Committees

Aspiring CAOs Committee


The Aspiring CAO Committee shall be responsible for helping ensure the OMAA cultivates growth opportunities for the next generation of CAOs. The Committee will identify and promote functions (events, programs, services, etc.) designed to help the OMAA develop a clear pathway from senior management to CAO plus relevant supports to help members negotiate that pathway.

Committee Members shall be appointed by the Board of Directors for a two-year term. The Committee is composed of no less than three members. A majority of the members should be aspiring CAOs. A majority of members of the Committee constitutes a quorum and shall include either the President and/or Vice President.

2023-2025 Committee Members 

Marnie Cluckie, City of Hamilton (Chair)

Melissa Osborne, Town of Amherstburg         

Rebecca James-Reid, City of Barrie    

Inderjit Hans, City of Brantford  

Ray Mensour, City of Windsor  

Randy Scherzer, County of Grey                

Kirstin Maxwell, Town of Huntsville            

Peter Marra, Town of Lasalle   

Annette Diamond, County of Perth       

Adam Goheen, Prince Edward County

Mike Melinyshyn, Town of Innisfil         

Sarah Klein, Town of Whitby          



Awards Committee


The Awards Committee shall be responsible for reviewing and selecting a winning application for the annual awards distributed at the Fall Workshop. The Committee may also provide advice on how to promote the awards and ensure that they remain relevant. Committee Members shall be appointed by the Board of Directors for a one-year term. The Committee is composed of up to five members and no less than three members.

2023-2024 Committee Members

Laura Johnston, CAO, Municipality of West Grey (Chair)

Valerie Critchley, CAO, Town of Amherstburg

Thomas Thayer, CAO, Municipality of Bayham

Christine MacDonald, CAO, County of Bruce

Kara Van Myall, CAO, Town of Saugeen Shores


By-Law Review Committee


The By-Law Review Committee shall be responsible for providing oversight of the Board's governance practices with the objective of ensuring good governance, accountability, and transparency. The Committee will identify, promote and discharge functions designed to help the Board of Directors govern with excellence and comply with legislation and regulations that apply to it, to ultimately add value to OMAA on behalf of its members. Committee Members shall be appointed by the Board of Directors for a two-year term. The Committee is composed of up to seven members and no less than three members. A majority of members of the Committee constitutes a quorum and shall include at least one member of the OMAA Executive.

2023-2025 Committee Members

Michael Di Lullo, CAO, Municipality of Middlesex Centre (Chair)

Valerie Critchley, CAO, Town of Amherstburg

Robert MacIver, CAO, Municipality of Clarington

David Cribbs, CAO, Town of Pelham

Workshop Planning Committee


The Workshop Planning Committee shall be responsible for ensuring that the OMAA Fall and Spring workshops provide specialized professional development that focuses on content relevant to Ontario CAOs plus executive leadership development within the public sector. The workshops are the OMAA's main vehicles to support and nourish the members by providing opportunities for fellowship and not just networking.

Committee Members shall be appointed by the Board of Directors for a one-year term. The Committee is composed of up to seven members and no less than three members. A majority of members of the Committee constitutes a quorum and shall include either the President and/or Vice President. The OMAA First Vice President is the Chair of the Committee.

2023-2024 Committee Members 

Laurie Kennard, CAO, Township of Severn (Chair)

Dan Wilson, CAO, Township of Centre Wellington    

Sonya Pritchard, CAO, County of Dufferin           

Sherri Walden,  CAO, Town of Hanover

Denise Corry, CAO, Town of Huntsville  

Matt Smith, Intermin CAO,  Municipality of Meaford     

Erin Britnell, Member In Transition    

Rick Charlebois, CAO, Town of Petrolia