Officers & Directors

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Ross Smith
Chair, Director

Mr. Smith is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia with extensive experience in accounting and consulting and has served major public and private companies from and 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.

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Matthew Hills

Mr. Hills was a Managing Director of LLM Capital Partners, a private equity firm, through 2019. He was previously the senior partner at BG Affiliates, the private equity group that acquired the Corporation in 1997. Mr. Hills has also held positions at Signature Capital, LEK Partnership, Drexel Burnham Lambert and Bain & Company. Mr. Hills provides advisory consulting services to the Corporation. 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 most recently served as the Chief Executive Officer for Staples Retail Inc.,where he has held several positions of increased responsibility since 1991. Mr. Matyas previously served as Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer at Flertom Investments Inc., a chain of card, gift, and stationary stores. He held the same position at SuperPharm Ltd., a chain of franchised pharmacies.

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Michael Percy

Mr. Percy most recently served as the Chief of Staff to Premier Prentice of Alberta; prior to this, Dr. Percy was a Professor of Strategic Management at the Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta and served as Dean at the Alberta School of Business for three consecutive terms. Mr. Percy received a BA (Honours) from the University of Victoria, and an MA(Economics) and a 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 34 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.