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Message from the President

On January 18, 2023 the OGSA held its Annual General Meeting. During that meeting the 2023 board of directors was elected. I am honored to serve as your president this year, and I look forward to working with Ian McQueen (vice president) and Sean Gunn (secretary - treasurer), who join me on the executive team. 

I would like to thank our immediate past president, Ryan Scott, for his dedication to the OGSA over the last several years. He did a wonderful job leading our association last year and we will keep him busy in his new role. 

I'd also like to thank Al Schwemler for his continued participation in the association this year.  Al’s tenure and experience in our industry will be valuable resource for the OGSA as newer directors become more familiar with the association. 

I look forward to working with the rest of the directors, and our members to ensure 2023 is another successful year for the OGSA. 

Our membership consists of golf course superintendents, assistant superintendents, students, educators, golf course suppliers, owners, and architects.

The OGSA was formed in 1924 to benefit superintendents in Ontario by providing its membership with:

    • Industry news & up-to-date information on navigating the challenges facing golf course personnel
    • Formal education opportunities & resources
    • Networking opportunities & resources to stay connected
    • Recognition for their efforts & accomplishments in turfgrass management
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The OGSA's dedicated Board of Directors, comprised of Class A Golf Course Superintendents. The Board accomplishes its goals through several services and initiatives:

Participate in several board meetings a year to review the OGSA's quarterly financial reports, and to discuss and act upon industry needs. 

  • Act as liaisons on several industry committees
  • Participate on internal planning committees like the annual Ontario Golf Course Management Conference committee & the Golf Events Committee.
  • Oversee the successful completion of our quarterly trade magazine, ONCourse (published in March, June, August, & November) 
  • Ensure the weekly e-newsletter, Clippings, includes relevant information for members
  • Ensure the job board remains available to the entire industry 

Active Internal Committees

  • Governance Committee
  • Nominating Committee
  • Scholarship & Awards Committee
  • Conference Planning Committee
  • Golf Tournaments Committee
  • Membership Outreach Committee
  • Best Management Practices Committee
  • ONCourse

Liaisons for:

  • IPM
  • OTRF
  • We Are Golf
  • Water Management
  • GCSAA

Executive Committee

  • Owen Russel headshot

    Owen Russell

    President

    Tel: (905) 625-2062
    Markland Wood Golf Club

  • Ian McQueen headshot

    Ian McQueen

    Vice-President

    Tel: (416) 231-3393
    St. George’s Golf & Country Club

  • Sean Gunn Headshot

    Sean Gunn

    Secretary-Treasurer

    Tel: (416) 267-4861
    Cardinal Golf Club

  • Courtney White1

    Courtney White

    Executive Manager, OGSA

    Tel: (226) 770-5303
    manager@ogsa.ca

  • Ryan Scott

    Ryan L. Scott

    Immediate Past President

    Tel: (905) 845-8321 x 44
    Oakville Golf Club

Directors

  • Kevin Collier headshot

    Kevin Collier

    Director

    Tel: (519) 657-4153
    Riverbend Golf Community

  • Andrew Nieder headshot

    Andrew Nieder

    Director

    Tel: (705) 789-7113 x 4339
    Deerhurst Resort

  • Brad Hutchinson headshot

    Brad Hutchinson

    Director

    Tel: (705) 924-2569 
    Warkworth Golf Club 

  • Paul Snider

    Paul Snider

    Director

    Tel: (705) 446-5404
    Blue Mountain Golf & Country Club

  • Al Schwemler

    Al Schwemler

    Director

    Tel: (416) 717-9660