Management Team

The Board of Directors is responsible for hiring and overseeing the Executive Director, who in turn is charged with hiring and overseeing the management team. Combined, our staff team has put in the equivalent of over 50 years of service to the OCA, and accumulated over 100 years of experience in the co-operative sector!


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Jennifer Ross

Executive Director (Acting Interim)

Jennifer is the Acting Interim Executive Director as of September 26, 2022. In her role as Member Relations Manager, she also oversees the relationship between OCA and its Members and is responsible for the recruitment of new members. She also supports the Co-op Development Manager in providing advice and support services to new, emerging and established co-operatives. 

Contact Jennifer Ross at [email protected]
or at ext. 22

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Audrey Aczel

Communications and Event Manager

Audrey develops and executes the organization’s communications plan to help raise the profile of Ontario co-operatives, and to promote and preserve our co-operative identity. She also organizes and oversees the annual Queen's Park Reception and other events and conferences throughout the year. Through a separate contract with the Directors’ Forum Co-operative, Audrey manages their annual fall governance conference.

Contact Audrey Aczel at [email protected]
or at ext. 24

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Peter Cameron

Co-op Development Manager

Peter helps people interested in starting a co-operative, and provides technical expertise to new, emerging and established co-operatives. He links co-operatives with funding opportunities, nurtures the development of regional Co-op Networks, and raises awareness and understanding of the co-op business model within economic development organizations (e.g., SBECs, SBRCs, RICs, Chambers of Commerce, etc.), and within colleges and universities.

Contact Peter Cameron at [email protected]
or at ext. 23

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Michelle Christmann

Education Manager

Michelle organizes and oversees all the co-operative education programs and initiatives for the association. Feel free to contact her to discuss training and education opportunities for your organization or school!

Contact Michelle Christmann at [email protected]
or at ext. 29

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Carol Fleming

Director, Co-operative Young Leaders

Carol organizes and oversees the programing, logistics and recruitment (participant, facilitator and sponsorship) for the CYL program.  

Contact Carol Fleming at [email protected]
or at ext. 25

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Sujit Basak

Administrative Assistant & Bookkeeper

Contact Sujit Basak at [email protected]
or at ext. 27

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