Chief Revenue Officer, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment
Jeff presides over one of the largest Global Partnership portfolios in North America.
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. (MLSE) is Canada’s preeminent leader in delivering top quality sport and entertainment experiences to its fans. MLSE is one of North America’s leading providers of exception experiences. It is the parent company of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs, the NBA’s Toronto Raptors, MLS’s Toronto FC, the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts and development teams with the Toronto Marlies (AHL), Raptors 905 (NBA G League) and Toronto FC II (United Soccer League). MLSE owns or operates all the venues its teams play and train in, including Scotiabank Arena, BMO Field, Coca-Cola Coliseum, MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence, BMO Training Ground and the Raptors Training Facility. MLSE also provides fans in Toronto incredible live music and entertainment events. MLSE strives to deliver championships to their city and their fans and bring the world to its feet.
Jeff has been with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment since 1997; following his education at Bowling Green State University. Jeff brings 21 years of sports sales, marketing and leadership experience. During his time with MLSE he contributed to the expansion of the NBA and the Toronto Raptors and later the expansion of MLS and Toronto FC.
In 2011, Jeff was awarded the “Coach of the Year” by MLSE for his outstanding leadership skills. In 2012, Jeff was recognized by the Globe and Mail as one of the “5 To Watch”, which recognizes 5 of the top sports marketing leaders in Canada. Beyond the business sphere Jeff has a passion for golf as well as having an impact on his community by giving back and coaching youth hockey.
Founder/Partner with Saints Editorial
Griff is well recognized in the advertising community for both his editorial skills and business acumen. Over the course of his twenty plus years in the industry as a commercial editor, he has won countless awards both nationally and internationally, collaborating with agencies and directors on high profile clients that include Bud Light, FedEx, Mars, Visa, Nike, Pepsi and Mars. He is appreciated for his unique style of editorial storytelling and impeccable visual and comedic timing.
Griff is also a well-respected business owner and leader. He has founded three successful editorial companies, bringing together best in class commercial editors to service Canada’s advertising community. Saints Editorial is the culmination of Griff’s many years of experience and is home to Canada’s top editorial talent and the preferred collaborator and destination for top agencies and directors in both Canada and the United States. Not only do they appreciate the craftsmanship of the work, they rave about the Saints’ experience itself and feed off of the enthusiasm of Griff and his team.
When Griff isn’t working, he’s fueling his passion for personal fitness, golf, skiing, music, film, friends and family. He also spends a great deal of time at the rink supporting his son’s hockey team and at the hill cheering on his snowboard racing daughter.
Managing Director, EnerTech Capital
Wally is one of Canada’s leading Energy Technology Venture Capitalists and has been investing in the Energy Technology sector for over 20 years. He is a Managing Partner with EnerTech Capital which has managed over $500 Million in capital through four funds. Wally runs EnerTech’s Canadian operations from Toronto and has raised over $200 Million in capital for the EnerTech Group of Funds since 2003.
Prior to EnerTech, Wally was a Managing Director with RBC Capital Partners where he was responsible for the bank’s Venture Capital fund (Energy Technology and Advanced Technology Fund) which was part of RBC’s Investment Banking Division (RBC Capital Markets $1 Billion dollar investment fund). He has an extensive background in the Venture Capital business including a series of successful IPO’s, M&A and turnaround transactions throughout his 20 year career in the finance business.
In addition to Wally’s extensive finance background, he previously produced and hosted the weekly financial television show “Money Week” which featured over 200 guest interviews from Canadian and U.S. money managers over a 14 year period. He was also involved in politics and sat as a local Councillor in the Town of Milton (three terms) and on the Board of the Ontario College of Pharmacists (Chair of Finance).
Wally was past Chairman of the Banff Venture Forum Cleantech Stream and Chairman of the 2014 Canadian Venture Capital Association conference in Ottawa in May of 2014. He sits on the board of the Canadian Venture Capital Association (CVCA), Venture Capital Association of Alberta (VCAA), Sustainable Development Technology Canada Governing Board (SDTC) as well as EnerTech portfolio companies FilterBoxx, N-Dimension Solutions, HPC Energy Services, Western Oilfield Equipment Ltd. And Sofdesk. Wally was previously involved on the Board of Distech Controls prior to the sale of the company to Acuity Brands for $318 Million CDN.
Wally is a graduate of The University of Western Ontario and has completed a number of securities-related courses and programs including the Canadian Securities Institute (CSC program) and Canadian Investment Finance (CIF I, II &III).
President of The Ranson Group Inc.
Sharon Ranson is a corporate director and President of The Ranson Group Inc. Current corporate boards include Sprott Inc. (TSX—SII), Echelon Insurance (TSX-EFH), Spark Power Corp. (TSXV-SPG), Fire and Flower (TSXV-FAF), Continental Bank of Canada and Borrowell Inc. Crown appointments include the City of Toronto Investment Board and Chair of the Nominating Committee for the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSPIB). Volunteer boards include the Advisory Board for the Smith School of Business, Queen’s University and the Campaign Cabinet for the YMCA of GTA. Prior to founding her current business in 2002, Sharon spent over 20 years in capital markets where she was a top ranked Financial Services Analyst and a senior Portfolio Manager. Sharon is an FCPA, FCA and holds the ICD.D designation. She graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce and holds an MBA from York University.
President, Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited
Paul Rivett is President of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited. Mr. Rivett began at Fairfax in 2004 and previously served as Vice President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer of Hamblin Watsa Investment Counsel Ltd.
Mr. Rivett sits on several boards and holds directorships in multiple Fairfax Companies.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Toronto, a Master’s Degree in Industrial Relations from Queen’s University and a Law Degree from Queen’s University. He is also a Canadian Securities Registered Portfolio Manager. Mr. Rivett resides in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Former President of OMERS Pension
John Ruffolo is the Founder of OMERS Ventures and former CEO. Launched in 2011, OMERS Ventures is the venture capital arm of OMERS, the pension plan for Ontario’s municipal employees. Over the course of John’s leadership, OMERS Ventures had invested over $500 million of capital in over 40 disruptive technology companies across North America, creating thousands of jobs, and attracting additional capital well over $1 billion for our portfolio companies. John is also the Co-Founder and current Vice-Chair of the Council of Canadian Innovators, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping high-growth Canadian technology firms scale up globally. As Canada’s business council for a 21st century economy the Council is made up of CEOs from Canada’s most promising technology companies. The Council’s position is to promote, share, and collaborate with public policy leaders on key policy levers to optimize the growth of Canada’s innovation-based sector.
President, TMX Datalinx
Prior to joining TMX, Sarah was the Head of Industry, Finance at Google Canada where she led a sales team for Canadian insurers and financial services organizations focused on driving digital value. Prior to that role, Sarah led strategy & operations for Google Canada and then later a Global Google team. Sarah joined Google in 2013 after 8 years at McKinsey & Company as a strategy consultant. At McKinsey, Sarah consulted companies across industries varying from mining to healthcare focused on the intersection of operations and organization.
Originally from Toronto, Sarah is a graduate of Princeton University and the Wharton School of Business, where she completed an MBA and MA in International Affairs. Sarah sits on the Board of WaterAid Americas.
Managing Director, Scotiabank, Global Investment Banking
Adam is the Managing Director of Global Investment Banking for Scotiabank, having joined the firm in October 2018. He was formerly the Managing Director in the Financial Institutions Group within the Investment Banking Division at Barclays.
Adam joined Barclays in 2008 from Lehman Brothers, where he had been since 2007. Previously, he spent over seven years at Citigroup, first in the San Francisco office and then more recently as a Director in the Toronto office.
In addition to his extensive M&A experience across the FIG sector, Adam has completed over US$100bn of bookrun financings (equity and debt) in the banking, leasing, and insurance sectors.
Adam resides in Toronto with his wife Allison and their three children. He is also fluent in French.