Who We Are

The WRENCH operates the largest and best equipped community bike shop in western Canada and is an international leader in community bike programming. Since 2010 the WRENCH has utilized volunteer labour and bike parts reclaimed from the waste stream to create community bike programming aimed at educating youth, empowering volunteers and providing people with affordable, sustainable active transportation options.

Our Vision

We envision a world where everyone is empowered to experience their community by bicycle.

Our Mission

The WRENCH is a registered 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 by:

  • Providing programming, education and resources for community members, groups and organizations.
  • Supporting school and community bike shops.
  • Promoting bike use.

Our Board

Matthew Raffey, Board President
Founding member, September 2009
Lawyer and Founding Partner, WRMG Law.
Former Bike Mechanic, The Bike Dump Community Bike Shop.

Anthony C. Kowalczyk, Co-Treasurer
Appointed July 2015
Partner - VP Ad Operations and Technology, Forward Media. Partner, The Good Will Social Club.
Co-Chair, The Juno Awards Album Package and Design Selection Committee.

Nathan Wild, Secretary
Appointed May 2012
Senior Programmer, Howell Data Systems Inc..
Board Member, Ralph Brown Community Centre.
St. John’s Residents’ Association.
Board Member, SkullSpace.

Marty Cielen
Founding member, 2009
Past president of the WRENCH.
Active board member of Hospitality House.
Director of Rail Transportation, Richardson International Limited.

Fanny Drouet, Board Vice President & HR Committee
Appointed December 2013
Translator, City of Winnipeg.
Volunteer, Various Winnipeg Community Bike Shops.

Andy Rudolph, Co-Treasurer
Founding member, September 2009
Manager, Digital Arts Program, Art City Inc..
Composer, Musician, Artist. Volunteer community bike shop mechanic, Orioles Bike Cage.

Anders Swanson
Founding member, September 2009
Coordinator, Winnipeg Trails Association.
Secretary, Winter Cycling Federation.
Chair, Canada Bikes.
Consultant on sustainable transportation.

Naomi Woo

Joined 2021

Assistant Conductor, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

Music Director, Sistema Winnipeg.

Music Director, University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra.

Prairie Asian Organizers.

 

Free charity hosting by Kualo.

 

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