A former Ontario Hockey Association player, Ontario Hockey Federation general manager and most recently Hockey Canada vice-president in charge of marketing services and events is the new Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Hockey Association.
Scott Farley, a Georgetown native, takes over his new CEO role Feb. 25. The position has been vacant since the retirement of long-time president Brent Ladds following the OHA annual meeting in June.
Farley played his minor and Junior ‘B’ hockey in Georgetown before going to Laurentian University in Sudbury where he majored in Sports Administration.
His first job in hockey was with the Hockey Development Centre for Ontario in 1992, and in 1994 became the first full-time employee of the OHF. In 2001, he went to Hockey Canada to become the director of marketing services and events, was promoted to senior director and finished his tenure at Hockey Canada as vice-president.
“When we were presented with the list of candidates, we knew that our decision was not going to be an easy one,” said OHA chairman Leo Lostracco. “We were very fortunate to have such a strong and diverse list of candidates apply for the CEO’s position.
“We feel Scott Farley represents the total package. His experience at both Hockey Canada and the Ontario Hockey Federation gives him an immediate understanding of the challenges he will be facing as the CEO of Canada’s oldest hockey association.
“As our Tomorrow’s Game initiative moves forward, Scott possesses all the leadership skills necessary to see it to completion. Having dealt with various groups on the national and international level, Scott will be well prepared in handling the day-to-day business that is the OHA and to chart a course that will take us into the future.”
Excited about leadership role
Farley said he’s excited about taking on the leadership role at the OHA, particularly at this key juncture in the organization’s history.
“There are many great initiatives that are in progress and on the horizon for the Association,” Farley said.
“It is a great opportunity for me to continue to be a leader within the hockey family and work with the members of the OHA to grow the organization and to build upon the rich history that the OHA has within the sport in Ontario and across the country.”
Founded in 1890 to govern amateur hockey in Ontario, the Ontario Hockey Association is the governing body for the majority of Junior and Senior teams in the Province of Ontario.
The OHA currently has 118 teams and over 2,700 players in its jurisdiction.