UXBRIDGE (GAO) – Steve Carroll, Executive Director of the Golf Association of Ontario (GAO), announced today that Penny Connors has been hired for the GAO’s newly created position of Director of Finance & Administration.

“We could not be happier to have someone with Penny’s experience and record of accomplishment in financial management and association executive roles, join the GAO,” stated Carroll.  “Penny is an energetic, strategic, experienced and accomplished administrator with an innovative and creative manner and strong business acumen, all of which will serve her well as GAO Director of Finance & Administration.”

“I am thrilled to be joining the GAO staff team at a very exciting time for the GAO as the Association embarks on a new strategic planning process,” said Connors.  “I look forward to helping build, grow and develop synergies among all GAO programs and properties, including existing GAO events, stakeholder needs and priorities and new initiatives designed to build capacity and grow the sport.”

Penny Connors’ varied experience of over 17 years in the not-for-profit sector has given her the opportunity to demonstrate a strong administrative capability to balance multiple priorities, build member service strategies in association and regulatory environments, manage office/operations administration, provide internal corporate services support and work with diverse stakeholder groups.

With degrees in Psychology and Business Administration from York University, the Certificate in Human Resource Management (CHRM) from the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA) of Ontario, the Canadian Risk Management (CRM) designation and most recently the OISE Certificate in Adult Education, Penny Connors possesses the competencies needed to develop and deliver on the strategic directives of the Director, Finance & Administration role for GAO.  Penny was working in a senior management position with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario before joining the GAO following four years on the senior management team with the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada.

Penny Connors’ first official day with the GAO will be October 27th where she can be reached at