Biographies | Ontario Federation of Trail Riders
Who We Are

    

ART ASH

OFTR President

Arthur Ash was bitten by the off road motorcycle bug at a young age but much like a lot of OFTR members as he got older life seem to lead away from this hobby and it was shelved for many years. Art’s son began riding at age 8 and as he progressed Art realized he wanted to ride with him not simply stand on the sidelines and watch. This has grown to become some of the best family time they have together. Art is a former board member of ODSC. Art is very committed to the philosophy of the OFTR and looks forward to serving on the board for the next couple years.


 

DAVE MILLIER

OFTR  Past President

Dave Millier is an entrepreneur, with an extensive background running various successful businesses. He was asked to join the Board in 2010 and to take on the role of President with a goal of bringing that business experience forward to assist the OFTR in maturing as an organization. He has been instrumental in helping the OFTR define and deploy its current policies, and creating a more formalized foundation which the OFTR can use to assist in its growth and sustainability.

Dave has been involved in off-road motorcycling for about 7 years; until last year he was a director on the board of SCORRA, and he currently sits on the board of the Ontario Dual Sport Club (ODSC). He is also a director with the Motorcycle Confederation of Canada, and he is the Chairperson of the MCC’s Public Affairs Committee, responsible for government, industry, and member outreach.


 

PAUL TRETHEWEY

OFTR Treasurer

Paul is an avid off road rider, dualsport enthusiast and recreational roadrace track day competitor. Paul recently toured the southern part of Africa on a dualsport bike and managed to avoid becoming part of the food chain. He also claims to be undefeated at track days. His dual sport story can be read in Inside Motorcycles. He is a professional lawyer but don’t hold that against him. His knowledge and experience with the law makes him invaluable at OFTR.


 

DALLAS SHANNON

OFTR Board of Directors

Dallas Shannon was exposed to dirt bikes at a young age and the memories have never faded.  He has re-entered the world of off-road motorcycles as an “adult” and has been riding regularly for the past 10 years.

Dallas is the publisher of the Traction eRag [www.tractionerag.ca], a free digital off-road riding magazine and produced “Fifty Years of Kicks” [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_T41kJm-PE] a short documentary about dirt biking.  Dallas believes in the OFTR and is honoured to serve on the board of directors.


 

WARREN THAXTER

OFTR Board of Directors, Advisor & Founding Member

Warren Thaxter, after 33 years in the automotive industry, Warren retired to become completely immersed in the motorcycle world. Warren’s earlier exploits include dirt bike shop owner, racer, rider and multi-time organize of motorcycle events. Previous exploits include founding the Ontario Federation of Trail Riders, founder and co-owner of a Dirt Bike School and Motorcycle Trail Tour Company. Warren originated the non-competitive trail ride concept in Canada and is presently a columnist and senior editor of a major motorcycle magazine.

More recently Warren has traveled to and ridden motorcycles in such exotic places as Spain, Morocco, Mexico and much of Western Canada and Alaska. Warren has organized motorcycle related events in Baja Mexico, Nevada, B.C., Alberta, Quebec and Ontario which include Demo Rides, Industry Rides, Adventure Rides and Trail Rides.

For the last ten years Warren has been an organizer and guide in Nevada each spring for groups of Canadian off-road riders. In 2005 Barry and Warren began what would become an annual adventure to the Baja Peninsula for smaller groups of Canadian riders.


CHRIS DAVIS

OFTR Board of Directors

Like many of you, Chris was inspired by the Long Way Round and Long Way Down documentaries to check out adventure bikes. He decided to sell his Harley in favour of a BMW R1200 GSA. To develop his skills he attended Simon Pavey’s Off Road Skills Course in Wales and he has not looked back since. Upon retirement from the Canadian Armed Forces after a 38 year career, he joined some of his friends to ride “real” dirt bikes in Limerick Forest and he promptly added a 250 two stroke (later replaced by a 300) to his fleet. He also became a member of the Bytown Motorcycle Association and the OFTR. He joined the Board of the BMA and later served as President from 2013-2015. Chris has been off roading in Nevada and Utah twice and plans on dual sporting the Rockies this fall on his 500 (yet another addition to the fleet). Chris is starting his sixth year of off-road riding.


JAMES COOPER

OFTR Board of Directors

James is 44 years old and lives in Simcoe County. He has been riding in the dirt for 40 years, starting when he was just a boy. He currently rides a KTM 250 xcw and is often on the trails with his family. He has been active in his local club for many years and has been a Director of SCORRA since 2009.



Kevin Smith

KEVIN SMITH

OFTR Board of Directors

Kevin grew up riding dirt bikes in local fields and farm properties. At 16 he moved on to street bikes, then Harleys until age 30 when work commitments and family took priority. In 2008 he purchased a dual sport motorcycle and shortly after was bitten by the trail riding and single track bug. He regularly competes in the Offroad Ontario Cross Country and Enduro series and enjoys many of the organized and informal trail rides and dual sport rides in Ontario.


 

JAIME KOWITZ

OFTR Board of Directors

Jaime is an all-round motorcycle enthusiast. She started riding off-road as an adult and won’t be stopping anytime soon! Jaime enjoys racing the Off-Road Ontario events but loves the Trail Ride Series and riding SCORRA trails with her husband. She also looks forward to travelling to places far and wide to ride and enjoys reliving the memories of past trips to Baja, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, California, WestVirginia, and others.

Jaime feels her day to day experience working in business operations will add value to the OFTR Board of Directors. She looks forward to working with the rest of the board to make the OFTR be the recognized leader in off-road motorcycling for organization, government lobby and liaison, and family fun in Ontario.