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OSA Announces Dr. Nick Bontis As Director (Elected) Ontario Region Nominee For CSA Board

VAUGHAN, ON — The Ontario Soccer Association is pleased to announce Dr. Nick Bontis as Ontario’s nominee to serve as the Director (Elected) Ontario Region Candidate on the Canadian Soccer Association (“CSA”) Board of Directors.

A total of fourteen applications were received by the February 27th deadline in response to the February 8th call by the Nominations Committee (“Committee”) of The Ontario Soccer Association (“OSA”) Board of Directors.

The Nominations Committee members included: Michael Allison, Bill Boyle, Winnie Brown, Mladen Moric, Dino Rossi and Dan Tomlinson (Chair).

The Committee sought qualified candidates to play a role as the Director (Elected) Ontario Region in the stewardship of the CSA in transition from its current form to a new culture that will demonstrate values such as purpose, transparency, accountability, and other attributes including that of leading edge corporate governance.

The election of the Director (Elected) Ontario Region Candidate on the CSA Board of Directors will take place on May 5, 2012, at the CSA Annual General Meeting in Ottawa.

The New CSA Board Composition

The new CSA Board of Directors will consist of 14 Directors, including a President, Vice President, six (6) elected Directors and, over the next two years, six (6) appointed or independent Directors. The CSA’s current call for nominations at its May 5, 2012 AGM is for the following Board positions:

  1. President (four-year term)
  2. Elected Directors (6 positions)
    • 2 Directors for a three-year term
    • 2 Directors for a two-year term
    • 2 Directors for a one-year term
  3. Appointed Directors (3 positions)
    • 2 Directors for a three-year term
    • 1 Directors for a two-year term

The CSA Board Composition Requirements

  1. The elected CSA Directors must include one (1) from each of the following regions: British Columbia/Yukon, Alberta/Northwest Territories, Manitoba/Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic.
  2. Three (3) of the CSA Directors who are elected may, if they so choose, retain any position that they hold on a Provincial/Territorial Association Board; the rest of the elected CSA Directors, including the President and Vice President, may not hold any position on a Board of a Provincial/Territorial Board.
  3. The CSA Board of Directors must include:
    • at least three (3) qualified individuals of each gender
    • one (1) current or former athlete
    • one (1) individual currently involved in professional soccer in an administrative capacity

The OSA Nominee’s Background – Dr. Nick Bontis

imageNick Bontis is a Canadian academic, professional speaker, author and management consultant. He specializes in intellectual capital, knowledge management and organizational learning. Bontis is Associate Professor of Strategic Management and Director of Undergraduate Programs at the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He is also the Director of the Institute for Intellectual Capital Research a management consulting firm and research think-tank that specializes in conducting human capital diagnostic assessments for corporate and government clients. He is also Associate Editor of the Journal of Intellectual Capital and Chief Knowledge Officer of Knexa Solutions – the world’s first knowledge exchange auction.

In 1992, Bontis graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honors Business Administration) from Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario. In 1999, he graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy (Business Administration) from Ivey.

Bontis teaches business strategy to undergraduates, knowledge management to MBAs, and advanced statistics to doctoral students. He is also the coordinator of the first year introduction to business orientation course. In 2007, he was recognized as the first professor ever to win three outstanding teaching awards simultaneously: undergraduate instructor of the year, MBA instructor of the year, and McMaster University instructor of the year. He also received the faculty researcher of the year award for the business school. Maclean’s has rated him as one of McMaster’s most popular professors for six years in a row.

In 2007, Bontis was one of 38 professors nominated for the 2008 Ontario’s Best Lecturer award. In February 2008, TVO announced that he was among the top ten finalists. In 2008, the OUSA (Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance) recognized Dr. Nick Bontis as the top university professor in the province. The official award citation read "OUSA would like to recognize Dr. Nick Bontis for having made a significant contribution to teaching excellence and for facilitating a positive learning experience for Ontario students". In 2009, Bontis was awarded the 3M National Teaching Fellowship, an exclusive honour only bestowed upon the top university professors in Canada. He was also the OCUFA Teaching Award winner which is given to the top professors in Ontario.

As a professional speaker Bontis presents for a variety of industry, government and association audiences. His presentation topics typically focus on his research expertise surrounding the strategic management and measurement of an organization’s intangible assets. He is represented exclusively in Canada by Speakers’ Spotlight and in the United States by the Leigh Bureau.

As a management consultant, Bontis advises organizational leaders on various strategic management issues. He is also on the Advisory Board of several organizations including a variety of educational-based institutions designing and implementing executive development programs across the country. He is on the Executive Board of Harvest Portfolios, an investment company based in Oakville, Ontario. He is on the Board of Governors for Hillfield Strathallan College, a private school located in Hamilton, Ontario. He is on the Board of Governors for Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures program. He is also Director of the Institute for Intellectual Capital Research, a management consulting firm that specializes in conducting human capital measurement diagnostics.

Bontis is an avid athlete and musician. He has played soccer competitively since childhood for a variety of premier clubs in Ontario (Scarborough Maple Leaf, Scarborough Azzurri, London City, London Portuguese, Dundas United, Hamilton Greek Olympic). He currently plays for Proto Stars (H&DOSL) and Schalke FC (OSL). He is a former winner of the Ontario Cup (five times) and represented Canada in a World Youth Cup tournament in Bremen, Germany in 1986. As a varsity soccer player at the University of Western Ontario, he was a multiple OUA all-star, leading goal scorer and team MVP. Bontis also received the Bronze W and the Purple Blanket Award as an outstanding dual athlete at UWO. He was a Canadian all-star and national silver medallist in the running long jump as a member of the UWO varsity track & field team.

Bontis is currently head coach of the Hamilton Sparta 2003 boys soccer team.

On December 20, 2010 Bontis carried the Olympic Torch in downtown Hamilton while it was en route to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.


Should you have any questions concerning Dr. Bontis’ nomination, please contact Lisa Beatty, Executive Director or (905)264-0390 Ext 222.


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