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 Bio 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

Spring 2018-Spring 2020
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

Spring 2019- Spring 2021
Alison Ward
Director

Alison has been a member of OCUA since 2007. Over the last decade, she has played in a variety of leagues at a variety of levels.  She has also been involved off the field as a captain, volunteer, parity stat keeper, and member of the local organizing committee for the 2017 Canadian Ultimate Championships in Ottawa. She works in membership services and administration for three national museums in Ottawa.

Where to find her on the field?
Mon - Hug Machine

Spring 2018-
Spring 2020
Andrea Proulx
Director

Andréa - aka Proulx - had played Ultimate for over a decade. She's played in the sand for Team Canada, in the snow, on turf and on fields for rec games and National Championships. Off the field, she has been found using her skills as a captain, tournament director, co-founder of Bonne Année 4on4 tournament, sprint coach, director for the provincial ultimate association, and general volunteer for all things Ultimate. During the day, as a naturopathic doctor, she educates and motivates patients to change their health and be amazing!

Where to find her on the field?
Mon - Fetch
Thurs - Solstice

Spring 2018-
Spring 2020

Brian Perry
Director

 

Brian has been a member of OCUA since he first moved to Ottawa in 2011. He is an active member of the community, playing Frisbee year round and attending as many tournaments as possible! He has worked for OCUA as the special events manager, has volunteered at clinics, tournaments, and as a league coordinator, and is also a co-captain for the Ottawa competitive mixed team.

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

Spring 2019-Spring 2020

Chris Rootham
Director

Chris has been playing ultimate at a recreational level for over 20 years and now coaches youth league.  He is a lawyer by day, and looks forward to working with the rest of the Board to promote our wonderful sport!

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

Spring 2019- Spring 2021
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

Spring 2019-Spring 2021

 

Current Officers: 

  Name & Title Bio

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