Rugby Ontario Contact Information
55 Gordon St.
Chief Executive Officer - Michael Brown
Started: May 2016
Responsibilities: Oversee all aspects of Rugby Ontario organization
Sport Background: Professional and Domestic Rugby for 20+ years, coached and volunteered in various positions
Education: Masters of Business Administration from Western University’s Ivey Business School
Quick Hit(s): I’m here to change the status quo and hopefully set rugby on a new trajectory that grows the grass roots component of our game and offers a clear pathway to those who want to play for Canada or professionally.
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Chief Operating Officer - Larissa Mankis
Started: January 2014
Responsibilities: Oversee organization's operations and finances; Implement new initiatives to grow organization and game
Sport Background: Competitive Hockey Player, Various Other Sports
Education: Masters of Sports Management from the University of Ottawa
Previous Roles: T1 Agency, Ottawa Senators Sports and Entertainment
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High Performance Manager - David Butcher
Started: March 2015
Responsibilities: Planning, Development and Management of Representative and High Performance Sevens and Fifteens
Sport Background: Professional rugby player for 10 years, Performance Coach and Specialist Skills Coach at Scottish Rugby
Previous Roles: Various High Performance Coaching Positions within Provincial and National ranks of Scottish Rugby
Quick Hit(s): My favourite film is Braveheart as it is completely factual and I won’t have any one else say otherwise.
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Rugby Development and Administration Manager - David Patterson
Started: October 2013
Responsibilities: Rugby Development – growing game in non-competitive areas, Administration – governance and operational policies, government relationships and requirements, Hall of Fame, Office Operations, Member Services and Human Resources
Sport Background: Worked in Not-for-profit Sports Organizations for 20+ years in Canada and Australia, High School Rugby
Education: Bachelor of Education in Human Movement
Previous Roles: High School Teacher, Real Estate Agent, High Performance, Game Development and Coach Education in Cricket in Australia
Quick Hit(s): Enjoy the journey!
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Coach and Match Official Development Manager - Nicole Kovacs
Started: October 2015
Responsibilities: Recruitment and retention of match officials, organization of clinics and management of referees.
Sport Background: Started playing rugby in high school, played club rugby with the Niagara Wasps for over a decade, five years with Brock University, RO Referee. Outside of rugby, played rep baseball, volleyball and basketball and heavily involved in aquatics.
Previous Roles: Managerial role in Aquatics
Education: Bachelor of Physical Education (Honours) Degree, Master of Arts degree in Applied Health Sciences, specializing in Health and Physical Education from Brock University
Quick Hit(s): My father started the first girls high school rugby team in Ontario and I am proud to say a lot of my passion for rugby comes from him.
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Rugby Development Coordinator - Safa Khan
Started: January 2016
Responsibilities: Rookie Rugby, club development
Sport Background: Basketball and Volleyball Since Childhood, Scrumhalf/Wing for Yeomen Lions, Club President of Yeomen Lions
Education: Bachelor of Science in Biology (With a Minor in English) from University of Guelph, Pursuing a Career in Education Management
Previous Roles: Communications Executive, Junior Director and U18 Head Coach for Yeomen Lions, Rugby Development Lead Intern for Toronto Inner-City Rugby Foundation (TIRF), Club Services Coordintor for Rugby Ontario
Quick Hit(s): Asker of hypothetical questions, Ravenclaw (but probably should be Slytherin)
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Coach and Match Official Development Coordinator - Sarah Lesperance
Started: Spring 2015
Responsibilities: Referee/Coach payments, Day-to-day Financial Support, Coaching and Refereeing Development Calendar and Clinics, Referee Kit Operations, Event Support
Sport Background: Varsity Track and Cross Country Athlete at Laurentian University, Elite Level Competitive Swimmer
Education: Sport and Physical Education at Laurentian University, Sport Management at Durham College
Previous Roles: Sales Support at Green Savoree Racing (Honda Indy Toronto), Sponsorship & Fundraising Intern at Rugby Ontario
Quick Hit(s): You can find Sarah at her happiest when she is at her local CrossFit box or travelling
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Competition, Events and Marketing Coordinator - Joe Schissler
Started: January 2016
Responsibilities: Competitions (Senior Leagues, Gee Gage Cup, McCormick Cup, OWL Cup), Events (Junior Cup Day, Magnificent Sevens, Ontario Provincial Championships), Event and Competition Marketing
Sport Background: High School, Club and University Level Rugby, Current Rugby Ontario Referee
Education: Bachelors Degree in Sport Management from Brock University, Graduate Certificate in Sport Business from Durham College
Previous Roles: Sponsorship & Fundraising Intern at Rugby Ontario
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Communications Coordinator - Kevin Baxter
Started: August 2016
Responsibilities: Manage Rugby Ontario’s social media and web presence, produce features and press releases, photography and videography
Sport Background: Play and officiate competitive hockey
Education: Honours Bachelor of Commerce in Sports Administration at Laurentian University
Previous Roles: Social Media Lead for Laurentian University’s Men’s Hockey Team, Sales & Marketing Intern for Peterborough Petes Hockey Club, Program Intern for the Canadian Lacrosse Association
Quick Hit(s): "You will only be great at the things you love to do. Don't pursue a career in something you hate to do." - Dave Grohl
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High Performance Coordinator - Sean Medeiros
Started: April 2017
Responsibilities: To work with and support all representative and high performance teams through planning and development.
Sport Background: Played, coached and volunteered in various positions throughout the rugby community. Including: Club, University, Provincial and National.
Education: Honours Bachelor of Sport Management, Brock University (2015); Masters of Arts (M.A.) Sport Management, Brock University (In progress)
Previous Roles: Sponsorship & Partnership Intern, Rugby Ontario; Competition, Events & Sponsorship Administrator, Rugby Ontario
Quick Hit(s): The sport of rugby has afforded me the opportunity to travel the world and meet incredible people. I am excited to be in a position to give back, and provide similar opportunities for others.
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Club Services Coordinator - Vivian Lee
Started: April 2017
Responsibilities: Membership management, registrations, insurance coverage, event sanctioning, player transfer requests, playing up/down requests, grant opportunities
Sport Background: Right Guard on U of T's Women's Powderpuff Flag Football team, recreational snowboarder, Sixth year playing softball in KCSA league
Education: Bachelor of Kinesiology from University of Toronto; Post-graduate Certificate in Sport Business Management from Durham College
Previous Roles: High Performance Intern for Rugby Ontario, Anti-doping Intern for Toronto Pan-Am Games 2015
Quick Hit(s): A bit of a foodie, a movie enthusiast and has a love for shredding the slopes on her snowboard!
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