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Commissioners Office

COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE
Randy Ambrosie Commissioner
Anne Moore Executive Assistant to the Commissioner & Senior Manager, Corporate Governance
EXECUTIVES
Susan Jones Bouk Chief People Officer & Head of Office Operations
Greg Dick Chief Financial Officer & Head of Football Operations
David Goldstein Chief Operating Officer
Indivar Kushari Chief Data and Information Officer & Head of Team Services
Matt Maychak Chief Communications Officer
Tyler Mazereeuw Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer
Duane Vienneau Chief Grey Cup & Events Officer
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Robbie Abrahamson Manager, Social Media & Content
Burcu Akyildiz Associate Vice-President, Finance
Lucas Barrett Director, Communications & Public Affairs
Sam Bertram Coordinator, Brand
Christopher Boulding Coordinator, Football Operations
Bryden Boutilier Coordinator, Grey Cup & Events
Kristina Costabile Deputy Editor, Content
Eric D’Alo Coordinator, Communications & Digital Content
Steve Daniel Senior Director, Game Information & Statistics
Laura Di Pede Creative Director
Adrianna DiPietro Graphic Designer
Efi Idel Associate Vice-President, Brand Strategy
Marcus Farias Graphic Designer
Lauren Farnell Senior Director, Strategy Grey Cup & Events
Clifford Fernando Controller
Herb Fung Senior Coordinator, Communications & Public Affairs
Craig Garvie Director, Corporate Partnerships
Derek Gross Senior Director, Global Partnerships
Darren Hackwood Associate Vice-President, Officiating
Jeff Harbin Technical Director
Trevor Hardy Associate Vice-President, Business Operations & Analytics
Melanie Hilliard Executive Assistant
Lawrence Hopper Coordinator, Global Scouting
Ryan Janzen Associate Vice-President, Football Operations
Jeff Krever Head, Player & Game Statistics
Bree Kruklis Director, Corporate Partnerships
Lisa Lacsamana Director, Finance
Kelly Lamb Associate Vice-President, Business Development, Grey Cup & Premium Events
Brodie Lawson On-Air Host and Producer
Jason Maglantay Senior Director, Team Services
Kalli Magura Web Developer
Adam Marshall Coordinator, Video Content
Kaleem Maxwell Lead Developer
Chelsea McDermott Director, Events & Grey Cup
Aidan Miller Coordinator, Social Media & Content
Carla Millius Manager, Hospitality
Kevin McDonald Vice-President, Football Operations & Player Safety
Dave Musambi Senior Manager, Business Intelligence
Ageisan Navarajah Manager, Technology
Eric Noivo Senior Manager, Football Operations
Mohib Noor Graphic Designer
Chris O’Leary Managing Editor and Senior Writer, Content
Joan Rose Oribiana Accounting Clerk
Austin Owens Junior Coordinator, Content
JohnPaul Perri Video Assistant, Football Operations
Jenny Phan Coordinator, Accounts Payable
Laurence Pontbriand Senior Coordinator, Football Operations
Olivier Poulin Senior Director, Communications & Public Affairs
Greg Quick Director, Global Scouting
Bryan Ramsden Director, Consumer Products & Retail Sales
Jonathan Rubinoff Senior Director, Content
Kyle Scott Manager, Video Production
Michael Shewchenko Associate Vice-President, Digital Products
Kelly Shouldice Vice-President, Content
Rebecca Siddall Account Manager, Corporate Partnerships
Natalie Smith Account Manager, Corporate Partnerships
Camille Soldevilla Manager, Grey Cup
Charie Sooknanan Administrative Assistant, Corporate Partnerships
Wayne Stegint Director, Global Partnerships
Trevor Stone Senior Manager, Stadium Operations, Grey Cup & Events
Ashley Stransman Manager, Business Development
Sully Syed Associate Vice-President, Technology
Guillaume Tremblay-St-Gelais Senior Coordinator, Communications & Public Affairs
Mackenzie Trimper Associate, Consumer Products & Retail Sales
Kelly Tyson Director, Brand
Owen Welsh Associate Vice-President, Global Partnerships
Chris Williamson Senior Manager, Fan & Sponsorship Insights
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Yikes, that is eye opening. No wonder we are in trouble as a league.

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They got ore staff than the Prime Minister's Office


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:dizzy: :dizzy: :dizzy:

So you're sayin' that $150M from the Feds was just to run the comish's office?


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Sully Syed Associate Vice-President, Technology

Glorified title for website admin


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Maybe they are all unpaid volunteers.


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Dusty wrote: Sun Aug 02, 2020 7:55 am Maybe they are all unpaid volunteers.
Apparently not Ambrosie. $750,000 +

Qualifies as a private corporation for reporting purposes though so we know what the accountants tell us.


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Murdoch wrote: Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:25 am
Dusty wrote: Sun Aug 02, 2020 7:55 am Maybe they are all unpaid volunteers.
Apparently not Ambrosie. $750,000 +

Qualifies as a private corporation for reporting purposes though so we know what the accountants tell us.
You might be overpaying your commissioner and his too large staff when 3 out of a 9 team league, in the 3 largest cities in Canada, can't draw enough fans to stadiums to make a profit. :dizzy:


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KnowItAll wrote: Sat Aug 01, 2020 10:32 pm Sully Syed Associate Vice-President, Technology

Glorified title for website admin
CFL.ca forum reflects a totally indifferent attitude typical of the CFL imo and is a purrfect example of the non accountability the league enjoys. There are no posters from Mexico, Europe, or Japan. Team forums go months without a post. It should be the #1 site for CFL discussion and could be a lot better than it is but it is not.

Fan interest measured by participation in the forum would tell you to shut the league down immediately.


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KnowItAll wrote: Sat Aug 01, 2020 10:32 pm Sully Syed Associate Vice-President, Technology

Glorified title for website admin
This guy actually wrote the code for the first and only 3-down, 12-man stat system which auto populates to all rosters, profiles and stats and designed and operates the website which is unique to the CFL.

He's a pretty valuable individual in the system. Probably one of the folks on the list you shouldn't dump on.


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Jim Mullin wrote: Mon Aug 17, 2020 10:42 pm
KnowItAll wrote: Sat Aug 01, 2020 10:32 pm Sully Syed Associate Vice-President, Technology

Glorified title for website admin
This guy actually wrote the code for the first and only 3-down, 12-man stat system which auto populates to all rosters, profiles and stats and designed and operates the website which is unique to the CFL.

He's a pretty valuable individual in the system. Probably one of the folks on the list you shouldn't dump on.
didn't say there was anything wrong with being website admin. Just pointing out one example of how the titles are not always what they seem. As in they are not all high salaried upper management as many of their titles might indicate


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Going over the CFL staff directory list and other than Ambrosie do not recognize one name as that of a former player.

Seems odd given so many of the players have a university education to go along with the passion for the game. Acknowledge that many do continue on with individual teams and media broadcasters but strange they never made it to the league office.

Even Ambrosie is the first recent player to be named commissioner. Jake Gaudaur, way back when before him.


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Murdoch wrote: Tue Dec 29, 2020 2:50 pm Going over the CFL staff directory list and other than Ambrosie do not recognize one name as that of a former player.

Seems odd given so many of the players have a university education to go along with the passion for the game. Acknowledge that many do continue on with individual teams and media broadcasters but strange they never made it to the league office.

Even Ambrosie is the first recent player to be named commissioner. Jake Gaudaur, way back when before him.
Between Gaudaur and Ambrosie were former Rider and Lion Bill "The Undertaker" Baker, one time and briefly Lion Doug Mitchell and who can forget former Alouette Larry Smith who brought us the US experiment. The one thing most sports league Commissioners have in common these days it's that they are all lawyers by trade.


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Good reminder about Larry Smith. Wasn't he the one who started the US expansion phase? I seem to remember desperate times back then as well. He may have also been the guy to bring Pezim and Ornest in to rescue the league.

Also a few referees out there that are ex players so some do end up working for the league that way.


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Murdoch wrote: Wed Dec 30, 2020 3:47 am Good reminder about Larry Smith. Wasn't he the one who started the US expansion phase? I seem to remember desperate times back then as well. He may have also been the guy to bring Pezim and Ornest in to rescue the league.

Also a few referees out there that are ex players so some do end up working for the league that way.
Bill Baker was in charge when Pezim bought the club in 1989. It was Baker's only year as Commish in what was briefly a split duty job. Baker was President/Chief Operating Officer while Toy McMurtry was Chairman/Chief Financial Officer. Pezim declared bankruptcy with the league briefly taking the team over during the 1992 season, Smith's first as Commish.

Ornest bought the Argos from Carling-O'Keefe at the end of 1988 which was also about the time the league would be having a Commissioner change from Mitchell to Baker. The sale was likely approved in Mitchell's final weeks in charge. Ornest would sell the club to the trio of McNall, Candy and Gretzky in 1991 when Donald Crump was Commissioner. Ornest, a Canadian, did have a sports ownership history having founded the Triple-A Vancouver Canadians in 1978 and owning the St.Louis Blues from 1983-86.


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