Officers & Directors
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.
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.
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.
Director, Chair of Audit Committee
Ms. Rees has over 35 years of experience in public accounting. She spent 18 years as a partner with Ernst & Young LLP with 14 of these years focused on acquisitions, mergers and corporate restructuring. Elise has also been the global client-coordinating partner for services to the BC Credit Union Industry. Elise is a Chartered Professional Accountant and obtained her FCPA and FCA designation from the Insititute of Chartered Accountants of BC in 2010. In 2007, Elise was honoured with the Influential Women in Business Award and the Ernst & Young Rosemarie Meschi Award for Advancing Gender Diversity and in 2012 with the Community Builder Award.
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.
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.
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.