Our Board of Advisors members are Mike Pratt (Guitar Center), Richard Peddie (formerly of MLSE), Fern Glowinsky (Moneris), Heather Briant (Cineplex) and Bradley W. Ashley (PRIVEQ Capital Funds).

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Mike Pratt, CEO
Guitar Center Inc.

Mr. Pratt has been the Chief Executive Officer of Guitar Center, Inc. since April 1, 2013. Previously, he served as the President/Chief Operating Officer of Best Buy Canada Ltd. from January 2008 to March 2013. Mr. Pratt had an oversight of all Canadian operations, including Future Shop and Best Buy stores. He began his career more than 20 years ago with Future Shop. Prior to 2008, he held various other positions with Best Buy and Future Shop, including General Manager, Director of Store Operations, Vice President and Senior Vice President of Operations. He played an instrumental role in managing Best Buy Canada’s rapid and successful growth and expansion. He was responsible for Best Buy stores, marketing, advertising, store design and Canada’s Commercial Sales Group. He has been a Director of Guitar Center Holdings, Inc. and Guitar Center, Inc. since April 1, 2013. Mr. Pratt is a proven leader in the retail industry with an impressive track record of success.

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Richard Peddie, ex-President/CEO
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment

From 1998-2011, Mr. Peddie served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Maple Leaf Sports + Entertainment, overseeing all business and team operations related to the Leafs, Raptors, TFC, Marlies, the operations of Air Canada Centre, the organization’s two television channels, and Maple Leaf Square, a $500M premier sports and entertainment destination next to the ACC – which includes fine dining, Hôtel Le Germain, Longo’s 170,000 sq ft retail space and 872 condos.Immediately prior to joining MLSE, Peddie was President and COO of NetStar Communications, formerly Labatt Communications, the parent company for The Sports Network (TSN), Le Réseau des sports (RDS), The Discovery Channel and Dome Productions.Peddie began his career with Colgate Palmolive in 1970 and moved to General Foods three years later. In 1983 he was promoted to President of Hostess Foods and in ’85 became President and CEO of Pillsbury Canada where he received the Donald B. McCaskill Award for Marketing Excellence. After 19 years in the packaged goods industry, Peddie accepted the post of President and CEO of the Stadium Corporation of Ontario (SkyDome).

A native of Windsor, Ontario, Peddie graduated from the University of Windsor in 1970 and received an honourary doctorate in 2001.

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Fern Glowinsky, Chief Legal Officer
Moneris Solutions Corp.

Fern Glowinsky is Chief Legal Officer at Moneris Solutions Corporation, responsible for legal, compliance, internal audit, government relations and privacy, and is accountable to the board as corporate secretary. Her past experience includes senior roles with a venture-backed start-up and with E*TRADE Canada. Fern began her career with Torys LLP advising technology companies on corporate and securities law matters. She graduated from the Joint LLB/MBA program at Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business, holds a BA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario and is currently enrolled in the Directors Education Program with the Institute of Corporate Directors – Rotman School of Management. Fern serves on the board of the Leo Baeck Day School, founded Moneris’ Environmental Committee and is a Bikram yoga devotee.

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Heather Briant, Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Cineplex Entertainment LP

As Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Cineplex Entertainment LP, Heather Briant is responsible for all aspects of the Human Resources function, encompassing talent development and succession, organization effectiveness, total and executive compensation, health and safety, and HR governance and reporting. She is also a leader in Cineplex corporate strategy and transformation activities.Ms. Briant has an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, as well as the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.She is currently the Board Chair of the Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada. Starlight Canada is Cineplex’s national charity partner and is dedicated to helping seriously ill children and their families. She is also a member of the Kilberry Advisory Board. Ms. Briant was a board member and Compensation, Governance and Nominating Committee Chair of HOMEQ Corporation and its subsidiary HomEquity Bank until its sale to private equity in Q4, 2012.

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Bradley W. Ashley, Managing Partner
PRIVEQ Capital Funds

Brad founded PRIVEQ Capital Funds in 1994. As Managing Partner of PRIVEQ, Brad has the responsibility for sourcing, structuring and negotiating new private equity investments as well as the active nurturing and monitoring of these investments. Current directorships include R. Nicholls Distributors Inc. and Frantic Films Corporation.
Brad is a veteran private equity investor who has successfully invested throughout North America over the past 22 years. Prior to founding PRIVEQ, Brad was an Investment Manager with a prominent private equity fund, responsible for making new investments and actively managing seven North American investments. Former positions also included Senior Manager with Ernst & Young’s corporate finance practice as well as Assistant Treasurer with JP Morgan.Brad is very active in the Canadian private equity and venture capital community. He is a past-Chairman of the Canada’s Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA). Brad was the President of the CVCA from 2002 to 2003. He was the longest-serving member of the CVCA’s Board of Directors (1991-2005). He is also the longest serving member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Corporate Growth – Toronto Chapter having served since 1995 and is the Chairman of the Nominating Committee. He is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School (J.D.), Schulich School of Business (M.B.A.), and has an undergraduate degree in mathematics. He serves as a Director of the Schulich/Osgoode M.B.A/J.D. Alumni Association. Brad was called to the Ontario Bar in 1987.

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