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DARYL A. KATZ

Owner & Governor

Born and raised in Edmonton, Daryl Katz grew up a passionate Oilers fan. He has a deep connection with the team's rich history and is focused on creating the foundation for a winning tradition and bringing the Stanley Cup back to the City of Champions.

Daryl began building what is now Oilers Entertainment Group in 2008. Today, with more than 1,600 full and part-time staff, OEG houses Katz Group's growing sports & entertainment businesses and operates Rogers Place, one of the leading sports and entertainment venues in North America. Rogers Place was designed and built in a landmark collaboration between Katz Group and the City of Edmonton.

Away from the ice, Daryl has committed significant time, energy and capital to make his vision for a revitalized downtown Edmonton a reality. ICE District is an ambitious multi-billion dollar project that is transforming the heart of our downtown into a vibrant, walkable and sustainable sports and entertainment district, with a host of new commercial, residential and public amenities. With Rogers Place now open, and the surrounding ICE District development well underway, we're seeing an exciting rebirth of Edmonton's urban core.  

Daryl was born and raised in Edmonton, and graduated from the University of Alberta's Faculty of Law in 1985. Daryl and his wife Renee are proud parents of Harrison and Chloe, co-founders of the Hockey Helps Kids charitable initiative. He also serves on the National Hockey League Board of Governors.

BOB NICHOLSON

Chief Executive Officer & Vice Chair (OEG)

On June 13, 2014, the Katz Group announced the hiring of Bob Nicholson as Vice-Chairman of Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG), a sports and entertainment company that manages the Katz Group's growing family of sports and entertainment assets, including the operation of Rogers Place, the new home of the Edmonton Oilers.

On April 24, 2016, Bob was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of OEG. In his role as CEO and Vice Chair, Bob brings his exceptional skills as a motivator, team builder and leader to OEG, working closely with Chairman and owner Daryl Katz, overseeing all aspects of operations including expansion of the group's sports and entertainment offerings, delivering outstanding fan experiences, securing major new sponsorships and events, and operating Rogers Place, North America's leading sports and entertainment venue.

In addition, Mr. Nicholson oversees the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club hockey operations, working closely with Peter Chiarelli, Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager. He also serves as an Alternate Governor for the Edmonton Oilers on the NHL Board of Governors.

Nicholson joined the Oilers after a long and successful tenure with Hockey Canada, serving as the President and CEO from 1988 to 2014, where he oversaw all operations for competitions Canada participated in internationally, including the IIHF World Hockey Championships and Olympic Winter Games, and has overseen Canada winning 72 medals in international competition since 1990, 44 of which were gold, including seven Olympic gold medals.

Nicholson also served as the Senior Vice President of the Canadian Hockey Association from 1992 to 1998 and Vice President of Programs with the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association from 1990 to 1991. He has been heavily involved with international hockey, serving on the International Ice Hockey Federation's Player Safety Committee and currently holds the position of Vice President of the International Ice Hockey Federation which he was re-elected to in May 2016.

Before joining the national body, Nicholson was Technical Director with the British Columbia Amateur Hockey Association from 1979 to 1989. He was inducted into the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004. He played minor hockey and Junior A hockey in Penticton, helping the Penticton Broncos win the BCJHL and B.C.-Alberta championships, and also played NCAA hockey at Providence College in Rhode Island. Bob was awarded the Order of Hockey in Canada in 2016 for his outstanding contribution to the game of hockey in Canada.

PETER CHIARELLI

President of Hockey Operations & General Manager

On April 23, 2015, Peter Chiarelli was named President of Hockey Operations and General Manager of the Edmonton Oilers.

Chiarelli, 54, enters his fifth season in this role. He reports to CEO and Vice Chair Bob Nicholson, and is responsible for all aspects of hockey operations.

Chiarelli has accumulated a regular season record of 150-149-29 serving as the club's General Manager since the 2015-16 season. He played an integral part in the Oilers resurgence in 2016-17 as the Oilers made the playoffs for the first time since 2005-06, reaching the conference semi-finals. In 2016-17 the Oilers reached the 100-point mark (103 points) for the first time since 1986-87, earning Chiarelli a finalist nomination for General Manager of the Year.

Prior to joining the Oilers, Chiarelli served as the General Manager of the Boston Bruins for eight seasons. He guided the Bruins to the Stanley Cup Final twice during his tenure in Boston, including winning the Stanley Cup in 2011. Chiarelli became just the third General Manager in Bruins history to bring a Stanley Cup to Boston, joining Art Ross and Milt Schmidt.

Chiarelli's regular season record as a General Manager stands at 536-393-114, with his teams reaching the 100-point plateau five times, most recently in 2016-17. That also includes the third and fourth best seasons in Bruins history with a 116-point campaign in 2008-09 (earning him The Sporting News NHL Executive of the Year Award) and the 117-point mark set with 54 wins in 2013-14, tying for second- most single-season victories in Bruins history. 

The Nepean, Ontario native served as the General Manager of Team North America for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. He has also served as a member of the management group for Hockey Canada's National Men's Team, including the 2014 Winter Olympics and the 2013 Men's World Hockey Championship.

Chiarelli graduated from Harvard University with an Economics degree in 1987 and he played for the Harvard men's hockey team from 1983-87. He began his career in hockey after graduating with a law degree from the University of Ottawa and was hired as the Director of Legal Relations for the Ottawa Senators in 2000. In 2005, Chiarelli was promoted to assistant General Manager of the Senators and he served in that role for one season, before being hired by the Boston Bruins in 2006.

WAYNE GRETZKY

Vice Chair, Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG)

Wayne Gretzky, 57, enters his third season as the Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) Vice Chair with Kevin Lowe, after being named on October 12, 2016. In this role, Gretzky works closely with Daryl Katz, OEG CEO and Vice Chair Bob Nicholson and Vice Chair Kevin Lowe in all aspects of the organization, including business and hockey operations.

Iconic Oilers captain and all-time hockey great, Gretzky works closely with the OEG team on the commercial side of the business to attract world-class sports and entertainment partnerships and events to Rogers Place, as well as supporting development initiatives in ICE District. He is also a sounding board and resource for Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli and team management to assist in key functions including player development, recruiting and mentorship.  

Gretzky has held many notable management positions with Hockey Canada, including serving as a Senior Advisor for the men's hockey team at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, winning a gold medal. He also held senior management positions with Team Canada at the Olympic Games, including serving as Canada's Executive Director at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino and winning a gold medal as Canada's Executive Director at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. He also received the Olympic Order from the International Olympic Committee for outstanding contributions to the game of hockey in 2002. Gretzky captured gold at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey as Canada's Executive Director and served as Canada's Executive Director at the 2001 IIHF World Hockey Championship in Germany.

The Brantford, Ontario native enjoyed a 20-year Hall of Fame career and at the time of his retirement, he held or shared 61 NHL records. Gretzky is the NHL's all-time leader in goals (894), assists (1,963) and points (2,857), as well as the all-time leader in playoff goals (122), playoff assists (260) and playoff points (382) and is the only player to record 200 or more points in an NHL season, reaching the mark four times (1981-82, 1983-84, 1984-85, 1985-86). Gretzky played nine seasons for the Edmonton Oilers (1979-88), winning four Stanley Cups (1984, 1985, 1987, 1988), as well as suiting up for the Los Angeles Kings (1988-96), St. Louis Blues (1996) and New York Rangers (1996-99).

Gretzky is the most decorated player in NHL history which includes: winning the Hart Trophy as the NHL's Most Valuable Player a record nine times (1980-87, 1989), the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer 10 times (1981-87, 1990-91, 1994), the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP twice (1985, 1988), the Lady Byng Trophy as the NHL's most gentlemanly player five times (1980, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1999), the Lester B. Pearson Award as the NHL's most valuable player, as voted on by the players, five times (1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987) and MVP of the NHL All-Star Game three times (1983, 1989, 1999). He was named to the NHL First All-Star Team eight times (1981-87, 1991) and is the only player in NHL history to have his number retired league-wide, after retiring from the NHL as a player on April 15, 1999.  

In the fall of 1999, he became the 10th player to have the mandatory three-year waiting period waved for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Gretzky was also inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in 2000.

Following his retirement as a player, Gretzky served as Head Coach and Managing Partner of the Phoenix Coyotes from June 2000 through September 2009.

In 2016-17, Gretzky was named as one of the NHL's top 100 players of all-time and also served as the official ambassador for the league's centennial celebrations.

Internationally, Gretzky represented Canada as a player on eight occasions and was the leading scorer in six of his eight international appearances. His final international appearance for Canada as a player was at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano. He played for Canada in four Canada Cups (1981, 1984, 1987, 1991), one World Cup (1996), one World Championship (1982) and one World Junior Championship (1978).

Gretzky captained Canada at the 1987 and 1991 Canada Cup, as well as the 1996 World Cup of Hockey. He was named to the All-Star team and tournament MVP at the 1987 Canada Cup, posting 21 points (3G, 18A) in nine games, and winning the tournament. He won the 1984 Canada Cup with Canada, and was named to the All-Star Team.

Gretzky won a bronze medal with Canada at the 1982 IIHF World Hockey Championship and was named to the tournament All-Star Team. In his first international appearance for Canada, he won a bronze medal with Canada at the 1978 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship and was named the tournament's Top Forward and named to the tournament All-Star Team; he was the first 16-year-old to represent Canada at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.

Wayne and his wife Janet have five children, daughters Paulina and Emma and sons Ty, Trevor and Tristan. He is a grandfather of two, Tatum and River, born to his daughter Paulina and her fiancé, golfer Dustin Johnson.
Gretzky is in business with his son Ty, who founded Gretzky Hockey Schools in 2014, and recently expanded his wine business, Wayne Gretzky Estates, to produce his own house brand of whisky, called Wayne Gretzky Red Cask Whisky.

He created the Wayne Gretzky Foundation, which is dedicated to helping disadvantaged youngsters throughout North America to participate in hockey. In collaboration with the Hockey Canada Foundation, the Wayne Gretzky Foundation funds the Future Team Canada Program which rewards and recognizes 13 minor hockey teams across the country for displaying positive values. He also serves as Honorary Chairman of Ronald McDonald Children's Charities in Canada.

Gretzky was presented with the Order of Canada in January 1998 and was one of the five inaugural honourees into the Order of Hockey in Canada in 2012.

KEVIN LOWE

Vice Chair, OEG & Alternate Governor

Kevin Lowe, 59, has just completed his fourth season as Vice Chair and Alternate Governor of Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG). Previously, Lowe served as the Oilers President of Hockey Operations for seven seasons and prior to that he spent eight seasons as the Oilers General Manager.

Lowe has been instrumental in the renewed success of the team, both on and off the ice. In his role he continues to work towards and promote the growth and development of Oilers Entertainment Group in its many new business initiatives, as well as continue to work closely with OEG Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chair Bob Nicholson, on the growth of Oilers Entertainment Group.

 

A new era in Oilers' history was ushered in when Lowe was named to the position of General Manager on June 9, 2000. With the announcement, the first-ever draft pick in Oilers' history replaced Glen Sather, who held the position since June of 1979. Lowe's appointment came a year after he was named Head Coach of the Oilers on June 18, 1999. Over those years the team's payroll was annually near the bottom of the league however the team was a league leader in dollars spent for points earned in standings including many playoff appearances. As GM, he became one of only 40 general managers in the history of the NHL to get his team to the Stanley Cup finals in 2006, losing in game seven to the Carolina Hurricanes.

It took the popular Lowe only three seasons from his retirement from the game as a player to make his way to the position of General Manager. After a brilliant playing career in the National Hockey League with the Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers, Lowe announced his retirement from the game on July 30, 1998 and joined the coaching ranks as he served as an assistant coach with Ron Low's Edmonton staff in 1998-99.

The 1999-00 season saw Lowe become the seventh head coach in Oilers history. In his lone season behind the Edmonton bench, Lowe guided the Oilers to a second place finish in the Northwest Division with a 32-26-16-8 record, only eight points behind the first place Colorado Avalanche, and a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Lowe's expertise has also translated into success for Team Canada on the international stage. On November 8, 2000, Lowe was named as Assistant Executive Director of Canada Olympic Hockey for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. Working with former teammate Wayne Gretzky, Team Canada's Executive Director, head coach Pat Quinn and Director of Player Personnel, Steve Tambellini, Lowe helped put together a team of NHL players that won the Olympic gold medal for Canada for the first time in 50 years. A 5-2 victory over the United States in the gold medal final on February 24, 2002 saw Team Canada become the first Canadian squad to win Olympic gold since the Edmonton Waterloo Mercurys won at Oslo, Norway in 1952. He reprised that role with Team Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy and was a member of Team Canada's management team that put together the gold medal winning roster at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. Lowe, along with Doug Armstrong and Ken Holland, assisted General Manager Steve Yzerman to help guide Canada's Olympic Team to another historic gold medal victory in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Lowe once again represented his country as a part of Team Canada's management team at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, where Canada won gold again. 

Lowe was the Oilers' first-ever draft pick when he was selected 21st overall in the 1979 NHL Amateur Draft on August 9, 1979. During 19 seasons in the NHL, including 15 as an Oiler, Lowe played in 1,254 regular season games and 214 playoff games, winning six Stanley Cup championships. The first five Cup championships came with Edmonton as he was a member of each of the Oilers' titles in 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988 and 1990 and was followed by a sixth with the New York Rangers in 1994. In his 15 seasons with Edmonton, the Oilers never failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs with Lowe in the lineup. In fact, Lowe only missed post-season play once in his 19-year career as New York missed the 1992-93 playoffs during his first season in Manhattan.

Besides being the first draft choice in Oilers' history, Lowe also scored the first goal in team history as he beat Tony Esposito at 9:49 of the first period in Edmonton's first NHL game on October 10, 1979, at Chicago Stadium. The goal launched a career that saw him play for 19 seasons without spending a day in the minors. That goal was also assisted by Wayne Gretzky, marking the "Great One's" first ever point in the NHL.

Lowe holds the Oilers' record for most games played in both the regular season (1,037) and playoffs (172) and is one of only 45 players in NHL history to have played in 1,000 games with one franchise. He also ranks among Edmonton's all-time leaders as he is eighth in assists (309), 11th in points (383) and third in penalty minutes (1,236).

He became the sixth captain in Oilers' history in 1990-91, fulfilling the promise of his junior career that saw him named the first Anglo-Canadian captain of the Quebec Remparts.

On the international stage, he represented Canada at the 1982 World Championships and was a member of Team Canada that won the 1984 Canada Cup. He also played in seven NHL All-Star Games (1984-86, 1988-90, 1993).

Off the ice, he was no less of a leader. In 1990, Lowe became the only player to win the King Clancy Memorial Trophy and the Budweiser/NHL Man of the Year Award in the same season. Both awards are presented for leadership qualities and humanitarian contributions. He was also the Oilers' nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy that season. His work with the Edmonton Christmas Bureau has set the standard for the Oilers' commitment to community involvement. He was the Honorary Chair from 1982-83 to 1991-92 and Honorary Co-Chair from 2005 to present.

Lowe, has a son, Shane, and he and his wife Karen, a two-time Olympic alpine skiing bronze medal winner for Canada at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, have three daughters - Devyn, Darby and Karly - and a son, Keegan, who was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 3rd round, 73rd overall, at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Kevin and Karen are supporters of SwimDrinkFish Canada, the Waterkeeper Alliance and Zebra Society. 

SUSAN DARRINGTON

EVP, Rogers Place

Susan Darrington is Executive Vice President, Rogers Place in the OEG Executive structure, responsible for all activities and personnel involved in the operation and maintenance of Rogers Place, including Live Entertainment, Guest Experience, Security, Engineering, Food and Beverage, and Facility Operations. Prior to joining Oilers Entertainment Group in August 2015, Susan worked with AEG Worldwide, where she served as General Manager of Allianz Parque, stadium of the Palmeiras Soccer Club, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Susan also spent 13 years previous to that as VP, Facility Operations and Services at CenturyLink Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks. Susan is based in Edmonton at Oilers Entertainment Group headquarters.

Susan began her career as an usherette in Northlands Coliseum, original home of the Edmonton Oilers in 1985.

J. ROBERT BLACK

EVP, KGRE/OEG Special Projects

Born in Yellowknife, NWT, Bob is a graduate of the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law and practiced law and was a senior partner with the respected Alberta law firm, Brownlee LLP, where he served on the firm's management committee for many years. During his legal career of 25 years, Bob appeared in all levels of Court, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

In October, 2009 Bob assumed the position of Executive Vice-President of Rexall Sports & Entertainment for the Katz Group, the parent company of Rexall Sports and Entertainment and the Edmonton Oilers. He has since assumed the roles of Executive Vice President of Edmonton Arena Corp and Chief Development Officer for the Oilers Entertainment Group. Bob lead the design and construction of Rogers Place on behalf of the Katz Group and Edmonton Oilers. He was a member of the negotiating committee that put in place the Master Agreement for the arena funding with the City of Edmonton as well as numerous ancillary agreements thereto. Bob was also a contributor to the Capital City Downtown Plan and lead in the rezoning and master planning of the ICE District. He also leads a number of ongoing special projects relative to the ICE District. 

He currently serves on the One Edmonton Committee, the Downtown Vibrancy Task Force, the Board of Directors for the Edmonton Downtown Business Association, the Downtown Bike Network Advisory Group and is a past member of the Winter City Think Tank. Bob has recently been appointed to the WinterCity Advisory Council. In July 2010, he was named among 50 of Alberta's Most Influential People by Alberta Venture magazine.

STEW MACDONALD

EVP, Revenue

As Executive Vice President Revenue, Stew MacDonald is responsible for providing leadership to OEG's revenue operations. As one of the organization's senior executives, he leads a team responsible for ticketing, premium seating, corporate partnerships and customer relationships for the Edmonton Oilers, Edmonton Oil Kings and Bakersfield Condors. Stew originally joined the organization in 1987, spending ten years as the Oilers Director of Marketing. He then served as Chief Operating Officer of the American Hockey League's Saint John Flames for five years, and returned to OEG in 2003 where he has since held a number of roles in commercial leadership. Stew holds a diploma in Sports Administration from Durham College. He is based in Edmonton at Oilers Entertainment Group headquarters.

MacDonald began his professional career in 1981 with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League, where he served as the club's Director of Marketing and Publicity. In 1987 he joined the Oilers where he played a leading role as the organization's Director of Marketing for over a decade. In 1998 he was named Chief Operating Officer of the American Hockey League's Saint John Flames and guided the club for five seasons. 

The sports industry veteran rejoined the Oilers organization temporarily in 2003 as a member of the project team for the Molson Canadian Heritage Classic outdoor game, and then on a permanent basis in 2004 when he was appointed President of the Edmonton Road Runners Hockey Club. In 2005, he was named the Oilers Vice President of Marketing, and in 2006 he assumed his current duties. 

Among the highlights of MacDonald's career are three Stanley Cup Championships ('87, '88, '90), an AHL Championship ('01) and a WHL Championship ('12). 

MacDonald holds a Diploma in Sports Administration from Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario. He and his wife Sheila reside near downtown Edmonton.

JASON QUILLEY

EVP, Finance

Jason Quilley is Executive Vice President, Finance in the OEG Executive structure, responsible for financial, legal, insurance risk management and corporate procurement services. He provides overall leadership and execution for OEG's financial and shared service operations. Jason has been with Oilers Entertainment Group since 2001, holding positions of Controller, Senior Director, Business Operations and Vice President Business Operations & Development. Jason holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from the University of Alberta and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA). Jason is based in Edmonton at Oilers Entertainment Group headquarters.

STUART BALLANTYNE

SVP, Operations

Stuart 'Stu' Ballantyne is the SVP, Operations in the OEG Executive structure, responsible for all OEG Operations, IT, production systems, office administration, special project management, and corporate hospitality and hosting. Stu will also have a shared responsibility to oversee ICE District, Plaza and Senior Operating Team operations. Stu joined Oilers Entertainment Group in July 2015 in this role, and prior to that held a number of influential positions in his extensive career. He was most recently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Prince George 2015 Canada Winter Games Host Society and has also held the role of Chief Operations Officer (COO) for the WHL's Vancouver Giants Hockey Club, General Manager of the 2007 MasterCard Memorial Cup and the 2006 IIHF Word Junior Championship. He is a marketing graduate of the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Currently resides in Edmonton and is based out of the Oilers Entertainment Group headquarters.

ADAM BARRIE

SVP, Human Resources

Adam Barrie is Senior Vice President, Human Resources in the OEG Executive structure, responsible for the overall vision of human resources initiatives, including payroll, benefits, travel, leadership development, retention and recruiting top talent, total compensation and rewards, performance management, and other activities essential to Oilers Entertainment Group. Prior to joining Oilers Entertainment Group, Adam held the position of Director, Human Resources at Hockey Canada for 7 years. Adam holds a Bachelor of Management in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Lethbridge, and is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR). Adam is based in Edmonton at Oilers Entertainment Group headquarters.

JEFF HARROP

SVP, Marketing

Jeff Harrop is the Senior Vice President, Marketing in the OEG Executive Structure, responsible for brand equity, product marketing (demand generation), broadcast, content development, digital media, game presentation, fan development, and creative services. Jeff has been with Oilers Entertainment Group since June 2015, where he joined the organization in this position. Prior to joining OEG, Jeff held the position of Senior Marketing Director with Molson Coors Canada, winning multiple advertising and media awards for his work with Molson's "Red Beer Fridge" and "Anything For Hockey" campaigns. Prior to Molson, Jeff spent 13 years in a variety of marketing, sales and new business roles with Johnson & Johnson Inc. A graduate of the McGill University Masters of Business Administration program, Jeff is based in Edmonton at Oilers Entertainment Group headquarters.

KEVIN GALVIN

SVP, Security

Kevin Galvin is the Senior Vice President of the Enterprise Security and Risk Management Department and is a part of the OEG Executive structure. Within Kevin's portfolio, he is responsible for leading the Security Operations Bureau, the Operational Support Bureau, the Security and Support Services Bureau, as well as parking and traffic operations for Rogers Place and Ice District. Prior to joining OEG in September 2015, Kevin spent 28 years with the Edmonton Police Service, most recently as Superintendent of the downtown division. Kevin is based in Edmonton at Oilers Entertainment Group headquarters.

TIM SHIPTON

SVP, Communications

Tim Shipton is Senior Vice President, Communications in the OEG Executive structure, responsible for corporate communications, government and media relations. Tim will also oversee OEG's community strategy, including how it relates to the operation of the EOCF and Oilers Alumni programs. Tim joined OEG in October 2013, and prior to that held the position of President at the Alberta Enterprise Group. Tim will continue to hold a position on OEG's Senior Operating Team (SOT). Tim is based in Edmonton at Oilers Entertainment Group headquarters.

Tim graduated with distinction from the University of Alberta, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. He is also a Top 40 Under 40 honoree by Avenue Magazine and was named a Rising Star by Oilweek Magazine.