Board of Directors
Colin comes from a multisport background and was introduced to ultimate through a friend who suggested he show up to his local pickup game ... and he was instantly hooked! The following summer, he migrated his pickup team to TUC and kept going with league teams, TPL and touring. Colin states, "I am strongly drawn to the ethics of ultimate, through Spirit of the Game, and greatly enjoy playing a competitive yet respect driven game. This past year I became involved with TUC's Governance Committee, volunteering my time to coach and to mentor our membership and look to continue this work as Secretary of the Board of Directors."
CJ has been a member of TUC since 2008 and have been a volunteer with the club for about eight years. CJ is currently a captain of a TUC Women's team and plays on a team in every TUC season. When asked why she volunteers her time, she stated, "I love ultimate, and I am very excited to bring my experience working in non-profit fundraising and partnerships to my position on the Board. I am excited to help make TUC the best club in Canada!"
Six years ago, Patrick moved to Toronto and began playing Ultimate where he made a few friends. Five years ago, those friends invited him to play in the Toronto Ultimate Club, where he made a few more friends. Four years ago, those friends invited Patrick to play on other TUC teams where he made even more friends. Three years ago, his TUC friends encouraged him to try out for touring teams, where he made more friends. Three years ago, Patrick decided he wanted to give back to the Club and volunteer for the Women's Committee where he made even more friends. One year ago, Patrick wanted to continue volunteering his time with TUC and ran for the Board of Directors, where he made more friends. Today, Patrick has a close-knit community of people whom he loves and wants to help provide a space for other to build their own communities.
Andrew has been a member of TUC since 2002, playing on various indoor and outdoor league teams, most notably the venerable Ninjastars. He also periodically helps with juniors programs, TUC committees and has now returned to the Board. He is passionate about Spirit of the Game, league play and ensuring members have the best possible experience and value for their membership.
Chris was introduced to ultimate when he was accidentally invited to a 30s and single pick up game as a 22-year-old. Unexpectedly, it was love at first sight …with the sport. Many league nights, tournaments, and a touring season later, he is excited to be giving back to the Toronto ultimate community. He brings engineering and business experience from the tech industry and a new gig at a non-profit that he hopes to leverage to help keep TUC operations running smoothly.
Francette (also known as Fran) reconnected with ultimate and toured for the first time in 2019 after discovering the sport in high school. She plays in various leagues including TPL where her goal is to make ultimate fun for everyone. Francette is passionate about sports, community, desserts, empowering her peers, and Spirit of the Game. She is excited to share her many years of communications experience in higher-ed and non-profits with TUC.
Lucas started playing ultimate in high school and instantly loved it. He joined TUC after returning to Toronto in 2017, and has played in various TUC league offerings through the years. He loves the community TUC has created, as well how it encourages the development of ultimate at all age groups and levels. He looks forward to sharing his ideas and experience in order to continue developing the best ultimate experience in Toronto.
The Board has a number of working committees - should you be interested in joining any of these committees please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Board Standing Committees
- Executive Committee: The members of the Executive Committee are empowered, at the request of the Chair, to act between Board meetings, in good faith and in times of crisis. The committee consists of the President, the Vice President, and the Secretary.
- Human Resources Committee: The Human Resources Committee establishes performance benchmarks for TUC staff, as well as monitors and evaluates staff performance. The committee consults on recruiting and hiring staff when required.
- Operations Committee: The Operations Committee provides recommendations and consults with TUC staff on changes to operational policy and procedures. The committee will discuss topics including but not limited to: touring, leagues, volunteers, tournaments and operational policies.
- Finance Committee: The Finance Committee is responsible for assisting and advising the Executive Director and the Treasurer, and reporting to the Board, with respect to the preparation of the annual budget and financial statements, and analysis and reporting with respect to significant financial decisions. The committee aims to enhance transparency and accountability, and to support decision making.
Ad-Hoc committees can be created by the Board at any time by a Motion that passes with a majority vote of the Board. Current ad-hoc committees include:
- Governance Committee: The Governance Committee reviews TUC Bylaws and ensures adherence with the relevant Federal and Provincial Not-For-Profit Corporations Acts. The committee also reviews TUC organizational practices and policies, as well as identifies and recommends candidates for the Board.
- Inclusivity Committee: The Inclusivity Committee's mandate is to challenge TUC members, staff, Board members, committee members, and each other with difficult conversations that are aimed at implementing policies and practices that create a safe space for people from equity-seeking groups to come to, play in, and volunteer with the Toronto Ultimate Club.
- Communications and Events Committee: The Communications Committee supports TUC staff with comminicating TUC offerings, strategic goals and initiatives. With the aim to increase transparency of club operations and increase member engagement, the Communications Committee helps develop email and social media conent to keep our community informed.
- Membership Committee: The Membership Committee analyzes trends in TUC members over the last 10 years, shares this information with major stakeholders and suggests league changes to the Operations Committee, if any. The committee assesses whether or not our membership business model is still working: the committee will take surveys, look at other successful clubs across Canada, and propose business model changes (if any) after taking into account financial impacts to the Board and staff.
- Website Committee: The Website Committee's mandate is to review the existing website and conduct a request for quote/proposal process (RFx) for a new/relaunched site. Key items of focus are: mobile use, ease of navigation, and data-extraction tools.
The Toronto Ultimate Club (TUC or Club) Board of Directors is comprised of up to seven (7) individuals, who must be TUC members in good standing, who have been elected by the membership at the TUC Annual General Meeting (AGM). One does not need to have any special skill set to be on the Board; though the Club does benefit from a varied set of skills and experience. It is important that Board members are active, engaged, and, willing to offer their personal KSAP’s (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and, Passion) to the Club. In spite of the not for profit status; Board members are still bound by all laws of Ontario and Canada in their responsibilities and the performance of their duties. Board members are legally and morally responsible for every aspect of the operation of the Toronto Ultimate Club on behalf of its Membership.
In addition to full responsibility for the Club, Directors act as visionaries, problem solvers, listeners, policy makers, and, ambassadors for the Club both among its membership and to external third parties. The Board’s Executive, including the President, Vice President, and, Secretary, has signing authority for the Club. There are a number of roles and responsibilities that TUC Board members are expected to fulfill during their two year term. They must show a duty of loyalty and care, declare any conflicts of interest, and keep important Club information confidential.