Kathleen McGinn Elected Chair of Rugby Ontario Board

May 07, 2019


Kathleen McGinn Elected Chair of Rugby Ontario Board of Directors

May 7th, 2019

(WHITBY,ON)- Rugby Ontario is pleased to announce that Kathleen McGinn has been elected as Chair of the Rugby Ontario Board of Directors. With her appointment, McGinn becomes the first female Chair in the organization’s history. 

“I want to thank the members for trusting in the direction and counsel of our Board and for the honour of electing me to serve as Rugby Ontario’s first female Chair” said McGinn. “I’m very fortunate to be surrounded by a high-performing Board, a solid operational team and a tenacious CEO. I am grateful for their outrageous talent and their dedication to making the game a great experience for all.”

Beginning in 1950, the Rugby Ontario Board of Directors has had 30 Presidents/Chairs, with McGinn becoming the 31st. Rugby Ontario would like to congratulate Kathleen on her appointment!

Kathleen fills the opening left by David Butler, who stood down after four years as Chairman. “David Butler left MASSIVE shoes to fill... and believe me, the CAPS are certainly intended. Thank you David, for leaving us with such a well-stocked and tightly-run ship. I’m excited to keep it moving forward” said McGinn. Rugby Ontario would like to thank David for all he has done for rugby in the Province. His presence on the Board will be missed. Rose LaBréche also stood down from the Board at the AGM. Rugby Ontario would like to thank Rose for her contributions as a board member.

With Kathleen’s appointment, David Fortier assumes the role as Vice-Chair. Fortier has been on the Board since 2016. Nathan Baker and James Logan remain in the positions of Secretary and Treasurer respectively. Rugby Ontario congratulates and welcomes David Best and Scott Dunham to the Board. We look forward to working with both of you. Graham Brown and Dean Hopkins round out the eight-member Board.

(Pictured: Kathleen McGinn)


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