Board of Directors

OCUA is a not-for-profit organization whose primary mandate is to organize and promote the growth of the sport of Ultimate in the Ottawa-Carleton region. We were incorporated in Canada in 1993, and operate under the provisions of our bylaws.

OCUA's Structure

Up until 1998, each team captain served as a member of the board, but as the league grew, this became far too unwieldy. The board now consists of a far more manageable 7 members, and serves as the primary decision making body for the organization. If you're interested in attending or getting an item on the agenda at one of the monthly board meetings, please email Brian Kells, the Chair of the Board, or Christopher Castonguay the Executive Director. 

Election Process:

The OCUA board is elected annually in April at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). The Nomination Committee requests nominations each year in March, accepts nominations and if there are more than enough, an election is held at the AGM. If not, the nominated members are acclaimed. For 2017, the AGM will be held April 24 at the Jim Durell Recreation Centre. 

Meeting Minutes:

Minutes of the OCUA board are available to registered OCUA players. You will be able to download the files only if you are logged in to your OCUA account. Other documents may be added as they are available.

AGM Minutes:

Minutes of the OCUA's annual general meeting are available only to registered OCUA players. You will be able to download the files only if you are logged in.

Financial Statements

View OCUA's financial statements here

Volunteer Liaison

Concerns as an OCUA volunteer? Contact the Volunteer Liaison, CarolAnne Black

Current Board of Directors:

  Name & Title Bio Term
Brian Kells

Brian has been playing ultimate with OCUA since 2005. He has played on various club teams from the Ottawa area, particulary uOttawa Gee-Gees, Big Fish, and Bytown F.C. Brian joined the OCUA board as Secretary in May 2013, and was elected as a Director in September 2013. He has served as Board Chair since July 2014. He is an articled Student-at-Law at a prominent Ottawa law firm.

Spring 2015-
Spring 2017

CarolAnne Black


CarolAnne has been playing ultimate for eight years.  She joined OCUA in 2012 upon moving to Ottawa, and joined the OCUA board as a Director in Spring 2015.  She plays for the women’s masters competitive team, Eclipse. CarolAnne’s background is in Oceanography and she is the mother of one, so far.    Spring 2015-Spring 2017
Jim Provost
Jim has played ultimate in various cities since 2004. A nerd, father of two, and engineer, He currently works in high-tech. He was elected to the Board in 2014. Spring 2016-Spring 2018

Venissa de Castro

Venissa was first introduced to Ultimate over 10 years ago and has been a member of OCUA since 2006, joining as a beginner recreational player. Her in-depth contributions to the sport originated by her role as the Marketing Coordinator for the Canadian Ultimate Championships (CUC) hosted by Ottawa in 2011. The following year, Venissa’s involvement increased as she transitioned to the role of Tournament Director (TD) for No Borders for 3 years. Venissa continues to serve our league as Director, first elected in 2015.

Spring 2016-Spring 2018
Laurel Carlton
Laurel is a multi-sport athlete and a newcomer to ultimate, having discovered her love for the sport in 2015. Laurel works for a national network of philanthropic organizations and has served on the OCUA Board since 2016.Spring 2016-Spring 2018 Spring 2016-Spring 2018

Kindha Gorman

Kindha Gorman loves ultimate. From the first moment she caught a disc in 2001, she was hooked. Though she has been a player, captain, coach and then back to a player again, Kindha hopes to play ultimate until she’s 90 years old. Kindha is communications strategist with 16 years of experience. Spring 2016-Spring 2017
Laura Chambers Storey
Laura has been playing ultimate since 2003 and started playing with OCUA in 2014. Laura's ultimate experience is varied as she started the beginner's league in Peterborough, has her Level 1 Coaching certification, has played with various recreational and competitive teams from Peterborough, Toronto, Ottawa, and Durham, and enjoys combining travel and ultimate. This is her first year with the OCUA Board. In her professional life, Laura works at Carleton University as the Director of Housing. Spring 2016-Spring 2017


Current Officers: 

  Name Title
Sandra Hanson Secretary
Megan Berry Treasurer