Officers & Directors

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Ross Smith
Chair, Director

Mr. Smith is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia with extensive experience in accounting and consulting, and has served major public and private companies from an audit and securities perspective. He had a 35-year career at KPMG LLP where he held various roles, including Senior Partner for British Columbia, prior to his retirement in 1998. In 2010, Mr. Smith was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia. Mr. Smith is chair of the boards of Kal Tire Holdings Ltd, and N&T Properties Ltd., a member of the boards of Canfor Corporation, and Rotherham Holdings Ltd. He is also a member of the Canadian Advisory Board of Marsh Canada Limited. He is also a former member of the board of HSBC Bank Canada and a former Governor of the University of British Columbia.

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Matthew Hills

Mr. Hills is a Managing Director of LLM Capital Partners, a private equity firm. He was the senior partner at BG Affiliates, the private equity group that acquired the Corporation in 1997. Matt has also held positions at Signature Capital, LEK Partnership, Drexel Burnham Lambert and Bain & Company. Mr. Hills provides advisory consulting services to the Corporation primarily in the area of acquisitions. Mr. Hills is a director of Vology Inc., Berkshire Income Realty and a director for hedge funds managed by Basso Capital Management. He received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA (Economics and Politics) from Brandeis University.

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Steven Matyas

Mr. Matyas is President of North American Retail for Staples Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS), where he has held various positions since 1991. Mr. Matyas previously served as Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer at Flertom Investments Inc., a chain of card, gift, and stationery stores. He held the same position at SuperPharm Ltd., a chain of franchised pharmacies. Mr. Matyas is a director of the Ryerson University School of Retail Advisory Board and is a director of the University of Alberta School of Retail Advisory Board, as well as a director of the Baycrest Hospital Foundation. Mr. Matyas received a BSc (Genetics) from the University of Toronto.

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Michael Percy

Michael Percy is Dean, emeritus at the Alberta School of Business for the University of Alberta. Previous to this he served as the Chief of Staff to Premier Jim Prentice of Alberta and was a Professor of Strategic Management in the School of Business at the University of Alberta and served as Dean, School of Business for three consecutive terms. Mike received a BA (Honours) from the University of Victoria, and an MA (Economics) and PhD (Economics) from Queen’s University.

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Linda McCurdy
Director, President & Chief Executive Officer

Ms. McCurdy joined K-Bro in May 1998 as Chief Financial Officer and became President & Chief Executive Officer in January 2000. Prior to joining K-Bro, she was Chief Financial Officer of Canadian Inovotech Inc., a biochemical products processor. Ms. McCurdy’s prior experience also includes six years at the Overwaitea Food Group where she held a number of financial positions. Ms. McCurdy is a Certified General Accountant and has an MBA from the University of Western Ontario.

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Sean Curtis
Senior Vice-President

Mr. Curtis joined K-Bro in 1984 and has over 30 years of experience in the laundry and linen services industry. As Senior Vice President, Mr. Curtis works directly with K-Bro’s President & CEO in the areas of plant expansions, capital equipment installations and business development into new markets.

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Kristie Plaquin
Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Plaquin has been with K-Bro since 2001 and was the Chief Financial Officer from January 2004 through May 2005 during which time the company completed its Initial Public Offering and debt financings. After stepping away from K-Bro for a year through 2005 - 2006, Ms. Plaquin has served as Director of Financial Planning during which time she has played a lead role in all of K-Bro's growth and financing initiatives. Ms. Plaquin joined K-Bro from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta and a Chartered Accountant designation.