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A native son of Ottawa, Nicolas was born at the General Hospital when it was still on Sussex Drive and attended Manor Park Public School, Saint Brigid Elementary, Immaculata High School and graduated from the University of Ottawa. His wide array of personal and business experience has allowed him to live and work in Slovakia (where he followed Slovan Bratislava), France and the United States.

Nicolas left Ottawa to become managing director of Publicis Consultants - France's second largest communications consultancy. There he led the largest digital content marketing and social media engagement practice in Paris. Nicolas allies world-class international experience with a deeply rooted connection to the nation's capital.

A fluently bilingual executive, he served as senior vice-president, senior partner and general manager of FleishmanHillard Ottawa, and vice -president, communications and external relations at The Ottawa Hospital prior to leaving Canada for France and the United States.

Ruszkowski's knowledge and experience in Ottawa is deep and varied; he also spent time as the communications director for the Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and as the communications director to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons. While at The Ottawa Hospital, he served on the hospital's Community Advisory Board and on the Board of his son's daycare.

A bilingual native of Windsor, Ont., Deziel has been a leading marketing professional in Ottawa since moving here to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in International Business at Carleton University in 1995.

An entrepreneur at heart, Deziel has built and managed several businesses in marketing, tourism and professional services. She has long-standing roots with the Senators, having been both a season-seat member and suite owner with the Senators. Prior to her time with Momentous, Deziel also spent time with 76Design / Thornley Fallis Communications as its vice-president and has experience in professional sport as the marketing lead for the Ottawa Rapidz minor league baseball team.

In her spare time, Deziel operates a charity that improves access to essential veterinary services for economically disadvantaged pet owners.

An Ottawa native, Dorion spent the previous two-plus seasons as one of two assistant general managers with the Senators after being promoted to the role on Jan. 13, 2014. Prior to his being named assistant general manager, he spent four-plus seasons as the team's director of player personnel. He also served two seasons as the Senators' chief amateur scout after originally being hired by the club in July, 2007. 

In addition to his primary function of leading the day-to-day hockey operations' component of the club, Dorion is also responsible for overseeing the Senators scouting staff, both professional and amateur, while managing all facets of evaluation for players both inside and outside of the organization, across all levels of hockey. He also remains responsible for contract negotiation for NHL and AHL restricted and unrestricted free agents.

The 2018-19 season will serve as Dorion's 25th consecutive in the NHL after also spending two seasons as an amateur scout for the New York Rangers and 11 seasons as an amateur scouting coordinator and as chief scout with the Montreal Canadiens following his hiring by the club in 1994.

Pierre lives in Orleans and has two children, a daughter, Vanessa and a son, Antoine.

An Ottawa native, MacTavish joined the Senators after spending time as a labour and employment partner in the Ottawa office of global law firm, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP. He has been involved in the player representation industry for the past 15 years, most recently with CAA Hockey, where he assisted with player recruitment, player management and contract negotiations. As assistant general manager, MacTavish will be responsible for contracts, salary arbitration and managerial support of hockey operations with the Senators and with the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Belleville, Ont.

A graduate of Queen's University, MacTavish obtained an honours bachelor of science degree in 1997, before obtaining a law degree at the University of Ottawa in 2002.

Peter and his wife, Melanie, live in Ottawa with their four children, Emma, Matthew, Grace and Ryan.

  

She began her career as part of the Terrace group that brought the Senators back to Ottawa in the early 1990's. Vaughan has worked in the hockey department and for the general manager for the duration of her tenure with the Senators and currently oversees the day-to-day logistics and administration of the office, contracts and scouting staff.

Allison and her husband, Danny, reside in Almonte, Ont., with their two sons, Richard and Joseph.

 

Donovan, who retired as a player following his third season with the Senators in 2009-10, works primarily alongside members of the team's management group in overseeing the progress of prospects throughout the Senators organizational system. He also serves in an advisory role to members of the Ottawa and Belleville Senators' coaching staffs in addition to the staff of the club's ECHL affiliate in Brampton, Ont.

A veteran of 15 NHL seasons, Donovan played in 951 career regular-season games with the San Jose Sharks, Colorado Avalanche, Atlanta Thrashers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Calgary Flames, Boston Bruins and the Senators, recording 241 points (112 goals, 129 assists) and 705 penalty minutes. He also registered 12 points (six goals, six assists) and 39 penalty minutes over the span of 49 career NHL playoff games, giving him an exact total of 1,000 NHL appearances for his career. Of Donovan's 12 post-season points, 10 (five goals, five assists) were earned while helping the Flames reach the seventh game of the 2004 Stanley Cup Final, where the club was ultimately defeated by the Tampa Bay Lightning. He played in each of Calgary's 24 playoff games that spring.

San Jose's second pick (28th overall) in the 1993 NHL Draft, Donovan spent his entire major junior career with the Ottawa 67's. He earned a gold medal while representing Canada at the 1995 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Red Deer, Alta., before later winning a gold medal at the 1997 IIHF World Hockey Championship in Finland.

Shean and his wife, Trie, live in Kanata with their three children, Jorian, Rylan and Trinity.

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DJ Smith is the 14th head coach in the team's history. He had spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach on Mike Babcock's staff with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He joined Toronto in 2015-16 after leading the Ontario Hockey League's Oshawa Generals to the 2015 Memorial Cup title.

In three seasons as head coach in Oshawa, Smith compiled a record of 135-53-3-13 and earned the honour of the OHL's Coach of the Year after guiding the Generals to a 42-20-0-6 record in 2013-14. Oshawa finished with a 51-11-2-4 record during their championship season in 2014-15.

Before his time in Oshawa, Smith spent six seasons as an assistant coach with the OHL's Windsor Spitfires. During his tenure in Windsor, the Spitfires captured back-to-back Memorial Cup championships in both 2009 and 2010.

Smith has also played professionally, appearing in 45 career NHL games as a defenceman with both the Maple Leafs and Colorado Avalanche after being selected with the 41st overall pick by the New York Islanders in the 1995 NHL Draft.

He also spent parts of nine seasons playing in the AHL with the St. John's Maple Leafs and the Hershey Bears. A native of Windsor, Ontario, Smith played his junior hockey with his hometown Spitfires from 1994-97.

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