President, CEO and Founder of BFL CANADA
Barry Lorenzetti is an entrepreneur, builder, and corporate leader in the insurance industry in Canada, and as his close friends can attest, he is also a discreet philanthropist and a man deeply aware of the importance of community service.
Under his leadership, BFL CANADA has become a Canadian power-house in the field of insurance. BFL has enjoyed extraordinary growth; so much so that Mr. Lorenzetti now oversees a firm of close to 600 employees in ten cities and six provinces across the country. BFL is the largest Canadian employee-owned company in its field and, as a Partner in an international venture, Lockton Global LLP, is represented in over one hundred and twenty (120) countries worldwide.
Of utmost importance to Mr. Lorenzetti is the fact that after more than 25 years, BFL continues to be owned and operated by its own employees all across Canada.
Mr. Lorenzetti has been heavily involved in community service and supporting charitable organizations for many years, as well as sitting on a range of Boards. Some of the causes he has been involved with include the Butters Foundation raising funds for Autistic children in Canada, YWCA Foundation, Arion Orchestre Baroque and the Québec Society for Disabled Children.
For several years now, and in keeping with his lifelong love of hockey, he has also been involved with Hockey Canada and has served on the Board of the Hockey Canada Foundation. One of Mr. Lorenzetti’s favorite project with the Foundation is the Dreams Come True Program in Quebec, in which he has participated both as an organizer and fundraiser. This Program, that has been successful across Canada, promotes hockey to our youth.
He is a frequent speaker at various industry forums on insurance and other subjects in both Canada and the U.S.
Barry Lorenzetti is the proud father of three (3) children – Maggie, Justin and Jenna – and it has always been important to him to instill in them the same sense of community his own upbringing impressed upon him.
Counsel, Bryan & Company LLP
Born and raised in Edmonton, Doug Goss obtained his bachelor of commerce in finance from the University of Alberta in 1980, followed by his bachelor of law in 1984. Doug currently serves as counsel to the law firm of Bryan & Company LLP, and is a director and/or officer of numerous private and public corporations in Canada.
A firm believer in community service, Doug also serves on the boards of various Alberta charities and not-for-profit organizations. He currently serves as chairman of the board of governors of the University of Alberta, as well as chairman of the board of the TELUS Edmonton Community Board and Fort Edmonton Management Company, and is also a member of the board of trustees of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. Doug has served as the chairman of the board of directors of the Edmonton Eskimos Football Club, as a member of the board of governors of the Canadian Football League and as chairman of the board of directors of the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation.
Doug is the former chairman of the board of governors of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), was co-chair of the 2010 Grey Cup Festival, and served as chairman of the 2010 Hockey Canada Foundation Celebrity Classic. He was also the chairman of the Molson Canadian Heritage Hockey Classic, held in November 2003, and was inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence on Oct. 16, 2013.
Past Chair, Hockey Canada Board of Directors
Allan Matthews was born in Kimberley, B.C., and graduated from the University of Victoria. Following his graduation, Allan was employed as a secondary school teacher and teacher-librarian in Kimberley and Williams Lake and as the resource centre/education change coordinator for the Cariboo-Chilcotin School Board. He is currently retired.
An extensive background in hockey administration marks Allan’s volunteer service to the community. He has served on the executive board of minor hockey associations and leagues, Junior B teams and leagues, the British Columbia Amateur Hockey Association, the Hockey Canada Board of Directors and on International Ice Hockey Federation committees. Allan also served as president of the BCAHA from 1991-94 and chair of Hockey Canada from 2003-05. He was inducted into the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008.
Over the years, Allan has served on a number of community and professional organizations, including the Williams Lake Recreation Commission, Cariboo-Chilcotin Teacher-Librarians’ Association, B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee and as Hockey Canada’s representative on the Canadian Olympic Committee.
Chair, Powerbev Inc. & Purbrands Inc. / Ceo, Citadel Capital Inc.
Born in Toronto, Tom Bitove continues to call the Ontario capital home. After graduating from the University of Western Ontario with a B.A. in economics, Tom joined the family business and assisted in the operation of a restaurant chain, airport food and beverage services and highway travel centres working his way up to become president and CEO before the selling the businesses to a multinational. During this time Tom joined his brother Nick in the development of the Hard Rock Cafes in Canada, growing this franchise to become one of the great successes for themed restaurants in Canada.
In 1992, Tom partnered with Wayne Gretzky to create the only restaurant to which Wayne has lent his name. In 1993, Tom’s family was awarded an NBA franchise for Toronto. Tom served on the Raptors’ board from the inception during which the team set a number of records for an expansion team including attendance and merchandise sales marks.
Currently, Tom serves as chair of PURbrands Inc. and Powerbev Inc., distributors of Red Bull energy drink in British Columbia and Ontario, respectively.
In the community, Tom has participated in a number of charitable roles. He has served with Big Brothers Big Sisters for a number of years as well as the National Board of ProAction Cops and Kids. Tom served as chair of the Hockey Canada Foundation from 2010-2012. During his tenure as chair, the Hockey Canada Foundation became one of the most respected and fastest growing foundations in Canada, supporting hockey initiatives in all 10 provinces and three territories.
In January 2008, Tom was invested into the Order of Ontario in recognition for the contribution and work he has done for charities locally, provincially and nationally. He was honoured in 2011 to be asked to serve as an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel for the 7th Toronto Regiment of the Canadian Army.
President & Ceo, S&E Sponsorship Group Inc.
Brian Cooper has over 25 years experience in a wide variety of executive positions throughout the sports and entertainment industry. He founded Insight Sports Ltd., a well-known broadcast/production company and built properties like the NHL Network, GOL TV and the World Fishing Network while producing Gold Rush 2002, Ultimate Gretzky, and the long-running TV series, The Business of Sports.
Brian was vice-president of operations and business development at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment and was part of the executive team that created and launched the Raptors brand experience (an innovative blend of entertainment, sport and music). He was also president and COO of the Toronto Argonauts during the ownership of John Candy, Wayne Gretzky and Bruce McNall, and was credited with the revival of football in the Toronto marketplace in the 1990s.
Brian formerly sat on the charitable boards of the Toronto Blue Jays Foundation and Toronto Indy /Champ Car Foundation, and was an advisor to the Wayne Gretzky Foundation. He currently is a board member of Canada Basketball, the Stratford Festival and the Hockey Canada Foundation. Brian also was founder and former president of FM radio station CIYN The Coast FM in Kincardine, Ont., and is president and CEO of S&E Sponsorship Group Inc., a sponsorship consulting agency based in Toronto. He was named by The Globe & Mail as one of the top 25 Power Players in Canadian sport.
Chairman & Owner, Boston Pizza International Inc.
Jim Treliving was born and raised in Virden, Man. At the age of 18, he joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and served for eight years, primarily in western Canada. During that time, Jim recognized an opportunity in a small Edmonton pizza and pasta restaurant and ultimately left the RCMP to become the very first Boston Pizza franchisee in Penticton B.C. After expanding his business to include several other restaurant locations, Jim purchased the franchisor, Boston Pizza International Inc., in 1983 and has since overseen the company’s growth to over 400 restaurant locations across Canada, the United States and Mexico.
Together with his business partner, George Melville, Jim sets the corporate strategy for Boston Pizza and for several other businesses in which they have invested, collectively known as the T&M Group of Companies. Starting from a single restaurant franchise in 1968, today the T&M Group has operations throughout North America in the retail, manufacturing, real estate and service sectors with annual system-wide sales exceeding $1 billion. Their partnership has been recognized over the years with several prestigious awards, including Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies Platinum Club, Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures, the Henry Singer Award from the Canadian Institute of Retailing and Services, the Canadian Franchise Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Fraser Institute’s T. Patrick Boyle Founder’s Award and, most recently, the Business Laureates of British Columbia Hall of Fame announced both Jim and George Melville as inductees for 2014.
In addition to his professional responsibilities, Jim is active in giving back to the community. He has been a director of the Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects since its inception in 1990 and has helped raise and donate over $18 million to Canadian charities over that time. Jim has also served on a number of volunteer boards, including the Hockey Canada Foundation, Jays Care Foundation, David Foster Foundation and Richmond Hospital Foundation. Currently, Jim stars as one of the five Dragons on CBC’s reality TV show, Dragon’s Den, where aspiring entrepreneurs secure a financial investment from the Dragons to start their own business.
Chairman, President & CEO, Whitecap Resources Inc.
Grant Fagerheim was born and raised in Estevan, Sask., and after graduating from the University of Calgary in 1982, he embarked on a career in the oil and gas industry. He is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Whitecap Resources Inc., and currently serves on the boards of Whitecap Resources Inc. and Advantage Oil & Gas Ltd., both TSX publicly-traded companies. As well, he acts as Advisor to KES7 Capital and Stream Asset Management.
Grant has worked in both the upstream and downstream segments of the energy industry and while doing so undertook his Executive MBA. Founder of Ketch Energy Ltd., Ketch Resources Ltd. and Kereco Energy Ltd. (Cadence). His past directorships include both public and private energy companies and an oil and gas service company.
He is an active member in the community in both volunteer and charity roles and has a passion for combining academics with athletics. Grant has served as chairman of the Edge School for Athletes in Calgary. He has been a director of the Hockey Canada Foundation since January 2008, has served as chairman of the foundation and was also a member of the Order of Hockey Canada executive committee. In recognition for his contributions to Canada he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal created in 2012 to honour the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Ryan Walter played 15 seasons and over 1,000 games in the National Hockey League. Drafted second overall by the Washington Capitals in 1978, he was named the youngest NHL captain in NHL history in his second of four seasons with the Capitals before playing nine seasons and winning a Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens in 1986. Ryan returned to his home province to play his final two seasons for the Vancouver Canucks.
He was named Canada’s captain for the 1978 IIHF World Junior Championship, played in the 1983 NHL All-Star Game and represented his country at three IIHF World Championships (1979, 1981, 1982). Ryan served as vice-president of the National Hockey League Players Association and was honoured as NHL Man of the Year in 1992.
In 2010, Ryan stepped behind the Team Canada bench for the first time, leading Canada to a gold medal at the 2010 4 Nations Cup in St. John’s, N.L., and a silver medal at the 2011 IIHF World Women’s Championship in Switzerland.
Ryan has a master’s degree in leadership/business, is the author of five books, and is a frequent contributor to both online and print magazines and newspapers, radio, and television. A team, leadership, and performance expert who speaks and trains globally, Ryan has been president of the American Hockey League’s Abbotsford Heat, an assistant coach with the Vancouver Canucks, a co-founder and president of two hockey-related start-up companies, a TV hockey analyst, the creator of the board game Trade Deadline Hockey, and a hockey adviser and actor for both television and movies. In addition to the Hockey Canada Foundation, Ryan serves on the Seton Hall Stillman School of Business Leadership Advisory Council.