Cambridge, Ontario, June 12, 2019 - The upcoming 130th Annual General Meeting of
the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) will ring in a new era after a governance restructure
over the past eight months.
It was resolved and approved at the June 16, 2018 OHA Annual General Meeting that
an immediate restructuring of the OHA was to be initiated and undertaken with a
view to completing implementation by no later than the 2019 AGM. The Restructuring
Resolution formally established a Governance Committee comprised of representatives
from all categories within the OHA, with such representatives appointed by each
of the categories. Subsequently, the categories did populate the Governance Committee
with their chosen representatives and met in person and via teleconference on many
occasions (along with support staff from the OHA and the Ontario Hockey Federation
(OHF) and collectively expended hundreds of hours of time in furtherance of the
objectives set forth in the OHA Governance Restructuring. Throughout the process,
the Governance Committee fixated on communicating regularly with all OHA members
as to the progress of its work.
The “New OHA Governance Structure” is one that better serves the needs of its members
and lays a foundation to meet those needs for many years to come by restructuring
to be a “members up” Association. The new Governance model will essentially allow
leagues the autonomy to operate their own affairs provided they comply with and
operate in a manner consistent with the By-Laws, Regulations and rules of Hockey
Canada, the OHF and the OHA.
At an OHA Special Members meeting held on May 23, 2019 in Cambridge, Ont. the new
Governance model, By-Laws, Regulations and Terms of Reference were approved with
an almost 90 per cent approval by the OHA Membership.
The results of the Special Members Meeting set the table for the New OHA to emerge
at the June 15, 2019 OHA Annual General Meeting.
“ As the original charter member of the OHA, the Allan Cup Hockey League , wishes
to recognize the great deal of effort and hard work put forth by a number of people,
which has resulted in a new governance model for the OHA . We are extremely appreciative
of their efforts and as well to the members and directors who over the last 130
years, have maintained the OHA as a viable builder, of the hockey genre, in Canada.
We are certain that the new model will continue to sustain the test of time and
serve the needs of the players, volunteers and the hockey community, within the
OHF and Hockey Canada for years to come” – Brent Ladds, ACH Commissioner and former
President of the OHA
"The OHA, as the oldest hockey association in the world, needed to take an inward
look at the purpose of the association, with that purposed meeting the needs of
players and member clubs. The change of the purpose from an operational association
to one of governance will allow each level of the association to drive strategic
improvements required to create a stronger infrastructure for all leagues. The Governance
Committee, with the support of our branch and the OHF, were to collaboratively work
together in the development of the final structure that was passed by the OHA Membership.
The OJHL has already started to work with our Junior partners in the PJHL and GOJHL
and we looking forward to creating the best player development model in the country.
A special acknowledgement must go to outgoing OHA Chairman Tom Strauch for his dedication
and passion to see this change occur our association." – Marty Savoy, OJHL Commissioner
“The new governance model allows members to be better engaged through the process.
The structure will allow Members to Control operations, Programs and Activities.
Thanks to the Governance Committee for their timeless efforts and commitment.” –
Mark Tuck, GOJHL Deputy Commissioner
“The OHA and the PJHL have undergone a huge restructuring at the request of their
membership. The new OHA and PJHL will be driven with a 'bottom up' process giving
the members the voices they have asked for. It is an exciting time for the PJHL
to start to operate our own league. We look forward to branding ourselves and working
with our member teams as the "Largest Junior Hockey League in the World,” and also
capitalizing on our market presence and the scope of our league. Look for great
things coming from the PJHL!” – Terry Whiteside, PJHL Commissioner