2017 CN CHEO Ride for Charity
I’ve always been impressed by Denise and Nicholas Eisner’s annual contribution to their fundraising endeavours for kids with cancer, most notably Tour for Kids, which is an annual multi-day bike tour that takes place over hundreds of kilometres of varied terrain. In early January of this year, they had suggested that we assemble a team for this year’s CN CHEO 70km ride which raises money for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Foundation, Candlelighters, and Ronald MacDonald House. I happily obliged to join them in my first charity ride.
Fast forward to May 7, 2017….
At the sound of the CN train horn, our hardy team of four set out westbound on the Sir John A. MacDonald parkway amongst hundreds of other cyclists, with the waves of the swollen Ottawa River lapping on the fringes of our route. The conditions were far less than ideal – 3C with rain and strong headwinds, but Team Systemscope was up for the challenge for this great cause! It was a powerful moment as we embarked upon our journey with Mayor Jim Watson and lots of volunteers cheering us on.
The ride was magnificently organized, with scores of volunteers and police officers holding back traffic to allow the cyclists to move unimpeded through the downtown core and along the beautiful parkways. Along the way, I remarked to Denise how lucky we were to be getting these different views of our city’s striking scenery.
In the end, we completed close to 50km of our intended 70km before deciding it was time to pack it in. We covered the Western parkway almost to Woodroffe Avenue and back past the War Museum, the downtown core, the Rideau canal to Mooney’s Bay and back, and Wellington Street back to the War Museum (right back into a delightfully cold, strong headwind).
In addition to participating with great team members, we raised $ 1500 for CHEO thanks to the generosity of our Systemscope colleagues, families and friends. We will definitely be back for this wonderful event next year!
Denis Barbeau is a Systemscope Partner and engineer with more than 15 years of experience helping public sector clients to successfully address significant organizational and business challenges. As the Practice Lead for Strategic Business Consulting, Denis’ experience and specializations include business planning and transformation, organizational redesign, governance and integrated process management. Denis’ broad experience in the public and private sectors, coupled with excellent communication skills, allows him to leverage best practices for a wide variety of organizations and propose achievable solutions for the benefit of his clients. In 2008, Denis was named one of the National Capital Region’s Forty under 40 by the Ottawa Business Journal. The awards recognize business people under the age of 40 for their career accomplishments, professional expertise and community and charitable involvement