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 and, most recently, the Canadian Franchise Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
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 since its inception in 1990 and has helped raise and donate over $14 million to Canadian charities over that time. Jim has also served on a number of volunteer boards, including the Hockey Canada 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, BFL Canada International Risk and Insurance Services
Barry Lorenzetti was born and raised in Montreal and graduated from McGill University in 1974 with a B.A. Following his graduation he spent time in London, England, working for a Lloyd’s brokerage company and upon his return to North America lived in New York working for international risk and insurance firms.
In 1987, Barry formed BFL Canada and is the current president and CEO of the nation’s largest privately-owned insurance brokerage and risk management company, with offices across the country.
Recognized as a successful entrepreneur, he has adopted a business model which enabled him to attract top professionals from across the country to the firm. He serves on a number of boards, including not-for-profit organizations, and devotes a generous amount of his time to the Hockey Canada Foundation, where he serves on the executive committee promoting our national sport.
Barry is a frequent speaker at various industry forums on insurance and other subjects in Canada and the U.S. and, above all, is an avid hockey fan.
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 librarian in Kimberley and Williams Lake and as the resource centre/education change co-ordinator 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 A and Junior B teams and leagues, the British Columbia Amateur Hockey Association and the Hockey Canada Board of Directors. Allan also served as president of the BCAHA from 1991-93 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.
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 also recently completed a three-year term as the chairman of the board of governors of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). He was co-chair of the 2010 Grey Cup Festival, and served as chairman of the 2010 Hockey Canada Foundation Celebrity Classic. Doug was also the chairman of the Molson Canadian Heritage Hockey Classic, held in November 2003.
President & CEO, Sports and Entertainment 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 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. In December 2007, The Globe & Mail named Brian as one of the top 25 most influential figures in Canadian sport.
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. Grant has worked in both the upstream and downstream segments of the energy industry and while doing so undertook his Executive MBA. He held various management and executive positions between 1995 and 2000 until founding Ketch Energy Ltd. Since 2000, Grant has been president and CEO of Ketch Energy Ltd., Ketch Resources Ltd., Cadence Energy Inc. and currently is chairman, president and CEO of Whitecap Resources Inc.
Grant also currently serves on the board of PRD Energy Inc., Sintana Energy Inc., and Iskander Energy Corp., all internationally-based oil and gas growth companies. His past directorships include both public and private energy companies and an oil and gas service company.
He is a very active member in the community and has a passion for combining academics with athletics. Grant has served as chairman of the Edge School for Athletes in Calgary, and has been a director of the Hockey Canada Foundation since January 2008 and chairman of the foundation since 2012. He has been a director of Hockey Canada since 2012, and is also a member of the Order of Hockey Canada executive committee.
Grant is supported by his wife Penny and two sons, Brandon and Brett.
Chair, Powerbev Inc. & Pur Brands 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 multi-national. 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 participated in a number of roles in Big Brothers Big Sisters for a number of years. Tom is also on the Board of Advisors for the Wayne Gretzky Foundation, both in Canada and the United States, and is a founding board member of Canada Company, a charity assisting the families of servicemen and servicewomen. In 2010, Tom was appointed chair of the Hockey Canada Foundation after serving on the board for a number of years. 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 Regiment of the Canadian Forces.
Principal Owner and Chairman, Winnipeg Jets (NHL)
Mark Chipman was born and raised in Winnipeg and received an Honors B.A. in economics as well as a Juris Doctorate in law from the University of North Dakota. Upon graduation, he received his call to the Florida Bar, where he began his practice as an assistant district attorney and later entered a private practice. Mark returned to Winnipeg in 1988 to work for the Birchwood Automotive Group and assumed the position of president in 1992. Under his leadership, the Financial Post recognized Birchwood as one of Canada's 50 best-managed private companies from 1996 through 1998.
In September 2001, Mark was named president and CEO of Birchwood’s parent company, Megill-Stephenson, a diverse holding company with a broad range of investments in the retail automotive, real estate development and financial services industry.
In addition to these responsibilities, Mark is the founder and chairman of True North Holdings Ltd., which owns and operates the MTS Centre in downtown Winnipeg. He is also the principal owner, chairman and governor of the National Hockey League’s Winnipeg Jets.
Mark has participated in several community non-profit boards and charitable concerns. He currently sits on the boards of the Business Counsel of Manitoba and Hockey Canada Foundation, and has been a member of United Way Winnipeg’s campaign cabinet for many years. In addition to coaching minor hockey since 1999, Mark created and oversees a unique school-based hockey program which every year provides access to the game of hockey to hundreds of children that are otherwise unable to play.
Mark and Patti, his wife of 25 years, have three daughters, Sarah, Anne and Mary.
President & CEO, Amherst Consustants Ltd.
Senior Partner, Rainmaker Global Business Development
Lois Mitchell calls Calgary home, although her roots are in Vancouver where she grew up, took physical education at the University of British Columbia, and taught for two years before relocating to Calgary.
Lois found her entrepreneurial spirit in the 1970s when she started a successful sport merchandising business. She built her business from the ground up to encompass all of Western Canada before selling it in 1980.
In her next business venture, Lois combined her teaching roots with her business experience in Amherst Consultants, a corporate training firm specializing in marketing, sales, communication and leadership training. She is currently the senior partner at Rainmaker Global Business Development in Calgary, which connects companies with qualified business opportunities around the world. Rainmaker has offices in Calgary, Toronto, New York, Houston, Brussels, London and Dubai, and produces the Canada Day celebrations in Trafalgar Square.
Lois, as well as being involved in the sports business, is an active participant in sports and sports organizations and chaired the 2008 IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship in Calgary. She is also on the board of the Special Olympic Foundation, Toronto.
Having chaired many organizations and special events, including the 2008 IIHF World Women’s U18 Championship, she currently co-chairs the Gold Medal Plates dinner in Calgary in support of current and aspiring Canadian Olympians and Paralympians. She is the former chair of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, past chair of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and a former director of the New York-based American Symphony Orchestra Volunteer Council.
Lois extends her vast business knowledge to a wider range of volunteer and charitable causes. She is vice-chair of the Global Business Forum in Banff, director for UBS Bank and is chair of the Advisory Board of the Latin America Research Centre at the University of Calgary. She is also on the board of the Special Olympic Foundation, and the Hockey Canada Foundation. She was recently appointed as a member of the Order of Canada.
President, O'Neill and Lanza Inc.
Dan has had an extensive career in executive management and marketing along with deep roots in the world of professional and amateur sport. Over his 30-year career, he has held a succession of positions in major companies including HJ Heinz, Campbell Soup, SC Johnston Wax and Colgate Palmolive, where he was responsible for building brands and market expansion. His most recent Canadian executive role was with Molson Inc., where he was president and CEO from 2000 to 2005.
Dan has been an advocate, supporter and significant funder of amateur and professional sport all his life. During his time with Molson, he was instrumental in convincing the company to support Canada’s National Women’s Team leading up to their success at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. He also directed Molson’s support of several other Olympic teams, both summer and winter, including the overall support of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid.
Since that time he has personally assisted amateur athletes as they pursue their Olympic training, including philanthropic support for a number of developing and high performance athletes in sports including skiing, snowboarding and other snow sports. Dan was involved in a significant contribution that led to the development of Camp Green, a high performance glacier training facility for Canada’s national ski and snowboard teams.
During his tenure at Molson he repositioned the company as a leading international brewer through strategically guiding the organization to dramatically improving its financial and operating performance. He was also instrumental in the strategic identification and the negotiations leading to the merger of Molson and Coors Brewing Company resulting in the creation of one of the largest breweries in the world.
Dan has served on the boards of the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Montreal Canadiens, including as president, and currently sits on the board of the Hockey Canada Foundation and Bombardier Recreational Products.
President, Abbotsford Heat Hockey Club (AHL)
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 Caps 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 and business, and is the author of five books, the creator of the board game Trade Deadline Hockey, and a regular contributor to both online and print magazines and newspapers. In addition to the Hockey Canada Foundation, Ryan serves on the Seton Hall Stillman School of Business Leadership Advisory Council.
Currently president of the American Hockey League’s Abbotsford Heat, Ryan has been an NHL coach, co-founder and president of two start-up companies, a TV hockey analyst and a hockey adviser and actor for both television and movies. Ryan's enthusiasm from the page, screen, bench, boardroom, and podium is contagious as he fulfills his mission to “inspire the hungry spirit!”