Who Are We

Our Vision

We envision a world where all people are empowered to use bicycles as transportation and have access to the space to learn bike repair skills regardless of their gender, age, income, ability, ethnicity, or geographic location.

Our Mission

The WRENCH is a non-profit charity that creates stronger, healthier communities by removing barriers to building, repairing and maintaining bicycles with a focus on educating youth. We make bikes accessible to the public by:

  • Providing programming, education and resources for community members, groups and organizations.
  • Supporting emerging and existing school and community bike shops.
  • Promoting bike use and culture within our city & beyond.

Our Staff

Geoff Heath – Mechanical Director

Geoff is an educator, nature lover and bike nerd who was completely oblivious about how to fix much of anything until he got involved with The Bike Dump community bike shop in ’05. Since then he’s gone on to volunteer with community bike shops all over the US, Mexico & Guatemala, as well as help develop dozens of community & school bike shops here in Winnipeg & beyond. He has spent the past 5 years co-directing The WRENCH, working with youth to build & use bikes as vehicles for social change. When he isn’t slinging wrenches you might find him in the garden, in the woods, in a book or in the basement with his screen printing supplies.

Benita Kliewer – Executive Director, Programs

Benita became enchanted by bikes about 15 years ago as a commuter.  After her first winter of riding, it became imperative for her to learn about bike maintenance and repair.  Since then she has worked at local bike shops and volunteered with various community bike shops.  She is particularly enamored with cycle-touring and wishes everyone could experience the ocean and redwoods slowly rolling by from the seat of a bicycle.

Jordan Justice – Resource Reclamation Coordinator

While Jordan has filled a variety of roles at The WRENCH over the years his current position as Resource Reclamation Coordinator has him organizing and facilitating the use of materials and bikes from the Brady Road Landfill. Although he has a Diploma in Web and Software development he finds active work, especially around bicycles, to be more interesting and fulfilling.

Our Board

John Anderson
Lawyer, teacher, now focused on the bicycle as the quiet revolution. Coordinator for the Elmwood High School CYCLE program and one of the crew chiefs for the Winnipeg Folk Festival Ride to Site crew.

Marty Cielen
Manager of Rail Transportation for Richardson International Ltd., volunteer community bike mechanic, also an active of the Hospitality House board

Fanny Drouet
Avid Winnipegger. Occasionally seen walking. Loves going to the landfill to salvage bikes, helping people learn how to fix their bikes, and building bikes for kids who can’t build their own.

Stephanie Fulford
NorWest Co-op; sustainable transportation and community development advocate.

Anthony C. Kowalczyk
In addiiton to being a partner at The Good Will Anthony is also a Founder and the Managing Director at CHR Media Group, a digital media agency. In this position, he leads the firm’s critical work through the creation of strategic third party relationships, enabling the group to offer highly specialized production, strategy and execution services.

Anthony is also heavily involved in the community. He sits on multiple boards and committees including Nuit Blanche 2015/2016, The W.R.E.N.C.H, and acting Co-Chair of The Juno Awards Album Package and Design Selection Committee.

Kate MacKay
Kate is a city planner, landscape architect and active transportation enthusiast. Her passion for bikes ignited while cycling (mostly uphill) while living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her daily Winnipeg life includes parks and rec planning, raising two future active transportation enthusiasts, and enjoying time exploring Winnipeg by bike, skis, in skates or on foot.

Mathew Raffey
Founding board member of the WRENCH and former bicycle mechanic at the Bike Dump. Professionally he is a ​founding partner at WRMG Law where he predominantly practices criminal law and civil litigation. In addition to his work with the WRENCH he continues to sit on the Executive of the Winnipeg South Centre Liberal Riding Association.

Andy Rudolph
Composer, musician, artist, Manager of the Digital Arts Programs at Art City Inc., Outreach & Education Coordinator for Video Pool Inc.

Anders Swanson
Anders Swanson is a former bicycle mechanic and founding board member of the WRENCH. He works as a multi-disciplinary artist, strategic planner, designer and policy expert and runs an independent sustainable transportation consultancy out of Winnipeg, Canada. He leads numerous local and international projects on behalf of the Green Action including ASTEP, BikeWalkRoll, CounterPoint and local school travel planning. His volunteer work at home led to the development of Ciclovia, Bike Week, Bike Winnipeg, Orioles Bike Cage, Ralph Brown Bike Cupboard and Winter Bike to Work Day. He is Secretary of the Winter Cycling Federation, Coordinator of Winnipeg Trails Association and the Chair of Canada Bikes, Canada’s national cycling advocacy organization.

Nathan Wild
Howell Data Systems Inc., WRENCH volunteer representative, SkullSpace Hacktivist, Ralph Brown Community Centre, St. John”s Residents” Association, Father, Herbivore, Disco Superfly

Funders and Partners

The WRENCH is able to operate through the support of many different funders, donors and community partners.  Thank you for all you do to help The WRENCH serve Winnipeg’s diverse communities!

Championing Cycle $20,000 & above

  • City of Winnipeg
  • Environment Canada (EcoAction)
  • Manitoba Children and Youth Opportunities (After School Leaders, ASL Work Experience)
  • Manitoba Community Services Council
  • Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship (Waste Reduction and Pollution Prevention)
  • Richardson Foundation
  • The Winnipeg Foundation (Summer Camps, Community Grants, Youth in Philanthropy)

Whirring Wheel $10,000-$19,999

  • Carolyn Sifton Foundation
  • CN
  • Hunter & Gunn Barbershop
  • MEC

Giving Gear $5,000-$9,999

  • Assiniboine Credit Union
  • Emterra
  • Enterprising Non-Profits
  • Manitoba Public Insurance
  • Service Canada (Canada Summer Jobs)
  • Local Investment Toward Employment
  • Province of Manitoba (Urban Green Team, Neighbourhoods Alive!)

Supporting Spoke $1,000-$4,999

  • Johnson Group
  • Manitoba Tire Stewardship
  • MTS (Future First)
  • Pollard Bank Note
  • Southeast Resource Development Council

Connecting Chain Link up to $999

  • United Way of Winnipeg
  • Thank you to the many individuals who have donated to support the WRENCH’s activities!

Supporters:

  • Bikes & Beyond
  • Black Pearl Coffee
  • CWS Logistics Ltd.
  • El Izalco Market
  • Jonnies Sticky Buns
  • Kendrick Quality Printing Inc.
  • Natural Cycle
  • Salibury House
  • Sleepy Owl Bread
  • To-Le-Do Foods
  • Vantage Print Shop

 

Partners: The WRENCH operates in partnership with local schools, municipalities and community organizations.