Leadership

Steering Committee

Our Steering Committee is composed of seven representatives from Ryerson University and MLSE, including our Future of Sport Lab Chair, Brian Cooper. Together, they are responsible for:

  • Oversight of programs and strategy for the Future of Sport Lab (FSL).

  • Appointment of Advisory Committee members.

  • Governance of key operating decisions and long-term strategic programs.

Brian Cooper

Chairman, FSL & Chairman, MKTG Canada

Dr. Cheri L. Bradish

Founding Manager/Director, FSL & Ted Rogers Director of Sport Business Initiatives, Ryerson University

Cynthia Devine

Chief Financial Officer, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment

Michael Friisdhal

President & Chief Executive Officer, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment

Ralph Lean

Counsel in Residence, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University

Steven Liss

Vice-President, Research & Innovation, Ryerson University

Humza Teherany

Chief Technology & Digital Officer, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment

Advisory Committee

Our Advisory Committee is comprised of industry leaders with experience in the sport and entertainment business, sport technology, entrepreneurship and investment, and sport and data science. Together, they are responsible for:

  • Helping to shape the strategy of the FSL.

  • Recommending startups to the Steering Committee for selection.

  • Developing the Mentor Network.

Sumit Arora

Senior Director, Strategy & Analytics, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment

Dr. Joe Baker

Director, Lifespan Health and Performance Laboratory & Professor, York University

Dr. Cheri L. Bradish

Founding Manager/Director, FSL & Ted Rogers Director of Sport Business Initiatives, Ryerson University

Dr. Timothy Chan

Director, Applied Optimization Laboratory and Supervisor, University of Toronto Sports Analytics Group

John Doig

Executive Vice President, Retail Distribution, Scotiabank

Jim Liston

Director, Athlete Performance, Toronto FC

Dr. Travis McDonough

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Kinduct

Paul Pathak

Partner, ChitizPathak LLP

Teresa Resch

Vice President, Basketball Operations and Player Development, Toronto Raptors

Richard Rotenberg

Director, High Performance, Toronto Maple Leafs

Chris Shewfelt

Vice President, Business Operations, Toronto FC & Toronto Argonauts

Patti-Anne Tarlton

Chief Operating Officer, Ticketmaster Canada

Mentor Network

Our Mentor Network is comprised of 50+ senior leaders who dedicate their time to advising FSL startups on the growth of their businesses.

Members of the Mentor Network will have the opportunity to:

  • Evaluate, assess, and recommend startups for Advisory Committee selection.

  • Participate in mentoring workshops and sessions.

  • Assume dedicated mentor roles with startups.

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FSL Operations Team

Our Operations Team manages all facets of the FSL, including the FSL Incubator program.

Dr. Cheri L. Bradish

Founding Manager/Director, FSL & Ted Rogers Director of Sport Business Initiatives, Ryerson University

Katarina Bitove

Operations Director, FSL

Greg McIsaac

Communications and Marketing Director, FSL

MLSE Leads

The MLSE Leads work with the FSL to support startups through pilot programs into MLSE teams and venues, and collaborate with our network of key stakeholders engaged in the FSL Incubator.

Sumit Arora

Senior Director, Strategy & Analytics, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment

Stephanie Jones

Program Manager, Strategy, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment

Connor King

Associate, Strategy & Innovation, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment

  • The FSL is MLSE’s first large-scale academic collaboration, and is one of the first of its kind in North America.

  • This unique academic-industry model will provide unprecedented opportunities in sport business for students, researchers and entrepreneurs alike.

  • FSL activities will include applied research, needs assessments, insight challenges, research forums and support for start-ups.