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The Ontario Tennis Association (OTA) Appoints New Chair of the Board of Directors – Second Woman to Serve in this Capacity in its 103-Year History

April 10, 2021 (Toronto, Ontario)

The OTA is pleased to announce the appointment of Dianne Weatherby as Chair of its Board of Directors. Dianne succeeds Rob Nicholls, a retired Bay Street corporate securities lawyer and former Partner at Stikeman Elliott law firm.

“I would like to thank Rob Nicholls for his four-year contribution as Chair of the Board and for his mentorship and support over the years,” said Weatherby. “I am honoured and delighted to be the second woman to serve as Chair in the association’s 103-year history.”

Outgoing Chair Rob Nicholls welcomed the appointment. “I heartily endorse Dianne’s appointment as she has diligently and effectively served tennis at the regional and provincial level for 15 years and I have no doubt she will be an effective leader.”

Dianne has served on the Board of Directors of the OTA since 2012, and for the past six years has held the position of Vice-Chair, Marketing and Communications on the Board’s Executive Committee. She has been President of her community tennis club since 2006. In 2020, Dianne retired from the Board of Directors of the Scarborough Tennis Federation after 14 years of serving in various capacities, including President and Past President. She has been a member of the City of Toronto Tennis Liaison Committee since 2014.

Dianne has worked in the securities industry for almost 30 years, and currently works in the public affairs department of a regulatory organization where she is responsible for the management and execution of high profile, large-scale corporate events across the country. She has been a United Way Employee Campaign Chair for 20 years and is a United Way Voting Member. Since 2018, Dianne has also served on the Board of Directors of YouthLink, a youth mental health agency and charity, and is currently the Chair of the Community Engagement Committee.

About the Ontario Tennis Association (OTA)

Founded in 1918, the OTA is the largest provincial tennis association in Canada, with 250 member clubs representing 85,000 adult and junior players. The OTA encourages participation, including providing free tennis lessons to children through our Inner-City Kids program funded by an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant.  We also provide services to aid member club management and assist players in reaching a level of competence consistent with their personal goals and abilities. The OTA sanctions and/or hosts over 600 tournament draws each year, including the Junior, Senior and Open Provincial Championships. Daniel Nestor, Milos Raonic, Denis Shapovalov, Bianca Andreescu and Gabriela Dabrowski competed in the OTA’s junior competitive structure before turning professional and competing on the worldwide tennis tour. The OTA is located at the Aviva Centre in Toronto, home of the National Bank Open and Tennis Canada. For more information about the OTA, please visit our Web site at

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