OTTAWA, ON, October 1, 2018 - Squash Canada (SC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Geoffrey Johnson as its Programs Manager, succeeding Britany Gordon.
Geoff comes to SC from the OSGA 55+ (Ontario Senior Games Association), where for the last five years he served as their Programs Manager, their most senior role. He was responsible for providing guidance and support to Ontario 55+ Games organizing committees, Regional Games, and the 36 Member Districts across Ontario. He worked directly with the Board of Directors to provide leadership in building capacity through participation, stakeholder engagement through communications, training and development and was the liaison to their funding partners.
Geoff also brings considerable squash program experience that aligns perfectly with his SC responsibility areas, having served as Squash Ontario’s Program and Administrative Coordinator positions for 8 years. In those roles he managed their coaching, officiating, schools, and sanctioned events programs, among others. He also was responsible for website management and Ontario rankings. Geoff served as a contractor to Squash Canada in 2011-12, updating the Canadian junior and senior rankings.
Geoff earned a Sport Administration Diploma and a Sport Management Graduate Certificate from Durham College.
Outside of his work life, Geoff is an avid curler, volunteer and coach. He has served on the Grimsby Curling Club’s Board of Directors for 6 years, including the last 3 as President, during which he led considerable venue upgrades. He has been deeply involved as a coach within their junior development program, being NCCP certified as a ‘Competition Coach’, and Trained at the Competition Development context. As a competitive player, from which he stepped back from a number of years ago, he was a member of the runner-up team at the 2012 Ontario Silver Tankard, and owns of a myriad of other curling titles.
"It is an honour to be joining the team at Squash Canada to help be part of building a bigger and brighter future for the sport of squash in Canada”, said Johnson. “I am thrilled to be coming back to the squash community that has been a huge part of my career in amateur sport. I am confident that my years of experience, dedication and love for sport will be impactful on Squash Canada."
As Programs Manager, Geoff will be responsible for website and social media management for SC and will create the internal and external communication plans for SC. He will also manage two key technical programs - the National Coaching Certification Program and National Officiating Programs working closely with the national committees that oversee the direction of each program. On the event side, he will manage and further develop national championship events and will be the primary resource for SC’s 9 annual national championship host organizers.
“We are very excited to have Geoff join Squash Canada”, said Executive Director, Dan Wolfenden. “He brings very relevant events, communication, and coaching and officiating management skills that are critical to be able to deliver on Squash Canada’s strategic direction.”
Starting October 1, 2018, Geoff can be contacted by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 613-228-7724 ext. 202.
Please join us in welcoming Geoff to the SC office and to our greater squash community.