Drs. A.M. Griffin RT SV
Clinical Performance Psychologist Sports
Drs. Annemieke Griffin RT SV is a clinical psychologist and founder of StatuMentis, a peak performance consulting firm headquartered in Belton, TX, USA. Annemieke’s expertise is in stress management, mental toughness and mental health. She works globally with individual athletes, teams and coaches and is the central figure in the development of the StatuMentis Academy, in which the sharing of knowledge is the key component. Additionally, Annemieke is leading the development of Coaching Consultancy Programs that educate coaches in the field of Peak Performance.
Drs. A.M. Griffin RT SV
Clinical Performance Psychologist Sports
Jeff Carmichael has spent over 30 years of his career building healthier communities through grassroots sport. He has worked in municipal recreation and sport development with the City of Toronto, is a past Executive Director of the Toronto Sports Council and has served on several Boards. Jeff continues to work on innovative projects where collaboration is forefront. His work in under-serviced communities focuses on providing support to local champions
Managing Director, Sport for Development Group
Steven Caldwell is a professional soccer player who enjoyed and 18 year career that stretched two continents. In a career that spanned over 400 games, his clubs include, newcastle United, Sunderland, Burnley, Wigan Birmingham City and Toronto FC. His spent the vast majority of his career in the top two tiers of English football. In 2005 he successfully achieved promotion to the English Premier League by winning the Championship with Sunderland AFC. His other major achievement was winning the Coca Cola Playoff final at Wembley Stadium with Burnley FC.
TSN Sports TV Analyst and Ex Scotland Footballer
Matteo began his professional career at the age of 14 in Italy when he relocate to play for the youth team of a Serie A club. He started coaching young while earning his Bachelor and Master degree in Kinesiology and his coaching certification Uefa A and Fifa diploma. Matteo is currently the CEO of CAMPO, a data science sport platform created to help organization to enhance players performance. CAMPO will be released to the public in 2019. Matteo’s ultimate goal is to improve sports performance through medicine, science and technology.
Technical/Innovation Director, CAMPO & Juventus Academy Toronto
Jim is the cofounder of CATZ, Competitive Athlete Training Zone, and one of the country’s leading experts on training developing athletes and mentoring coaches. In the field of sports performance training Jim has spent the last 20 years synthesizing sound research and good practice. Jim is an expert on presenting the principals of effective training and creating an engaging environment for athletes to flourish. Jim has been featured in the New York Times, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Newsweek, Business Week and Men’s Health. Jim serves on the Board of Councilors of the USC division of Physical Therapy and as an advisor to a number of sporting clubs.
Jim Liston, Sport Science Director
Jérôme de Chaunac (46) has over 20 years’ experience across Sports, Entertainment, Events and Media. De Chaunac is an expert in brand building, partnership strategy, content marketing, consumer experience and passion-based digital engagement, and has worked with leading global companies including adidas and Coca-Cola and rights holders like the NBA or FIFA.
He has strong experience developing networks in different markets around the world, and since 2014 has been based in New York, growing the footprint of a major international communications agency.
Jerome De Chaunac
A FIFA registered agent, Terreros began his career working for various Major League Soccer teams and negotiating contracts for athletes and corporate businesses alike. This led him to start his own firm, Ōs Group, which eventually merged with SBX in 2017. Joining Fritz and Corelli as one of the agency’s lead executives, Terreros now heads the global soccer division for SBX, and is involved in day to day management of the agency through its 3 verticals. His passion for the beautiful game, entrepreneurial spirit and experience having negotiated over $30 million in contracts serve him well.
Chief Marketing Officer, SBX
Dr. Paul is a Chiropractor who designs Custom High Performance Nutrition programs for Elite and Professional athletes. He has worked with players from: MLS, NHL, MLB, UFC, CFL and players from numerous Canadian National Team programs. With his professional athletes, he has traveled to Japan, London England, throughout the US, Brazil and for the past 5 years has been working with the longest reigning UFC Heavy Weight Champion, Stipe Miocic. Dr. Paul helped formulate an elite endurance product called AMPED NOX for an international nutritional company and also developed two different topical pain products.
Dr. Paul Biondich
International Speaker on High Performance Nutrition, Biondich Performance Science
James Roach is an Entrepreneur and soccer visionary who coaches youth and adults with personalised programs for elite and professional soccer players. He has worked with FA Premier League club West Ham Utd within their centre of excellence for numerous years and non-league, working with some of the best talent around the globe.
In 2005 James created his world-renowned Soccer Academy, Coach Roach Soccer (CRS) which has 4 Key elements to the Academy. They include CRS Residential, CRS Fitness, CRS International & CRS Matchday Tactics.
Founder/UEFA ‘A’ Licensed Coach, CRS
Angus (Gus) is well known to many in the soccer, broadcast, sponsorship and digital media community, through his previous experience in sports data, analytics and consulting. He is highly creative and takes time to understand partner priorities to create and package unique content solutions with a focus on both innovation and sustainability. Many leagues/clubs have also used his services to develop new inventory and position data/analytics with their list of sponsorship assets. He has negotiated and managed large league-wide agreements with rights holders.
Sales, Content Distribution, Sponsorship & Strategy Executive
Paul is the Founder and CEO of Impakt a B Corp that helps organizations benefit from social change and an authority on the social purpose of business. In addition to helping global corporations to understand and leverage their social purpose, Paul has written extensively about the intersection of business and social change for publications including Forbes, Advertising Age and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Paul is also the Founder of HireUp– a social enterprise that help employers find, hire and retain youth who face barriers to work.
Founder and CEO Impakt, Inspiring Social Change
Richard Bucciarelli, MS, B.Kin., R.Kin, CSCS, CSEP-CEP, USSF “A”, is a professional fitness coach, sports scientist and coach educator, and the owner of Soccer Fitness Inc., a soccer-specific strength and conditioning company in Toronto. He has worked at some of the highest levels of the game both in Canada and internationally, including the Canadian National Women’s Teams, the Toronto FC Academy, The Uruguayan Segunda (second division) with Canadian SC Uruguay, and the United Soccer League (USL) with the Ottawa Fury FC.
President, Soccer Fitness
Relationship builder who is very passionate about development for future generations and by extension very interested in the business of sports. I have played professional football for over 15 years in the Netherlands, I have Co-Founded Dutch Connections FC and Founded – Made To Change Group, which is a Toronto-Geneva based company focussed on Intellectual Property Asset Management and Wealth Preservation for Athletes and Entertainers. I have studied sports management, business, and administration.
Jörg van Nieuwenhuijzen
Founder – Made To Change Group
Coach Reed is the Founder of The Excellence Equation, co-developer of Positive Discipline Tools for Coaches, and Lead Speaker/Chief Content Officer for Changing the Game. With 30 years experience as educator/coach and two Master’s degrees (Sport Psychology and Early Childhood Education), Reed has a wealth of practical experience and scientific research that he draws on to help others lead athletes to excel in and beyond the game. Since the release of his TEDx talk “Echoes Beyond the Game”, he’s become a trusted educator and advisor to sports organizations all over the world.
Chief Content Officer/Lead Presenter
Stephanie has been part of some of the most prominent sport organizations in North America. She helped establish the New York Yankees’ initial online presence and served as their Editor in Chief. Her public policy background led her to a role with NHL Diversity, to make hockey more inclusive. From the U of T Varsity Blues, to Oakville and Burlington Youth Soccer Clubs, to Ontario Soccer, she has been part of senior teams that lead Canada’s largest amateur sport groups. She is guided by the belief that sport is a primary driver for community building and developing young people.
Stephanie J. Geosits, Lead ConsultantCapitis Consulting
Class of 1967, Founder of Heritage Sports Holdings (HsH), owner of several football teams in Spain, Italy, Gibraltar and Portugal. Pablo is now based in Dubai UAE. Partner in Quantocoin and long time believer in Cryptocurrencies, he is now part of
(QTCt) – The bank of the future. HsH has been the first in the world to introduce the use of Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain technology in football. Pablo facilitated important acquisitions of Italian, French and Spanish football teams. He was the initiator of the AC Milan Deal with Asian Investors followed by the OM-Olympique de Marseille deal.
Pablo Victor Dana, Founder,
Heritage Sports Holdings
CEO of Nicholson Facilitation & Associates, LLC. An internationally-certified professional facilitator and mediator, she was one of four national finalists for the 2018 Hudl Innovator of the Year award for her creation of the GO! youth sports training and resource program. Ruth holds a master’s degree in public administration and offers over 25 years’ experience in organizational development. She has also worked in youth and semi-professional sports, particularly soccer, for over 30 years. Ruth’s passion is helping people build the relationships and organizational processes necessary to deliver effective programs.
Ruth Nicholson, CEO,
Nicholson Facilitation & Associates, LLC
Founder of Footbolé, a London based soccer startup that was built to capitalise on the shift in attention away from traditional media and onto the omnipotent combination of social platforms and mobile devices. Footbolé create “Fearless Football Entertainment” and as a result have become especially popular amongst millennial football fans with over 2.5 million followers across Facebook and Instagram and an industry besting six million views per video average. A former international editor at Goal.com, Derek specialises in the type of social content that enables brands to meaningfully engage with the next generation of football fans.
Derek Wanner, Founder,
Albert ZBILY is the founding president of the International Federation of Corporate Football (FIFCO), the world governing body of the sport. Albert has tirelessly developed the organisation in 60 countries encompassing over 2.5 million players. FIFCO strives to promote its core values of exercise, networking and team building through its premier event of the World Corporate Champions Cup held on a yearly basis to promote inter-company networking and their star employees playing football. On a local stage, he is the founding president of the Canadian Corporate Soccer League, Canada’s largest league of its kind.
Albert Zbily, Founding President
International Federation of Corporate Football (FIFCO)
Reid has been the Chairman and CEO of the Black Soccer Membership Association since its founding in March of 2018. An association geared to promoting inclusion in the world of soccer and advancing the careers of its members, the BSMA has made strides in recognizing the accomplishments of black soccer players, coaches, administrators, and referees throughout the United States.
Born in Edmonton, Alberta, but bred in Washington, DC, Reid grew up playing soccer for several youth teams in the DC metropolitan in the 1990s, eventually playing college soccer at the University of Delaware between 2000 – 2004.
Justin Reid, Chairman and CEO
Black Soccer Membership Association
Reinaldo Ferreira is Boavista FC CTO. He has been working in the Information Systems Industry for decades, where he researched, developed and implemented small to large information platforms in different industries, mainly using Web technologies. He is responsible for Boavista FC IT strategy, runs Boavista Innovation Lab and directs the club eSports division. Reinaldo is a Mechanical Engineer and holds a PhD in Informatics & publishes regularly about usage of Web technologies in the Enterprise. he also worked in implementing innovation programs with Enterprises, developing Information Systems & e-business strategies and promoting start-up ecosystems.
Reinaldo Ferreira, CTO
Cinto Ajram, economist and graduate of several master’s degrees, is the director of Cruyff Consulting, the consulting department of the Johan Cruyff Institute specializing in marketing and sports sponsorship. He has more than 12 years’ experience in different multinationals, including FC Barcelona, Zúrich Seguros and Banco Sabadell. As Director of Sponsorships of FC Barcelona, he led the department and the activations with more than 40 national and international sponsors, coordinating a team of people based in Hong Kong, New York and Barcelona.
Director, Cruyff Institute
Nancy J. Spotton is a change agent and builder of people and brands. Her strengths include being a relentless optimist with a strategic agility to see opportunities and build strategies that exceed expectations. Fiercely dedicated to building the next generation of leaders, Nancy has spent 20 years leading teams within Canada’s best companies like Canadian Tire, Toronto Blue Jays, Cineplex and the Coaching Association of Canada. Nancy has the unique perspective gained from years working in large corporations and small not-for-profits.
Sly Walters has worked with athletes that represent MLS, NCAA, OHL, SWIM ONTARIO, SWIMMING CANADA, OLYMPIC LEVEL and Athletes world wide that return home to prepare with Sly Physically, and Mentally for their upcoming season. His unique blend of creative physical training mixed with mental awareness training gives his athletes the edge on a global scale.
Sly is also a member of TERNION which is a triad of evangelist who execute the Mind, Body, Sport approach.
Sly Walters, SNHS
Sport & Performance Psychologist
Athletic Enhancement Specialist
John Coombs is the co-founder and CEO of Rover. The Rover Platform helps sports teams and app publishers create engaging mobile campaigns and branded fan experiences that drive revenue. The platforms’ contextual engine helps teams deliver these campaigns to the right fan at the right time. Rover powers mobile fan experiences for more than 30 teams in the NFL, NBA, NHL and other leagues around the world.
Founder and CEO, Rover
Karen Saevil-Turgeon is an Occupational Therapist with 26 years’ experience and is the Owner/Operator of Concussion Smarts Educational Services since 2014. In addition to playing soccer most of her life, she has been a certified coach, manager and trainer for 12 years, working with male and female athletes, U6-U21, from house league to the provincial level.
Occupational Therapist, Concussion Smart
Coach Reyes has been involved in coaching and player development for over 25 years. Originally from Trinidad & Tobago, he played collegiately in the US then transitioned to coaching at the college level where he served as an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s programs for 5 years. Subsequently, he spent 12 years as a Head Coach at two NCAA Division II programs.
Kendall Reyes, Chair (BSCMG)
United Soccer Coaches Advocacy
An experienced entrepreneur, and sales, product and operations executive in fast-growing companies, Jason Keller is currently Co-founder and Managing Partner of www.TopYa.com. TopYa’s sports tech platform powers 1000’s of Youth Sports, PE & Fitness Organizations to allow them to quickly “virtualize” their existing coaching & event programs into branded mobile programs for their players- increasing access, learning, affinity, revenue & fun!
Managing Director, TopYa
Catherine is the Delegate of LaLiga in Canada. She has ten years of experience in communications, public relations and marketing in an array of industries including media, digital agencies, non-profit, FMCG and sports. For the last three years, she has specialized in international business development, devoting herself to helping the brands she represents find the right opportunities to develop strategic partnerships. Her expertise in marketing has enabled her to implement efficient strategies with a focus on building brand awareness, growing market share and targeting new customers.
Delegate − Canada, LaLiga
Dr. Tracy Vaillancourt is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair at uOttawa where she is cross-appointed as a full professor in Counselling Psychology and in the School of Psychology. Dr. Vaillancourt is an elected member of The College of the Royal Society of Canada, the recipient of the uOttawa Award for Excellence in Research, the uOttawa Award for Excellence in Media Relations, the YMCA Peace Medal, and two McMaster University Science Teaching Awards. Her research examines the links between bullying and mental health, with a particular focus on social neuroscience.
Dr. Tracy Vaillancourt
Tier I Canada Research Chair at University of Ottawa
Susan Abramovitch is one of the world’s leading entertainment lawyers. She is a Toronto-based Gowling WLG partner with a practice that covers all aspects of transactions and disputes in the music, film, television, live theatre, multimedia, videogame, sports, branded entertainment and book publishing industries. As head of the Gowling WLG Entertainment and Sports Law Group, Susan leads a team that is frequently sought by both Canadian and international clients to advise on a full range of business and legal issues affecting the entertainment industry, from acquisitions, standards and development to licensing, distribution and litigation.
Susan Abramovitch, Partner & Head of Entertainment Law Group
Mark Allen has been with the Respect Group for 7 years. Prior to that, Mark served as a police officer with the Ontario Provincial Police for 35 years, retiring as the Commander of the OPP’s Crime Prevention Section. As the Director of Safe Sport for Respect Group, Mark works with many National Sport Organizations, assisting them with implementing the Respect in Sport on-line training programs, offered by Respect Group. In 2018 Mark attended the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aries, Argentina as a member of the IOC’s Athlete Safeguarding Team. Mark is passionate about keeping sport fun and safe for participants, and keeping kids engaged in sport.
Mark Allen, Director of Safe Sport
Melanie Fitzgerald is Head of Americas for Bundesliga International based out of New York City, which opened its doors in October 2018. The new regional hub will oversee the league’s media and marketing operations in North, Central and South America. Melanie began her career in soccer at United Soccer Leagues, where she oversaw management for the leagues national youth and women’s pro-am programs. Following her stint at USL, she transitioned to Women’s Professional Soccer where she led all league operation and marketing initiatives.
Melanie Fitzgerald, Head of Americas
Bundesliga International Corporation
James Johnson is an international sports business executive with a 10-year track record of leadership and innovation in sports. In football, James has represented governing bodies, clubs and players throughout Asia, Australia and Europe and has been a featured speaker at sport events across the globe. In 2016, he was recognized by Leaders in Sport as an U40 leader in global sports. James recently joined City Football Group (CFG) as SVP Policy and External Affairs. James sits on the Advisory Board of the Association Football Development Project (AFDP) Global chaired by HRH Prince Ali Bin Hussein of Jordan.
James Jonhson, Senior VP External Affairs
City Football Group
Football is my passion and I have a thriving ambition to perform. I take care of performance on short and mid long term in a professional and pleasant atmosphere. I enjoy to constantly improve all football aspects of the club to maximize the performance of the team and the club. In other words: taking care of today’s result and at the same time work with a program that focuses on sustainable success in the future.
Professional Football Manager
Boris is currently serving as CEO of LaLiga North America, a joint venture between Relevent Sports, a multinational media, sports and entertainment group, and LaLiga, Spain’s top-flight soccer competition and professional association. Previously, Boris served as COO for Grupo Televisa’s Content Division – the largest Spanish-language content producer in the world. Before joining Televisa, he helped launch Fusion Media, a joint venture between Univision Communications Inc and the Disney/ABC Television Group, and most recently served as its COO.
Boris Gartner, CEO
LaLiga North America
“With over 20 years of experience in the Sports Construction industry, Todd has developed strong design and technical skills as well as detailed knowledge of the construction process. This experience is complimented by his previous work as a Varsity Coach allowing him to look at each sport facility project from a unique perspective. This extensive experience allows him to work with multidisciplinary teams of owners, architects, engineers and general contractors to provide valuable feedback on everything from construction feasibility to ensuring proposed designs work for the day-to-day operations staff as well as the players.
Todd Cox, Ontario Sales Manager, Turf Division Manager