Founder, President and Chief Strategy Officer, KCI Management Inc.
Kimberley Clarke is the founder and strategic force behind KCI Management Inc., a boutique, multi-national events firm operating in Canada and the United States. KCI’s core competency is in event operations with a niche in VIP and C-suite concierge programs. An entrepreneur for nearly two decades, her company employs a team of dynamic individuals across North America, and counts international brands such as Ferrari, Pitney Bowes, First Data and Deloitte among its client roster.
Kimberley sits on the advisory board of Crimson Asset Management, an independent investment firm focused on U.S. small cap investing. She is closely involved with the Maddie Project, a Toronto non-profit dedicated to building awareness for youth mental health and raising funds for treatment facilities. She works extensively as a mentor, advising young people as they launch their careers, and is a past Member of the Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of London. Kimberley began her career working in the technology sector.
Kimberley holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Western University, and a diploma in Business Administration from Wilfred Laurier University. When she isn’t traveling, she’s at either the lake or the ski hill with her family or cheering on the London Knights from her rink side seasons ticket seats.
Founder and President, MessageBank, LLC
Steven is the founder and President of MessageBank, LLC, an industry leading provider of multimedia technology meeting services to the Financial Services, Investor Relations, and Capital Markets industries catering to global Fortune 500 companies.
He began his career in the conferencing/event meeting services industry by opening the New York office of ConferTech International, Inc., an OEM and service provider based in Colorado which was later acquired by Frontier Communications and then Global Crossing, Inc. He was a pioneer in the development of conferencing/web-based service applications for the Investor Relations marketplace specific to quarterly earnings events for publicly held companies, crisis communications and annual shareholder meetings. He has extensive experience and expertise in the coordination of shareholder/media communications for both public and private asset management entities.
Prior to founding MessageBank to provide virtual event conferencing services in 2000, Steven was also a founding managing partner of The Castle Group, Inc., a software consulting firm specializing in the implementation of Customer Relationship Management solutions for mid-market companies. He also currently serves on the Board of Advisors of OpenExchange, Inc, a video meeting services collaboration company catering to the world’s largest banking institutions. Steven received an undergraduate degree from Franklin & Marshall College and an MBA from Fordham University.
He is also the proud father of triplet children and lives with his wife Melissa in Bedford, NY.
Founder/Partner, 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).
Vice President, Ticket Sales & Service at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE)
Tom McDonald is Vice President, Ticket Sales & Service at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) overseeing one of the most prominent, leading ticketing businesses in North America. McDonald oversees the Suite, Membership, VIP Hospitality business for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC, Toronto Argonauts, Toronto Marlies, Raptors 905 and the Premium Live ticketing business at Scotiabank Arena and Budweiser Stage.
Tom’s career at MLSE spans 20+ years and includes the successful ticketing execution of global events such as the 2014 NHL Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium, the 2016 NHL World Cup of Hockey tournament, 2016 NBA All-Star weekend, the 2017 NHL Centennial Classic at BMO field and the 2015 & 2017 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship tournament.
Accolades and recognition for McDonald’s business results include the 2018-19 NBA Team of the Year, recognizing the outstanding business achievements of the Toronto Raptors and more recently the 2019-20 Raptors 905 NBA G League franchise of the year.
Tom’s passion and experience in the sports business industry is matched only by his dynamic leadership style and his commitment to developing young sports executives. Tom, his wife Julia and their three daughters are residents of Uxbridge, Ontario and are active organizers and participants in the annual Terry Fox run and fundraising efforts in support of cancer research.
Head of Emerging Businesses, Corporate & Business Development, Q2 Software
Jonathan Price is Head of Emerging Businesses, Corporate & Business Development at Q2 Software, having joined the company in February 2018. Q2 is a cloud-based, digital banking company headquartered in Austin, Texas. The Company provides solutions for deposits, money movement, lending, security and fraud prevention to enable financial services firms to deliver a better financial experience to their account holders.
Jonathan Price joined Q2 after a fourteen-year investment banking career, focused on M&A and capital raising in the software space in North America. Prior to Q2, Jonathan led the West Coast software practice for BMO Capital Markets in San Francisco, where he advised Vertical Software and Financial Technology companies. Prior to BMO, Jonathan spent time between Citi and Goldman Sachs. He holds an HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business.
Outside of the office, Jonathan spends his time with his wife and two young boys and is an avid sports fan, rooting for the Calgary Flames and Jacksonville Jaguars, and golfing as often as he can.
President, 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.
Chair, Torstar Corporation
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.
Adam was most recently the Managing Director of Global Investment Banking for a top tier investment firm for 3 years, prior to which he was 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.