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.

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 Bio Term
 
Brian Kells
Chair

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 2017-
Spring 2018

Daria Cohen
Director

 

Daria has been involved in the league as a player, volunteer, employee and most recently, a board member. She has worked with several non-profits and currently works as a professional event planner. Daria was elected to the board in 2017. 

Spring 2017-Spring 2018
Jim Provost
Director
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
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.

Spring 2016- Spring 2018
Dan Thomson
Director
Dan has been a member of OCUA since he moved back to Ottawa in 2010. He has played ultimate at all levels, both competitive and recreational, and has been an active volunteer. As a (former) founding director of the Bonne année indoor tournament, he worked tirelessly to help bring 4x4 ultimate to Ottawa. Dan spends his days coming up with innovation policy for the Federal government, which provides an excellent distraction when not chasing a disc. Spring 2017-Spring 2019

Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood
Director

Hadrian has been involved with the Ontario ultimate community for over a decade, including as a player on the Ottawa Phoenix club team and as a coach of the Ottawa Outlaws professional team. He currently coaches the Carleton University men's team and works for a local non-profit organization. Hadrian was elected to a two-year term on the board in 2017.

Spring 2017- Spring 2019
Sebastien Belanger
Director

Sebastien has been playing ultimate in this city for almost 20 years. He started as a recreational player and ended up participating in several Nationals. In 2011, he helped organize the Canadian Ultimate Championships in Ottawa. In recent years, he has volunteered as an ultimate coach for youth and junior leagues and competitive programs. 

Sebastien has a degree in Mechanical Engineering with some training and experience in computer science. After the high tech bubble burst in 2002, he became a policy advisor in the Federal government where he specializes in data driven risk based analysis.

Spring 2017-Spring 2019

 

Current Officers: 

  Name Title
Jessie Robinson Secretary
Megan Berry Treasurer