Ron Ghitter, Q.C. was born in Calgary, Alberta and raised in Edmonton. He received his law degree at the University of Alberta and began practicing law in Calgary in 1960 where he became senior partner of the firm Ghitter & Company. Mr. Ghitter was elected to the Provincial Legislature in 1971 and sponsored the first Human Rights legislation in 1972. He became a candidate for the leadership of the Provincial Progressive Conservative Party in 1985 and was appointed to the Senate of Canada in March 1993 to 2000.
Mr. Ghitter is a frequent lecturer on Human Rights issues in Canada and a co-founder of the Dignity Foundation in Alberta, a non-profit organization established to encourage the support for human rights in Alberta. He was also a founding Director of the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development.
Mr. Ghitter developed a passion for tennis as a junior, ranked as a Provincial Alberta Junior Tennis Champion for three years. As a university player, he was a playing Coach and Captain of the University of Alberta's Tennis Team for 5 years. Subsequent to his graduation, he became a Tennis Instructor in both Edmonton and Calgary.
As an adult, he has won a number of singles an doubles tennis championships in Alberta, and became ranked in Canada as a senior player. Over the past 6 years, Mr. Ghitter has been on Tennis Canada's Board, and has played an instrumental role in spearheading the process to develop the OSTEN & VICTOR Alberta Tennis Centre.
He is married to Myrna Ghitter and they have three children and two grandchildren.
Glen B. Scott, Q.C./ C.R. President of Real Estate for the Katz Group, one of Canada's largest private real estate development companies with over $4B of real estate under active development. In addition to his role as President, Mr. Scott serves as a member of the office of the Chairman for the Katz Group one of Canada's largest private sector employers. Prior to joining the Katz Group in 2013, Mr. Scott practiced law for 28 years and is the founder of Subway Developments of Singapore, Subway Developments of Johor and a board member of Spira Data Corp.
Mr. Scott has played an active role in the tennis community previously serving as a board member of Tennis Alberta from 2007 to 2012 and as President of Tennis Alberta from 2012 to 2015. Prior thereto, Mr Scott was a board member of the Calgary Tennis Club where he raised the funds to reconstruct 6 hard courts and 3 clay tech courts and to add lighting to all of the courts. His most recent efforts include working actively with Ron Ghitter QC in the raising of funds and obtaining of approvals for the development of the Acadia Tennis Centre. Mr. Scott has three children who played Division 1 Tennis at U.S. universities including one who is a two time Canadian National Champion currently attending the University of Texas.
Honorary Board Member
Al Fowler - Bio coming soon.
A born and raised Calgarian, Christine is a full-time mom of four awesome teenagers, a part-time family doctor, and a lifelong athlete.
A few years ago she decided that tennis would be the perfect sport to carry her through the second half of her life, so she started taking lessons ... old dogs can learn new tricks it seems!
Christine and her family are so excited to have the Alberta Tennis Centre in South Calgary and are very active users of the Centre and can be regularly seen taking lessons as a family.
Christine believes that the amazing, positive energy and approachability that all the professionals and members bring to the Alberta Tennis Centre, it is no surprise that so much has been achieved in such a short period of time.
She is happy to serve on the Board, and looks forward to being a part of the great future of the Alberta Tennis Centre.
Steve, a married father of three children, works in the investment business where he is in his 19th year with BMO Nesbitt Burns. Prior to his current profession, Steven obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 1991 with Deloitte and has experience with both public and private practice. He graduated from the University of Las Vegas with a B. Comm. while playing NCAA tennis on scholarship.
As a tennis player, Steve has played for Canada in the Men's over 35 world team competition. In 1982 he won the Alberta Open Men's Singles title. He has also taught tennis at various clubs in Calgary including: The Calgary Tennis Club, The Tennis Academy and the Glenmore Racquet Club.
Mike Smith has spent his career in the oil and gas investment business, focusing on sales adn research activiites. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of Alberta (1980) and a Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the University of Virgina (1988).
He is currently a Director of the Calgary Golf and Country Club and has been a previous Board Member of Hospice Calgary and the Mount Royal Community Association.
His interests include tennis, golf, cycling and skiing. He also enjoys photography and travel and has been an avid tennis player and fan for over 40 years.
Sheila is a third time Calgarian transferring with work in 2003 in her role as Vice President Prairies in the insurance and investment industry, where she spent most of her career. She has worked both in for-profit and not-for-profit environments and is currently the CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Production Accounting (CAPPA). Her focus at CAPPA is industry and government advocacy in support of professional production accountants and the enhancement of current and future careers of members.
Sheila brings to Osten & Victor ‘both sides of the fence’ board experience, extensive committee work and volunteer engagement with a keen interest in strategic and organizational planning, vision advancement, value to all stakeholders and fun!
Sheila is recreational player enjoying both singles and doubles several times a week.
Tennis Canada Representative
HATEM McDADI, Senior Vice-President Development, Tennis Canada
Hatem McDadi was has been senior vice-president, tennis development since 2012. He joined Tennis Canada as director of player development in 1999 and moved to become the vice-president, tennis development in 2004. McDadi came from the private sector where he was the co-founder of top Canadian Tennis Academy and director / part owner of Club Management Group (CMG) Tennis Inc., a tennis club management company based in Brampton, Ontario that ran two indoor clubs and a number of outdoor summer community clubs.
McDadi is responsible for all facets of sport development including high performance, coaching, community, facilities, wheelchair, officiating and competitive structure. A key liaison with the provincial tennis associations, McDadi has been part of a team that helped in the development of Tennis Canada’s strategic plan that has seen historic growth in high performance results, community and club participation.
A certified Level IV coach, McDadi was a member of the Canadian coaching team at the 2000 Sydney Olympics when the team of Daniel Nestor and Sebastien Lareau captured the gold medal. He also served as Daniel Nestor’s and Rene Simpson’s personal coach over the years. McDadi was Canada’s Fed Cup coach from 1992-98. He was awarded the Coaching Excellence Award by Tennis Canada in 1997.
On the court, McDadi reached a career high No. 226 on the ATP singles ranking and No. 188 in doubles. As a junior, McDadi captured the U18 Boys Outdoor National Singles Championship in 1982. He claimed the U18 Boys National Indoor Doubles Championship with Peter Straub in 1981 and again in 1982 with partner Chris Pridham. McDadi was ranked among the Top 10 players in Canada from 1983-88.
McDadi, and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Streetsville Ontario with their three children, India, Bodi and Kye.