Meet the Team

The founding team, in addition to Patrick Yan and Shomari Williams, consists of recent graduates or final year students from McGill University, the University of Toronto, Western University and Brock University. The team members have varsity sports backgrounds, first-hand knowledge of the university-level recruiting process, passion about the business concept and opportunity, along with a high level of energy and enthusiasm for the task ahead. The strengths of the team are complemented by a strong, heavily-involved advisory board.

Management Team

Patrick Yan

Patrick Yan founded SportsEh in February 1, 2013 and is the Chief Executive Officer. Patrick also serves as the President of Top Prospects Canada, providing operations support and constant planning for expansion purposes. Currently, he is completing his Masters of Management degree from the Michael Smurfit School of Business at University College Dublin. Patrick graduated from the University of Toronto with honours in both Employment Relations and Urban Studies in 2012. Patrick was an offensive lineman for four years on the University of Toronto Varsity Blues Football team, and was also the founder, coach and president of the University of Toronto Women’s Football team. Presently, he is the only Head Coach in Metro Toronto Wildcats history to win a championship.

He has worked as a Recruitment Consultant at ALJ Bilingual, Director of Internships at DrinkOwl Inc., Executive Associate with the University of Toronto Student Union, CAVE Magazine as a contributor.

Patrick has an extensive playing and coaching resume. His playing career includes St. Andrew’s College Saints, Markham Raiders Football Club, Toronto Titans Football Club, Metro Toronto Wildcats Football Club, and the University of Toronto Varsity Blues Football Team. His coaching resume includes Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator of the University of Toronto Women’s Football Team; Head Coach, Offensive Line Coach, and Offensive Coordinator of the Metro Toronto Wildcats Bantam Football Team; and Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator of the Metro Toronto Ladycats football team.

 

Shomari Williams

Shomari Williams is the former CEO of TopProspects.ca and founder of Top Prospects and StudentBlitz. He will continue to lead the SportsEh recruiting services business while providing overall leadership in the SportsEh company as President & Chief Operating Officer.

Shomari grew up in Ontario and after his high school graduation, moved to a Quebec CEGEP to sharpen his football skills in pursuit of an athletic scholarship. After two successful seasons he received a full scholarship to the University of Houston. Shomari played three years for the Cougars, and received his BBA in Entrepreneurship with a minor in Marketing. He returned to Canada and played for one year for Queen’s University while enrolled in the B.Ed. program, helping the Gaels win the 2009 Vanier Cup.

In the 2010 CFL Draft. Shomari was selected first overall by the Saskatchewan Roughriders, where he spent three years before signing a two-year contract with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2013.

Shomari founded Top Prospects to help other Canadian athletes be recruited by, and earn scholarships at universities and colleges in Canada and the US. His unique experiences earning a full-ride scholarship to an NCAA FBS school and also playing for a championship CIS team, and then enjoying a CFL career will be an important source of support and assistance to coaches recruiting into their college and university programs, and to student-athletes and their parents as they make critical decisions about their academic and athletic futures.

Zechary Miller

Zechary Miller is the Vice-President, Chief Editor and Financial Officer of SportsEh. Zechary also serves as the Vice-Preisdent of Top Prospects Canada. He graduated from McGill University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, and minored in Management and International Development Studies. During his time at McGill he was a member of the McGill Redmen Varsity Football Team, where he played as a receiver and return specialist from 2008-2011, and the McGill Redmen Varsity Rugby Team, where he played for 2 years, adding an RSEQ Championship to his resume.

In addition to his post-secondary career, Zechary has been involved in sports his entire life. After growing up an avid soccer player, he attended St. Andrew’s College for high school where he competed in football, basketball, track and field, and rugby. He extended his football career with the Markham Raiders Football Club, the Metro Toronto Wildcats Football Club and most recently coached the Bantam Wildcats as the Running Backs Coach and Assistant Offensive Coordinator in 2012. Currently, Zechary is a Youth Sport Coach for Ontario’s After School Program at the University of Toronto. He also continues as a competitive rugby player within Canada.

Tiffany Russell

Tiffany Russell is the Secretary of the Board and a Marketing and Sales Associate. She is currently enrolled at the University of Toronto, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts, with a double major in Women and Gender Studies as well as Anthropology in 2013. While attending University of Toronto, Tiffany has captained as well as maintained an executive role with the University of Toronto’s Women’s Football team, assisting in its founding, expansion and success over the from 2010-2013.

Tiffany currently plays for Legends Football League (women’s professional tackle football league) on Canada’s first expansion team, the Toronto Triumph, and in her second year, she was selected as a starter on Canada’s All-Star team. Along with her on-field performance, she also played a major role with team promotions, events, sales and recruitment.

Her experience working with youth comes from a Head Coach position working with atom boys in the Greater Toronto Football League and as an assistant coach with the Metro Toronto Wildcat Bantams.
Tiffany has a passion for athletics and being able to assist youth in achieving their athletic goals. She enjoys working both on and off the field, helping her players reach their full potential.

Kent Ridley

Kent is the Head of Recruiting for the SportsEh’s Top Prospects Recruiting Service. He founded Ridley Scouting in 2003, which is designed to help high school student athletes create opportunities to continue their athletic careers at the next level. Each year Ridley Scouting publishes its Top 100 List of Canadian High School football players, and for the past two years, has been associated with Top Prospects Canada. Ridley Scouting also publishes the Canadian College Draft Guide that reviews athletes in advance of the CFL’s entry draft.

Kent is NCAA Certified, a Level 1 NCCP Coach, and was on coaching staffs that won 3 Calgary high school championships (two Football and one Basketball). He also extensively worked with the Airdrie Minor Basketball Association as a coach and board member.

A former resident of Calgary and Airdrie, AB, Kent currently resides in Nashville, TN with his wife Jessica, an up and coming country vocalist, and their family.

Advisory Board

Jeff Chan

Jeff is a founding Board member and senior advisor to SportsEh. He is a strategy consultant at his own firm, Growth Alchemy Group which isfocused on corporate growth strategy and organizational performance, a former Partner with SECOR (now KPMG), and co-founder of the global Growth & Innovation practice at McKinsey & Company.

He was a Senior Vice President at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Games Organizing Committee; member of the College Bowl Board and Vanier Cup Management Committees beginning in 1978, culminating with his Chairmanship of the Vanier Cup Organizing Committee from 1998-2000; former Trustee of Queen’s University and member of its Advancement and Nominating Committees; member of the Queen’s Centre Executive Committee; Director of the Toronto Board of Trade; President of the Toronto Junior Board of Trade; Board member of the Queen’s Alumni Association; member of the Queen’s University Council on Athletics; and member of the CIAU (now CIS) CEO Search Committee.

Jeff’s previous corporate experience has been with Imperial Oil, Amphenol Corporation (now part of Honeywell), American Express, SHL Systemhouse, and MD Financial. He has lived and worked in Canada and the US, and served clients in over 20 countries. He is a graduate of Queen’s University (BA) and Western University (MBA). He is also the photographer for the Queen’s football team.

Jamie Bone

Jamie is currently the Quarterback coach for the Western University Mustangs in London, Ontario. He is also a National Football Academy certified coach teaching the Darin Slack self-correct system, and organizes clinics and camps throughout the United States and Canada through his company, QB Nation.

He has been successfully coaching quarterbacks in Canada and the US for over 30 years. A standout quarterback at Western, he guided the Mustangs to 2 Vanier Cup championships, was a CIS All Canadian, and was awarded the Hec Crighton Trophy as The Most Outstanding Player in the CIS. After his collegiate career, he was the first Canadian quarterback to sign an NFL contract with the Dallas Cowboys.

Prior to joining the Western staff Jamie worked for TSN as the CIS football analyst for 17 seasons, during which time he was a member of the Vanier Cup Organizing Committee and Co-Chairman of the 1998 Vanier Cup. As a former US high school football coach, and a former and current university coach, and also father to two Western Mustang varsity athletes, Jamie is well versed in the recruiting process in Canada and the US.

 

Brad Elberg

Brad is a Partner in the Toronto office of the national law firm of Miller Thomson LLP.  He was previously the Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at a fully licensed investment dealer, Byron Capital Markets, and a Partner with the international law firm Heenan Blaikie LLP in Toronto.

He completed his undergraduate studies at Queen’s University in 1993. While there, he played football and ran track, and was captain of the Queen’s football team that won the 1992 Vanier Cup, in which he was the MVP. He was later elected to the Queen’s Football Hall of Fame in 2005. Brad also competed on the Canadian Olympic Bobsleigh Team from 1992 to 1993 and represented Canada at the 1993 World Junior Championships in Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy.

Brad was drafted by the Saskatchewan Roughriders #2 overall in 1993 and played 9 seasons in the CFL for Hamilton, Winnipeg and Toronto where he was a team captain. During that time he earned his law degree at Queen’s University and was a four-time CFL Players Association President’s Scholarship recipient.

Brad was admitted to the bar in 2002.  His practice focuses on commercial, constitutional, administrative, and regulatory matters. He has represented clients before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Court of Appeal for Ontario, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, and the Federal Court of Canada.

Internal Team

Katrina Balon, Creative Director

Niels Thakkar, Top Prospects Operations Manager

George Musgrave, Special Events Coordinator

Spencer Johnson, Special Production Director

Writing Team Leadership

Dina Hassan, Deputy Chief Editor / Regional Editor

James Katsuras, Deputy Chief Editor / Regional Editor

Coe Spethmann, Regional Editor

Nick Liard, Regional Editor