Michael Friisdahl was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) in October, 2015. MLSE is one of the world’s premier sports and entertainment companies as owners of the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL), Toronto Raptors (NBA), Toronto FC (MLS), Toronto Argonauts (CFL), Toronto Marlies (AHL), Raptors 905 (NBA D-league) and Toronto FC II (United Soccer League) and hosts more than 3.8 million fans each year at its venues.
In addition to its sports franchises, MLSE’s LIVE division has established Scotiabank Arena as one of the leading music and entertainment venues in the world, bringing hundreds of world-class shows to the building each year. Scotiabank Arena was recently named by Billboard as the seventh busiest concert venue in North America and ninth-ranked facility in the world for concert attendance. MLSE enjoys a strategic partnership with Live Nation Entertainment, the largest entertainment company in the world and market leader in concert promotions with over 80% global market share, designed to grow entertainment opportunities across Ontario and market the respective venues including Scotiabank Arena, Coca-Cola Coliseum and Budweiser Stage. MLSE LIVE events attract more than 1 million attendees to MLSE’s venues each year.
MLSE’s entertainment properties includes popular restaurant destinations Real Sports and E11even, both located just steps from Scotiabank Arena. More than 2.5 million fans are fed each year at Scotiabank Arena combined with another 1 million who dine at Real Sports and E11even.
As part of the company’s facilities management, MLSE owns and operates Scotiabank Arena, hosting more than 70 million fans over 3,500 events since the building’s opening in 1999. MLSE has also invested in four of Toronto’s sports facilities — Coca-Cola Coliseum, home of the Marlies; BMO Field, home of Toronto FC and Toronto Argonauts; Lamport Stadium; Ford Performance Centre, the practice facility for the Maple Leafs and Marlies and OVO Athletic Centre, the practice facility of the Toronto Raptors. MLSE operates and manages events at Coca-Cola Coliseum and BMO Field.
MLSE Foundation, who works to change lives through the spirit and power of sport, has invested $24 million into the community since launching in 2009. In February, 2017, the MLSE Foundation opened the doors to MLSE LaunchPad, a 42,000 square foot youth-focused Sport-For-Development facility and the company’s most important community initiative to date.
In 2016, MLSE and its venues hosted some of the world’s preeminent events including the first-ever NBA All Star Weekend to be played outside the United States, the World Cup of Hockey, the Grey Cup, which was played at BMO Field, the 2017 World Juniors Hockey Championship (with Montreal’s Bell Centre) and the 2017 NHL Centennial Classic. In 2016, MLSE also re-opened BMO Field after the completion of a $150 million renovation and opened a new $50 million training facility for the Toronto Raptors.
Early in his tenure as MLSE CEO, Friisdahl oversaw a strategic review of the company which led to the implementation of VISION 2020, a long-term corporate strategy designed to best position MLSE for success within an evolving sports and entertainment industry, foster company growth and to generate new revenue streams. VISION 2020 is an all-encompassing road map to fully engage all of the organization’s stakeholders, including employees, corporate and community partners and fans in the pursuit of winning and community building. The strategy has been recently updated through 2023.
Friisdahl previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada’s Leisure Group since it was formed in 2012, combining Air Canada Vacations tour operations with Air Canada rouge, the company’s successful leisure airline. With Friisdahl at the helm, Air Canada rouge saw significant growth and has been an important contributor to Air Canada’s very successful transformation.
After the launch of Air Canada rouge with four aircraft serving 13 destinations, Friisdahl grew the airline to include a total of 34 planes and offered competitively priced travel to more than 75 routes in Europe, Mexico, the U.S., the Caribbean, Asia, South America and Canada.
Air Canada rouge, through a partnership with the Disney Institute, built a unique culture focused on customer engagement, along with applying next-generation communications technology to create an engaging and customer friendly experience. Air Canada rouge was one of the first airlines in North America to offer streaming inflight entertainment to its customers’ own devices.
Friisdahl brings an extensive background in customer service, marketing and sales management, finance, mergers and acquisitions, and business integration to his role at MLSE. Prior to joining the Air Canada executive team, Friisdahl was CEO of Thomas Cook North America and a member of the international Group Executive Board of Thomas Cook Group plc. He was previously Chief Operating Officer of Thomas Cook Canada and later North America.
Entering the industry as an entrepreneur in the mid-1980s, Friisdahl successfully built a travel wholesale business that merged to create The Holiday Network and become Canada's leading independent wholesaler, specializing in independent travel packages. As a partner and President and CEO of The Holiday Network, he continued to grow the business until its acquisition by Thomas Cook Group plc (formerly MyTravel plc), which led to his move into the corporate and international spheres.
Cynthia Devine joined MLSE in April 2017 and is responsible for providing financial oversight and guidance to the company.
Devine comes to MLSE from RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust where she served as Chief Financial Officer since 2015. From 2003 to 2014, Devine was Chief Financial Officer at Tim Hortons Inc. where she provided financial leadership of the company's initial public offering (IPO) on the NYSE and TSX and the merger of Tim Hortons and 3G/Burger King in 2014. She has also held Senior Executive positions at Maple Leaf Foods and Pepsi-Cola Canada.
Devine is on the Board of Directors and is the Audit Committee Chair for Empire Company Ltd/Sobeys Inc. and was on the Board of Directors for ING Direct Canada from 2009 to 2012. Her volunteer work includes acting as an Advisory Board Member for the Richard Ivey School of Business and previously serving as a Board member for Canada's Walk of Fame and Treasurer for Tim Horton Children's Foundation. In addition to receiving a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 2011, Devine has been recognized as Canada's CFO of the Year in 2010 and Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women Award in 2008 and 2012.
Nick Eaves is the Chief Venues & Operations Officer at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. Eaves joined MLSE in 2016 and is responsible for overseeing the Operations, Food& Beverage, Capital Projects, and Development functions at all MLSE venues. Eaves also has oversight of MLSE’s LIVE division that brings hundreds of world-class music and entertainment events to its venues each year.
A veteran of the sports and entertainment industry, Eaves came to MLSE from Woodbine Entertainment Group where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer from 2010 to 2015 after holding numerous senior positions over a 20-year period. Eaves led the transformation of the organization’s business model to drive operational performance across all lines of the business including live event, broadcasting, technology, hospitality, and retail operations.
Eaves serves on various boards in connection with MLSE’s business and is a member of the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters Toronto, and Woodbine Entertainment Group. Eaves also serves as an Executive sponsor of the LGBTQ2S+ Employee Inclusion Group at MLSE. As an active community member, Eaves volunteers his time with the Out of the Cold Program, Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter, Youth Without Shelter and United Way Toronto. Eaves holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Western University.
Peter Miller is currently Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment’s (MLSE) Chief Legal Officer and has been with the company for over 21 years. He is responsible for overseeing the legal matters relating to all of MLSE’s sports and business operations. Miller works closely with the Board of Directors of MLSE in his capacity as Corporate Secretary. Miller is a highly trusted and valued leader at MLSE whose advice and counsel are regularly sought and he is an integral part of the senior management team. Miller has been consistently recognized internally for his commitment to the values of MLSE, earning a number of annual and monthly awards including MLSE’s “MVP of the Year” award. As the senior lawyer at MLSE, Miller’s expertise extends across all of MLSE’s business units, including global partnerships, intellectual property, licensing, facility and event management and promotion, advertising and marketing, merchandising, ticketing, human resources and real estate. Peter also advises on league (NHL, AHL, NBA, NBA G-League, MLS and CFL) franchise matters. Miller served as lead MLSE counsel in the acquisition of the Toronto FC MLS soccer franchise and the negotiations of MLSE’s strategic initiatives with the City of Toronto for the development and management of BMO Field at Exhibition Place, as well as the acquisition of the Toronto Argonauts CFL franchise. Miller was a key contributor in the completion of MLSE’s ownership transaction in 2012.
Prior to joining MLSE, Miller was an associate at the law firm of Goodmans, LLP, practicing in the area of corporate/commercial law. While at Goodmans, Miller worked on a number of significant high profile corporate transactions including, the acquisition of the Toronto Raptors NBA franchise and arena by Maple Leaf Gardens, Ltd. In 1996, Miller graduated from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law with a Bachelor of Laws degree. In his first year, he was recognized on the Faculty Honours List. Miller was called to the Bar in March 1998. Prior to attending law school, Miller earned his undergraduate degree in political science at the University of Toronto, graduating in 1992 with High Distinction. In each of the three years of his undergraduate program, Miller was a Faculty Scholar.
Humza is the Chief Technology and Digital Officer at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. Humza has over 20 years of experience in driving Technology and Business Strategy, while directly contributing to both top and bottom line results.
Humza's organization at MLSE is responsible for digital strategy, technology, IT, mobile apps, data science and innovation - including our esports team and initiatives, Raptors Uprising Gaming Club and Leafs Gaming League. MLSE Digital Labs is now the largest and deepest technology and digital organization in professional sports.
Prior to MLSE, Humza was at Compass Group North America where he built a technology and digital strategy company called Compass Digital Labs where he was the CEO. Compass Digital Labs helped to drive billions of dollars of incremental revenue and market differentiation across retail and hospitality sectors across the United States and Canada.
Humza has also worked at Allstream, where he led Business Transformation and IT Enterprise Architecture. He has also held various technical and management roles at Bell Canada.
A frequent keynote speaker at various North American conferences focused on technology, innovation and driving business results, Humza has built strong technology and business partnerships with top organizations around the globe. This network allows him to innovate creatively and quickly, accelerating business objectives.
Humza also represents the Toronto Raptors on the NBA’s Team Innovation Advisory Council. The TIAC is responsible for driving innovation and best practices at the NBA team level in collaboration with the league.
Humza has an undergraduate degree from York University and holds various professional training accreditations from both the Schulich School of Business and the Niagara Institute, he also served as President of the CIO Association of Canada and on the TOLive Advisory Committee.
Humza is an active member on the Canada Basketball Board of Directors, the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation Board of Directors, an Advisor for the US Innovation Partnership led by the U.S.
Consul General’s Office, a Technology Advisor for RKM Racing, Founding Member of the Coalition of Innovation Leaders Against Racism, and also serves on the Global Institute of Sport Advisory Board.
Shannon Hosford is the Chief Marketing Officer. Hosford oversees the Marketing and Fan Experience, one of the largest and most diverse sports marketing portfolios in North America. With over 18 years of leadership experience, she leads all brand functions for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC, Toronto Argonauts, MLSE LIVE and MLSE Foundation.
Hosford is a dynamic leader with a distinct creative insight. Prior to her appointment as Chief Marketing Officer, she held the Senior Vice President, Marketing & Fan Experience role, as well as leadership roles in the areas of Communications, Marketing and Global Partnerships. Hosford is an ambassador and has participated in many philanthropic initiatives including recent missions to Kenya, New Orleans and Jamaica as part of her volunteerism with Habitat for Humanity and Free The Children. She is also a board member of the MLSE Foundation, a mentor with the American Marketing Association and a member of the 2014 and 2015 Sponsorship Marketing Awards Judging Panel, 2015 AToMiC Awards Jury and the 2015 CLIO Sports Jury.
Under her leadership, the sports and marketing world was captured by both the Toronto Raptors’ We The North and Toronto FC’s Bloody Big Deal marketing campaigns. These two highly successful campaigns led Strategy to spotlight Hosford as Marketer of the Year in 2014. In the same year, Hosford also led her team to a successful bid for the 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend and erected Leafs Legends Row, a series of permanent bronzed statues celebrating the storied history of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Hosford was nominated for the 2017 Premier’s Award for Outstanding Ontario College Graduates and in 2018, she was named one of Adweek’s “33 Media, Marketing and Tech Stars Who’ve Helped Make Toronto a Vibrant Creative Hub.”
As a testament to her leadership and vision, the MLSE marketing team was awarded the CLIO Sports Awards Grand Prize and the In-House Agency Forum Awards Gold Prize.
Brendan Shanahan was blessed with a competitive fire and a dynamic ability to consistently hit the score sheet over parts of three decades in the National Hockey League. On November 11, 2013, the former left-winger was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in his hometown of Toronto.
The Mimico, Ontario native returned home again on April 14, 2014 but this time on the merits of his off-ice leadership ability when the Toronto Maple Leafs introduced Shanahan as President and Alternate Governor. In his new role, Shanahan oversees all team operations after a 27-year NHL career as both a player and league executive.
Shanahan, 45, played 21 seasons in the NHL from 1987 to 2009 and tallied 656 goals, 698 assists and 1,354 points in the regular season. He also added 60 goals and 134 points in 184 NHL playoff games during his career. Remarkably, he has the distinction of being the only player in NHL history to exceed 600 goals and 2,000 penalty minutes for an entire NHL career and only 12 men have scored more goals in league history. He hit the magical 50-goal mark in 1992-93 and 1993-94. He played in eight NHL All-Star games during his career.
Drafted second overall in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils, Shanahan also suited up for the St. Louis Blues, Hartford Whalers, Detroit Red Wings and New York Rangers. He was the recipient of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 2003, an annual award to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice while making a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.
During his distinguished career, the fierce competitor earned three Stanley Cup Championships with the Detroit Red Wings (1997, 1998, 2002). Shanahan was a stabilizing factor as Canada captured their first hockey gold medal in 50 years at the 2002 Winter Olympics. His earlier international contributions saw him play a key role with Team Canada as the club snapped a 33-year drought by earning gold at the 1994 World Championships. Shanahan is one of just eight players to ever achieve the rare feat of winning an Olympic gold medal and the Stanley Cup in the same season (2002).
Throughout his career, Shanahan established himself as an important voice for the game of hockey, not only for his on-ice credentials, but for his leadership qualities off the ice. During the 2004-05 NHL lockout season, Shanahan convened a group of influencers in the game to discuss the direction of the on-ice product which led to several recommendations to the NHL and the NHLPA including the formation of today’s Competition Committee.
Shanahan retired as a player on November 17, 2009 and quickly joined the NHL’s head office in December, 2009 as Vice President of Hockey and Business Development where he introduced several new initiatives. Chief among them was enlivening the NHL All-Star Weekend by implementing the ‘All-Star Player Draft’ at the showcase event beginning in 2011. Interestingly enough, the National Football League adopted the ‘player draft’ format for their 2014 all-star game, the Pro Bowl. Shanahan’s creativity and proactive approach were deciding factors in the successful execution of the inaugural NHL Research and Development Camp in 2010. The two-day camp explored potential rule changes and variations to special teams play among many other strategic on-ice advancements.
Shanahan later served as the league’s chief player disciplinarian beginning with the 2011-12 season and up until his appointment with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the spring of 2014. During his time at the league office, Shanahan redefined the way the NHL administered supplementary discipline for on-ice incidents. He formed the league’s Player Safety Department, which to this day, monitors on-ice conduct and flag plays that warrant review and potential discipline. The Player Safety Department has produced a series of educational, transparent videos designed to help players and fans better understand how specific infractions are viewed and evaluated, what is legal and what merits the assessment of Supplemental Discipline.
On May 31, 2013, Masai Ujiri was named President and General Manager of Basketball Operations of the Toronto Raptors. He returned to the Raptors organization where he had received his first front office position back in 2007.
Ujiri had spent the past three seasons as Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Denver Nuggets. He was named 2012-13 NBA Executive of the Year after leading the Nuggets to a team-record 57 wins and a league-best 38-3 home court mark.
Considered one of the most proactive executives in the NBA, Ujiri kept the Nuggets among the Western Conference elite through numerous trades and draft picks. He is best known for a 12-player deal on February 22, 2011 that sent All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks. That trade is heralded as a textbook example of how to receive high value in exchange for a pending free agent.
Ujiri got his NBA front office start in Toronto in 2007, joining the franchise as Director of Global Scouting. He was elevated to Assistant General Manager, Player Personnel in 2008 and worked closely with previous President Bryan Colangelo. His duties included overseeing the scouting and personnel departments, talent assessment and related data management.
On August 27, 2010, Ujiri became the first African-born GM in the NBA when he was hired to run the Nuggets’ basketball operations department. It was also his second stint with the club after working as a scout from 2003-06 and the team’s Director of International Scouting during the 2006-07 season. Prior to joining Denver, he worked as an international scout for the Orlando Magic.
A native of Nigeria, Ujiri brings tremendous knowledge and extensive global connections to the Raptors front office. He played professionally in Europe for six years, with stops in Belgium, Germany, England, Greece and Finland. He has scouted all over the world, including Europe, Africa, Asia and South America.
Ujiri has also managed and coached the Nigerian junior and senior National teams.
On a humanitarian level, Ujiri has been tireless in his efforts to promote and develop the game of basketball throughout Africa. He is the Founder of the Giants of Africa Foundation, which launched the Top 50 and Bigman camps in his homeland. Ujiri also has served as the Director of the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders program since 2002.
Ujiri was introduced to basketball at age 13 and quickly fell in love with the game. He went on to play at Bismarck State College and Montana State University-Billings (formerly Eastern Montana College).
Bill Manning joined MLSE as President of Toronto FC on October 12, 2015 and later also added his responsibilities as President of the Toronto Argonauts when the Canadian Football League franchise was acquired by the company in January, 2018.
Manning joined Toronto FC after spending the previous eight seasons as president of both Real Salt Lake (RSL) and Rio Tinto Stadium. During his time with RSL, Manning transformed the club into a winner, leading the organization to a 2009 MLS Cup championship, as well as a model franchise off the pitch where both season tickets and sponsorships more than tripled. The club also won the Eastern Conference title (2009), Western Conference title (2013) and were MLS Cup runners-up (2013) and CONCACAF Champions League runners-up (2011). Manning was the recipient of the Major League Soccer Doug Hamilton Executive of the Year award in both 2012 and 2014. In addition, he helped establish, open and sold naming rights to Rio Tinto Stadium, home to Real Salt Lake.
Manning brings a wealth of sports management experience to MLSE having previously served in executive positions with the National Football League’s Philadelphia Eagles, the National Basketball Association’s Houston Rockets and Real Salt Lake of MLS.
A native of Massapequa, New York, Manning was a nationally-recognized collegiate soccer player at the University of Bridgeport where, as a sophomore, he helped the Purple Knights to a NCAA quarterfinal berth, and as a senior in 1986 he led his team to a final four appearance while earning first-team All-America honours. Manning continued his playing career after college and won a U.S. Open Cup with the Brooklyn Italians in 1991, and played professionally in the United Soccer League (USL) with the Penn-Jersey Spirit (1991), Valley Golden Eagles (1993) and New York Fever (1994-95). Manning also holds a U.S. Soccer National “A” Coaching License.
Manning began his career in sports management with the Continental Indoor Soccer League during its inaugural season in 1993. After his last season with the Fever, he went on to leadership roles in the United Soccer League with the Long Island Rough Riders and then the Minnesota Thunder where he was named USL Executive of the Year in 1999 following their championship season. Manning got his start in MLS in 2000 with the Tampa Bay Mutiny as President and General Manager and was named 2000 MLS Executive of the Year by the Washington Post.
Manning received his Bachelor of Science degree (1987) and Masters in Business Administration (1989) from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut where he was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2006.
Manning and his wife, Jennifer, will reside in Toronto with their sons John and Will.
Kyle Dubas was named the 17th General Manager in the Club’s history on May 11, 2018 after originally joining the Leafs as Assistant General Manager in July of 2014.
In his role as Assistant General Manager, Dubas held multiple responsibilities including player personnel, managing the club’s player development department and farm system, managing the organizations Research & Development department, and overseeing the organization’s top prospects as General Manager of the Maple Leafs’ AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies. In his four seasons as General Manager of the Marlies, the team compiled a record of 190-90-20-4 and captured the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy as AHL regular season champion in 2015-16 and 2017-18. In 2017-18, the Marlies reached 50 wins for the third time in franchise history (2007-08, 2015-16) and set the League record for most road wins in a season (30).
Before joining the Maple Leafs, Dubas served as General Manager of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the Ontario Hockey League for three seasons from 2011-12 to 2013-14. During his tenure, his teams finished with an overall record of 109-76-7-12, which included two post-season berths and a West Division title in 2013-14. From 2011 through 2014, the Greyhounds had 14 players drafted to the National Hockey League; second most of all OHL teams over that span.
At the time of his hiring by the Greyhounds, the Sports Management Graduate from Brock University (Dean’s List honours) became the second youngest General Manager in OHL history at the age of 25.
In 2015, Dubas was recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the sports industry’s brightest young stars in their annual Top 30 Under 30 in Sports list. He was also honoured with the Brock University Distinguished Young Alumni Award in March of 2015.
Dubas and his wife, Shannon, have one son.
Bobby Webster enters his sixth season with the Raptors and second as the team’s general manager. He manages the day-to-day basketball operations of the franchise and provides his expertise on strategic team building, roster and personnel planning, and player acquisitions. During his time with the Raptors, Webster has also served as assistant general manager and vice president, basketball management & strategy.
Webster came to the Raptors after working for the NBA league office in New York for seven seasons in the legal department. He brings with him a vast working knowledge of the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and was part of the team that worked with the NBA Labor Relations Committee to negotiate the 2011 CBA with the National Basketball Players Association. While at the NBA, Webster advised front office personnel from all 30 teams on CBA matters related to salary cap/luxury tax planning, player contract negotiations & analytics, and trades.
Ali Curtis was named General Manager of Toronto FC on January 4, 2019. Curtis joined TFC having previously served as Sporting Director for the New York Red Bulls and Senior Director of Player Relations and Competition for Major League Soccer.
In his role with TFC, Curtis oversees player acquisition and scouting, coaching staff, technical staff and management of the soccer operations budget and salary cap. Additionally, Curtis oversees the staff of both TFC II and the TFC Academy.
With the Red Bulls, Curtis led an organization that won the 2015 Supporters’ Shield with an 18-10-6 record and league-best +19 goal differential. The 18 regular seasons wins, along with 12 wins at home and 60 points earned, set new club records. The Red Bulls also finished on top of the 2016 Eastern Conference standings. In addition to MLS success, Red Bulls II, the club’s second team, were United Soccer League (USL) champions in 2016. Under Curtis’ watch, the Red Bulls signed and developed a number of academy players, including Tyler Adams (now with RB Leipzig in the German Bundesliga) and Alex Muyl. Curtis also signed players such as 2018 MLS Defender of the Year Aaron Long, who began in the organization as a USL player.
Before joining the Red Bulls, Curtis spent seven seasons working for Major League Soccer, first as part of the Player Relations and Competition Department and as the Special Assistant to the Office of the Commissioner. Curtis was promoted to Senior Director of Player Relations and Competition in 2011 where he oversaw MLS club budgets, negotiating over 200 player contracts per year, while leading key areas of renegotiation of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement and the MLS Player Development Committee.
Curtis, 40, also supervised the MLS Homegrown Player Program, which has resulted in 20-40 signings per year and was responsible for the league-to-league strategic partnership that led to the MLS/USL PRO Club affiliations.
Along with his MLS experience, Curtis worked as an analyst for JP Morgan Chase Private Bank from 2004-2007 in Chicago and Los Angeles.
As a player, Curtis was the second overall pick in the 2001 MLS SuperDraft by the Tampa Bay Mutiny. A forward, Curtis spent four seasons in MLS with Tampa Bay, D.C. United and FC Dallas (formerly the Dallas Burn). In four seasons, Curtis made 65 total appearances (35 starts) while scoring nine goals and adding eight assists. At Duke University, Curtis earned the 1999 Hermann and the 2000 MAC Award as the nation’s best player. The awards have since been combined into the MAC Hermann award.
Curtis is married to Aubree and has two children, Adam and Norah.
On October 8, 2019, Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons was named the 20th General Manager in team history, marking his 30th consecutive year with the football club in various roles.
Clemons joined the Argonauts from Dunedin, Florida in 1989 after stints with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Playing for the Double Blue until 2000, Clemons won Grey Cups in 1991, 1996 and 1997 with the Argonauts and was also named the league’s Most Outstanding Player in 1990. Clemons left the game as the CFL’s all-time leader in combined yards with 25,438, a record that still stands today. Halfway through his final season as a player in 2000, he was asked to replace John Huard as the head coach.
Clemons coached the Argonauts for the 2000 and 2001 CFL seasons before being named Team President ahead of the 2002 season. He returned as head coach from 2002 to 2007, leading the football club to six consecutive East Division Finals, including the 2004 championship, his fourth as an Argonaut. Clemons concluded his coaching tenure with 68 coaching wins, the second highest in team history.
He served as the team’s Chief Executive Officer from 2008, and Vice-Chair from 2009-2019, during which the Argonauts won two Grey Cup.
Clemons’ No. 31 is one of four numbers to have been honoured with a retirement by the Toronto Argonauts. He has been inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, Ontario Sports Hall of Fame and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. He was also named to the Order of Ontario in 2001 and in 2013, he was awarded The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
In 2007, Michael and his wife Diane founded the Pinball Clemons Foundation, a non-profit organization that empowers youth through education. The foundation is responsible for the construction of a hospital in Uganda, over 200 schools in developing countries, 2 orphanages in Haiti, and locally awarding more than 200 scholarships through their foundation’s margins to mainstream initiative.
Clemons is a graduate of the College of William and Mary, where he received a degree in economics. Michael’s pride and joy are his wife Diane and three daughters Rachel, Raven and Rylie.
Teri Dennis-Davies is Senior Vice President, People & Inclusion at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) where she oversees the company’s ED&I strategy. She joined the organization on October 19, 2020.
Dennis-Davies is a seasoned executive with more than 20 years of experience in senior leadership roles in human resources, which included diversity, inclusion, culture and employee advocacy.
Dennis-Davies joins MLSE from Royal Bank of Canada where she served 14 years for the company in a variety of senior roles in the Caribbean and Canada, most recently as Vice President, Employee Relations. She is widely respected within the Bank as an active champion and advocate on matters of diversity and inclusion. At RBC, Dennis-Davies led a global employee relations team responsible for managing workplace issues including diversity, inclusivity and respect, discrimination, harassment, health and safety, accommodations and performance management, while also advancing the company’s conduct and risk culture.
During her tenure at RBC, Dennis-Davies launched and chaired the functional Diversity Leadership Council for Human Resources, Corporate Communications, Brand and the Employee Ombudsman where she developed a diversity strategy focused on driving awareness, representation and engagement using metrics and data to measure and report on progress.
Prior to RBC, Dennis-Davies held senior roles in a number of diverse organizations in the USA and the Caribbean including Hyatt Hotels, Merrill Communications, LLC, Fortis Fund Services, and KPMG.
Dan Morrow is Senior Vice President of Food and Beverage at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) where he oversees an F&B operation that encompasses Scotiabank Arena, BMO Field, Coca Cola Coliseum, Real Sports Bar & Grill and e11even. He joined the organization in February 2014 as Senior Director of Food and Beverage.
Morrow has spent his career in the sports and entertainment industry. Having spent thirteen years at Rogers Centre in various roles working for Levy Restaurants, ultimately leading the location as Director of Operations. A career highlight saw Morrow move to Vancouver in 2007 to lead the F&B Operations for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. Morrow lead the development of the food and beverage planning for the 2010 Olympics building strong relationships with key governmental stakeholders, vendors and other organizations that ultimately lead to a successful Olympic Games.
Morrow is an active member of the food and beverage community and is currently Chair of the Board of the Ontario Restaurant, Hotel, Motel Association (ORHMA). An organization dedicated to enhancing the business climate of the hospitality industry. Morrow is a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA-CMA) and is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario.
In her role as Vice President of Music & Live Events at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), Melissa Bubb-Clarke oversees the Entertainment portfolio including Live Nation Canada’s award winning Corporate Partnerships agency, as well as live event programming and production for our venues and their associated revenue streams. Consistently one of the top #4 arenas in North America and Top #10 globally for live entertainment, Scotiabank Arena continues to make its mark as a global destination for artists and fans. With over 20 years of experience in the Entertainment industry, Melissa has always been interested by and dedicated to propelling the intersection of music, arts, culture and commerce in a way in which the artist and fan both benefit.
Melissa is a proud board member of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Juno Awards and Musicounts) where she sits on the Governance Committee, the Canadian Live Music Association where she Chairs the Communications Committee and serves on the Toronto Music Advisory Council. Previously Melissa served as a board member for the Unison Benevolent Fund.
Tom McDonald is Vice President, Ticket Sales & Service at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) overseeing one of the most prominent, leading ticketing businesses in North America. McDonald oversees the Suite, Membership, VIP Hospitality business for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC, Toronto Argonauts, Toronto Marlies, Raptors 905 and the Premium Live ticketing business at Scotiabank Arena and Budweiser Stage.
Tom’s career at MLSE spans 20+ years and includes the successful ticketing execution of global events such as the 2014 NHL Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium, the 2016 NHL World Cup of Hockey tournament, 2016 NBA All-Star weekend, the 2017 NHL Centennial Classic at BMO field and the 2015 & 2017 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship tournament.
Accolades and recognition for McDonald’s business results include the 2018-19 NBA Team of the Year, recognizing the outstanding business achievements of the Toronto Raptors and more recently the 2019-20 Raptors 905 NBA G League franchise of the year.
Tom’s passion and experience in the sports business industry is matched only by his dynamic leadership style and his commitment to developing young sports executives. Tom, his wife Julia and their three daughters are residents of Uxbridge, Ontario and are active organizers and participants in the annual Terry Fox run and fundraising efforts in support of cancer research.