Adrian has been a senior officer and director of several public and private companies in the fields of media, sports and entertainment, finance and industrial services. Most recently, he served as President and CEO of Aquilini Sports and Entertainment, one of Canada’s premier sports and entertainment organizations. He is the former president of Tuckamore Capital Management, a conglomerate with over $700 million of annual revenue, and was also the former CEO of QM Environmental, one of Canada’s largest contracting companies. Mr. Montgomery has been active in the political process throughout his career and has served as a political advisor to Leaders at all levels of government. Mr. Montgomery is also a member of the New York State Bar Association.
Alan is a seasoned corporate finance professional and is co-founder of a number of TSX and TSX.V listed companies. Alan has extensive experience assembling companies and executing seed financing. Alan is a non-practicing attorney and has played an integral role in the acquisition of various assets, financings and go-public transactions for many companies. He also worked for a top 5 South African Bank. He is a director of several private and public companies.
Michael is a highly experienced C-level sale and marketing executive with over 20 years’ experience. For almost a decade, Michael held senior sales and marketing positions at NIKE in Asia, Europe and the U.S., including serving as Director of Advertising for NIKE in Europe and Director of Retail for NIKE in the U.S. After leaving NIKE, Mr. Beckerman went on to become the VP Marketing for Canadian Airlines from 1996 to 1999; VP Marketing and International for MVP.com from 1999 to 2001; Chief Marketing Officer for BMO Financial Group from 2001 to 2006; President and then Chief Executive Officer for Ariad Communications from 2006 to 2015 and then CEO of both Ariad and US based Bluespire Marketing until 2016. Since 2016 Mr. Beckerman has run a marketing consulting practice with clients in technology, travel, sports and automotive.
Ben is the EVP, Finance at The Toronto Blue Jays, which is wholly owned by Rogers Communications. Ben has been with Rogers since 2015 where he held the roles of VP & GM of Mobilicity (which Rogers acquired in 2015), and SVP, Finance for the X1 Syndication Program. Previous to Rogers, Ben was the CFO of Pelmorex Media/The Weather Network. Prior to joining Pelmorex Ben was the VP, Corporate Development at Rogers from July 2005 to April 2013 where he was responsible for all M&A activity and completed over 30 transactions.
John is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Relay Ventures, a venture capital firm with investments from start-up phase to late venture and growth capital across North America. Founded in 2008, Relay Ventures is headquartered in Toronto and has a significant presence in San Francisco. Throughout his career, John has helped entrepreneurs shape their vision and capital plans for long-term, sustainable growth. His tenure in finance spans both venture capital and private equity, where he has assisted entrepreneurs through all stages of the start-up lifecycle, from seed financing to IPO and M&A advisory. John holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Schulich School of Business in Toronto. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of theScore, Playmaker Capital, ecobee, TouchBistro, Alate Partners, and the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation, in addition to other professional and philanthropic endeavours.
Richard Sherman is a ten-year NFL veteran, playing seven seasons for the Seattle Seahawks and three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. He is one of the most impactful players in NFL history, known for leading some of the best defensive teams in the league throughout his career, most recently as captain of the San Francisco 49ers’ defensive unit. He graduated from Stanford University and was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in 2011, winning a Super Bowl in 2013. He is a five-time All-Pro cornerback, a member of the NFL 2010s All-Decade Team and has earned two nominations for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, one of the most prestigious awards granted by the NFL, during his time with both the Seattle Seahawks and later with the San Francisco 49ers for his work in the community through his foundation Blanket Coverage, the Richard Sherman Family Foundation. He has demonstrated immense leadership skills throughout his career and currently serves as a National Football League Players Association Executive Committee member, a role which he was nominated for by his peers.
Angela Ruggiero is the CEO and co-founder of Sports Innovation Lab, a technology-powered market research firm empowering industry-leading sports brands to identify the trends, products, and services that will drive the future of sports. Previous capital markets experience includes serving as a Senior Management Associate at Bridgewater Associates, the largest hedge fund in the world. Angela is a sought-after keynote and motivational speaker who has spoken at over 200 schools, businesses, and organizations including the United Nations, International Olympic Committee, KPMG, Nike, Coca-Cola, Liberty Mutual, and Johnson & Johnson. Angela is an American ice hockey gold medalist and four-time Olympian, a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) from 2010 to 2018, the Chairperson of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, member of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015. She is a graduate of Harvard Business School, Harvard College, with a master’s degree in Sports Management from the University of Minnesota, and has previously served on the Board of Score Media and Gaming Inc.
Scott O’Neil is the former CEO of Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, owner and operator of the Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Devils, esports organization Dignitas, and venture capital fund Sixers Innovation Lab. Scott has also served as President of Madison Square Garden Sports, overseeing the New York Knicks and New York Rangers. O’Neil also spent seven years as the Senior Vice President of the NBA’s Team Marketing and Business Operations group. Earlier in his career, O’Neil served as the President of HoopsTV.com, served as Vice President of Sales for the Philadelphia Eagles, and began his career with the New Jersey Nets. He has served on the Board of Directors of Outplayed Inc., owner of U.GG (acquired by Enthusiast Gaming) and Zoomi.ai, and is a graduate of Villanova University and Harvard Business School.
Janny Lee is an experienced financial professional, with a background in investment banking, asset management and operations. She has been involved with several billion dollars’ worth of domestic and cross-border financing and strategic M&A transactions primarily across the media, technology, and communications industries. She is a Founding Partner of Anchorvest, an alternative asset management platform. In addition, she is Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer of Redbadge and Founding Partner of Redbadge Pacific, a venture capital and real estate investment firm where she evaluates direct capital opportunities. Previously, Janny held roles of increasing responsibility with Redwood Capital Group, Primedia, Inc. (originally a Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. portfolio company), Bank of America Securities LLC and Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. She was also a founding member of a financial software company that was funded by Goldman Sachs Ventures. Janny has served on various boards and is currently a Foundation Board Member of White Plains Hospital, a leading healthcare provider. She graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations.
David Goldhill is an experienced media and entertainment executive. He was President and COO of Universal Television Group before being named the CEO of Game Show Network, where his responsibilities included establishing GSN Games. David served in that role for a decade before co-founding Sesame, an online marketplace for high-quality, low-cost healthcare services. He earlier served as EVP and CFO of Act III Communications, a private operator of broadcast stations, movie theaters, and trade magazines. He has served on the board of directors of CommerceHub, Expedia and eLong and is currently Chair of The Leapfrog Group. David is a leading national voice for market-based health care reform and a graduate of Harvard University.
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