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 2017-
Spring 2018

Daria Cohen


To come...  Spring 2017-Spring 2018
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
  Dan Thomson
To come... Spring 2017-Spring 2019

Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood

To come... Spring 2017- Spring 2019
  Sebastien Belanger
To come... Spring 2017-Spring 2019


Current Officers: 

  Name Title
Sandra Hanson Secretary
Megan Berry Treasurer