They are business leaders, former school teachers, Team Canada alumni and hockey executives. Their professional lives have pulled them in different directions, but they are drawn together by a shared love for hockey, and a shared interest in keeping the game strong.
The Hockey Canada Foundation Board of Directors are men and women who tirelessly give their time, energy and expertise to guide the Foundation and drive its mission.
Regardless of their backgrounds, they are all Canadians who have been shaped by the game. Now it is their turn to give back. While Team Canada chases gold on the international stage, the HCF board focuses on the grassroots, ensuring the next generation has the tools they need to be better players and better Canadians.
Counsel, Bryan & Company LLP
Born and raised in Edmonton, Doug Goss obtained his bachelor of commerce in finance from the University of Alberta in 1980, followed by his bachelor of law in 1984. Doug currently serves as counsel to the law firm of Bryan & Company LLP, and is a director and/or officer of numerous private and public corporations in Canada.
A firm believer in community service, Doug also serves on the boards of various Alberta charities and not-for-profit organizations. He currently serves as chairman of the board of governors of the University of Alberta, as well as chairman of the board of the TELUS Edmonton Community Board and Fort Edmonton Management Company, and is also a member of the board of trustees of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. Doug has served as the chairman of the board of directors of the Edmonton Eskimos Football Club, as a member of the board of governors of the Canadian Football League and as chairman of the board of directors of the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation.
Doug is the former chairman of the board of governors of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), was co-chair of the 2010 Grey Cup Festival, and served as chairman of the 2010 Hockey Canada Foundation Celebrity Classic. He was also the chairman of the Molson Canadian Heritage Hockey Classic, held in November 2003, and was inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence on Oct. 16, 2013.
Venture Partner, Rising Tide VC
Ashif Mawji is a serial entrepreneur, philanthropist, venture capitalist, mentor and community builder. He is a venture partner with Rising Tide (a San Francisco-based venture capitalist) and serves on a number of private and non-profit boards.
Ashif was awarded the 2002 Ernst & Young Prairies Entrepreneur of the Year Award, in 2005 was named as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, earned BDC’s Entrepreneur of the Year (Alberta) Award in 2007 and has received Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies Award three years in a row. He received NAIT's Alumni of Distinction Award and was also recognized as one of the Top 50 Graduates to celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary. He also received an honorary degree in business administration from NAIT. Ashif is an Honorary Colonel for the 20th Field Artillery Regiment (Canadian Army) in addition to receiving the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals as well as the Alberta Centennial Medal. In 2019, Ashif was inducted into the Junior Achievement (NA) Business Hall of Fame.
Ashif serves and has served on several boards, including the Edmonton Police Foundation (chair), Sarah McLachlan School of Music, Young Presidents Organization Alberta (past chair), Hockey Canada Foundation Gala & Golf, CN Community Foundation, Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation, Kids Kottage, Alberta’s Promise, Economic Development Edmonton, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Corent Technology, University Hospital Foundation, Citadel, Edmonton Opera and others. He has also been a Prairies and national judge for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year program.
Ashif was named a Henry Crown Fellow in the Class of 2015 (only one of four Canadians ever to be selected to this group). He is happily married to Zainul and has two amazing boys, Kinza and Aariz.
Co-Managing Partner, Brauti Thorning LLP
Peter Brauti is a principal owner of the NHL expansion team in Seattle that begins play in 2021, and its AHL affiliate in Palm Springs. He has worked with a number of different minor league teams, players, coaches and organizations.
Peter is a co-managing partner of Brauti Thorning LLP, practicing principally in the areas of criminal law, regulatory offences, professional discipline and some specialized areas of civil litigation.
Peter received his bachelor of arts (honours) from McMaster University in 1993, his Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto in 1996, his master of arts from the University of Toronto in 1998 and his master of laws from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2002. Peter was called to the Ontario Bar in 1998.
As a former federal Crown attorney, Peter conducted hundreds of trials and appeals on behalf of the attorney general of Canada. As a defence lawyer, he has appeared as counsel at every level of court in Ontario, as well as the Supreme Court of Canada. He has been involved in litigating a number of high-profile cases before both judges and juries.
Peter has been named by the Toronto Sun as one of Canada’s top trial lawyers, The Law Times has described him as one of the top practitioners in the province of Ontario and the Toronto Star describes Peter as having a nearly flawless record. He has been presented with awards from the deputy minister of justice for his work in the area of trial advocacy as well as an Arbor Award from the president of the University of Toronto.
Peter has lectured at law schools across Canada, including more than 15 years at the University of Toronto Law School. He has taught and trained hundreds of graduating law students and young lawyers on how to conduct trials in courts of law and administrative tribunals, and is the former co-chair of the Federal Department of Justice Trial Advocacy Program. Peter has been invited on numerous occasions to provide lectures at judges’ conferences on various legal topics.
Peter played minor hockey in Toronto. His wife, Arynne, is a devoted hockey fan and his son, Jack, plays minor hockey in the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL). His daughter, Brooke, is learning to skate and is scheduled to start her hockey career in 2022.
Past Chair, Hockey Canada Board of Directors
Allan Matthews was born in Kimberley, B.C., and graduated from the University of Victoria. Following his graduation, Allan was employed as a secondary school teacher and teacher-librarian in Kimberley and Williams Lake and as the resource centre/education change coordinator for the Cariboo-Chilcotin School Board. He is currently retired.
An extensive background in hockey administration marks Allan’s volunteer service to the community. He has served on the executive board of minor hockey associations and leagues, Junior B teams and leagues, the British Columbia Amateur Hockey Association, the Hockey Canada Board of Directors and on International Ice Hockey Federation committees. Allan also served as president of the BCAHA from 1991-94 and chair of Hockey Canada from 2003-05. He was inducted into the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008.
Over the years, Allan has served on a number of community and professional organizations, including the Williams Lake Recreation Commission, Cariboo-Chilcotin Teacher-Librarians’ Association, B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee and as Hockey Canada’s representative on the Canadian Olympic Committee.
Chairman of the Board, American Hockey League
David Andrews continues to solidify a position as one of the sport's most influential executives. In his 26 years as president and CEO, he has guided the AHL into unequaled times of prosperity, directing the league to record levels of attendance and exposure, while expanding its geography across the United States and Canada.
In 2001, David led the complex enterprise of bringing the AHL into nine new cities, setting the stage for the largest expansion effort in league history. Andrews was also instrumental in the revitalization of the AHL All-Star Classic, re-introduced in 1995 after a 35-year hiatus. As a result of David’s direction and leadership, the AHL now boasts an impressive list of corporate partners who have used the growing AHL as an effective tool for marketing their products and services.
A native of Nova Scotia, David assumed his duties as AHL president in July 1994. He came to the league office with a firsthand knowledge of the AHL, having served as the Edmonton Oilers’ director of AHL operations for seven years and building the Cape Breton Oilers franchise into one of the most successful AHL clubs both on and off the ice, winning a Calder Cup in 1993. David was awarded the 1990 James C. Hendy Award as the AHL’s outstanding executive.
David’s hockey background includes serving as head coach and director of hockey operations for the Victoria Cougars of the Western Hockey League from 1982-84. He also served as head coach of Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team in 1982, and as an assistant coach at the Men’s Olympic Team training camp in 1985. David served 10 years on the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association’s Development Council and was chairman of the coaching committee for CAHA during that time. For his contributions to hockey in the province of British Columbia, he was honoured in 2005 as an inductee into the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame in 2006. In 2010, David was one of four recipients of the Lester Patrick Award, presented by the National Hockey League for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.
During his playing days as a goaltender, David was a conference all-star and MVP at both Dalhousie University and the University of British Columbia. He played four years professionally for RAAK in the Dutch first division.
David and his wife, Marleen, reside in Wilbraham, Mass. They have three children, Chrissy, Brad and Jeff.
President and Chief Executive Officer of Cannonball Capital Inc.
Susan Anderson is a serial entrepreneur. She and a co-founder started DirectCash Payments Inc., a publicly traded financial services company in 1997. DirectCash Payments grew from two employees to be the second largest ATM company in the world with revenue of over $400 million and more than 425 employees worldwide until its sale in January 2017. In 2008, Susan co-founded Digital Commerce Bank, a private Canadian chartered financial institution, was its founding president and chief executive officer for over seven years and is currently the chair of the board. As well, Susan is a co-founder of Bitvo, a leading crypto currency exchange in Canada.
Currently, she is the president and chief executive officer of Cannonball Capital Inc., which is an active institutional investor in venture companies, and private and public equities, as well as commercial real estate and multi-family apartments.
She is the chair of Endeavor Canada, which selects and mentors scale-up companies, and a fellow of the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) in Calgary and Vancouver, which mentors and helps finance early stage venture companies. She also is a member of the Strategic Advisory Board for CDL.
Susan is on the board of directors of My First Bicycle Foundation, Cannonball Sport and Education Foundation, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and Digital Commerce Bank. She is on the strategic advisory board of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, the President’s Advancement Council at the University of Alberta and UCeed, a venture fund run by students at the University of Calgary.
In 2010, Susan received an Alumni Honour Award from the University of Alberta. She was also honoured as one of the most powerful women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network in 2010. She was the recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Prairies Region) award in 2005.
Susan graduated with distinction with a commerce degree from the University of Calgary in 1984, and in 1988 obtained a law degree from the University of Alberta.
She has two grown sons and is an avid traveller, hiker, golfer and pickleball player.
Executive Vice-President, Corporate Services & Chief Legal Officer, CN
Sean Finn was appointed executive vice-president of corporate services and chief legal officer in December 2008. He is responsible for a wide array of legal, government, regulatory, public affairs, risk mitigation and security matters.
Sean joined CN in January 1994 and led the company's corporate tax function while being involved extensively in CN's privatization in November 1995. He was appointed treasurer and principal tax counsel in August 1996; vice-president, treasurer and principal tax counsel in January 2000; senior vice-president, chief legal officer and corporate secretary in December 2000; and senior vice-president of public affairs, chief legal officer and corporate secretary in February 2003. As corporate secretary, he is actively involved and responsible for CN's corporate governance practices and the implementation of the CN Business Code of Conduct.
Prior to joining CN, Sean was the managing tax partner with Montreal law firm Lavery de Billy, where he was involved in domestic and international tax planning, cross-border financing, and corporate financing and reorganizations.
Sean graduated from the faculty of law of the University of Montreal in 1981 and completed a master’s degree in tax law at the University of Toronto in 1983. He was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1983. Sean was named Tax Lawyer of the Year by his peers in 2000.
He is a former chair of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (2006-2007) and Quebec Chamber of Commerce (2002-2003), and he is currently the only Canadian member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He was also chair of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal for a one-year mandate (2017-2018). In September 2018, Sean was selected to be the inaugural recipient of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s Emeritus Leaders’ Circle Award, in recognition of his demonstrated commitment to advancing the CCC’s mission and vision, and for supporting the Chamber in achieving excellence in operations and delivering value to members.
Sean was also the mayor of the City of Saint-Lambert, Que., from 2005 to 2009, and a lecturer for 20 years in tax legislation and policy for the masters in taxation at Université de Sherbrooke and for the graduate diploma in taxation at McGill.
President, CEO & Founder of BFL CANADA
Barry Lorenzetti is an entrepreneur, builder and corporate leader in the insurance industry in Canada, and as his close friends can attest, he is also a discreet philanthropist and a man deeply aware of the importance of community service.
Under his leadership, BFL CANADA has become a Canadian powerhouse in the field of insurance. BFL has enjoyed extraordinary growth, so much so that Mr. Lorenzetti now oversees a firm of close to 600 employees in 10 cities and six provinces across the country. BFL is the largest Canadian employee-owned company in its field and, as a partner in an international venture, Lockton Global LLP, is represented in over 120 countries worldwide.
Of utmost importance to Mr. Lorenzetti is the fact that after more than 25 years, BFL continues to be owned and operated by its own employees all across Canada.
Mr. Lorenzetti has been heavily involved in community service and supporting charitable organizations for many years, as well as sitting on a range of boards. Some of the causes he has been involved with include the Butters Foundation, raising funds for autistic children in Canada, the YWCA Foundation, Arion Orchestre Baroque and the Québec Society for Disabled Children.
For several years now, and in keeping with his lifelong love of hockey, he has also been involved with Hockey Canada and has served on the Hockey Canada Foundation Board of Directors. One of Mr. Lorenzetti’s favorite projects with the Foundation is the Dreams Come True program in Quebec, in which he has participated both as an organizer and fundraiser. This program, which has been successful across Canada, promotes hockey to our youth.
He is a frequent speaker at various industry forums on insurance and other subjects in both Canada and the U.S.
Barry Lorenzetti is the proud father of three children – Maggie, Justin and Jenna – and it has always been important to him to instill in them the same sense of community his own upbringing impressed upon him.
Owner- Director, 1-800 Drywall, We R Sod, Roofing2U and Drywall2U
Bill Ackerman was born in Saskatchewan, graduated from SIAST-Palliser College and is a Certified Professional Accountant and a Certified Purchasing Manager. Bill joined Nova Chemicals in 1977 and progressed to senior levels of the company, in both finance and purchasing roles. During his career with Nova, Bill lived in Edmonton, Calgary and Pittsburgh. After leaving Nova in 2003, he was the chief financial officer for a start-up bottled water company, leaving in 2005 to establish the procurement function for Plains Marketing Canada in Calgary.
In 2008, Bill joined Husky Energy, a large integrated energy and energy related company, headquartered in Calgary. In his role as director of supply chain governance, he played a leading role in the introduction of best in class supply management practices delivering hundreds of millions of dollars in cost savings to the organization.
In 2015, Bill retired from Husky to invest time in the development and growth of an internet-based marketing business targeted on construction and landscape materials, including drywall, insulation, roofing, sod, and related materials. These businesses have been operating successfully in Canada since 2013 and are being launched in the United States in 2016.
Bill is actively engaged in a number of community activities. He has been associated with Hockey Canada for over a decade, and has served as a director and chair of the Canadian Hockey Foundation U.S. board of directors for ten years. Bill is the treasurer for the Sharp Hill Preservation Society, a local group focused on the preservation of a specific municipal reserve in Rocky View County, and supports his wife’s “Juice Plus” business, directed at encouraging individuals to eat healthy and live a healthy lifestyle.
Bill resides with Sharon on an acreage just outside Calgary. He enjoys spending time with his family, in particular, the grandchildren.
Chief Financial Officer, Hockey Canada (RETIRED)
Paul Delparte was born and raised in Sudbury, Ont., graduating from Laurentian University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Commerce specialization in Sport Administration. He joined the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association in the fall of 1979 as an administrative assistant and progressed to chief financial officer. The Delparte family moved to Calgary in 1998 in conjunction with the merger of the CAHA and Hockey Canada and the subsequent relocation of finance and administration.
Paul was the recipient of the 2002 and 2017 Hal Lewis Award, which recognized his life long commitment, leadership, and contributions to Hockey Canada, his community, family and friends. Paul retired from Hockey Canada in June of 2017 after 38 years with the organization.
Paul is married to Rose and they have four children, Tania, Philippe, Julie and Marc-Andre, as well as four grandchildren, Johnny, Emma, Lilirose and Maelle.
Managing Director, Donegal Associates
Mike Humes has more than two decades of experience in the professional sports industry, currently serving as Managing Director of Donegal Associates. Mike’s firm, which he started in 2013, works with a variety of clients with a focus on capital acquisition, real estate development funding strategies, start up funding and the development of enterprise growth strategies. Prior to starting Donegal Associates Mike served as Executive Vice-President of the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes. Prior to joining the Coyotes, Mike served as Chief Revenue Officer with the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, as well as spent time working in the NHL, WNBA, K2 Sports and the American Hockey League.
Mike served as COO for the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer, helping the team establish new high water marks in ticket sales and overall revenue, and also spent time at K2 Sports as Vice-President of Global Marketing, where he helped drive annual revenue of over $300 million for the company’s 16 outdoor sports brands, in over 60 countries.
Mike’s experience includes time spent in business leadership positions with the NBA’s Seattle SuperSonics, the WNBA’s Washington Mystics and Seattle Storm, and the NHL’s Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets, where he served as SVP, Business Operations with the team when the team was welcomed the NHL as an expansion team in 2000.
Mike is a native of Fredericton, N.B., where he attended St. Thomas University, earning a bachelor of economics and business before earning a master’s degree in sport administration at Concordia University in Montreal.
He is the father of two children, daughter Allie and son Scott. Mike lives in Memphis with his fiance Penelope and step daughter Emerson.
Hockey & Business Operations, New York Rangers
Adam Graves’ connection with Hockey Canada goes back to his teenage years; he was part of the Program of Excellence in the mid-1980s, from U17 with Ontario through the 1988 IIHF World Junior Championship, where he helped Canada to a gold medal in Moscow. Adam also represented his country at the IIHF World Championship in 1993 and 1999, and was part of the Canadian contingent at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey.
A veteran of 1,152 NHL games with the Detroit Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers and San Jose Sharks, Adam retired in 2003 after 15 NHL seasons and Stanley Cup championships with Edmonton in 1990 and New York in 1994, and had his No. 9 retired in New York on Feb. 3, 2009. He rejoined the Rangers in a front-office role in 2005, and currently works in hockey and business operations.
Adam received the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 1994 as the player who “best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution to his community,” and he was the winner of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy in 2001 as the player who “best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.” He is a co-founder of the Smilezone Foundation, which works to transform spaces in hospitals that can improve the lives of children facing illness, disabilities, and physical and emotional obstacles.