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David Clanachan –  Commissioner of the Canadian Premier League

Clanachan was named the first Chairman and Commissioner of the Canadian Premier League (CPL) – Canada’s highly anticipated professional men’s soccer league set to debut in spring 2019.

As Commissioner, Clanachan oversees all aspect of the League along with the Canadian Soccer Business (CSB) – a new sports enterprise representing commercial assets and inventory for marquee soccer properties in Canada.

Clanachan is also the Chairman of Restaurant Brands International, Canada. He was named President and Chief Operating Officer of Tim Hortons Canada in 2014, and has more than 35 years with the brand. Clanachan was a key member of the leadership team that grew Tim Hortons into the iconic Canadian brand that it is today.

A life-long soccer enthusiast, Clanachan has played competitive and recreational soccer his entire life. Known for his “aggressive defending”, Clanachan still takes the pitch every week playing in the Burlington Soccer League.  

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Paul BeirnePresident, Canadian Premier League

Widely regarded as one of Canada’s leading soccer executives, Beirne was one of the visionaries behind the CPL and has worked tirelessly to make the dream of a Canadian domestic league a reality.

As President, Paul oversees all logistics for the CPL including soccer operations, branding and club management. His primary focus is to ensure all elements are in place for the league’s debut in spring 2019 and its long-term success.

Beirne was formerly the Vice-President of Business Operations for Toronto FC. In 2007, Major League Soccer honoured Beirne with the prestigious Doug Hamilton Executive of the Year Award in recognition of his innovative work on TFC’s ground-breaking launch as the league’s first Canadian franchise. In addition to his work with TFC, Beirne held senior executive roles with the Toronto Raptors, Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators, and oversaw the commercial business for the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club in its aggressive pursuit of promotion to the English Premier League.

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Scott Mitchell – CEO, Canadian Soccer Business

One of Canada’s most-connected and respected sports business leaders, Mitchell has been a fixture on the Canadian and international sports landscape for 20+ years.

As CEO, Mitchell oversees all corporate partnerships and media rights related to Canada Soccer and the Canadian Premier League – Canada’s professional men’s soccer league.

Mitchell was one of the founders of the CPL along with the iconic tech entrepreneur and sports team owner Bob Young. In addition to the CSB, Mitchell is also the CEO of Bob Young’s group of Canadian Companies including the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

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James Easton – Vice-President, Football Operations

As Vice President of Soccer Operations for the CPL, Easton is responsible for all on-field matters including competition standards, player management and development, officiating and scheduling. He works closely with regulatory groups to ensure all aspects of the CPL are in full compliance to FIFA, CONCACAF and Canada Soccer standards.

A longstanding champion of Canadian men’s soccer, Easton founded Rethink Management Group – where he led numerous soccer-related projects and in-depth case studies for professional soccer teams, leagues, national federations and investment groups from across the Americas and the U.K.

An exceptional midfielder, Easton represented Canada numerous times on both the youth and senior men’s national teams. He played professional soccer with the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the NASL, Dundee United FC of the SPL, and the Vancouver ‘86ers/Whitecaps FC of the USL/MLS.

In 2004, Easton was inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the 1989 Vancouver ‘86ers.

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Mark Silver – Chief Digital Officer, Canadian Soccer Business

The role of Chief Digital Officer embodies the unique opportunity of building a brand new league, clubs and venues, all with the goal of creating transformative fan-centric digital experiences. Silver’s leadership in delivering technology and media solutions provide the CSB with the foundation to engage, connect and transact with fans in ways unattainable by most major sports leagues.

Silver’s name is synonymous with Canada’s largest digital media sports initiatives. He was one of the first employees of the Bell/Rogers Olympic Media Consortium where he helped create the digital standard for Olympic broadcasting in Canada for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. Following this success, he was appointed Head of Digital for the 2012 London Olympic Games broadcast. He remained with Bell Media, and as Head of Digital for TSN he was given the responsibility of transforming the digital business of Canada’s sports leader. During his tenure, TSN re-launched every digital platform, most notably TSN.ca and the TSN app.

In 2014, Silver started Stadium Digital with a mission to bring world-class fan engagement platforms and media solutions to Canada’s top sports properties. The company forged successful long-term partnerships with more than 80 of Canada’s top professional leagues, teams and national federations. In 2018 Stadium Digital was wholly acquired by the CSB, where it continues to operate its services business with Silver at the helm.

Silver earned an MBA from the Schulich School of Business in Toronto where he remains involved as an active instructor, guest speaker and mentor. In 2013, he was named “5 to Watch” in the Canadian Sports Business by George Brown College.

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Roy Nasrallah – Vice-President, Marketing

Roy Nasrallah is responsible for sharing the story of the CPL – including putting a national spotlight on its founding clubs, athletes and Canadian soccer’s avid supporters. He has been one of the visionaries behind the league’s acclaimed branding.

An expert in sports culture, Nasrallah spent several months travelling across the country to learn about Canada’s passion for the global game. Throughout #RoyOnTheRoad, Nasrallah met with hundreds of supporters, players, volunteers, politicians and business leader who all who share a passion to build the game of soccer in Canada and create a professional league of our own.

Before joining the CPL, Nasrallah spent 15 years with Nike’s Middle-East division where he was responsible for creating their brand vision through strategy, brand communications, digital marketing, retail marketing, visual merchandising, events and sponsorship divisions across the key regions. Nasrallah worked on several award-winning marketing initiatives including the creation of the globally acclaimed Nike Pro Hijab – the inspirational initiative that was designed to inspire Middle Eastern Women to adopt and embrace a healthy lifestyle.

A native of Lebanon, Nasrallah is fluent in three languages.

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Eva Havaris – Vice-President, Strategy and League Operations

Eva Havaris joins CPL as its VP of Strategy and League Operations where she is responsible for overseeing the execution of several strategic initiatives and partnerships across a variety of business areas. No stranger to the sport of soccer in Canada, Havaris was previously a top soccer player and varsity coach in Canada, She combined her passion for sport and business by completing a Masters degree in Sport Management – publishing a thesis on the topic of Accountability in Sport – and has made her name as a notable executive and national sport sector innovator with a reputation for transforming, expanding and recreating national organizations.

Havaris’ career as CEO is distinguished by her progressive leadership, implementing disruptive change to lead two national Olympic sport organizations to achieve the improbable: a holistic restructuring that catapulted each from struggling entities into fiscally sound organizations strategically poised for a resilient future.

Her legacy continues. In 2016, the UWO Women’s Soccer program established the Eva Havaris Athletic Scholarship in recognition of her many contributions to the sport of soccer. Havaris pioneered the first women in rugby strategic plan, which led to the establishment of international and national women’s rugby tournaments to create more opportunities for top female rugby players to compete against each other at the highest levels in the sport.  Bringing the women’s game to the forefront in the organization’s strategic endeavours led to Canada becoming a leading rugby nation in the women’s game.  As CEO with Taekwondo Canada, Havaris’ strategic plan’s focus on the value of coaching and minimum standards of certification was recognized with the Coaching Association of Canada’s prestigious Sheilagh Robertson Award for the top NSO. In addition to her professional work in sport, Havaris serves as the Chair of Ontario Soccer’s Nominations Committee and the Canadian Cancer Society’s annual Toronto Relay For Life event.