OUR

TEAM

Storyboard is comprised of a team of dynamic individuals with a passion for investor relations and corporate communications.

Our dedicated investor relations advisors bring years of

experience, fresh ideas, and pride to their work. 

 

We are all committed to helping companies share their story

with stakeholders in the most effective way possible.

 

Leadership Team

Richard Oyelowo CPA, CMA, FMA, CIM 

Chief Executive Officer

Richard is a corporate finance and accounting professional with over thirteen years of experience, six of which have been dedicated to investor relations and corporate communications.

 

Richard is passionate about helping companies connect with their stakeholders in an impactful way. Over the course of his career, he realized that there was a better way for small and mid-cap companies to manage their investor relations, which led Richard to start Storyboard.

 

Richard completed a Commerce degree at the University of Guelph majoring in Management Economics in Industries and Finance. He also completed the Certified Management Accounting Strategic Leadership Program and earned the CPA, CMA accounting designation.

Josh Nehme

Chief Operating Officer

Josh is a communications and business development professional with over fifteen years’ experience dedicated to sales and operations. He oversees the timely and consistent delivery of services, products, and solutions for Storyboard’s team members, partners, and clients.

 

Josh is passionate about developing relationships at all levels and providing exemplary customer service that builds brand loyalty through efficiency and quality. Josh uses this passion to ensure Storyboard clients find their voice and tell their authentic story. 

Josh studied Business Studies at Concordia University and Music Theory at the McGill University Faculty of Music (now the Schulich School of Music of McGill University).

Mohammad Mahasneh

SVP, Corporate Development & Strategic Advisory

Mohammad is a seasoned communications strategist and consultant. He brings global experience and specialized focus in executive communication and counsel, corporate communications, reputation and crisis management, and public affairs.

Results oriented and a firm believer in research-based audience profiling, Mohammad is passionate about designing and implementing effective campaigns for his consulting clients, and most recently for Donohue Learning Technologies. He has extensive experience in executing advocacy and stakeholder relations and took the lead on several major lobbying and public opinion influencing campaigns - harnessing his skills in key message development and audience persuasion.

 

Mohammad is multi-lingual (English, French, Arabic); holds a BA in Political Science and Government from Concordia University and a certificate in Digital Strategy & Communications Management from the University of Toronto.

Brittany Stone BComm

Manager, Corporate Development

Brittany is a natural problem-solver with a talent for spotting underlying trends hidden within the facts and figures of any task. Resourceful and organized, she facilitates projects to help ensure success for Storyboard's initiatives

 

She enjoys collaborating and working on dynamic projects. Her strong communication and analytical skills enhance her ability to effectively manage and nurture projects from inception to fruition.

 

Brittany earned her Bachelor of Commerce in Economics and Management Science from Ted Rogers School of Management. 

 

Investor Relations Advisors

Linda Armstrong BA, CPIR

SVP, Investor Relations Advisory & Business Development

Linda is a senior level Investor Relations Advisor with over 17 years’ experience in designing and implementing strategic IR programs for several clients in all sectors with market capitalizations ranging from $50 million to $13 billion.

 

Prior to her investor relations career, she led successful business development and marketing teams as Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Corporate Development with BCE Emergis.Linda’s deep knowledge of Investor Relations and creativity provides her clients with the strategic programs and tactics that achieve results. Her extensive network ensures maximum visibility for publicly traded firms.

 

Linda earned her Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies at Western University. She also obtained the designation of Certified Professional in Investor Relations from the IVEY business school and the Canadian Investor Relations Institute.

Justin Canivet BA Hons., CFA

VP, Investor Relations Advisory

Justin brings over 25 years of tenure in the global capital markets, highlighted by close to 12 years of corporate strategy and business development work with Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange. 

 

Justin plays a key role in helping his clients navigate the process of raising capital and taking companies public. He works diligently with each of them, leveraging the formidable network he built throughout his career, to implement successful investor relations programs. As Head, Business development for TSX and TSX Venture Exchange, Justin was involved in over 150 “go-public” transactions in multiple sectors, including real estate, technology, clean technology, resources and life sciences. 

 

Justin earned his Honours Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Finance and Economics from Wilfred

Laurier University. He was also awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation by the CFA Institute.

Ted Heimler BA Economics

VP, Investor Relations Advisory

Ted is an experienced investor relations professional, with a demonstrated history of more than 15 years working in the capital markets and financial analysis, with specialised focus pharmaceutical biotechnology, and management.

 

Ted brings a very deep understanding of Canadian and U.S capital markets and contacts within the financial community to his clients. He has a proven track record of designing and executing investor relations and corporate communications strategies for companies such as Cannasat Therapeutics, Cynapsus Therapeutics, Sunovion CNS Development and Cardiol Therapeutics. 

 

Ted earned his BA in Finance and Economics from Western University in London, Canada. He is also a candidate for the CPIR designation, Certified Professional in Investor Relations, from the IVEY Business School and the Canadian Investor Relations Institute.

Jeff Pritchard

VP, Investor Relations Advisory

Jeff is a seasoned mining executive with over twenty years experience in investor relations, corporate communications and marketing. He's a highly resourceful and adaptive individual who has successfully led both equity fund raising efforts and rebranding campaigns.

Jeff is adept at creating new investor relations departments and helping them rapidly grow and evolve. Experienced at helping start-ups, pre IPO and publicly traded companies to successfully navigate highly volatile business challenges in rapidly changing markets.

Jeff earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh Earlier in his career, Jeff served as Director of Sales for the New York Islanders and director of Marketing for the New Jersey Devils.

Ashit Savani MSc, MBA, CFA

VP, Investor Relations Advisory

Ashit is a senior executive with over 25 years of experience in finance and capital markets. His has extensive experience in strategy, mergers and acquisitions, finance and accounting both in Canada and USA in various industries.

Ashit is an excellent communicator and has collaboratively led numerous shareholder value enhancing initiatives through which he honed his skills in effectively messaging strategic initiatives and financial performance to different levels of audience. His keen understanding of capital markets and ability to adeptly communicate the corporate story makes him an invaluable leader any IR program.

Ashit earned his Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting & Management, Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance & Accounting, Master of Science (MSc) in Finance and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Lawrence Smith MBA, CFA 

VP, Investor Relations Advisory

Lawrence’s experience in investment management, equity research, banking and industry goes back over 25 years. He has a demonstrated track record of providing value-added investment advice and a commitment to stakeholder value. 

 

His client-focused and ethical investment strategies focus on investor relations strategic programs, portfolio management, equities analysis and valuation, investment research, corporate finance, capital markets and business development. This range of expertise and interests make Lawrence a huge asset to the Storyboard team. 

Lawrence earned his Bachelor of Arts from Western University in 1980, a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Windsor in 1982 and his MBA from the University of Toronto in 1984. He is also a CFA charter-holder.

Brent Somerville BA

VP, Investor Relations Advisory

Brent’s 25 years of international sales and management experience in Asia, Europe and North America, have given him a deep understanding of capital markets, investor relations, and building businesses. 

 

He brings his extensive institutional investor experience to the Storyboard team. Brent’s remarkable career includes working for Thomson Reuters in Asia, and IHS Markit in North America, in addition serving on the board of directors for both private and public companies in Canada and the US, and most recently working with Gravitas Financial in Toronto. He also has a proven track record of starting and building successful companies, by providing operational insights, expertise, and a global network that clients may leverage for success

 

Brent earned his BA degree in Finance and Economics from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

Mara Strazdins B.Sc. Hons. 

VP, Investor Relations Advisory

Mara’s expertise comes from more than 20 years as a corporate communications and investor relations executive within the mining industry. For the last 12 years, she has focused on investor relations, while working at CHF, Wallbridge Mining Company, Duluth Metals, and Zenyatta Ventures, where her experience, instinct, and connections helped her flourish. 

 

Mara brings her proven track record of designing and executing investor relations and corporate communications strategies, for companies listed on the TSX, to Storyboard. Coupled with her solid understanding of Canadian and U.S capital markets and excellent relationships within the financial community, Mara’s experience makes her a powerful addition to the team. 

 

Mara earned her Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Toronto.

Eugene Van Den Berg MBA, CMC 

VP, Investor Relations Advisory

Eugene is an experienced finance professional with 20 years of experience in finance transformation in the transportation and energy sectors. Most recently, as Fractional CFO, he developed investor relations strategies for their large energy pipeline project, backed by deep full-cycle accounting, finance transformation, and senior financial modelling experience.

 

Eugene is an infrastructure speaker, with a passion for integrating strategy with advanced financial modelling to support telling stories that encourage collaboration, teamwork and building relations with investor. 

 

Eugene earned a Master’s degree in Business Management, a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting & Investment Management, a Diploma in Computer Information Systems & Business, and a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation.

Robert Wiseman CFA, FRM, CIPM 

VP, Investor Relations Advisory

Bob is an experienced capital markets professional with a keen understanding of global financial markets.  He has a solid foundation in client relationship management, financial analysis, investment strategy, financial risk management, investment performance measurement and investment reporting. 

 

Bob spent many years interacting with global portfolio managers helping them devise strategies to meet their objectives in an increasingly volatile market.  This understanding of the investment management process provides Bob with the tools needed to develop effective communication strategies for his clients.

 

Bob earned his Honours Bachelor of Arts at Western University majoring in Economics.  He has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and the Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement (CIPM) from the CFA Institute as well as the Financial Risk Manager (FRM) designation from the Global Association of Risk Managers (GARP). 

 

Strategic Advisors

Chris Gostling

Senior Associate, Branding & Communications

Chris brings 20 years of experience in helping organizations tell a better story. His focus has been leading client teams through the restructuring of corporate communications, collateral requirements, and brand identity. Chris has the experience in developing both print and digital communications. This includes investment relations collateral, and corporate discovery material. 

 

From the analysis of an organization’s existing efforts, through an entire brand strategy rollout, Chris can align teams of developers, data scientists, and communicators around one vision and rationale. He provides thought leadership, and attention to detail, to deliver on objectives.

 

Chris studied Graphic Design at Canadore College in North Bay, ON, and was recognized by Marketing Magazine as one of Canada’s “One’s To Watch - 30 under 30”.

Gregory McKenzie BA Honours

Senior Associate, Web Development

Gregory is a content-oriented creative developer who leads a team of digital multimedia experts that specialize in everything from website development to applications, custom programming, video, photography and audio production.

 

Gregory has delivered hundreds of projects within a variety of sectors, successfully providing turn-key solutions to a diverse group of clients for over a decade.

 

Gregory earned his Honours Bachelor of Arts at Wilfrid Laurier University where he focused on communications technologies and multimedia development.

Jacob Reeleder

Senior Associate, Content Creation

Jacob’s diverse set of skills come from years working in the education and writing sectors. Teaching presentation skills to business professionals, writing TV scripts and creative pieces, and providing strong SEO analytics insights on website and content are the unique skills he has blended together to help many different companies tell their unique story. 

 

Jacob uses data analytics, SEO, and best-practices for organic content that develops a clear message for clients to share with their stakeholders. At Storyboard, he is here to help clients elevate their story. 

 

Jacob earned his Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from St. Thomas University.

Savana Tagliafierro

Associate, Graphic Design

Savana is a graphic design and creative arts professional who is passionate about developing visual experiences at Storyboard to convey key messages in an effective way.

 

She works directly with the operations team to assist with the timely and consistent delivery of services, products, and solutions for Storyboard’s team members, partners, and clients.

 

Savana studied Graphic Design at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) and is currently expanding her knowledge-base with additional studies at the George Brown College School of Design in Toronto.