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Executive

Andy Dunn - President & Partner

Andy Dunn has been with the Vancouver Canadians since 2008, helping guide Canada's only affiliated Minor League Baseball franchise to a number of national accolades including the coveted John H. Johnson President's Trophy (2013) presented to the most complete franchise in MiLB - marking the first time in the award's 40-year history that a Canadian-based organization received the honour.

Known by many in the baseball world, Andy has twice been named Florida State League Executive of the Year (1999, 2000) and Northwest League Executive of the Year (2008) and has helped the Canadians reach new heights with ten Northwest League awards during his tenure in Vancouver including multiple John H. Johnson & Larry MacPhail Awards.

Contact Andy Dunn:

Phone: 604.872.5232 ex.340

e-Mail: [email protected]

Tom Backemeyer - Executive Vice President

Tom, who most recently served as the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Lancaster Jethawks 2014-2021. The Jethawks were the sister organization to the Vancouver Canadians held under the same ownership group of Jake Kerr and Jeff Mooney.

The native of Lincoln, Nebraska has a vast background in Minor League Baseball as prior to his arrival in Lancaster, Backemeyer helped develop franchises in Nashville, Rancho Cucamonga, Fresno, and Everett. He is a graduate of Colorado State University (BA) with an MBA from the University of Denver.

Contact Tom Backemeyer:

Phone: 604.872.5232

e-Mail: [email protected]

Allan Bailey - General Manager

Allan Bailey has been with the Vancouver Canadians since 2007 and was appointed General Manager on September 5th, 2018 after spending the previous seven seasons as the organization's Assistant General Manager. 2020 will mark Allan's second full season as the Canadians GM.

Allan has led several departments during his tenure with the C's including the Nat Bailey Stadium Box Office and its ticket operations as well as his more recent efforts in Team Operations handling everything from player housing and travel right through to Information Technology (IT).

Born in Victoria, B.C., and raised in the Lower Mainland's Sunshine Coast, Allan completed his education at McGill University while playing five seasons with the McGill Redbirds baseball program. Prior to university, Allan played for the North Shore Twins of the B.C. Premier League.

Contact Allan Bailey:

Phone: 604.872.5232 ex. 328

e-Mail: [email protected]

Stephani Ellis - Assistant General Manager

Returning for her fourth season with the Vancouver Canadians Baseball Club, Stephani was recently promoted to the role of Assistant General Manager and was the recipient of the 2019 Northwest League Female Executive of the Year for her work with the C's.

Stephani has led the Canadians Group Sales, Social Media, and Community platforms during her time out at historic Nat Bailey Stadium.

After a standout collegiate softball career at California University of PA where Stephani played for the Vulcans, the Prince of Wales Secondary graduate and former Team BC member began her marketing career with the Canadians.

Stephani works in concert with group leaders who expect the Canadians to provide an excellent ballpark experience with each visit out at Nat Bailey Stadium. Even with the demands that come with that responsibility alone, Stephani still lends her time to the Vancouver Canadians Baseball Foundation and its fundraising efforts.

Contact Stephani Ellis:

Phone: 604.872.5232 ex. 382

e-Mail: [email protected]

Brenda Chmiliar - Financial Controller

Brenda is entering her thirteenth season out at Nat Bailey Stadium but her second as Financial Controller for the Vancouver Canadians. She spent the first 10 years with Aramark Food Services in the company's financial division, dividing her time between Nat Bailey Stadium and Rogers Arena.

Her knowledge of stadium operations having worked for both Aramark and the Canadians have proven to be invaluable during her tenure.

Brenda is responsible for all aspects of the Vancouver Canadians financial operations and is right at home here at "The Nat" as much of her childhood was spent on local baseball fields up in Kamloops.

Contact Brenda Chmiliar:

Phone: 604.872.5232 ex. 330

e-Mail: [email protected]

Sales & Marketing Services

Steven Maisey - Manager, Ticket Operations

Steven enters his third season with the Vancouver Canadians Baseball Club, and his first as Manager of Ticket Operations.

After graduating from Langara College with a diploma in Recreation Leadership Management, and interning for the Vancouver Whitecaps, Steven began his career with the Canadians on the operations side of the club, spending the previous two summers as a member of the A&B Tools Rental Grounds Crew.

Steven transitioned into his current role as Manager of Ticket Operations in January 2020, and looks to maintain the service standards that fans have come to expect of the Canadians.

In the offseason, Steven volunteers his time as the head coach of the Vancouver Thunderbirds Midget A1 hockey program.

Contact Steven Maisey:

Phone: 604.872.5232 ex. 380

e-Mail: [email protected]

Accounting

Charlene Shamku - Coordinator, Accounting

Charlene has been with the Vancouver Canadians since the 2018 season. She spent her first summer working as a co-op student before transitioning to working full time in the accounting department.

Charlene graduated from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2020 with her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting.

Growing up in New Westminster Charlene spent over 10 years practicing martial arts and currently holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Before joining the Canadians she previously worked as an assistant martial arts instructor.

Contact Charlene Shamku:

Phone: 604.872.5232 ex. 326

e-Mail: [email protected]

Ballpark Operations

Ross Baron - Head Groundskeeper

Coming off his third consecutive Northwest League Sports Turf Manager of the Year Award and first STMA National Award, Ross returns to the Vancouver Canadians Baseball Club for his fourth season and is ready to push the historic confines of Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium even further in 2020. The NWL honours had never been bestowed on the Vancouver Canadians prior to Ross' arrival in 2017.

Prior to his tenure with the Canadians, Ross worked with the Washington Nationals Internship Program that provided him with the many skills that he utilizes today. His year-round sod and field program is now studied by others within professional baseball as he further develops into one of the game's bright young lights within the industry.

Ross was born and raised in the Sunshine Coast and along with his wife, Ashley just welcomed a second daughter into their family right at the end of the season.

Contact Ross Baron:

Phone: 604.872.5232 ex. 335

e-Mail: [email protected]

Media Relations

Tyler Zickel - Manager, Broadcasting & Media Relations

Tyler joins the Canadians in 2021 for his fourth season in the Toronto Blue Jays organization and seventh in Minor League Baseball.

Before the C's, Tyler served as the Director of Promotions & Entertainment and Road Radio Broadcaster for the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Over the course of three seasons in Manchester, he oversaw the entire in-game presentation and promotions departments while traveling throughout the Eastern League calling 'Cats games. He has especially fond memories of the 2018 campaign, when New Hampshire - under the stewardship of former Canadians manager John Schneider - went 6-0 in the playoffs en route to a league championship.

He began his MiLB career in 2014 as a communications intern for the Advanced-A Lake Elsinore Storm in Southern California and was promoted twice in three years. As Assistant Director of Marketing and Director of Digital Content, respectively, Tyler was heavily involved in growing the team's online presence. He made his professional baseball radio debut with the Storm in 2015 and handled the middle innings of road games for the rest of his tenure.

A native of San Diego, Tyler grew up a Padres fan and continues to keep the faith. He earned his B.A. in English from Whittier College in Los Angeles, where he played on the Poets baseball team and was elected Student Body President.

Contact Tyler Zickel:

e-Mail: [email protected]