentley' Cooksley, Central Alberta Section

I was a late starter being 23 when I got my first motorcycle [parents thought they were death machines] '46 Knuckle.  Like me it changed through the years.  Me being a long hair hippy biker;  it being a chopper with 18in. over springer  & molded in peanut tank.  As I went though a few years of married life it lived in storage.  Then, as I re-entered  the single life and more of a weekend independent rider, the Knuckle became a bobber with bobbed rear fender & stock chrome springer with 21in. front wheel   In 1986 I started Bentley's in Red Deer - a paint & body shop.  The Knuckle changed to a stock looking '46 with candy purple paint & stock bags.  In the 1990's Bentley's downsized and moved to the farm doing mainly restorations & street rods and bikes.  In '92 we did the Alaska Highway proving too much for the Knuckle.  It then got merched.  And, like the bike, in 1999 I was diagnosed with Hepatitis C and Bentley's changed to "only motorcycles".  Last year they cured the Hep C.  The Knuckle is now in the living room  de-merched to were I can start it.  Along the way I've added about 100 motosicles to my barn & I'm hoping to expand the museum this winter.


Director - Ian Sandy, London Section

My first ride was as an infant held in my Mother's arms as Dad drove us around in his Norton 18 combination in the UK, and I bought my own first bike when I was 18. My first brand new bike was a 1974 Suzuki GT750, and while I have owned other makes and models it is the GT750 that seems to speak to me. I do currently also own a 1950 Nimbus combination which is a hoot to ride, albeit somewhat slowly it only does about 90KPH !
If you own a 1960's or early 1970's Suzuki you may have visited my web site ( ) which provides free access to about sixty factory manuals, along with 'field guides' that I've written as aids to buyers and restorers of the Suzuki T/GT500, the GT550 and the GT750. I have documented my own restorations on the OJB web site and Facebook pages, and have contributed articles to the CVMG newsletter, the Nimbus Touring club and 'Real Classic' magazines. 
Before relocating from Calgary to London I served as the web admin for the CVMG national and RMS sites, and also a short stint as a Director before having to step down due to family commitments. I continue to act as a moderator the CVMG Facebook page, and I am honoured to have been given the opportunity serve the CVMG membership as a Director again.


Regalia Sales - Holly Ralph, Olde Norfolk Section

My first bike was a Norton Atlas, bought directly from Harry Firth--not that I'm old!  There have been many bikes since, including several Bridgestones and a BMW with an R69S frame and 75/5 engine. 

My sons had the good grace to settle in Vancouver and Denver, thus giving me an excuse to ride to see the grandchildren each summer.  The past few years, I have also been honoured to represent Canada at the FIM rallies in Europe.


Paris National Rally Chair - April Spears, Kitchener Section

When I was fourteen I read an article in Teen Magazine – everything you needed to know about getting into a sports car gracefully while wearing a miniskirt”.  I practiced this “skill” until I was confident that when I met my boyfriend I would have no issues with the skirt /sports car.  Unfortunately, there were two things I never considered:

  • My mother was not going to let me wear a miniskirt, and
  • My future husband rode up on a Yamaha 650 Maxim.

Here we are years later and since then I've traded the miniskirt for chaps.  Still no sports car but I do own a 1985 Yamaha Virago and sometimes it’s not that graceful.

I have been a committee member for many years and have been fortunate enough to work with many great people.  As the Paris Rally Chairperson, I look forward to another wonderful year and am especially looking forward to meeting friends - both old and new!


Competition Chair - Neville Miller, Ottawa

From the age of 11, after my first ride on the pillion of my brother’s ex-army G3L Matchless, I’ve been hooked on motorcycles.  I began riding legally as soon as I turned 16 on a BSA Bantam.  After I passed my driving test, I bought a Velocette MAC, on which I rode about 100,000 miles in various guises during the 1970s in England.  My competition career started with a season of sidecar racing in 1975 on an uncompetitive Triumph outfit.  I was the one ‘in the chair’.  In 1978 I took up vintage racing with the VMCC and had a lot of fun over the next five years at the various circuits around England on a 1938 Velocette MSS.  Soon after arriving in Canada in October 1982, I discovered the fledgling CVMG and started attending the monthly meetings of the Ottawa section.  I am also an active member of the sister organization, the VRRA (Vintage Road Racing Association).  I’ve even had a go at trials riding at some of the Eastern Ontario events.  In recent years I have bought three ‘cammy’ Velos, the earliest of which I have rebuilt as a replica of the bike Alec Bennett rode to win the 1928 Junior TT in the Isle of Man.


Website Administrator - Mark Melcher, Great Pine Ridge

It all started in 1973 - one day I decided I wanted a motorcycle, so my neighbour taught me to ride on an H1 Kawasaki.  I was pretty sure motorcycles weren't supposed to be that scary.  Just to make sure I've owned a number of them - Kawasaki, BMW, Norton, Suzuki and Yamaha.

Chief Judge

The position is vacant
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