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The 7 directors on the OCF board each serve a 2-year term, overlapping such that each spring 3 or 4 of the directors’ terms expire. New directors are elected each spring at the Annual General Meeting, usually held in conjunction with one of the Provincial Championship competitions.
OCF Board of Directors
Tyler Norton –Chair (Term ends May 31, 2019)
Tyler has been working in the climbing industry since 2011 as a gym manager, route setter, coach, and event organizer at Climber’s Rock. He has had the privilege of travelling around the world to visit other gyms, attend competitions and take part in clinics with world-class route setters and coaches. Having witnessed the explosive growth of the sport first-hand, Tyler’s focus is on creating new competitions that cater to specific audiences, ensuring a better competition experience for everyone. His first project was a bouldering competition for pre-competitive youth called Pebble Pull, and Tyler hopes to help the OCF improve Ontario’s capacity by implementing similar ideas province-wide.
Malek Taleb – Vice-Chair (Term ends May 31, 2019)
Malek has been working in the climbing industry since 2001. In 2011, he purchased the Boiler Room Climbing Gym in Kingston and established a youth and an adult competitive team. Malek has been taking part in competitions since 2003 as a competitor, coach, setter and organizer. Since 2014, Malek has represented Canada as team manager of the Bouldering National Team at more than 10 Bouldering World Cup events.
Shaun Hunter – Secretary (Term ends May 31, 2019)
Shaun started working in the climbing industry in 2005 at Toronto Climbing Academy where he began instructing youth in the recreational programs. In 2010 he moved to True North Climbing where he created the youth recreational program and competitive youth team which he was the head coach for, he later became the head route setter in 2013. In the competition scene, he has been involved countless times as a route setter, competition organizer, problem judge, and as an open competitor. In 2017, Shaun was selected to be an Assistant Coach for the Canadian Youth National Team. Shaun also represented Canada at 4 World Cups in the 2015 season. As a route setter he has helped set over 25 competitions from the provincial to the national level.
Will Johnson – Treasurer (Term ends May 31, 2020)
Will has been an active climber in the Ontario climbing community since 1995 when he started at the Guelph Grotto. Since then he has taught introductory and technique lessons and climbed at various gyms in Ontario with a focus on training for and competing in local, national, and international competitions. In 2016 Will represented Canada at IFSC Bouldering World Cups in Switzerland, Austria, India and USA and Moscow in April 2018. Will was recently involved in the development and deployment of a new member registration system for the OCF (member.climbontario.ca). He is an avid climbing photographer and can be found spending many evenings and weekends training with his teammates and friends at Joe Rockheads and Up The Bloc.
Davis Barton – Registrar (Term ends May 31, 2020)
Davis is an MBA graduate with over 17 years’ experience in marketing, operations and management roles. She has Board-level experience in the not for profit sector, serving in various capacities (Secretary, Treasurer and Vice-Chair) and currently serves on the Board of her local gymnastics club in Kingston where she is the parent of a competitive gymnast. Davis has been involved with organizing competitions, events, volunteers and fundraising. Davis is relatively new to climbing, however, she believes this will bring new perspectives to OCF discussions. As the mom of a Youth B climber, she also brings a parent perspective to the Board.
Laura Nuesken-Director-at-Large (Term ends May 31, 2020)
Laura is an engaged member of the climbing community in Southwestern Ontario and has worked at London’s Junction Climbing Centre for the past 2 years. She is the mother of two daughters who are youth competitors (C and B category) in their third and first competitive season. For the past year, she has been an active volunteer judge for the OCF. Laura’s past engagements in community initiatives, include serving as a school council member, aiding as a foster parent for the local CAS and facilitating a weekly parent-toddler group. She is a trained foreign language correspondent and has been the sole proprietor of a small side business for the past 6 years. Prior to moving to Canada in 2007, Laura was heavily involved in the sport of kayaking in Germany, as a white-water slalom competitor, coach, competition judge and volunteer. She gained Board-level experience as a member of the local Youth Kayaking Board as Treasurer, Secretary, Event-Coordinator and Vice-Chair. Climbing has now become as important a part of her family’s life as kayaking was for her in the past. Laura has a vested interest in seeing competitive climbing continue to develop and in assisting the sport and its community to reach its fullest potential for the benefit of existing and future generations of competitive climbers.
Lisa Gray – Director-at-Large (Term ends May 31, 2019)
Lisa has spent the last 16+ years working in software implementation in the financial industry. She has Board-level experience in the not-for profit sector, as both a Program Coordinator and Hosting Coordinator for CISV (Children’s International Summer Villages), a global organization which promotes peace through inter-cultural, international exchange and camp programs in several countries. Lisa is an active judge at OCF youth competitions. Lisa is a recreational climber and the mother of recreational and competitive youth climbers. She is a resident of Waterloo, ON.
The board meets approximately once a month to conduct the business of the organization. Meetings will be announced in advance on the OCF web site, and minutes posted there as soon as practicable after each meeting. Any member of the OCF is welcome to contact any board member at any time to discuss what the organization is doing, to provide feedback or to express concerns.