About Us


What is OPTA?

The Ontario Professional Ticketing Association was established in 1990. 

OPTA is comprised of leaders in the Ontario ticketing industry. While centred in Toronto, OPTA welcomes members from across Ontario. 

OPTA is Canada’s first and oldest professional association dedicated exclusively to issues relevant to the management of the ticketing industry. We have an unofficial working relationship with the International Ticketing Association (INTIX) based in New York.

OPTA Members include box office managers, patron services directors, marketing and sales directors, venue IT professionals, and industry suppliers. OPTA is open to all organizations with a ticketing presence. 

OPTA welcomes over 79 organizations from across the province. Our membership is varied, representing organizations with different focuses, including: sports, theatres, performance venues, attractions and ticketing service providers. 

 If you would like to learn more about our organization or inquire about becoming a member, contact our Secretary, Alan Forsyth (aforsyth@mirvish.com). 

Find the history of OPTA (so far!)  here.

Mission Statement

  OPTA is dedicated to the concerns with the support for preservation of and further development of fair ethics and high standards with regards to marketing, sales and service in the ticketing industry and to promote the development and maintenance of a high standard of service to the ticket-buying public and user groups. 

2019-2020 Board of Directors

  • President  Alan Moffat - The Corporation of Massey/Roy Thomson Hall
  • Vice President Kevin Deveaux - Toronto Symphony Orchestra
  • Past President  Darcy Stoop - Ticketmaster
  • Secretary and Treasurer Alan Forsyth - TicketKing
  • Director-at-Large  Liz Bragg - TO Live
  • Director-at-Large   Odette Cimino  - The Living Arts Centre Mississauga
  • Director-at-Large  Fran Holywell - TO Live
  • Director-at-Large  April Moon - Canadian Stage

Message from the President

On behalf of the Ontario Professional Ticketing Association Membership and Executive Board welcome to the OPTA website. 

I am honoured to be writing this message as the President of OPTA. 

To begin with I would like thank our past President, Darcy Stoop, and the entire executive team for their excellent work over the last year. 

I would also like to take a moment to thank and acknowledge our founding member Richard Carter, as he steps down from his role as Treasurer. Richard has been a trailblazer during his career in ticketing through his various roles and as a founding member of both OPTA and INTIX. 

Although much in the ticketing industry has changed since the early days of OPTA, our core values remain the same. We are a membership that supports each other, inspires each other and learns from each other. 

I look forward to another amazing year with OPTA!

Thank you, 

Alan Moffat

2019-2020 OPTA President