Rugby Ontario Announces Three New Hires

July 28, 2022


Rugby Ontario Announces Three New Hires

July 28th, 2022

(WHITBY, ON) -  Rugby Ontario is pleased to announce a series of new hires the organization has made over the past few weeks. We are pleased to welcome Rachel Lester, Jocelyn Poirier and Maegan McCrory to Rugby Ontario! We are excited to add three new talented and ambitious members to our team in various roles who are passionate about the field of sport management, want to apply their knowledge and experience and support a vision of Rugby for All.

"Our team at Rugby Ontario has been working incredibly hard preparing for and delivering a more conventional year of rugby in 2022 and have been doing so with fewer staff than normal at this time of year,” said Myles Spencer, Rugby Ontario CEO. “The organization has continued to rebuild and recover after significant staffing changes throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are rescaling the organization in order to better support our club community and the growth of the game broadly. With the 2022 season now underway, we would like to extend our gratitude to all club and branch leaders for their commitment and support as we’ve collectively worked to bring rugby back to communities across Ontario.”

Coordinator, Competitions & Events

The Coordinator, Competitions & Events will assist the development, planning and administration of junior / age-grade and senior competitions as well as Rugby Ontario’s Championship and Cup events (e.g. McCormick Cup, OWL Cup, Junior 7s Championships, etc.) and other tournaments and corporate events.  This position provides a critical and fundamental service to support leagues and competitions involving Rugby Ontario’s 70 member clubs & branches.

Rachel Lester has been hired as the Coordinator, Competitions & Events for Rugby Ontario and started on June 14th in this full-time position. Rachel graduated from Humber College with a degree in Sports Management. She has experience working in rugby, serving as the Sponsorship and Fundraising Coordinator for the Crusaders Rugby Club. 

“I’m excited to being my time with Rugby Ontario. I have had the opportunity to understand club structures with Crusaders Rugby club and happy to use that experience as collateral in this role” said Rachel. “I look forward to growing the game of Rugby within our community and meeting each club during our major events!”

Manager, Rugby Development

The Manager, Rugby Development will lead the participation initiatives for Rugby Ontario to meet the long-term objectives of increasing the number of people playing the sport of rugby at the grassroots level, supporting club development and player welfare, and expanding technical leadership capacity for coaches and match officials.  A focus of this role will be to execute and continue building current participation programs, while continuing to establish safe, inclusive and gender-equitable initiatives for long-term growth. The Manager, Rugby Development will focus on strategies that deliver on key parts of Rugby Ontario’s new Strategic Plan 2022-2025 and will work in collaboration with key stakeholders including but not limited to member clubs and branches, Rugby Canada and Provincial Union staff and the broader Rugby community.

Jocelyn Poirier comes to us with an extensive rugby background as a player, coach, and club administrator in Eastern Ontario. She is a respected leader and role model in her community with a strong network of connections developed through her variety of roles and experiences within and beyond the sport of rugby. Jocelyn also brings a unique perspective on sport and youth development and inclusive and safe sport from her experiences as a Mental Performance Consultant working with organizations and athletes from grassroots to international competitions. 

“I am really excited about the plans Rugby Ontario has to work with clubs and communities to grow the game for all. I believe in the power of rugby to as a tool to build supportive, inclusive, empowering, and sustainable communities and am looking forward to working with and expanding the passionate rugby community in Ontario.”

Coordinator, Match Official Services

The Coordinator, Match Official Services will assist Rugby Ontario in achieving the strategic objective to attract, accredit, develop and retain community Match Officials. This position provides a critical and fundamental service to support Rugby Ontario’s community of Match Officials, Coach of Match Officials and Educator workforce and is responsible for administering the day-to-day operations of Match Official training & education programs.

Maegan McCrory has been hired as the Coordinator, Match Official Services, Maegan will begin this role on Monday, July 25th, 2022. Maegan has previously been involved with youth sports with skating and lacrosse and has been officiating lacrosse at the provincial and national level and mentoring new officials. Recently, Maegan completed her Master's of Sport Business at Temple University in Philadelphia. 

“I’m excited to be joining Rugby Ontario as it continues on its mission for Rugby for All” said Maegan. “I can’t wait to bring my passion for sport, love of officiating, and my experience to the team and immerse myself in a new sporting community.” 

As all new staff continue to onboard and settle into their respective roles, Rugby Ontario asks for continued patience during this time of transition. 

To view the full Rugby Ontario staff directory, click here.


Rugby Ontario is the provincial sports governing body responsible for the organization of rugby in Ontario. Our mission is to lead, support and promote Rugby for All from communities to clubs to province. This mission signals a movement toward creating a more cohesive, supportive and progressive sporting environment that is responsive to the needs of all members.

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