Winter Ergatta: Register by February 16!

We’ll be hosting our winter ergatta on Saturday, February 22, which also happens to be Indoor Rowing Day in Canada! Your 2k raced will be added to metres rowed on ergs by rowers across the nation. The goal is to collectively log enough metres to row the distance across Canada.

The ergatta will be held in the lobby at the Taggart YMCA on Argyle Ave and will begin at 8am. You do not need to be a member of the Y to participate. You must register by February 16 in order to race. Click here to register.

Questions? Email

Annual General Meeting: February 13, 2020

The ORC’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 13, 2020 from 7pm to 9pm.  The meeting will be held at Manor Park Community Centre (100 Thornwood Rd).  There is street parking available. 

All ORC members are encouraged to attend, with sign-in starting at 6:30pm.  

The AGM Agenda is as follows:

  1. Roll Call
  2. Minutes of Previous Annual General Meeting
  3. Business Arising from the Minutes
  4. Reports of Officers
  5. Business Arising out of Reports
  6. Ratification of Bylaws
  7. Previous Fiscal Audited Financial Statements
  8. Next Fiscal Budget and Fee Schedule
  9. Appointment of Auditors for Next Fiscal
  10. Election of Officers
  11. New Business
  12. Adjournment

President’s Report

Registrar’s Report

VP Recreation and Instructional Programs Report

VP Competition


A number of bylaw revisions will be presented at the AGM for ratification. You can find a clean copy of the revised bylaw and policy manual here. You can find the revised version with the changes tracked here.

The 2018/2019 AGM minutes can be found here.

The 2018/2019 audited financial statements can be found here.

The 2020 budget can be found here.

The 2020 proposed fee schedule can be found here.

With regard to voting, ORC Bylaws state:
4.05 Full Members, Life Members, Umpires, Full season coaches and Members holding an Office or Directorship of the Club shall have voting privileges at meetings and on affairs and matters of interest to the Club.

4.06 Any Member with voting privileges may give proxy to a Full Member using a document deemed
satisfactory by the Club. The maximum number of proxies a single Member may hold is one.

4.07 Where a Member with voting privileges is under the age of eighteen years, proxy for that member
is granted to one of the Member’s legal guardians. Legal guardians of a Member under the age
of eighteen years may grant proxy for that Member’s vote to another Member with voting privilege
who does not already hold the maximum allowed proxies.

The proxy form is available here.  Completed proxy forms must be handed to the ORC Secretary (Lilianne Page) at the AGM.

The Ottawa Rowing Club is seeking individuals to join the ORC’s Executive Committee in the following positions beginning February 13:

  • President
  • Club Registrar
  • VP Recreational and Instructional Programs
  • Secretary

The primary role of the Executive Committee is to govern by providing leadership and direction to ORC in pursuit of its vision and mission.  The Executive Committee is elected by the membership of the ORC.  

Please see here for details.  Questions about the positions and nominations can be sent to

Individuals who wish to volunteer their time to a positive, rewarding, motivating, inspiring sport community should considering submitting their name to the ORC.  We welcome and love to have more people join us in making a difference!

Wes Kuran Award: Applications due by January 26, 2020

The Wes Kuran Scholarship – for a deserving university athlete – will be presented at the Annual General Meeting of the Ottawa Rowing Club in mid-February.

The Scholarship was established to honour Wes Kuran in recognition of his service to the Ottawa Rowing Club as President (1997-2006) and for his long service to the club and rowing in Canada since the 1970s.

The award and cash prize of $500 will be awarded to support the studies of a university club member who has demonstrated leadership in volunteerism and also rowing success.

If you feel that you, or someone you know is deserving of this award, please follow the application guidelines below:

To be eligible for the Wes Kuran Scholarship, the following must be demonstrated:

The athlete must have rowed in a competitive program at the ORC in 2019, including being registered in a competitive membership through the summer;
The athlete intends to return to row at the ORC in 2020;
The athlete demonstrated leadership or volunteerism in rowing or other community activities during 2019. A description of activities and a letter of reference, which includes contact coordinates of the reference, must accompany the application.
The athlete has achieved success on the water during 2019 either through results at a major regatta such CSSRA, Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, Head of the Charles or the (Canadian) National Championship Regatta – or through a significant rowing improvement. Success must be supported with a letter from the coach.
The athlete is registered as a full-time university student in the 2019-2020 academic year. Supporting documentation must be provided with the application.

The application should include:

A brief description (no more than 500 words) on how the criteria is met and why the award is merited.
Supporting letters from references and coaches as detailed above.  
Contact information for the scholarship applicant including phone number and email address.

Applications must be received by no later than January 26, 2020 via email to Please mark the subject line of the email ‘Wes Kuran Award’.