Rugby Ontario
55 Gordon St. Whitby, ON L1N0J2
P: (647) 560-4790


Michael Brown

Michael Brown

Chief Executive Officer

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Mike oversees all aspects of the Rugby Ontario organization and aims to continue the growth of rugby on a provincial and national level.

David Patterson

David Patterson

Director of Administration and Member Services

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David manages office administration, member services, Governance, discipline, risk management, Ministry relations,  Hall of Fame and human resources for the organization.

Nicole Kovacs

Nicole Kovacs

Opearations and Finance Manager

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Nicole oversees Rugby Ontario’s operations and finances and implements new initiatives to grow the game and the organization.

Paul Connelly

Paul Connelly

High Performance Manager

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Paul manages Rugby Ontario’s high performance program, including the Ontario Blues’ Senior, Development, Junior and Academy programs

Joe Schissler

Joe Schissler

Competitions, Events and Marketing Manager

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Joe oversees all Rugby Ontario competitions and events including senior and junior provincial leagues, Provincial Championships and capstone events. Joe also leads Rugby Ontario’s event and competition marketing.

Sean Medeiros

Sean Medeiros

High Performance Coordinator

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Sean works with and supports all representative and high performance teams through planning and development.


Member Services Coordinator

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Our Members Service Coordinator manages membership management, registrations, insurance coverage, event sanctioning, player transfer requests, playing up/down requests and grant opportunities for Rugby Ontario clubs and associate members.

Ryan Jones

Ryan Jones

Rugby Development Manager

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Ryan manages various aspects of rugby development including leading the Rookie Rugby program in Ontario and working with clubs on minor and junior rugby development.

David Bushell

David Bushell

Coach and Match Official Coordinator

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David coordinates the administration of coach and match official development and clinics.

Dalton Finkbeiner

Dalton Finkbeiner

Communications and Marketing Coordinator

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Dalton is the coordinator for all media relations on behalf of the organization. Duties include content on Rugby Ontario’s various platforms (website, social media)  public relations, video production and photography.

Mark Kellington

Competitions and Events Coordinator

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Mark is in charge all junior leagues in all regions of Ontario, including the development and maintenance of all league schedules. He also assists in the planning and execution of major competitions such as the Ontario Women’s League Final and the McCormick Cup Championship.


Intern Desk Phone: (647) 560-4790 ext. 1012

Rugby Ontario is pleased to offer internships to students enrolled at post-secondary institutions. The organization currently has three interns:

Leanne Kirkby, Competitions and Events Intern. Email:

Devon Randall, Community Rugby Intern. Email:

John Stewart, High-Performance Intern. Email:


ResponsibilityStaff ResponsibleContact Email
Age Grade VariationsDavid
Annual AwardsDavid
Annual General MeetingDavid
Board of DirectorsMichael
Branch LeaguesRespective Branch Union
Branch RelationsMichael
Canada Summer Jobs ProgramDavid Patterson & Ryan
Child ProtectionDavid
Clothing / ApparelVivian
Club DevelopmentRyan
Club Membership (existing)Vivian
Club Membership (new clubs)David
Club ResourcesDavid Patterson & Ryan
Coaching Clinics / CoursesDavid
Coaching Recruitment & RetentionDavid
Competitions - Fall 7'sJoe
Competitions - High School RugbyJoe
Competitions - Junior Cup DayJoe
Competitions - McCormick CupJoe
Competitions - Senior Men (Marshall)Joe
Competitions - Senior Women (OWL)Joe
Competitions - Under 13s (U13)Joe
Concussion & Injury ManagementDavid
Discipline and AppealsDavid Patterson & Vivian
Event SanctioningVivian
Finance - Audit, Budgets, Payables, ReceivablesNicole
Fletcher's FieldsMichael
Grant OpportunitiesVivian
Hall of FameDavid
High Performance AcademyPaul Connelly & Sean
Historical / ArchivesDavid
Human ResourcesDavid
Indigenous RugbyDavid Patterson & Ryan
Insurance Coverage & CertificatesVivian
Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD)David
MarketingDalton Finkbeiner & Joe
Media RelationsDalton
Member CommunicationsDalton
Member ServicesDavid
Minor Rugby & Minor Rugby Festivals (U7, U9, U11)David Patterson & Ryan
National Sport Trust FundDavid
Non-Contact Rugby (includes Flag Forever)David Patterson & Ryan
Ontario MinistryDavid
Photography/ VideographyDalton
Player Transfer RequestsVivian
Playing Up/Down RequestsVivian
Policies & Procedures (includes Operations Manual)David
Provincial Team DevelopmentPaul Connelly & Sean
Provincial Team FinancesSean
Provincial Team ProgramsPaul Connelly & Sean
Quest for GoldPaul Connelly & Sean
Referee Clinics / CoursesDavid
Referee Development, Recruitment & RetentionDavid
Registration (Sport Lomo)Vivian
Rookie RugbyRyan
Rugby DevelopmentDavid Patterson & Ryan
Rugby ReadyDavid
Safety & WelfareDavid
Social Media - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YoutubeDalton Finkbeiner
Sponsorship/ FundraisingMichael Brown & Joe
Sport 4 OntarioDavid
Strategic PlanMichael
Tour SanctioningVivian