TORONTO, December 8, 2017 – Woodbine Entertainment (Woodbine) today announced the appointment of Mr. Bob Aziz and Mr. Ed Hannah to its Board of Directors.
Mr. Aziz is the Executive Vice-President & Chief Legal Officer for the Oxford Properties Group responsible for overseeing management of legal risk in respect of Oxford’s business operations in Canada, the United States and Europe. He is also the Lead Director for Brewers Retail Ltd., one of four independent directors appointed to the board of the Beer Store by the Ontario Government.
Mr. Aziz is the Member of Management Committee for Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and current board member and past Board Chair and Campaign Chair of The Lighthouse. He served as Chair of the Board of the Oakville Hospital Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors of the Sick Kids Foundation.
In addition, Mr. Aziz has been appointed to the organization’s Governance and Compliance Committee.
Mr. Hannah is the Founding Partner for the Karama Investment Partnership, which provides strategic and transaction consulting services to various clients involved in venture investing, agriculture, gaming and horse racing.
Mr. Hannah currently serves on board of The Dave Andreychuk Foundation and serves as a Director of the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Science, a registered charity promoting science in Canadian schools. Mr. Hannah has served on many boards including the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation., Pro-Elite Inc., Sun-Times Media Group Inc., Score Media Inc. and as Chair of Canadiana Financial Corporation.
Mr. Hannah will serve on the organization’s Audit Committee.
“Mr. Aziz and Mr. Hannah are marvellous additions to our board,” said Mr. Clay Horner, Chairman of the Board, Woodbine Entertainment. “Bob has tremendous experience, knowledge and skill in property risk management, welcome attributes as Woodbine develops its vast land development holdings, while Ed’s expertise in business strategy in the area of agriculture, gaming and horse racing are valuable as we continue to ensure a thriving horse racing and breeding industry well into the future.”
“The executive management team at Woodbine looks forward to working with Bob, Ed and the rest of the board in strengthening our position as a world-class sports and entertainment industry leader, and property development visionary,” said Mr. Jim Lawson, Woodbine CEO. “We are resolute in our commitment to fulfilling Woodbine’s core mandate as a provider of high quality horse racing.”
About Woodbine Entertainment
With roots dating back to 1881, Woodbine Entertainment is the largest horse racing operator in Canada, showcasing world-renowned horse racing at our facilities at Woodbine in Toronto (home of the iconic Queen’s Plate) and Milton (host of the storied Pepsi North America Cup). At 684 acres, the Woodbine Racetrack site is the largest, contiguously owned parcel of land remaining largely undeveloped in the City of Toronto. It is comparable in size to Toronto’s downtown core stretching from Spadina Ave. to Church St. and from the waterfront north to Queen St. Woodbine is the leading member of the Standardbred Alliance and the single operator of Teletheatres in Ontario, and Account Wagering, available through www.HPIbet.com, across Canada. Woodbine Entertainment is designated as a Caring Company with Imagine Canada, and gives back through the WEGcares Community Investment Program.