Scout Zoo is the sports recruitment app that looks at talent - not just stats - where players can upload videos of their best plays for scouts to review. Pre-register now for first access when we launch!
Jadan Claire, 26, was born and raised in Vancouver BC and is the founder of Scout Zoo International. He has had a life long passion for sports and business. In 2014, he combined his two greatest passions in life to create a reliable platform to connect players with recruiters. Jadan’s commitment to sports has provided him insight into the specific qualities required to lead a successful scouting company.
From a young age, Jadan gained exposure to the business industry through working for his father’s company. As the founder of Scout Zoo International, Jadan’s business philosophy entails implementing a platform allowing players and recruiters to connect professionally and personally.
Mike Penny, 67, was named the director of player personnel of the Maple Leafs on July 31, 2000. In the summer of 2002 he added the assistant general manager portfolio to his duties. In his role, Penny is consulted on all team personnel decisions and manages the areas of amateur and pro scouting and administrative duties assigned by the general manager. In addition, he is the general manager of the Maple Leafs’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, and is directly responsible for all player personnel assignments with the team’s minor league affiliates.
Prior to joining the Maple Leafs, Penny spent the previous 20 seasons with the Vancouver Canucks. During Penny’s tenure in Vancouver he held several positions such as assistant general manager, director of player development and scouting, and chief scout. Most recently he was in the role of vice-president, amateur scouting. He was named to that position in August of 1988.
The Montreal native was also an amateur scout with the New York Rangers from 1969-1975.
Mo is the director of strategy at Skyrocket, a Vancouver-based digital branding agency. His day-to-day consists of brainstorming ideas with potential to turn client companies into brand powerhouses.
But, of course, that wasn’t always the case. Mo left business school to work as a software engineer in Silicon Valley, only to return several years later, after the bubble burst, to start a festival dedicated to bhangra-style dance that eventually grew to a nine-day celebration reaching tens of thousands of people.
Mo’s business acumen wasn’t dormant for long though, and he soon joined Hamazaki Wong to develop strategies for brands like BMW, Air Canada, Coast Capital Savings and FortisBC. In 2011, he co-founded Skyrocket with a mission to transform the relationship companies have with their audiences through creative brand strategy. Although Skyrocket takes up most of his time, somehow, Mo remains active in the arts and culture community.
Robert Allen is an experienced executive with over 25 years of business experience as either a CEO or CFO for public and private companies. His responsibilities include leading corporate development and growth of mid-cap companies as well as early-stage start-ups. His portfolio includes several successful “turn arounds” and an extensive background in capital markets and M&A, where he has raised more than $4 Billion. Lately, he has been involved in startups where he has financed and publicly listed two companies on the TSX in the past two years.
With over twenty-five years of experience, Manjit Claire is a leading specialist in commercial, investment, and foreclosure transactions. His market knowledge is extensive, having worked with both large and small-scale projects in land, development, office, retail, hotels, and properties under foreclosure. He has worked with numerous nationwide financial institutions during the insolvency proceedings, including Canadian Western Bank, TD Canada Trust, and GVC Credit Union, as well as private lenders, and law firms. Today he is the president of president of three companies: Space in Time Project Management; Manjit Claire PREC; and Claire Holdings Ltd.
Born and raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and now resides in St. Albert, Alberta with his wife Jenessa and daughter Evera. Cris began his inor hockey career in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and ended in Red Deer, Alberta playing for the Midget AAA Optimist Rebels. He then moved back to Saskatchewan to play Junior A hockey in the SJHL for 3 years. After finishing his junior career as the captain of the Battlefords North Stars, he accepted a hockey scholarship to the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology College in Calgary where he studied Power Engineering and Petroleum Engineering. After the completion of both Engineering programs, he continued to play hockey in the Alberta Senior Men’s AAA hockey league. Cris has now decided to step away from playing and focus on scouting.
Harrison was a former standout goaltender in the BCHL. He played his first two years for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. He then moved on to play for the Merritt Centennials, where he was awarded MVP of the All-Star game. After his junior career, he went on to play CIS hockey for the University of Ottawa where he graduated with a BA in Arts with a minor in Geography. In 2014, he went on to play professional hockey in Australia for the Newcastle North Stars Hockey Club.
After finishing his hockey career, Harrison became a certified personal trainer while transitioning to coaching goaltenders. He currently coaches goaltenders in the Lower Mainland in Vancouver.