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
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
Richard has been working in the sport marketing and entertainment business since 1989. He has worked for global brands such as Canon, Philips, Omega, ABN AMRO, Heineken and Unilever, across a variety of sport and events including the FIFA World Cup, UEFA Champions League, Formula 1, Volvo Ocean Race, PGA European golf tour, the Ryder Cup, Wimbledon, Roland Garros and the Olympic Games. Denton was managing director of one of Holland’s leading sport marketing agencies, Trefpunt-PRISM, from November 2009 until September 2015.
Richard Denton, Professor of Marketing, Facilities & Event Management
Johan 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 and Owner/Operator of Concussion Smarts Educational Services, providing concussion education and protocol implementation to the members of sports organizations 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
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
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Jeff Kassourf, Author
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Phil Ionadi, President
Canadian Academy of Futbol
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Scott MacIntosh, Head of Sports Analytics and Business Development at
SAP Sports and Entertainment
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Mike Mahoney, Senior Sales Director
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Hassoun Camara, Ex Pro
Montreal Impact FC
Toni Ortega, Studied International Business Administration at Rotterdam School of Management, and previously spent one year studying Business Administration and playing college soccer at Wingate University, NC. Started at the sports area with LaLiga, engaging on LaLiga Global Network Project and have been in charge of the International Development of Real Betis since April 2017.
Toni Ortega, International Business Development Manager
Real Betis Balompié
Vijay Setlur is a Marketing Instructor in the Professional Football Development department of Concacaf. As well, he is a Marketing Instructor with Schulich School of Business-York University and a Marketing Manager with Woodbine Entertainment, Canada’s largest horse racing company. With Concacaf, Vijay conducts marketing workshops for clubs in the Caribbean zone designed to improve clubs’ marketing, brand building and partnership marketing capacity, with the aim of helping them generate greater revenue vital to sustaining business operations
Vijay Setlur, Marketing Instructor
Paul Varian is the President of Capitis Consulting Inc., a consultancy providing value-adding services and support in and around the Boardroom to dozens of Canadian soccer organizations at national provincial, district and community club level. Recent work has included strategic planning, governance reviews, membership restructures, Board/executive coaching and sport program evaluations. Before opening Capitis Consulting Inc., Varian managed North Americas largest soccer club, Oakville Soccer Club, expanding its revenues by 62%.
Paul Varian, President
Alex Nurse is a Strength and Sports Performance coach in Toronto, Ontario; and is the Co-Director of AXIS Performance + Training. He designs programs to develop strength, athletic prowess, and more robust joint systems. Alex works with many levels of athletes and individuals, and writes for a handful of training and performance publications.
Alex Nurse, Director
AXIS Performance + Training
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Saorabh Sharma, Director Stadiums & Arenas
Lagardère Sports Germany GmbH
Dana Bookman is the founder and CEO of Canadian Girls Baseball, the only all-girls baseball league in Canada. Since 2016 CGB has expanded across the country and serves more than 1000 girls ages 4-16. In 2019 CGB partnered with JaysCare and Baseball Canada to reach even more players across the country. Dana has been nominated for the RBC female entrepreneur of the year award and is on the list of 100 most influential people in Canadian Baseball.
Dana Bookman, Founder and CEO
Canadian Girls Baseball
Heather Milligan (BEd McGill) is the co-owner and General Manager of Oakville Futsal Club. Futsal is known worldwide as an incredibly fun, fast-paced sport and excellent development tool for soccer players. With its popularity growing in Canada, Heather and her husband Tom envisioned a safe, high- end facility designed specifically for futsal. Heather has worked with clubs and coaches in and around the Oakville community for the last few years. She has also used her background in education to teach members of the community about futsal, which has led to many soccer and non-soccer players developing a love of the sport.
Heather Milligan, Co-Owner & General Manager
Oakville Futsal Club
Munro is a senior staff member at Global Premier Soccer (GPS) with 10+ years of administrative experience at GPS where, in a management capacity he guided the strategic growth and day to day operations of GPS Florida which he joined as General Manager in 2013. Previously Munro was Director of the GPS Massachusetts Crusaders/Lady Crusaders program for seven years. Munro graduated from Binghamton University (NY) in 2006 with a BA in English and Journalism while also enjoying a standout soccer career at the NCAA Division 1 institution. Named as a NCAA Third Team All-American as a senior, Munro was inducted into the Bearcats athletic hall of fame.
Graham Munro, Canada Regional Director
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“Moscato was a member of Team Canada’s historic bronze medal winning soccer team in London 2012. She has participate in three FIFA Women’s World Cup teams (2003 and 2011 & 2015). She was the head coach of the U15 Canadian National Team that won silver at the 2016 U15 Concacaf Championships as well as an assitant with U-20 National team. She was also a Canadian Soccer REX talent manager. Her professional playing career ended in 2016 in Australia where she played for Western Sydney Wanderers. She’s also played professionally for clubs in Italy and Sweden.
Carmelina Moscato, Technical Director
Condemned as an Udinese supporter since birth, Sonja’s love for the beautiful game has turned her into both a masochist and a megalomaniac, depending on the day. When not being self-deprecating and/or self-righteous, she types, talks, and tweets for various soccer outlets around the globe. This includes (but is not limited to) being the co-founder of Unusual Efforts, a multimedia digital company that provide the tools to expand networks, while redefining the commonly held image of the “football expert.”
Sonja Cori Missio, Co-Founder
Brian Levine is the founder and principle of Envision Sports & Entertainment, a Toronto based athlete sports marketing agency, which counts sprinter Andre De Grasse and soccer star Christine Sinclair among its signature clients. Prior to starting Envision S&E in 2012, Brian worked at IMG, one of the world’s largest sports and entertainment agencies, where he was responsible for driving sponsorship across a range of accounts including the Canadian Soccer Association.
Envision Sports & Entertainment Inc.
Wim Stocks has been a respected leader in interactive and online gaming since 1990. From 2001 to 2006, Wim was Executive Vice President of the “new” Atari Inc. (a roll-up and amalgam of Hasbro Interactive, Infogrames, and GT Interactive), leading and managing one of the most broad-reaching interactive entertainment publishing networks in the world. In 2006, Wim started an entrepreneurial online gaming publishing business named Elephant Entertainment, assuming the role of President and COO.
Wim Stocks, GM/CEO
WorldGaming & Collegiate Starleague
Anthony Morra is a serial entrepreneur and has made impacts in the sports industry with both Bladetech Hockey and Beaconforce. He has years of experience in corporate change management and coaching (soccer), both at the University of Toronto. He is now the Managing Director of the technology company Beaconforce and creator of Beaconforce Sports – an “A.I. Assisted Coaching” system that helps coaches apply positive psychology, cognitive behavioral science and neuroscience frameworks to the team environment on a daily basis.
Anthony Morra, Managing Director
Dr Jim Dickey is a professor in the School of Kinesiology at Western University. He received his BSc and MSc degrees in Kinesiology from University of Waterloo. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University, working in spinal mechanics. He has been at Western for 11 years, and was a faculty member at University of Guelph before that. He directs the Joint Biomechanics Laboratory, and conducts research in several areas including occupational whole-body vibration and concussion.
Dr Jim Dickey, Professor
School of Kinesiology
Alexandra is a doctoral student at Western University in the combined PT/PhD program. She completed her undergraduate and Master’s degrees at the University of Guelph, and was captain of the varsity soccer team. Alexandra worked as a Concussion Therapist before
engaging in her doctoral studies. Alexandra’s thesis research involves evaluating the head impact exposure in youth soccer, and evaluating whether these head impacts cause changes in cognitive and neurophysiological function.
Alexandra Haris, Doctoral Student
Michael is a sports and media executive and currently serves as Managing Director of Zone Startups Sports & Media, Canada’s largest sports and media accelerator program, where he helps tech companies scale their businesses and connects them with leagues, team owners, broadcasters, agencies, and other industry stakeholders. Michael also serves as CEO of Rumble Gaming, an esports talent agency and media company, where he oversees business operations, investment, and revenue opportunities. He was previously COO of Toronto Esports, the official partner of Boston Uprising and the Kraft Group, and advises multiple sports and esports betting companies.
Michael Cotton, Director, Zone Startups Sports & Media
Ryerson Futures Inc.