– ADVISORY BOARD –
Founder and President, CJ’s SKATEPARK (A Not-For-Profit Corporation)
Founder and Director, The CJ’s SKATEPARK Foundation
(A Registered Charitable Organization)
President, JBM Auction Services
(A Not-For-Profit Corporation)
President and CEO, The CJ Group of Companies
Board Member of LDAO (Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario)
“Jay’s His philanthropic work has been acknowledged in many editorial articles, letters of praise and with numerous awards including three medals – the Diamond Jubilee Medal from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship from the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, recognizing individuals who, through exceptional long-term efforts, have made outstanding contributions to their communities, and the Order of International Ambassadors Medal.”
Ulf has been with the skatepark from the very beginning, even before it was officially a skatepark. He connected with skateboarding before the park existed by bringing his three daughters to the ramps inside Jay’s printing plant on weekends. Soon, they started as volunteers helping other kids learn on the two ramps. Once the CJ Skateboard Park and School was officially built, they worked as coaches and instructors. Sierra, Savannah and Aliya have filled multiple roles at the park and helped empower other women skaters to grow and join the skate community.
Ulf also became a facilitator and completed the International skateboard certification program himself several years ago. He now sits on the advisory board of the largest not-for-profit indoor skatepark and continues looking for ways to give back to his community and nurture other families to find a community at CJs as his family did.
Shant joined CJ’s Skatepark Advisory Board in late 2016, the same year he resumed skateboarding after a twenty plus year hiatus. He introduced his two daughters to skateboarding and have enjoyed the quality of facilities and lessons provided by CJs.
Shant is also a senior financial and capital markets professional. He is currently Founder and Director of Springhurst Capital Corp, a private financial advisory firm, and Chair of the Audit Committee of Canna 8 Investment Trust, a newly formed Capital Pool Company.
His prior roles include:
Managing Director, Investment Banking – Dundee Capital Markets and Eight Capital Partners (2016-2017)
Chief Restructuring Officer – KGIC Inc (2015)
Corporate Director – Amica Mature Lifestyles (2013-2015)
Chief Executive Officer – FAM REIT (2012-2014)
Managing Director, Real Estate/REITs Equity Research – Canaccord Genuity (2003-2012)
Assurance & Advisory Professional – Deloitte (1998-2001)
As a long time friend and business associate of Jay’s for over 30 years, I have seen the smiles and many great things Jay has done for thousands of children and adults of all backgrounds as well as promoting awareness for a multitude of causes he supports as a philanthropist and charity auctioneer.
As the current Chair of the Graphics Program Advisory at Mohawk College in Hamilton (25 years on the advisory/20 as Chair) I have seen firsthand the positive impact advisory volunteers of differing backgrounds can have on the overall effectiveness of a program or institution.
The youngest of my 3 daughters was one of the participants in the early 2000’s when Jay began his first modest Skate Park in the back of his Parklawn facility which is also part of my connection to the Advisory Board.
Daniel has been a great volunteer instructor with CJ’s SKATEPARK since 2009 with our Special Needs Program, and an Advisory Board member since 2013. Dan specializes in working with children affected by autism & Aspergers, but is great with all levels of challenges, and can teach adults regardless of their skateboarding ability. Dan is not only an incredibly gifted and extremely patient instructor and ambassador, he is also a very talented skateboarder. With over 23 years of skateboarding, Daniel finds the opportunity to coach younger skaters extremely rewarding no matter what experience level they are at. He is also the editor on the upcoming book “Ramp Up”, a guide on how to skateboard written alongside CJ’s SKATEPARK founder & President, Jay Mandarino. Dan is also certified in ISCP/SKATZ and has his first aid training.
Shannon is the Executive Director of CJ’s SKATEPARK FOUNDATION and in charge of programming at CJ’s SKATEPARK. She has been involved with the skatepark for many years as a volunteer at various events, including the Kids Being Kids program.
Shannon has 8 years of experience working in the non-profit sector and has a lot of experience working with children, their families, and the community. Shannon is a graduate of the University of Toronto and holds a Bachelor of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto.
Shannon has always enjoyed participating and being involved in sports. She was a competitive figure skater for 10 years, earning multiple gold medals in Skate Canada competitions. She is excited to be part of the CJ’s SKATEPARK team and to experience skating in a different way.
Emily McInnes is the founder of EYE BUY ART, an organization that curates site-specific
contemporary art projects with corporate partners and runs an e-commerce platform for award-winning fine art photography. Emily was the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Flash
Forward Festival, and was the Director of Creative Development for CONTACT Toronto
Photography Festival where she curated large-scale public art projects to activate
partnerships with Magnum Photos, Scotiabank, The National Gallery of Canada and
Emily was a an advisor to Magnum Photos and was a founding member of the
Timeraiser where she served on the art jury for 11 years. In 2010, Emily was one of 16
women selected from among 15,000 applicants by Seth Godin, to attend a private
workshop at his office in New York for “Women Entrepreneurs Who Make a Difference”.
She has lectured at the Pratt Institute in New York, Innovation Day and OCAD.
Since 2009, Emily has forged relationships for EYE BUY ART with Fairmont Hotels
International as a global brand partner, with Aeroplan, Tricon Developments, Brookfield
Properties, and 3M. EYE BUY ART has shipped art to over 40 countries and has been
featured in Bloomberg Business Week, Real Simple, Elle Magazine, Style at Home,
Chatelatine, enRoute, The Globe and Mail and others.