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Board of Directors

   

PRESIDENT AND CHAIR OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Peter Augruso

Peter recently retired as the Assistant Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Labour for the Government of Ontario where he led the Ministry’s operations division of 1,000 staff. He has been a keynote speaker, and leader in in Health and Safety and Employment standards fields for more than 30 years. 

Throughout his professional career, Peter has continued to play, officiate, and administer the beautiful game.  He was elected as the 36th President and Chair of the Board of Directors in 2018 after sitting on the former OSA Board for five years.  His roots, however go back even further, having formerly been the District President of Soccer North West (SNO), President of one of the largest local clubs, as well as a team manager, coach and match official.  His background provides keen insight into decisions affecting Ontario Soccer and its members. 

Peter earned his Bachelor of Administration Degree from Lakehead University specializing in Human Resources and Industrial Relations.  He is also holds a Certificate of Achievement in “Alternative Dispute Resolution” (ADR) through the University of Windsor – Faculty of Law. 

   

Vice-President of the Board of Directors

Brenda Brown

Brenda works in client services in the field of Human Resources.

Brenda has been an elected member of the new Ontario Soccer Board of Directors since 2018.

Prior to this time, she has served on the old Board of Directors since 2010 while at the same time serving as the President of the Durham Regional Soccer Association.

Brenda has also served in leadership roles with the Central Girls Soccer League and Pickering Soccer Club.

   

Chief Executive Officer of Ontario Soccer

Johnny Misley

Since 2015 Johnny has been leading operations and working closely with the Board of Directors as its Chief Executive Officer. A respected sports industry executive with over 30 years of professional experience who is inspired by the power of sport and the developmental process of playground to podium.

Prior to his arrival at Ontario Soccer, Johnny served for 12 years as the Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations with Hockey Canada, leading Canada’s National and Olympic Teams at World Championships and Olympic Games. While with Hockey Canada he was a part of the management group of 14 Gold Medal Championship teams that included four Olympic Gold Medals and one Paralympic Gold medal with the men’s and women’s teams in 2002, 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.

Johnny also served for two years as the Director of Technical Leadership for Canada’s Own The Podium program where he led the technical leadership strategy for Winter and Summer Olympic sports. In this multi-sport leadership role, he held close working relationships with organizations such as Sport Canada, Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee, Coaching Association of Canada, Canadian Sport Institutes, Canadian Interuniversity Sport and all National Olympic Sport Organizations.

Johnny also held the position of President with Canadian Tire Corporations’ Jumpstart Charities, a national organization that has helped over 1 million kids from across Canada get ‘in the game’ by offsetting the costs associated with sports and physical activity programs. 

Johnny achieved his Masters of Sports Business Management and a Bachelor of Human Kinetics in coaching sciences, both from the University of British Columbia.

    

Designated Directors

Ann Pegoraro, PHD

Dr. Ann Pegoraro is the Lang Chair in Sport Management in the Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics at the University of Guelph. Dr. Pegoraro is also the co-director of E-Alliance, the national research network for gender equity in Canadian sport.  A holder of BA, MBA, and PhD degrees, Ann is the Director of the International Institute for Sport Business and Leadership, an industry focused research centre at Lang. She is an active researcher, who has presented at international conferences and published in refereed management journals in the areas of marketing, communications, digital media, gender equity and sport management. Her research primarily focuses on marketing and communication with a focus on the digital world. Ann is also a life-long sports enthusiast, transitioning from playing to coaching and now teaching and sharing her knowledge and experience where possible. She is a board member of True Sport Foundation and has consulted with amateur sport organizations in Canada and abroad. Ann is passionate about contributing to sport in Canada and ensuring access for future generations.

Gerry Gentile

Gerry is the cofounder of the Rusgen Group of companies, including Intelatech and Baknor, where together with his business partner, have operated, managed and grown the award-winning technology company across North America since 1988.

Gerry graduated from Humber College’s Business Administration Program in 1982, and rounded out his education by completing the Technologist Program at the DeVry Institute of Technology, the Logistics Program at York University and recently the Queen’s Toronto Campus Executive Management Program. 

Together with his wife Carmen of 37 years, he lives in King City, Ontario, where they raised their three soccer playing children, Petrice, Joseph and Miguel. Gerry is a fanatical soccer fan and player with a 27-year history of involvement and commitment to grassroots soccer in Ontario.

  

Independent Directors

John Hyland

John is currently an Adjunct Professor of Sport Management at Humber College and a consultant with Pickleball Canada. He has coached soccer at the varsity, semi-professional and local levels of the game.

John has been immersed in the amateur sport system for 20 years spanning three countries. John’s passion lies in coaching and community sport. He has worked with Badminton England and The FA overseeing coach education and school sport. He has held the position of Technical Director at the North Toronto Soccer Club overseeing recreational, competitive, OPDL and League1 Ontario teams. John also acted as a Coach Developer with Ontario Soccer in the community stream. He has also worked at Table Tennis Canada as their Chief Development Officer then CEO. John also volunteers on the school council and Play On! Canada.

With a diverse background and working knowledge of the sport and not-for-profit sectors, he is recognized as a builder, connector and community person.

John earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at the National University of Ireland Galway in Economics and Psychology. He then moved to the University of Brighton where he earned his Masters Degree in Sport and Exercise specializing in Sport Psychology. More recently he attended the Schulich School of Business studying the essentials of management in the MBA Program. 

Solomon Amoako

Solomon Amoako is a 20+ year veteran in sales and technology leadership.  In previous years, Mr. Amoako has held titles such as Vice President of Sales (Rightside); where he was instrumental in a $213M acquisition, Chief Sales Officer & Sr. Vice President, Americas at a German based company called Sedo and Vice President of Sales at Minds & Machines Group, to name a few.  He is an alumni of Techstars, one of the largest tech incubators in the world, where his company was selected amongst 12 out of thousands globally.  Mr. Amoako has been a Highly sought-after internet industry evangelist with speaking engagements across the globe (i.e. Domainers meet - Dubai, London forex Summit - UK, and Namescon - Las Vegas, etc.).  Solomon has also served on the Board of Directors for the Domain Name Association, a non-profit global business association representing the interests and governance of the domain name industry.

A lifelong “Footballer” and coach (Thornhill Thunder boys) with achievements spanning from Ontario Cup Champion, Robbie tournament Champion, and National champion, Mr. Amoako was a member of the Provincial team representing Ontario and went on to the U17 National team.  With Team Canada, Solomon participated in the Concacaf qualification tournament and subsequently qualified and represented Canada in the U17 World Cup in Scotland.  

Today, Solomon is a Co-Founder of several technology start-ups and a Managing Partner at Ribbon Global Inc, a sales and account management firm.  Mr. Amoako earned his Bachelor degree from Ryerson University, and currently resides in Thornhill Ontario.

   

Regional Directors

Jacques Konig
(Regional Director - Central) 

Jacques has retired after more than 40 years in Canadian industry and business.  Born in Belgium, he grew up in England and attended the University of London, where he earned a B.Sc. with Honours in Geology and Chemistry at Chelsea College of Science and Technology and a Ph.D. in Geology at University College London.

He was recruited as a Geologist for  Canadian Pacific Oil and Gas in Calgary, and later, after running the company’s computer department, he joined Computer Sciences Canada, (CSC) a joint venture of CP, CN and CS Corporation of Los Angeles as Manager of Technical Services for the Western Region. After serving as CSC’s Assistant VP of Marketing he joined  the corporate offices of Canadian Pacific Limited (CPL) in Montreal, where  held a number of CPL positions including Director, Corporate Development; Director Special Projects: Director Financial and Bushiness Analysis and Assistant Vice President Telecommunications.  

Concurrently he held positions in several CPL affiliated companies and subsidiaries including Project Manager for Lorneterm LNG and Exec. VP CP Telecommunications Holding, and he was a Board Member of Can Pak Terminals, Lornterm LNG, Telecommunications Terminals Systems and Unitel Communications Holdings Inc.

He retired early when CPL moved their corporate offices to Calgary, and joined Advance Planning and Communications, one of Canada’s leading PR and Corporate Communications practitioners as a Vice President, where he consulted to both corporate and governmental organisations across Canada, and from which he finally retired.

He has held the designations of M.R.S.C.  (Member, Royal Society of  Chemistry, England),

C. Chem.  (Chartered Chemist, England) and F.G.S.  (Fellow, Geological Society, England) and is a past member of the Data Processing Management Association, Canadian Information Processing Society, Alberta Society of Petroleum Geologists, Geological Information Society, and the National Committee on Data Banks

Over the years he has served on community, charitable and sports boards including the Calgary Allied Arts Center: Bronfman Center and John Abbot College/CEGEP in Montreal, and the Developing Countries Farm Radio Network and the Centre for Global Research on Health and Environment in Toronto.

His soccer service has included coaching for Beaconsfield  in Montreal and North Toronto and the United Soccer Club in Toronto, where he also served as President. He  also served as League Director, Vice President and President of the Toronto Soccer Association.

In 2017, following his nomination by The Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, he was awarded the Senate Sesquicentennial Medal in recognition of his contributions to Canadian Society.

Alice Strachan

(Regional Director - South)

Alice is a professional consultant, facilitator, curriculum designer, mediator and trainer with extensive experience in the not-for-profit and private sector healthcare as well as various public service settings.

Alice also has won various awards for facilitation and training expertise and is certified as a Lego Serious Play Master Facilitator, one of the few in Canada. She is also a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, certified in Alternative Dispute Resolution, and recently completed her Prosci Change Management Certification. Alice uses her proven skills in facilitation and presentation and collaborative approaches to facilitate quality improvement and learning. Her skills as a process management expert and an advocate for quality decision making have enabled hundreds of organizations to improve their services to the community and their clients.

Alice is a 20-year volunteer with the Georgetown Soccer Club, seven years as Club President and today continues to volunteer as the manager of her son and daughter’s competitive adult teams. She also served as the Discipline Chair for Peel Halton Soccer Association for seven years and sat as Secretary on the PHSA Board for two years.

Andy Charsley
(Regional Director - North)

Andy is a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario and has 30 years of experience in the Construction and Mining Industries. He is currently working as a Principal Engineer in the Global Technology and Innovation Group at one of worlds largest diversified mining companies. Andy holds a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto and Masters Degree in Mining Engineering from Laurentian University in Sudbury. He is also certified as a Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute.

Andy volunteered for a number of years as a Coach and Assistant Coach on his daughters Sudbury based teams who played in the Central Girls Soccer League. He also had the pleasure of being a soccer parent while one of his daughters played for the St. John’s Soccer Club in Newfoundland where he lived with his family from 2012 to 2018, while working at a remote mining operation in Northern Labrador.

Andy has served on the Board of Directors of the Valley East Soccer Club (VESC), the Sudbury Regional Competitive Soccer League (SRCSL), the Greater Sudbury Soccer Club (GSSC) and the Sudbury Regional Soccer Association (SRSA). Andy was instrumental in chairing a committee from 2007 to 2010 in Sudbury that successfully developed and implemented a plan to merge 7 youth competitive soccer club programs in Sudbury to form 1 amalgamated program. More recently he has been leading a working group looking at improvements to the governance structure for soccer in Northern Ontario. The project is suitably known as “Project North.”

Fabio Costante
(Regional Director - West)

Fabio Costante is a lawyer and City Councillor in Windsor, Ontario. 

Fabio’s passion for soccer started at the young age of seven when he joined the Windsor & District Soccer League. As his skills and love for the sport grew, he began playing competitively with Caboto Soccer and the FC Nationals, where his team made it to the finals for the 1999 Ontario Cup. He then played competitive soccer locally until he went away to Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina on a soccer scholarship.

Fabio earned three degrees from the University of Windsor - a Business Commerce Degree, Honors in Business and Economics (B.Comm.) in 2007, a Masters of Business Administration Degree (M.B.A.) in 2008, and a Juris Doctor Law Degree (J.D.) in 2013. He was called to the bar in 2014 and went on to open his own employment and labour law firm in 2018. 

Fabio was first elected in 2014 as a Trustee on the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board, and then in 2018 as a City Councillor, serving Windsor’s west end. Fabio hopes to bring his experience in governance and law, and his passion for the beautiful game to soccer in Ontario.

Matt Williams
(Regional Director - East) 

Matt has worked for over 20 years as a chartered professional accountant and certified information systems auditor. He started his career with Deloitte and now, for the past 12 years, he has been running his own consulting practice. Matt has also taught accounting at Carleton University.

Matt has been a soccer volunteer for 25 years. He is passionate about coaching and started at the age of 14. He has coached at least two teams each season since then. Matt has coached teams to numerous city titles in Ottawa, including the past nine straight Men’s premier OCSL titles, three provincial championships and two national championships earning a gold medal and bronze medal.

Matt has also served on local soccer club Boards as a Director for Senior Soccer, Treasurer and Chair. Matt was elected to the Ontario Soccer Board of Directors in 2019 and serves as the Chair of the Finance Committee.