#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 6 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 a Boeing 737NG 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, and spent a lot of time cheering on the sports teams as a varsity cheerleader (Go Hawks). Her public relations certificate from Humber landed her a full time position at Lux 9 where she dabbles in all things social and digital.
Kevin GLEW, Editor/ Writer
Regaled with stories about Mickey Mantle by his father, Ralph, when he was growing up, Kevin Glew developed a keen interest in baseball at a young age in Dorchester, Ont. playing against teams from Vienna, Straffordville, St. Thomas, Stratford, Harrietsville, Belmont, London and Sarnia. His interest blossomed into a full-blown fascination after enduring a bone-chilling wind on the bench seats down the right-field line at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto on Oct. 5, 1985 to witness the Blue Jays secure their first division title. Though Dale Murphy was his favourite player, the teenage Glew played more like a poor man's Spike Owen - another of his childhood heroes whom he later had the opportunity to interview. When he realized he had no shot at a big league career, Glew focussed his efforts on becoming a sportswriter. During his tenure in the journalism program at Carleton University in Ottawa from 1992 to 1996, he watched the Triple-A Ottawa Lynx in their glory years and vividly recalls a young Matt Stairs suiting up for the Lynx.With few jobs in sports journalism available upon graduation, Glew entered the financial services industry. But after eight years of writing about RRSPs, Glew decided it was time to write about RBIs again. Since leaving his position in the financial sector, he has had freelance articles published in Baseball Digest, Baseball America and the London Free Press. He has also contributed to CBC Sports, SLAM! Sports, Rogers Sportsnet and MLB.com. In June 2010, he started a Canadian baseball history blog called Cooperstowners in Canada. You can read his blog here. Glew is also a member of the Professional Writers Association of Canada. He is available for paid writing gigs and can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt Betts, Lead Writer
Matt Betts was born in Brantford, Ontario in 1992. From a very young age, he loved all things baseball ... but even more, all things Canadian. His baseball career began with the Brantford Junior Red Sox, followed by three years (2008 thru 2010) with the Ontario Terriers program of the PBLO - twice winning the Most Proficient Pitcher award. The past four years he pitched at the University of West Alabama of the Gulf South Conference – twice earning Most Dedicated Player honours. Summer baseball experience includes pitching for the Hamilton Cardinals, and the Licking County Settlers (2013 Great Lakes League champs) and again this summer the Hamilton Cardinals. As an Integrated Marketing Major at UWA, he wrote extensively for the university newspaper, with a focus on baseball. His lifelong dedication and love for the game is indisputable, but his passion for sports writing and broadcasting/analysis has grown with each passing year. There is something very satisfying about “digging a little deeper” to reveal the “story within the story.” After four years of life in the United States, he is thrilled to be back home in Canada, ready to cover and promote Canadian sports and players.