Team

Three Generations of Leadership

From a small family business to a diversified holding company, we’ve been growing businesses for 70 years. 

Planning for growth requires a nuanced and tailored approach. Implementing best practices such as quarterly business reviews, executive coaching, performance audits, and long-term strategic planning, allows us to cultivate growth strategies specific to each scenario. 

Our seasoned leadership team has extensive expertise in acquisitions, growth and revitalization, divestiture and have served on the executive teams and boards of TSX-listed companies.

Leadership

Allan Skidmore

Chief Executive Officer

With over 30 years of experience in senior management roles, Allan Skidmore provides invaluable vision and leadership to Skidmore Group. Mr. Skidmore has served as a director of TSX-listed companies as well as Chairman of the Vancouver Board of Trade.

Garry Skidmore

President

Garry Skidmore serves as the President of Skidmore Group. He has 23 years of hands-on operational experience in senior management, franchising, partnerships and sole ownership. As a leader of the Skidmore Group, Garry provides investment direction, operational expertise and strategy to the portfolio companies. During his tenure, Garry has successfully bought and revitalized dozens of organizations. He has a Bachelor of Business degree from Trinity Western University.

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Rick Christiaanse

Chief Commercial Officer

Rick Christiaanse is an award-winning senior executive with a track record of driving profits and enterprise value. His breadth of experience working for both multinationals and startups include Telus, ClearNet and GLENTEL. Rick has in-depth knowledge of both private and public sectors and an international background in Europe, Asia and North America. Rick has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia and a Chartered Director in Corporate Governance from McMaster University.

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Todd Nelson

Director of Finance

Todd Nelson joined the Skidmore Group in August 2016 as Director of Finance for TCG Capital, a newly created investing entity. His responsibilities include overseeing and reporting on the activities of a number of the Skidmore family's private entities and endeavours, including accounting, tax, financing, investing and property management. Todd brings 25 years of experience in public practice, private industry and the public sector, including his 15-year tenure as the head of finance for a retail chain of major appliance stores in British Columbia.

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Rody van Vianen

Manager of Business Improvement

Rody enjoys being part of the Skidmore team since joining the company in early 2016. In his role as a Manager of Process Improvement, Rody facilitates and supports executive decision making through financial and strategic data analysis, which ranges anywhere from software selection, product portfolio decisions to reviewing potential merger & acquisition opportunities. In addition, his experience at GLENTEL, Accenture and the Law Society allows him to work with the local brand teams to implement the strategic and process improvement initiatives selected by the management team. Rody loves teamwork, and the fact that there is never a dull moment at Skidmore Group. After completing his Bachelor’s degree in International Business, Rody has successfully pursued Master degrees in Marketing and Information Management at Macquarie University, Sydney, and the University of Amsterdam, respectively.

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MaryAnn Giardini

Legal and Executive Assistant

MaryAnn Giardini joined Skidmore in 2016 as Legal and Executive Assistant. MaryAnn has over 30 years of legal experience primarily in the areas of corporate commercial, real estate and securities law working in major law firms in Vancouver and publicly traded companies. MaryAnn provides administrative support to our Executive Team. She received her Paralegal Diploma from Capilano University.

Mike Kim

Senior Accountant

Mike is a CPA with a BBA in Accounting from SFU. He comes to us from public practice where he has 10 years of experience in assurance, consolidation, full-cycle accounting, financial analysis and reporting and taxation services. He has worked with construction, manufacturing, real estate and professional services companies.

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Yuqi Zhong

Marketing Specialist

Yuqi brings a wealth of knowledge to the team with previous experience in Marketing, Graphic Design, Research, and Project Management. Yuqi holds a Master degree in Marketing, Multimedia & Consumption, and also holds certifications in Google AdWords and Graphic Design. She has lived in China, France and Quebec and speaks 4 languages.

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Cameron Skidmore

Business Development

Cameron Skidmore is a fourth-generation leader of his family business, Skidmore Group located in Metro Vancouver. Cameron has propelled himself into areas of his career that will foresee his success in developing and disrupting industries. Cameron is currently enrolled in the school of business at Trinity Western University and will be graduating in 2020 with a BBA in Marketing and Leadership & Management. In addition to his studies, Cameron is the Business Development Manager of the Skidmore Group’s high-end retail signage division, Apollo Sign & Millwork Ltd. Cameron’s goals are to oversee both Apollo’s and the Skidmore Group’s continued growth in Canada and internationally. Following close to both his grandfather’s and father’s footsteps, Cameron continually strives to push boundaries and surpass the expectations of the business marketplace. He has a heart for philanthropy and looks forward to the future where he plans to develop a personal foundation that will oversee the facilitation of young entrepreneurs.

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