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 Heather Wallace 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.

Annual Report

The Board of Directors produces an annual report that covers what the association has been up to over the past year. Read the 2018 Annual Report!

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

Provide feedback on your experience as an OCUA volunteer - contact the Volunteer Liaison volunteerliaison@ocua.ca

Current Board of Directors

NAME & TITLE BIOGRAPHY TERM

Heather Wallace
President Chair

Heather has has evolved from an OCUA sub to a player and now a captain, league coordinator and member of the Board. She now plays competitively with Eclipse and chases plastic throughout the winter with her 4v4 team. Heather runs her own management consultancy by day, and plays frisbee, shoots hoops and cuddles with her dog by night.

Where to find her on the field?
Tues/Thurs - Crank
Wed - Lil Fish

 

2020-2021

 


André Scott
Director

 

André started with OCUA in 2011 as a sub and has captained several teams over the past few years. He plays recreational by night and works for the federal government by day, in the area of nonprofit and charity tax policy.

Where to find him on the field?
Mon - Moby Disc
Thurs - Disciples

 

2019-2021


Billy Millett
Director

As a board member he hopes to help the league return to not only what it was, but to put it on a path to being better than ever. Billy believes in respect, transparency, and community, and that the path forward requires setting goals we can achieve together. He's been playing about 25 years, has captained teams in the summer, fall and winter leagues as well as for competitive teams, including at the national level. Currently he coaches in the Junior boys competitive program and thoroughly enjoys introducing new players to the sport and to share his love of the game with all.

Where to find him on the field?
Sun - Bellies


2020-2022

Chris Rootham
Director
 

Chris has been part of OCUA since 1998. He has been a valuable addition to the Board bringing to the table his legal skills and his commitment to find solutions for growth. When he's not playing Ultimate, he's coaching our youth and junior players.

Where to find him on the field?
Thurs - Disc-O-Fever


2019-2021

Karlis Bouse
Director

A veteran player since 1990, Karlis has been in the OCUA family for 30 years, starting Ultimate with his high buddies on the "Fabulous Flying Flamingoes".  From there, he played at Carleton University, participated in countless leagues and tournaments, and has been heavily involved with coaching Recreational Youth and Junior Leagues, Competitive Junior Boys, Middle School and High School, and Competitive Mixed Grand Masters. As a Board member he hopes for a strategic foundation of strong, successful and sustainable growth across all levels, nights, ages and genders, especially for younger players. He feels OCUA has an incredible community and family of players, captains and volunteers, and looks forward to working with everyone.

Where to find him on the field?
Sun - SweetFall
Thurs - SOUR


2020-2022

Sarah McDonald
Director

Sarah has been a member since 2007.  She understands the commitment and responsibility involved with being a Director and belonging to an effective and empathetic leadership team. The sport has enriched her life and created friendships that will carry forward forever. As Director, she believes transparent planning, coupled with strong communication will be necessary to support OCUA's full return as continue to build for the future.

Where to find her on the field?
Sun - Bellies
Thurs - Wonder Womxn

 

2020-2022

Venissa de Castro
Director

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.

Where to find her on the field?
Thurs - Afternoon Delight


2019-2021

 

Current Officers

NAME & TITLE BIOGRAPHY

Jessie Robinson
Secretary

Jessie started her ultimate frisbee career with OCUA back in 2005! She has been a player for the local competitive women's teams Stella and Eclipse, and currently captains Lowercase (Ottawa/Waterloo).

Over the last few years Jessie has given back to the community by volunteering during local tournaments, coordinating and captaining indoor leagues, coaching youth clinics, and coordinating for the CUC 2017 Local Organizing Committee. She has recently achieved NCCP Trained Status for Ultimate Frisbee coaching, where she coaches her 2 kids in the OCUA U10 league and Women's Masters competitive ultimate in Ottawa. 

Jessie has been secretary for OCUA since 2017.

Where to find her on the field?
Tues - Lowercase @ Hillcrest
Wed - GDD
Thurs - u10 coaching @ Ben Franklin


Jon Champagne
Treasurer

Jon started playing ultimate back in high school and has never looked back. Since moving to Ottawa in 2013, Jon has been involved with various OCUA teams and now co-captains two of his own. He has served as a Treasurer for a variety of different organizations in the past and is excited to be working with OCUA. His other interests include playing soccer, downhill skiing and checking out the stock market.

Where to find him on the field?
Mon - Moby Disc
Thurs - Disciples