Chris Hodgson


Chris leads all OMA activities and represents the association publicly. He is a member of OMA's Board of Directors and its Executive Committee and provides broad policy guidance to the OMA Chair. Chris joined the OMA following a distinguished career in government. He entered the Legislature following a by-election in 1994 and he won general elections in 1995 and 1999 representing the riding of Haliburton-Victoria-Brock. While in government, Chris served in several positions including Minister of Northern Development and Mines, Minister of Natural Resources, Chairman of Management Board and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. Contact Chris

Philip Bousquet

Manager of Industrial and Government Relations

Philip is responsible for industrial relations (worker health, safety, training and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board) and government relations. He works with association members to promote policies and regulations that support a healthy work environment. From 2004 to 2012, Philip worked for the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), initially as Director, Sustainability, and then as Senior Program Director. Born in New Brunswick, and raised in Ottawa, Philip has a B.A. (Hons.) in law and political science from Carleton University and an M.A. in political science from the University of Toronto. He served 14 years with the Canadian Forces (regular force and reserve). Philip completed the Ontario Legislature Internship Programme (OLIP), and has worked in a variety of senior policy and executive positions in the Ontario government. He is a recipient of a Natural Resources Canada Departmental Merit Award and the Canadian Forces Decoration. Contact Philip

Cheryl Brownlee

Manager Stakeholder Relations/Executive Assistant to the President

Cheryl is responsible for managing the activities of the Energy, Innovation and Clean Technology Committee, and works on fostering the association's stakeholder and member relations. In addition, she is the Secretary for the OMA Board of Directors and Executive Assistant to the President.  Originally from Dryden, she is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with a degree in political science and a diploma in business studies. Prior to joining the Association, Cheryl gained extensive public affairs and policy-making experience during 10 years at Queen's Park.  She served as a policy advisor to the Minister of Northern Development and Mines, Natural Resources, Management Board and Municipal Affairs and Housing and assisted the Chief of Staff in the office of the Leader of the Official Opposition.  Contact Cheryl

Kathy Downs

Membership and Government Relations Coordinator 

Kathy is responsible for research strategy at the OMA, as well as assisting with membership and government relations. Kathy has a B.A. in History from Trent University and a post graduate degree in Museum Management from Fleming College. Prior to the OMA, Kathy served as the Communications and Operations Coordinator at the Ontario Museum Association, organizing Annual Conferences and advocacy events at Queen's Park and managing communications and social media accounts. Contact Kathy 

Aynsley Foss 

Membership and Government Relations Coordinator 

Aynsley is responsible for research strategy at the OMA, as well as assisting with membership and government relations. A graduate from the University from Western Ontario with an Honours Specialization in Political Science, she focused her studies on the Canadian government's revenue sharing and taxation model. Prior to her time at the OMA, Aynsley sat on the Board of Directors of a local provincial riding association, serving as their Communications and Social Media Chair. Contact Aynsley

Adrianna Stech

Manager of Communications and CSR

Adrianna delivers a variety of communications projects at the OMA, including the So You Think You Know Mining video contest. In addition to managing web content development, growing OMA's social media presence, and other communications functions, she supports the activities of the OMA Environment Committee.  Adrianna brings a high level of international experience in communications, government relations, stakeholder engagement and corporate social responsibility to her position at the OMA.  A graduate of the University of Toronto, Adrianna has worked for the Embassy of Canada in Ukraine, the New York-based Open Society Institute (George Soros network of foundations) and a financial consultancy firm in Hong Kong. Contact Adrianna