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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, OEG houses Katz Group's growing sports and 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.

TOM ANSELMI

Vice Chair & Alternate Governor

Tom Anselmi joined the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club and Oilers Entertainment Group as President, Business Operations & Chief Operating Officer (COO) on June 10, 2019.

Anselmi was responsible for all aspects of OEG's day-to-day business operations. This included team business operations and programming and operations of ICE District, including Rogers Place, Ford Hall and ICE Plaza, sales and marketing, guest experience, food and beverage, human resources and finance.

In May of 2021, he transitioned into a new role with OEG as Vice Chair & Alternate Governor, shifting out of day-to-day operations and into a senior advisory and support role with the company, to utilize his tremendous experience and expertise in sports and entertainment.

Anselmi is an accomplished senior executive in the sports and entertainment industry. Prior to joining OEG, he was, most recently, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the NHL's Ottawa Senators. Prior to that, Anselmi was President and Chief Operating Officer of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment in Toronto. He originally joined MLSE in 1996 and was responsible for the overall development of Air Canada Centre. He was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 1999 and President in 2012. Anselmi was a key member of the team that launched MLSE and built it into one of the world's most admired sports and entertainment organizations.

Prior to joining MLSE, Anselmi was Vice President, General Manager of Arena Operations for Canucks Sports and Entertainment in Vancouver. He spent a number of years at Toronto's Skydome (now Rogers Centre) during the development of the facility and during its initial operating phase. Prior to his focus on sports and entertainment, he was involved in several major capital projects across North America in the mining sector.

Anselmi attended Ryerson University and the University of Saskatchewan, where he studied Engineering. A long-time supporter of Canada's military, in 2011, he received the Chief of Defence Staff commendation, the highest military honour a civilian can receive. He has served on a number of community boards including Basketball Canada, Molson Indy, MLSE Foundation, University of Saskatchewan Athletics, Toronto Board of Trade, Covenant House, and is currently a member on the board of directors of Canada's Walk of Fame and the Huntsville Hospital Foundation.

BOB NICHOLSON

Chairman, Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club

Bob Nicholson is in his seventh season with the Edmonton Oilers. On June 10, 2019, Nicholson was named Chairman, Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club. The structure change allowed Nicholson to devote his energies to OEG's hockey franchises and growing sports businesses.

Nicholson was hired by the Katz Group on June 13, 2014, as Vice Chair 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 home of the Edmonton Oilers since 2016-17.

He was appointed as Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chair of OEG on April 24, 2016, bringing his exceptional skills as a motivator, team builder and leader to OEG. Working closely with Chairman and owner Daryl Katz, Nicholson was 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.

Since joining OEG in 2014, Nicholson oversees the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club hockey operations, working closely with Ken Holland, 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 Canada's national hockey 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.

Nicholson was elected vice-president of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) in 2012, and has served on IIHF council in this capacity since then. He has served as chairman of several IIHF committees, including the development and coaching committee, the competition and inline committee and sat on the events and coaching committees as well.

Nicholson and wife Lorna have two daughters, Mandi and MJ, and one son, Grant.

KEVIN LOWE

Alternate Governor

Kevin Lowe is an 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.

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 Final in 2006, losing in seven games 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. Lowe was inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame in 2019, and was named to the Quebec Remparts All-Star Team (from 1969 to 1985) as part of the QMJHL's 50th anniversary celebrations in 2018-19.      

STEW MACDONALD

President & Chief Revenue Officer

Stew MacDonald assumed the role of President & Chief Revenue Officer, OEG in May 2021. He is responsible for all OEG business and revenue, including Ticket Sales, Premium Seating, Corporate Sales, Marketing, Business Intelligence, Edmonton Oil Kings business and Bakersfield Condors business.

Formerly as Executive Vice President, Revenue, MacDonald was responsible for providing leadership to OEG's revenue operations. As one of the organization's senior executives, he led a team responsible for Ticketing, Premium Seating, Corporate Partnerships and Customer Relationships for the Edmonton Oilers, Edmonton Oil Kings and Bakersfield Condors.

MacDonald originally joined the organization in 1987, spending 10 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.

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.

STUART BALLANTYNE

President & Chief Operating Officer

Stu Ballantyne assumed the role of President & Chief Operating Officer for Rogers Place and ICE District in May 2021. He is responsible for all OEG Venues & Operations including Rogers Place, Ford Hall, ICE Plaza, the Downtown Community Arena, OEG HQ, Live Entertainment, and Food & Beverage.

He joined Oilers Entertainment Group in July 2015 as SVP, Operations, 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.

TIM SHIPTON

EVP, OEG Communications & Gaming

Tim Shipton expanded his role as EVP, OEG Communications & Gaming in May 2021. He is responsible for all OEG and Katz Group communications, corporate affairs & government relations, the EOCF & hockey programming. He is also responsible for WIN50, sports betting & gaming, and OEG's digital subscription strategy.

Previously as Senior Vice President, Communications, Shipton was responsible for corporate communications, as well as government & media relations. He oversaw OEG's community strategy, including how it relates to the operation of the EOCF and Oilers Alumni programs.

Shipton joined OEG in October 2013, and prior to that held the position of President at the Alberta Enterprise Group. He 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.

JASON QUILLEY

EVP, Finance

Jason Quilley serves in an expanded role as EVP Finance for OEG and provides strategic business and finance leadership across OEG and Katz Group. He is responsible for financial, legal, insurance risk management and corporate procurement services, while providing overall leadership and execution for OEG's financial and shared service operations.

He has been with Oilers Entertainment Group since 2001, holding positions of Controller, Senior Director, Business Operations and Vice President, Business Operations & Development. Quilley holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from the University of Alberta and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA).