Graduation: BHI’s Inaugural Cohort Walks the Stage

BHI is proud to announce the graduation of its inaugural cohort of students. Seven students were officially awarded their MBA in Hockey Management this weekend, while four students also received their Certified Hockey Professional (CHP) designation. Congratulations to the following individuals on walking the stage after years of dedication and commitment:

Brett Barnes, MBA, CHP

Brett Barnes works as an associate and player agent for RWG Sport Management, an agency that represents junior and professional hockey players. With RWG, Brett assists with the negotiations and execution of standard player contracts for players in National Hockey League (NHL), American Hockey League (AHL), and East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). In addition to his role with RWG, Brett is a Territory Account Manager with Nike Golf. His prior experience includes working as a Sales Manager for a hockey equipment manufacturer and as a referee for Hockey Canada. Brett receives his MBA in Hockey Management and the CHP designation.

Doug Ferguson, MBA

Doug has nearly two decades of experience implementing business and software solutions and currently works as an IT Project Manager with Royal Dutch Shell PMO. At Royal Dutch Shell, Doug is responsible for leading technical teams in installing and decommissioning IT operations in sites across Canada and internationally, overseeing hardware upgrades and removals, installing networks and software, and administrating vendor contracts. He has previously worked as a Project Business Analyst for two national law firms and as a project manager for Nortel. Doug receives his MBA in Hockey Management after also having completed his Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing/Finance at St. Mary’s University and the Applied Information Technology, ITI program at Dalhousie University.

Keith Fong, MBA, CHP

Keith’s involvement in hockey started in 1999 when he moved to Hong Kong to work for Asiasports Ltd. and organize a hockey tournament featuring Gordie Howe. Since then, Keith has been committed to growing the game in Asia and organized tournaments in Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, and Indonesia. He was appointed the Project Lead for the Montreal Canadiens Alumni visit to Beijing in 2016 and also Co-founded SWOT Hockey Limited, a company that develops and markets licensed hockey equipment, and organizes leagues, tournaments, and clinics throughout Asia. Keith receives his CHP designation after having also completed his MBA from Western University.

Patrick Garland, MBA, CHP

Patrick has worked at the highest level of hockey for over a decade. He has worked for the Edmonton Oilers in various capacities in both hockey operations and the business side of the organization. His roles with the Oilers have included Coordinator, Communications and Team Services; Manager, Team Services; and most recently, Program Director, Hockey Engagement. Prior to joining the Edmonton Oilers, Pat also worked for Hockey Canada as a Coordinator, where his responsibilities included working as a video coach for Team Canada at the 2004 Hungarian Cup and tracking statistics for all Canadians playing professional hockey in Europe. Pat receives his MBA in Hockey Management and CHP designation after having also received a Spots Administration Diploma from Mount Royal University.

Earl Jessiman, MA, MBA, CHP

Earl has over 35 years of experience as a coach and manager to elite athletes, financial advisors, and high net worth clients. After playing varsity hockey for the University of Pennsylvania, Earl transitioned into coaching and management. He began his career off the ice in the CIAU, where he served as an assistant coach for Dalhousie University and Western University, before becoming the Head Coach of Brandon University. After his university coaching career, Earl made his mark in the AHL and the Western Hockey League (WHL), serving as the Head Coach/General Manager for the Fredericton Express (farm team of the Quebec Nordiques and Vancouver Canucks), and the Head Coach/Assistant General Manager for the Lethbridge Broncos. Earl has most recently worked in the financial services sector as an Investment Advisor. He received his MBA in Hockey Management and CHP designation after having also received a Bachelor of Arts in History and French from the University of Pennsylvania.

Nathan MacDonald, CA, CPA, MBA

Nathan is Chartered Professional Accountant with ten years of experience in public accounting practice and assurance. Nathan has experience working for two national accounting firms, most recently serving as a Manager at Crowe Mackay LLP. At Crowe MacKay, Nathan initiated and led the audit and review engagements for a large client group, while managing numerous other annual engagements and focusing on a growing role in business development. He has also previously served as the CFO and Director of Byram Mortgage Investments. Nathan receives his MBA in Hockey Management after also having completed his Bachelor of Commerce at Royal Roads University.

Taylor Reid, MBA

Taylor’s playing career included three years in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), one year in the Alberta Junior Hockey league (AJHL), and four years at NCAA Division 1 school, Union College. Following his playing career, Taylor has held various positions with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) including Trust and Transparency Solutions Sr. Associate, Sr. Client Strategist, and now, Global Pursuit Manager. He also currently sits on the Board of Directors for the GhostBear Foundation, an organization founded by NHL hockey player, Shayne Gostisbehere. The organization assists young athletes aspiring to have collegiate and professional hockey careers. Taylor receives his MBA in Hockey Management after also having completed a Bachelor of Arts in Managerial Economics and Mathematics at Union College.

Caster Shaver, MBA

Caster has over a decade of experience as an official, general manager, and writer in the hockey industry. He currently writes for the Nation Network and previously served as the General Manager for the Wisconsin Wilderness in the Superior International Junior Hockey league (SIJHL). Prior to joining Wisconsin, Caster had multiple referee roles, serving as the Director of Officiating in the Irish Ice Hockey Association; an Official and Supervisor in the United States Hockey League (USHL); and an Official in the WHL. Caster also sat on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Junior Hockey League (MnJHL). Caster receives his MBA in Hockey Management after having also completed a degree in Sports Management from Acadia University.

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