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  • Meet the Board of Directors

Avana Capital Corporation, Chairman and CEO
Maytree Foundation, Founder and Chairman
Sustainalytics Holdings B.V.,Director

Alan Broadbent
Co-Founder & Chairman

Alan Broadbent is Chairman and Founder of Maytree, and Chairman and CEO of Avana Capital Corporation.  He co-founded and chairs the Caledon Institute of Social Policy, Tamarack – An Institute for Community Engagement, and the Institute for Municipal Finance and Governance at the Munk Centre, University of Toronto.  In addition, Alan is a Director of Sustainalytics Holdings B.V., Chair of the Toronto Inner-City Rugby Foundation, Senior Fellow and Chair of the Governing Board of Massey College, Member of the Governors’ Council of the Toronto Public Library Foundation, Board member at Jazz.FM, and Member of the Order of Canada and recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.  Alan is the author of Urban Nation:  Why We Need to Give Power Back to the Cities to Make Canada Strong, You’re It (with Franca Gucciardi), and co-editor of Five Good Ideas:  Practical Strategies for Non-Profit Success.  Alan was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Ryerson University in 2009, and from Queen’s University in 2015.

Alan played rugby in the 1960’s in Vancouver for Prince of Wales High School and the University of British Columbia. He follows the game internationally as a spectator and has attended five of the seven Rugby World Cup tournaments.

Eventi Capital Partners, Managing Partner

Bill Di Nardo
Co-Founder & Director

Bill Di Nardo was founder and former President and C.E.O. of Grocery Gateway Inc. in the late 1990′s, Bill worked with a collection of incredibly talented people to pioneer e-commerce in Canada and combined it with traditional last-mile logistics, creating a unique customer experience.

Bill is passionate about community rugby and has been coaching at Newtonbrook Secondary School for years. He is also an active member of the Toronto Saracens Rugby Club where he coaches at most age and skill levels. In his dual capacities, Bill saw the opportunity to bridge a gap in rugby and community development. It was from that idea that TIRF’s sport for community development model was initiated. Bill’s tenacity and longstanding relationships with Newtonbrook Secondary School and the Saracens Rugby Club allowed for prototyping the pilot program.

Eventi Capital Partners, Managing Partner

Scott Bryan
Co-Founder & Director

Scott Bryan is the Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, General Counsel of Grocery Gateway. Scott is a lawyer by training and started his legal career at Toronto law firm Miller Thomson LLP, focusing on corporate, commercial, and technology matters.

Scott was also a former Centre for Canada’s Senior Men’s National team. He made his test debut for Team Canada in 1996 winning against Uruguay. Scott would continue to represent Canada until the 1999 Rugby World Cup. Rugby has been an important part of Scott’s life and he has always been passionate about the game. He continues to be involved in rugby through TIRF giving those who may otherwise not have a chance to play the game an opportunity to do so.

Hugh Wood Canada, President

Kyle Nichols
Director

Kyle has represented Canada in both 15s and 7s rugby. Kyle spent seven-years playing on the Senior Men’s National Team and played in the 1999 Rugby World Cup. He was captain through the 2000-2001 season and served as the Male Players’ Representative on the Rugby Canada Board of Directors during that same time.

Kyle played professionally for the Newport Dragons in Wales and recreationally with The Ajax Wanders, The UBC Old Boys, and the Balmy Beach Club – where he still is seen on, off, and around the pitch. After graduating from Guelph University, Kyle completed his M.B.A. from the Schulich School of Business at York University. Kyle then went on to become the Director of Business Development at Jones Brown Inc. Kyle resides in Toronto where he actively serves as a board member of the Canadian Rugby Foundation.

The Rideout Group, Principal

Chris Rideout
Director

Chris Rideout is an experienced manufacturing and operations management consultant. Over forty-years, Chris has played rugby, at various levels, in a several countries. Dedicated to the development of grassroots rugby, Chris has served as the President of the Toronto Saracens Rugby Club and the Treasurer for the Toronto Rugby Union. Chris uses his free time to coach school teams and the Saracens Rugby Club junior teams. Chris has been coaching alongside his teammate, Bill Di Nardo, for more than five-years.

Captain's Council

The Captain’s Council is a group of trusted industry leaders and rugby enthusiasts who support the work of TIRF’s Board of Directors in an advisory capacity. The Captain’s Council engages the broader community through building partnerships and creating initiates to support the mission, vision and values of TIRF.

U Sport, CEO

Graham Brown
Advisor, Captain’s Council

Moving over from Hockey Canada, where Graham was the Executive Director of the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) from 1998 to 2002. Graham later served as the President and CEO of Rugby Canada.

Graham has been involved with Rugby since his early teens, playing for Chatham and Sarnia before moving on to co-found the University of Windsor rugby program. After moving to Toronto in 1998, Graham joined the Aurora Rugby Club/Aurora Barbarians as player, President and as Treasurer.

Rugby Canada, ‎Director

Bill Webb
Advisor, Captain’s Council

Bill Webb is the retired Executive Vice-President and Chief Investment Officer of Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc., a Toronto-based investment management firm serving high net worth families, charitable foundations, endowments, pension plans and other institutional investors.

Bill began playing rugby in high school and captained his university side at Wilfrid Laurier University and his club side with the Brantford Harlequins U19’s. He also played overseas for the London Wasps in 1987 and coaches the junior sides for the Toronto Scottish RFC. Bill is very passionate about the benefits that rugby brings to the individual, the teams and our communities.

Brook Restoration, Founder and President
Brook Roofing, Founder and President

Geoff Grist
Advisor, Captain’s Council

Launched in 2000, Brook Restoration is recognized as one of the premier restoration firms in Ontario. The company has received several awards for its work including the Award of Excellence from Heritage Toronto and the Toronto Construction Association’s Outstanding Safety Performance Award.

Geoff is dedicated to rugby. He has played the game at a competitive level in England since the age of 11 at King Edward VI in Lichfield. Geoff was scouted by Moseley at the age of 18 and made his debut against Leicester at age 19. In 1986, a rugby tour with Moseley brought him to Canada and the following season he returned for good. In Canada, Geoff played for municipal and provincial teams. In 1992, he played the final game of his career against the All-Black development squad. Geoff has continued to financially support rugby in the area of youth development, including the Canadian Rugby Academy out of Queen’s University and Fletcher’s Fields.