#OurHomePlate: Canadian Baseball is our passion
Bob Elliott, Editor in Chief
Bob Elliott is the founder of the Canadian Baseball Network and a former winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink award which was presented in Cooperstown at the Hall of Fame ceremonies in 2012. He is a former baseball columnist for the Toronto Sun and used to be a frequent guest on The FAN. He was born in Kingston, Ont. If you want to know anything and everything to do with the Major Leagues, Minor Leagues or amateur baseball in Canada - Bob is the man to ask. Since 2009, he has been induced into four Halls of Fame: the Ottawa-Nepean Canadians HOF, the Okotoks Dawgs HOF, the Kingston and District Sports HOF and finally the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys. This year he won the Brian Williams award named after the Canadian broadcasting legend. Ah ... Elliott did not win for his mumbling.
Mike O'Connor, Managing Partner
Mr. O’Connor has twenty years of international business development experience with a focus on finance and mergers and acquisitions in telecommunications and transportation. He is a Co-Founder of WIND Mobile in Canada and led the auction, business development and financing activities for the acquisition of nationwide AWS spectrum in 2008. Prior to WIND Mobile he was a founding Executive of Orascom Telecom in Egypt and led business development efforts and M&A and corporate finance activities on behalf of the company over the Company’s first ten years including the IPO in 1999. Mr. O’Connor began his career at the Economic Council of Canada/School of Policy Studies Queens University. He went on to be the founder of the Center for Economic and Financial Analysis at Science Applications International Corporation, one of the largest consultancy companies in the United States based in San Diego and Washington DC. Mr. O’Connor was recently appointed as the CEO of Rainmaker Worldwide Inc., a water technology company that is deploying patented technology throughout the Middle East, Asia and Africa to provide solutions to the global water crisis. He is an owner and Chairman of the Kawartha Entertainment Group Inc., and a Managing Partner at the Canadian Baseball Network. He advises and invests in a number of small and medium sized ventures.
Ryan Isaac, Managing Partner
Ryan Isaac has been with the Canadian Baseball Network for the past 5 years working diligently behind the scenes. From the initial re-design of the website to its current format, Ryan plays an instrumental role in day to day operations. Ryan grew up in Toronto, playing AAA hockey but has always been a dedicated home team fan, which includes the Toronto Blue Jays and of course, the Toronto Maple Leafs. After McMaster University, he pursued his dream to become a commercial pilot. These days, he splits his time between flying corporate aircraft and working with the legend Bob Elliott at CBN.
Kelsi Byers, Social Media & PR
This social butterfly's mission is to take Canadian baseball to a new level, bringing the fans closer to the game, far beyond the walls of the stadium. Starting conversations and making connections is her perfect game. She has a degree in communication studies from Laurier, although most of her time there was spent cheering on the sports teams as a varsity cheerleader (Go Hawks). Her public relations certificate from Humber landed her a full time position at Clark Stanley as social media manager where she dabbles in all things social as well as collaborating with The Uprising Society lifestyle blog. You'll be seeing a lot of this bubbly blonde who is super excited to bring some spice to CBN so keep your eyes peeled.
Alexis Brudnicki, Lead Writer
Baseball has been a part of Alexis' life since her parents took her brother to sign up for Eager Beaver Baseball in London. Alexis wanted to play and asked to sign up, too. Alexis played ball until the boys were all twice her size and then switched to competitive fastball. Her first job was as an umpire for rookies with the EBBA and since then Alexis has completed her education with an undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario and graduate studies in Sports Journalism at Centennial College
Nick Ashbourne, Lead Writer
It's fair to say that Nick Ashbourne is obsessed with baseball. If he isn’t talking about in excruciating detail, he’s thinking about it in even more detail. Although he set the bar low as a child and aimed to be a no-bat utility infielder in the big leagues, he didn’t quite have enough bat for the job. As a result, he’s turned to writing about baseball which we does here and a variety of other places including Baseball Prospectus and Sportsnet.ca
Tyler King, Lead Writer/Blogger
Tyler King came to love baseball thanks to his grandmother, who was the most passionate Blue Jays fan he’s ever known. Although the extent of Tyler’s playing career was brief (ending abruptly when he became the first kid to ever strike-out in T-Ball) his devotion to the Blue Jays continues to grow. When he moved to Toronto in 2007 from nearby Stouffville, Ontario, the Skydome/Rogers Centre became his second home. He also works as a research assistant for national best selling author Jacqueline Park (The Secret Book of Grazia Dei Rossi).
Tyler’s inherent love for all things Canada led him to join the Canadian Army Reserves in 2009. He later decided to resume his studies at Ryerson University and began writing after graduating with a degree in Criminal Justice. His articles outlining the systemic issues of the Canadian legal system have been published internationally, however he always knew that his passion laid elsewhere. After partaking in some serious soul searching Tyler finally found that passion... sitting in a familiar seat in section 108 of the Rogers Centre (Alexander Keiths in hand). The Blue Jays fan column - titled “Section 108” homage to the notoriously rowdy fans who ‘serenade’ the opposing bullpen - will serve as a voice for all those who share Tyler’s unfettered enthusiasm.