Board of Directors
Chair of the Board
Melinda Rogers is the Vice Chair of Rogers Control Trust of Rogers Communications since 2015 and the Founder of Rogers Venture Partners since September 2011.
Ms. Rogers joined Rogers Communications Inc. in 2000 as Vice President, Venture Investments. She then served as Vice President, Strategic Planning & Venture Investments from 2004-2006 and thereafter she held the position of Senior Vice President of Strategy and Development from 2006 to 2014.
In her role as SVP, Strategy and Development at RCI, Ms. Rogers was not only responsible for leading the group as it found profitable growth by targeting emerging businesses new to Rogers' existing portfolio but was also accountable for the direction of a range of long-term innovation and strategic initiatives for the company, in addition to driving Local Digital Services and Strategic Partnerships.
Ms. Rogers has been a director of Rogers Communications since May 2002. In addition to her role within RCI, Ms. Rogers has served as a board member and advisor for a number of companies. She is currently the Chair of the Jays Care Foundation Board of Directors; a Lieutenant Governor in Council (LGIC) Government Appointee of the University of Toronto; the Chair of the Board for Texture by Next Issue Media and is an International Board member at Right To Play.
Ms. Rogers holds a B.A., University of Western Ontario and an M.B.A., from the Joseph L. Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto.
Vice Chairman, Secretary & Treasurer
Stu Hutcheson spent his entire career of more than 32 years with Labatt Breweries (now AB-Inbev) in progressively more senior financial positions from New Westminster, British Columbia, to Halifax, Nova Scotia.
In July 1999, Hutcheson joined the Toronto Blue Jays baseball club as senior vice president, finance & operations. He became a member of the Management Committee, reporting to the Board of Directors. Initial responsibilities included re-energizing the organization, improving financial results and upgrading communications and customer service. He then played a critical role in concluding the sale of the club to Rogers Communications. Since that time he has remained associated with the club in a volunteer capacity as vice chairman, secretary and treasurer of the Jays Care Foundation Board of Directors.
Following the completion of the sale of the Blue Jays, Hutcheson returned to Inbev as director, internal audit, North America, where he had audit responsibility for the Canadian, U.S. and Cuban operations of the company prior to retirement in 2005.
Patrick Bliley is based in Spencer Stuart's Toronto office and leads the firm's technology, media & telecommunications practice in Canada, where he focuses on communication services and technologies and information technology services.
Prior to joining Spencer Stuart, Bliley led Accenture's communications, media and technology management consulting practice in Canada. He also established the Accenture management consulting development program in Canada and was a member of the local executive leadership team. He joined Accenture in the United Kingdom, where he led organization restructuring, culture assessment and infrastructure optimization engagements for clients in Europe and Asia.
Bliley brings telecommunications operating experience from his tenure at Bell Canada, where he held line management, strategy and business development positions. He began his career at the Mitchell Madison Group, where he conducted consulting engagements in the financial services, retail and telecommunications industries in the U.S. and Canada.
Bliley received his Bachelor of Commerce from Queen's University and his M.B.A. from INSEAD.
As President of the Media Business Unit at Rogers, Rick Brace is responsible for driving strategy and overseeing operations for the company's robust portfolio of media assets, which includes 42 TV stations, 51 radio stations, 56 publications, digital media, subscription-based content services, the Toronto Blue Jays and Rogers Centre.
Rick is an accomplished business leader and innovative pioneer with more than 40 years of experience in the media industry. He has a strong reputation for building brands, changing perceptions, and attracting and mentoring top talent.
Prior to joining Rogers, Rick was with Bell Media/CTVglobemedia for 13 years in senior leadership roles of increasing responsibility, including President of CTV and President of Specialty TV. Rick also played a founding role at TSN, joining the network in 1984 as Deputy Head of Sports and eventually becoming President of the network in 1998 through 2000.
He began his career in 1975 at the CBC, working as a technician followed by roles in TV production. He stayed with the public network until 1984.
Rick resides in Toronto with his family and devotes time to numerous charitable organizations, including his role as Chair of the Advisory Council for the Rick Hansen Foundation and as a Trustee of the Canadian Wildlife Foundation. Rick also serves on the President's Council of Ryerson University, his alma mater.
Ron Carinci is COO of the Urbacon Group of Companies, which includes the construction and development of major commercial, industrial, infrastructure, and public sector projects, data centres and critical facilities. He was previously senior legal counsel at Lang Michener LLP.
Ian Charlton is a senior integrated media, sport property and sponsorship executive. A proven leader who is known for building businesses and brands while architecting strategic and revenue maximizing partnerships. Ian has held progressive, senior roles at Bell Media, NASCAR, Home Capital Group, and the NBA. Currently, Charlton heads up the partnership vertical for The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair – the largest indoor international equestrian competition and agricultural fair in the world. The Toronto native is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Upper Canada College.
Gordon Chow, president of VTech Technologies Canada Ltd., is responsible for both the VTech and AT&T branded telecommunication products, and VTech electronic learning products in Canada. He established the company's Canadian operations in 1986.
Chow holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia, and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia. He has been a member of the British Columbia Institute of Technology's President's Advancement Council and a member of the MBA Advisory Board at Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia.
He has also served as director of the BCIT Foundation and as a member of the Board of Governors of Crofton House School, both in Vancouver, and director of the Canadian Toy Association in Toronto.
Peter Dawe graduated from Queen's University with a Bachelor of Applied Science in chemical engineering.
Dawe joined the Boston Consulting Group's Toronto office as a summer associate in 2000 and returned full time in 2001. While at BCG, he has worked with clients in the consumer goods, retail and telecommunications fields, completing engagements in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Within these industries, he has focused on questions of corporate strategy and operational transformation.
Dawe joined the Jays Care Foundation Board of Directors more than three years ago and serves on the grants and governance committees.
James Dodds is an active community builder and a number of organizations rely on him for his leadership and fundraising abilities.
Dodds currently sits on the boards of Jays Care Foundation, ONEXONE Foundation and Right to Play (Champions Executive Board), and he is the returning chair of the 2013 Joe Carter Classic in support of The Children's Aid Foundation. He sits on the fundraising committee for the annual True Patriot Love Gala in support of the Canadian Military Families Fund. In 2012, led a team of eight business leaders and Canadian Olympians up Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa in support of Right to Play.
In 2011, Dodds was the recipient of the Children's Aid Foundation Guardian Award and in 2012 received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Award.
Jamie Haggarty is a financial and operational executive with more than 20 years of experience in media, sports, cable and telecommunications.
Haggarty has held the positions of EVP of operations, VP of financial operations and VP of corporate development in both public and private companies, including Rogers Media, Rogers Broadcasting, Corus Entertainment, Rogers Cable and Unitel Communications.
He is on the Board of Directors of Jays Care Foundation, the Advisory Board of the Odette School of Business at the University of Windsor and the Board of Klondex Mines Ltd., where he chairs the audit and compensation committees. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant and holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Windsor.
John is a Principal of Cresa Toronto, a boutique strategic real estate advisory and brokerage firm where he leads the Strategic Real Estate Consulting and Development practice groups for his clients located across the country. Previously, John spent five years as Senior Vice President of Build Toronto, the City of Toronto's real estate and development corporation where he was responsible for a range of transactions and development projects.
John is very active in the Toronto Community serving as a Director and Chair of the Grants Committee for the Jays Care Foundation, Director and Officer of the Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference and is Governor of the Ontario Branch of the Royal Life Saving Society of Canada. He is also active with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation where he serves on the National Government Relations Committee.
John is a graduate of York University with a B.A. and is a graduate of the Directors College with a Chartered Director Designation from McMaster University, and the Human Resources Compensation Committee Certification Designation also from McMaster Univeristy.
Prior to re-joining CIBC in November 2015 Mr. Nowlan was the Chief of Staff to the Minister of Finance of Canada and led the Federal Budget 2015 process.
From 2000 to 2013 Mr. Nowlan held increasingly senior roles at CIBC including most recently as Co-Head of Equity Capital Markets which is responsible for helping companies execute equity financings in the public markets and in Global Investment Banking.
Mr. Nowlan has executed numerous transactions as the lead underwriter including the initial public offerings for the following issuers: Regal Lifestyle Communities Inc., Transglobe Apartment REIT, Genworth MI Canada, Teranet, Energy Savings, BFI Canada, Whistler Blackcomb and Davis and Henderson. Mr. Nowlan also executed Alcan's cross-border spin out of its $5b Novelis subsidiary in 2005, the US$385 million Connors Bros. Income Fund's acquisition of Bumble Bee Seafoods,BFI Canada Income Fund's $1.1 Billion acquisition of IESI and the $205 million going private transaction for Oceanex.
Prior to joining CIBC World Markets in 2000, Mr. Nowlan was in the Investment Banking group at National Bank Financial for four years after serving as a Special Assistant to the Canadian Minister of Industry, Science and Technology and the Minister for International Trade. Mr. Nowlan also worked as a Special Assistant to the Minister of Human Resources and Labour.
Mr. Nowlan holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Mount Allison University and a Masters of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
Sean joined Rogers in October, 2011 to lead the Strategic Partnership Group and is responsible for building long term strategic relationships by creating value with partners on behalf of Rogers Companies.
Prior to Rogers, Sean held the role of Vice President, Communications Sector at Microsoft Corporation where he led a team responsible for marketing, business development and sales for all Microsoft product and service lines in Telecom, Media and Entertainment for Canada.
Sean also previously held a senior role with a large management consulting firm with a mandate to deliver services and solutions in the Communications Service Provider Industry Vertical. Sean's consulting focus was in the area strategy, marketing and services business models related outsourcing, software and hardware with Canada's top Telecommunications, Cable, Media and Network Companies.
Prior to his consulting and integration days, Sean held a variety of senior marketing and product management roles in both the Consumer and Business Segments with one of Canada's largest telecommunications companies.
Sean holds a B.B.A in Marketing and an M.B.A from Clarkson University in New York.
Sean resides in Oakville Ontario with his wife Christine and their two daughters.
Mark Shapiro is one of Major League Baseball's top executives, with more than 20+ years of front office experience. Shapiro spent 24 seasons with the Cleveland Indians organization prior to joining the Toronto Blue Jays as President & CEO in November 2015.
Among Shapiro's long list of professional accomplishments, he was named Sporting News Executive of the Year following both the 2005 and 2007 seasons, was named to the elite "40 under 40" by Sports Business Journal, as well as being listed on Baseball America's "10 to Watch" list in 2007.
The Baltimore, MD native played four years of football for the Princeton University Tigers, and graduated in 1989 with a degree in history. His wife Lissa is an accomplished artist, who owns an art gallery in Cleveland. The couple have a son and daughter, Caden and Sierra.
Peter Sisam is a graduate of the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree.
From 1972 to 1982, Sisam was the vice president of All Canada Radio and Television. Upon leaving, he became the vice president of director of sales and marketing for CTV Television Network. Sisam remained with CTV until 1993, when he made the move to IMG Media. He is currently the vice president of IMG Media for IMG Canada.
Jim Treliving is chairman and owner of Boston Pizza International Inc. (BPI), where he sets the corporate strategy for Boston Pizza, Boston's The Gourmet Pizza Restaurant and Sports Bar -- Boston Pizza's U.S. division -- and for several other businesses collectively known as the T&M Group of Companies.
In addition to his professional responsibilities, Treliving is active in giving back to the community. He has been a director of the Boston Pizza Foundation since its inception in 1990 and has helped raise and donate more than $20 million to Canadian charities over that time.
Treliving has also served on a number of volunteer boards including chairman of the Hockey Canada Foundation, David Foster Foundation and Jays Care Foundation, and he is actively involved as an advisor for the Centre For Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).
Currently, he stars as one of the Dragons on CBC's reality TV show, "Dragon's Den." In 2012, Treliving published "Decisions: Making the right ones and righting the wrong ones," a best-selling business book for aspiring entrepreneurs published by Harper-Collins.
Andy Redmond had a 25-year-career in the consumer electronics business, where his company distributed various notable brands and grew the business to over $300 million in annual revenue before selling it in 2007.
Redmond has since focused on managing his own private equity and real estate investments in both the U.S. and Canada, and is currently a principal at Road Map Capital Inc. in Toronto and the owner of Olympia Building Supplies in Florida.
He is a past member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), past chairman of Camp Oochigeas and current Chairman of Camp Oochigeas's Capital Campaign.