CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada president and CEO Bob Nicholson announced Mike Ross as the organization’s first chief business officer (CBO) on Thursday.
Ross, a longtime senior executive with Molson Coors Canada, will join the organization at its head office in Calgary on March 1, and will oversee all business operations at Hockey Canada, providing both strategic and tactical direction to the organization’s overall business efforts.
Mike Ross, 45, worked with Molson Coors Canada for 22 years, recently as president of Creemore Springs and Granville Island Brewing Companies where he also created and launched a separate craft beer division for Molson Coors named Six Pints Specialty Beer Company. Prior to this position within Molson Coors Canada, Ross was the company’s chief market development officer from 2007-10, a position he advanced to after serving in a variety of marketing and sales positions starting in 1989, including leading the Western Canada business in Calgary.
“The addition of Mike to lead our business efforts will help our organization strengthen our brand, business properties and events,” said Hockey Canada president and CEO Bob Nicholson. “In strengthening our business footprint, Hockey Canada and its member branches will be able to add programs, improve membership services, and improve the quality of the overall hockey experience in Canada.”
“I am very excited and truly honoured to be joining a first class organization like Hockey Canada,” said Ross. “I look forward to working with the entire team to build on the positive momentum they have earned and are currently enjoying.”
Ross graduated from York University with a bachelor’s degree in math for commerce and completed the Executive Program at Queen’s School of Business in 2003. He and his wife Patti have three children.
His ties to hockey date back to his youth, where he started playing minor hockey with the West Island Royals in Montreal, then for the Gloucester Minor Hockey Association. His father, Alan Ross, volunteered for 28 years in Gloucester minor hockey and Eastern Ontario hockey.
Ross will join Nicholson, chief operating officer Scott Smith and chief financial officer Paul Delparte on Hockey Canada’s executive committee, working closely with the organization’s four vice-presidents – Paul Carson, vice-president of hockey development, Scott Farley, vice-president of marketing services and events, Glen McCurdie, vice-president of member services and Brad Pascall, vice-president of hockey operations/ national teams - to set direction and oversee the execution of the organization’s operations.
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