HR & Membership – Bio

Jeff Niehaus, HR & Membership
Length of time on the Board:


< 1 Year (started 2017/2018 season)
Length of time in OSSC:


4 years
Program in which your daughter/son participates: Son (Christopher): 10U Provincial

Daughter (Sophie): 11-12HP

Why you want to be a part of the Board?


I wanted to be able to give back to the club in a more substantial way, and ensure that the voices of all streams of the club (Recreational, Competitive Novice & Provincial, FINA High Performance) would be represented. I wanted to continue the great work that was done by the previous board to ensure that the Mission, Vision and Values of the club would continue to be front and centre as we grow the membership of the club.
Background: I have a diverse Human Resources background (15+ years), where I have helped build successful work-teams, developed key organizational policies in line with organizational strategies, led performance-based review cycles and succession planning in several organizations across several sectors. I currently hold the position of Director, Human Resources at Save the Children Canada (international development INGO).   In 2017, I completed a 3-year term as a Board Director (most recent position as Vice Chair) for a children’s mental health agency in central Etobicoke, where I was also on the HR & Finance and the Strategic Governance subcommittees, where we provided governance-level oversight and direction on HR, Finance and overall agency performance matters.
What’s your goal for the year ahead?



Operationally, it is my goal to work with the Head Coach and her coaching staff to ensure we can offer the best stream-based programming and coaching (Recreational, Competitive, High-Performance) to the athletes so that the athletes can excel and be the best they can be in the sport. Board-wise, want to help continue to build the Governance model for the Club, and work with the other volunteer Board Directors to continue to build a sustainable volunteer-based operating model for future years’ success.