Wednesday, 09 April 2014 00:00

Board of Directors

Mark Gravett, President

Mark Gravett, PresidentRaised in Hanover, Ontario by parents dedicated to the education and benefits of sport for youth, Gravett was fortunate to experience many summer and winter sports. Introduced to competitive sports at a young age, this instilled strong values and a framework and life-long passion to provide guidance to others. Gravett held the positon as athletic program director at a high performance co-ed sports camp for 9 years.

A graduate of Université de Tours, France, Mark’s initial professional venture was in the travel industry. After extensive travelling worldwide, another door opened and Mark was recruited by THF, a global hotelier and a career in hotel management in Toronto and abroad. Committed to delivering exceptional service and hospitality experiences, guests included Prime Ministers, Presidents, External Affairs, professional and amateur athletes, actors and leaders in the cultural world. Unexpected opportunities and changing dynamics of hotel services, Gravett was introduced to the world of technology and digital evolution.

A new career in telecommunications began almost 25 years ago, launching a successful tenure in operations and high performance sales with such firms as TTS Meridian, Williams, TELUS and Black Box Network Services. Gravett managed enterprise and global fortune 500 accounts helping align clients’ new media to create positive business outcomes.

Mark currently holds the position as Director of Social and Special Events & Entertainment with Freeman Canada, a global leader in event branding and guests experiences.

As President of the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, Gravett’s responsibilities include, managing the day to day activities of the organization, team lead for the board of directors, ongoing business development and executive producer for the annual induction ceremony and awards gala.

Mark resides in Toronto and has a daughter and son, both accomplished high performance athletes.

Dale Neilly, Vice President

Dale, a VP with the Board, brings a wealth of diverse experiences and skills in sales and marketing to the OSHF. He has spent most of his career in the telecom/IT and technology fields working in both large and small companies such as Oracle, Black Box Network Services, Radiant Communications, Nortel and Telus. His roles have ranged from sales to sales management to executive positions delivering value to direct customers worldwide as well as through distribution partners. He is now semi retired but is keeping his hand in Business Development and Sales with an Energy Innovation company ( CWEI) based in Fergus.

Born and raised in Ontario, and a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Dale has always enjoyed watching and attending sports events of all kinds. He has coached baseball for a number of years and is still an avid player.

Dale has been a Board Member since 2010 and served in several capacities including Event Chair for 3 years. He is strong believer and supporter that greatness in all aspects of Sport in Ontario needs to be recognized not only for its own merits but also for how and what it teaches all of us about history, achievement, teamwork and life itself.

Peter Conacher

Pete started his hockey career in the Toronto Hockey League, became Chicago Blackhawks property at the age of 16. He played for 3 years with their OHA Jr. A farm team in Galt before turning professional with Chicago at age 20. A 13 year hockey career followed with stops with the New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, and several AHL teams. His professional career was interrupted in 1959 when he joined the Belleville McFarlands and helped win the World Championship in Prague. After retiring from professional hocey in 1966 he joined the N.H.L. Oldtimers Hockey club and for the next 13 years played charity hockey games across Canada.

A past president of Ontario Special Olympics and a board member of the Charlie Conacher Throat Cancer Research Fund, Pete received the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal from Senator Frank Mahovlich in recognition of his athletics and community services in Canada.

Peter and his wife Ann have been summer residents of the Township of the Archipelago since the 1950's and his contributions to community building in Sans Souci and Copperhead Associations as well as many local charities have been legendary.

Dan Giantsopoulos LL.M.

Dan attended his undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto receiving his Bachelor of Arts in 1992. He obtained his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ottawa in 1995. After being called to the bar in 1997 he obtained his Master of Laws in Tax from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2001.

Dan has a thriving commercial practice at the law firm of Aylesworth LLP where he advises corporations, partnerships and joint ventures. Dan is the editor-in-chief of the Aylesworth LLP Guide to Doing Business in Canada and has helped many US corporations to set up and flourish in Canada.

Dan is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association and the Osgoode Society. Dan is an active member of his local community, sitting on the Board of Directors for each of the Richmond Hill Phoenix Baseball Club and the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame. At the same time Dan serves as the Head Coach of the Richmond Hill Phoenix Major Mosquito AAA Rep Baseball Team.

Jeffrey Johnstone

Jeffrey JohnstoneJeff is a sports enthusiast. Born in Toronto and raised in Aurora, he grew up playing every sport he possibly could. His passion to combine academic and athletic excellence took Jeff to St. Andrew’s College in Aurora where he would go on to Captain the Varsity Football, Hockey, Baseball and Lacrosse teams, earning Athlete of the year honors in his graduating year.

Jeff was awarded an academic and athletic scholarship to attend Queen’s University in Kingston ON, where he captained the men’s hockey team and graduate with a degree in Economics.

After graduation Jeff began his working career in Toronto at the investment firm Canaccord Genuity in their wealth management division. He spent 6 years there, building his book of business, managing wealth for high net worth individuals, families and professionals with his senior partner before moving to National Bank Wealth Management in the spring of 2016.

Jeff currently sits on the Association of Corporate Growth (ACG) Young Professional board in Toronto and in his free time he can be found playing men’s league hockey, on the golf course, in the gym or spending time in Collingwood.

He currently resides in Toronto.

Scott Morrison

Scott Morrison is a 35-year veteran hockey journalist and recipient of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s 2006 Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award. He was Executive Producer, Hockey with Sportsnet and is currently an analyst and commentator on the network’s Hockeycentral and news shows.

A highly respected hockey journalist, the Toronto native began his career at the Toronto Sun in 1979. After spending more than 11 years as a hockey writer and columnist at the paper, he became Sports Editor in 1991 and led the section to being named one of North America’s top-ten sports sections in 1999 – the first sports section in Canada to receive the AP Sports Editors North American Award. In 2001, he joined Rogers Sportsnet as Managing Editor, Hockey, later becoming Executive Producer News and Hockey.

Scott worked as a commentator at Hockey Night in Canada for six years before returning to Sportsnet.

Scott has authored several best-selling hockey books and served two terms as President of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

Scott has chaired the Conn Smythe Sports Celebrities Dinner and Auction in support of Easter Seals since 1995 and also is on the board of the Dr. Jay Charitable Foundation/Children’s Grief Program. He resides in Don Mills with his son, Mark.

Ted Papadatos

Ted PapadatosTed Papadatos has over 17 years of experience in the financial services sector, including postings in Retail Banking, Small Business Banking, Commercial Banking Real Estate (Construction Financing). He is currently the Vice President for TD Securities.

Ted holds an undergraduate Degree from York University. Born and raised in Toronto, he now lives in Richmond Hill, ON. Ted is a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Canada. He has served as a Director for the Canadian National Exhibition. He also sits on the ticket sales committee for Mackenzie Health Foundation (formerly York Central Hospital Foundation).

Nick Rossi, J.D., B.Com.

Nick Rossi, DirectorNick is a graduate of both the Rotman Commerce Program and Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto and accordingly holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Juris Doctor from U of T. Nick was called to the Ontario Bar in 2014. Nick is interested in all things law, business, and sports.

During his last year of law school at U of T, Nick founded the Hockey Arbitration Competition of Canada, a moot competition that simulates the salary arbitration procedures used in the National Hockey League. In its five years of existence, the competition has enjoyed tremendous success, attracting high-profile sports lawyers and hockey executives and drawing 32 teams from law schools across North America.

After growing up in South Florida and playing competitive baseball for twelve years, Nick is a baseball aficionado.The game was and still is a very important part of his life.

Nick resides in Toronto.

Dimitri Sarabalos

Dimitri SarabalosDimitri is a senior manager in the US & Cross-Border Tax Services group of KPMG LLP. He is a Canadian trained CPA, CA, and also holds his US CPA designation. Dimitri holds a Master of Taxation degree from the University of Waterloo, and an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree with a minor in Economics from McMaster University.

Dimitri has extensive experience assisting both corporate and personal clients with US & Canadian cross-border tax matters and services clients located all over Canada and the United States. Dimitri works with clients to structure US business expansions, manage tax costs, determine tax filing obligations and assist with compliance on both sides of the border. As a sports enthusiast, Dimitri is proud to include several professional athletes within his clientele.

Born in Toronto and raised in Mississauga, Dimitri is an avid sports fan of all of the major North American sports including hockey, basketball, baseball, football and soccer. Growing up, Dimitri played soccer competitively throughout his youth and into early adulthood. Today, Dimitri continues to stay active by playing in various recreational sports leagues.

Vitalii Starov

Vitalii StarovVitalii is a Sport Marketing professional, who currently resides in Toronto, ON. He is known for being heavily involved in soccer, advocating for the game and helping it grow in Canada. He currently holds positions with the Toronto FC and a marketing agency downtown Toronto.

Born in Odessa, Ukraine, he spent his childhood studying in a school with advanced math, physics and foreign languages. As a child, Vitalii was actively involved in sports. He joined a mixed martial arts academy at five years old. He managed to become a member of the Ukrainian national MMA team by the age of ten. Some of his biggest achievements include winning the 2012 European Cup in Italy and the 2013 MMA World Cup in Greece.

Although Vitalii was actively involved in martial arts in his yearly years, his main passion was always soccer. Soccer is a primary reason why Vitalii decided to take on a new challenge and study abroad after finishing high school. After graduating from a Sport Management program at Humber College, Vitalii started his international sport management career at the Toronto FC, working in the club’s Marketing & Game Operations department.

Vitalii is excited to join the Ontario Sport Hall of Fame Board of Directors. He is willing to positively contribute to the sport industry in Ontario by bringing his professionalism and creative thinking to the table. He also has an enormous experience working with the local Toronto sport groups such as the Toronto Sports Council and the internationally recognized sport brands such as the IMG Sports Academy in Florida, US.

Kevin Yearwood

Kevin YearwoodKevin was born in Manchester, England. At the age of 1, his family moved to Toronto, the only place he considers home.

Kevin attended high school at St. Andrew’s College in Aurora, Ontario, a place where participation in sports is engrained in the culture. He went on to study at McMaster University and Ryerson University.

For the past twenty years, Kevin has worked in Toronto’s media industry as a producer, researcher, writer, and web producer, predominately in sports media. He has worked on productions such as the Olympics, NHL, CFL, NBA, MLB and Special Olympics at TSN, CBC Sports, Sportsnet, and Leafs TV.

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