Advisory Board

JAY MANDARINO
  • 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.”

TONY HYLAND

Tony Hyland graduated from Carleton University with a bachelor of commerce degree.

He then continued his studies completing his  CGA,CPA accreditation.

Tony  has  been involved in many industries including 22 years in the graphic arts and  for the past 15 years has been VP of finance at CJ Graphics Inc.

Tony is an avid triathlete and usually places in the top 10 in his age class .

Tony is a passionate about giving back to his community and has been on the advisory Board since its inception .

He was instrumental in helping with not-for-profit status and setting up the foundation.

ULF BEIN


Ulf has been part of the CJ family for over three decades, before the skatepark was born. Graduating with a degree in imaging technology at Ryerson, he ran his own graphic arts and photography business for many years, becoming a client of CJ Graphics in the late 80s for his design company, before moving to teaching in the arts.
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 Poladian

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)

Geoff Christensen

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 Kratochvil

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.

Arash Ejtemaee

Born in Iran and transplanted to Canada at 11, Arash knew that he would need to make friends to thrive. Seven years later, using his friend-making skills, and lots of reading, he left school to become an entrepreneur. Not only did he have to learn to love a P&L statement and a Balance Sheet, he also became a self-proclaimed (and totally un-accredited) industrial designer.

When he’s not busy being a playful-super-dad with his two sons he can be found working with his amazing teams at one of two companies. shomi!, a manufacturer of futuristic backlit fabric displays and SHO Agency, a digital marketing and automation company. On the odd chance that he has a day or two to himself, his adrenaline issues see to it that he rides his motorcycle, goes back country camping or scuba diving in a cave (that last one happened once, but he likes to brag about it).

His hero is Sir Ken Robinson, look him up, you won’t be disappointed! His passion is empowering (hanging out with) children – some have called him a child-whisperer. His long term goal is to  build an organization to help dads spend more quality time with their kids. For years he has been a volunteer, a camp councillor, and a “fun adult”. Most of his work has been at Sick Kids, Camp Oochigeas, and recently at CJ’s Skatepark.
Matt Williams

Matt started skateboarding when he was 12 years old. Back then, he rode for a local board shop down in the USA where he grew up. Later he became part of the Rail Skate Park (since closed) and he was there for several years. He is an excellent skateboarder and is always learning new things while staying in shape at the same time.

Fast forward to today, he’s heavily involved in the Special Needs Program at CJ’s SKATEPARK to help remove barriers for children who want to get involved in skateboarding. He is an incredibly talented teacher who understands children with any challenges and in a fun safe way, bonds with them and helps them succeed.He is also certified in the ISCP/SKATZ Certification Program and is trained in CPR and First Aid.

When Matt isn’t skating, you can find him on his motorcycle or expressing some creativity with graphic design. Aside from that, Matt helps with SBC Media to bring fresh content to Canadians across 7 action sports publications including his personal favourite, SBC SKATEBOARD. Skateboarding is clearly a passion for Matt and he loves it!

matt@CJsSKATEPARK.com

Shannon Malloch

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

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
others.
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.

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