President, RGC & Associates Inc.
Since 2017 Mr. Close is the President of RGC & Associates Inc., a privately-held consulting company. He was recently the CEO of Pelmorex Media (The Weather Network) and was Executive Entrepreneur-in-Residence at The Ivey School of Business, and at MaRS Discovery District. He has been a director on several boards including Pelmorex, The Globe and Mail, Canada Media Fund, CTVglobemedia, MaRS Innovation and MaRS Discovery District. Mr. Close has had a distinguished career as a senior executive at several companies, from smaller start-ups (co-founder/CEO of Netcom Canada) to large corporations (at BCE he was President, Bell New Ventures, also overseeing Sympatico-MSN).
Mr. Close holds an HBA degree from the Ivey School of Business (1981). He is past-Chair of the Ivey Entrepreneurship Council and past-Chair of Ability Online, a charitable organization for children with disabilities. Mr. Close is also a trustee/director of Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company. He is also Leadership and Strategic Advisor to Sagard Holdings and to Portag3 Ventures and works with several start-ups in Fintech. He is past-Chair of the Toronto Chapter of Young Presidents Organization and is a current member of YPO gold.