About CQC

Uniting Riders Across Canada

The Canadian Quad Council (CQC) is a national coordinating body and service delivery organization that enhances the capabilities of member federations within Canada and represents Canadian all terrain rider interests nationally and around the world.

Vision

To have environmentally sustainable, safety minded ATV/ROV activities accepted and embraced nationwide.

Mission

As the national voice of Canada’s ATV & ROV community, the CQC serves as an educational and policy resource for its members, the federal government and the public with the objective of encouraging safe and responsible use.

Mandate

The CQC exists for, and at the pleasure of, member federations and associations across Canada to facilitate knowledge transfer; the sharing of best practices; deliver targeted programming; foster the growth of stronger rider federations; and to lend weight and focus to member advocacy efforts.

History

The idea of a National ATV/Quad Association was born at the COHV National Conference in 2001 called“meeting of the minds”. The difficulty in moving the idea forward at that time, was that most of the Provincial rider federations were in their infancy and lacked the financial strength to move the idea forward!

In October 2004 I contacted The Canadian Off Highway Vehicle Distributors Council – COHV and got a list of contacts: Rick Noseworthy-NL, Ray Gouthro-NS, Jacques Poirier-NB, Danny Gagnon-Que, John Broderick-Ont, Bob Smith-Alta, Pat McHugh-BC and we spent thousands of telephone hours building the framework of what is now known as AQCC. On October 06, 2006 almost 2 years to the day, AQCC was incorporated and I would like to thank the above members for their dedication in making this happen.

The 7 delegates mentioned above share a passion to unite the common goals and help the rider federations to build strength through sharing ideas and relationship building.

Although Ray Gouthro, Danny Gagnon and Bob Smith are credited with being the founding directors of AQCC, it would not have been possible without the effort of all 7 delegates.

The mandate of AQCC is simple; “to improve the sport of All Terrain Vehicle/Quad Riding nationally”. As the 7 original delegates, we realize the rider federations may change there representation on the AQCC board for one reason or another, but we hope the mandate and the guiding principles will help them represent their rider federation wisely. Note- AQCC is not a governing body!

The Canadian Off Highway Vehicle Distributors Council – COHV was a tremendous help with financial and data support. Without the data support provided by COHV our job in bringing this all together would have been difficult to say the least. Without the financial support it would have been impossible and for this help we would like to recognize COHV as partners in the birth of AQCC.

Ray Gouthro, Former President and Founding Member

Committees

Communication

Members: Oksana Buhel, Rick Noseworthy, Kim Wozniak & Blake Gamble

Strategy

Members: Jacques Poirier, Barry Barnet, Danny Gagnon, Kim Wozniak, John Meed & Blake Gamble

CASI

Members: Pierre Tremblay, Bruce Murphy, Danny Gagnon & Rick Noseworthy

Safety

Members: Carolyn Richards, Ralph Matthews, Jason Muttart, Rick Noseworthy & Junior Howlett

Governance

Members: Kim Wozniak, John Meed & Mike Chicoine

Presence

Members: Jacques Poirier, Vince Sawler & Blake Gamble