Bill Dowd, President & CEO
Bill Dowd founded the company in 1989, recognizing the need for a humane approach to wildlife control services. He steered the company from its humble beginnings in Hamilton with one service truck to a national provider with 35 employees and 20 service vehicles. Bill is committed to growing the business into new markets, expanding the service offerings as well as ensuring exceptional customer service. Bill has an Honours Bachelor of Physical Education from Brock University and had a noteworthy hockey career. From 1980 to 1983, he played for the Ontario Hockey League with the Ottawa 67’s and then from 1983 to 1985 with the New York Islanders minor leagues. From 1986 to 1989, Bill played for the Brock University Badgers Varsity Hockey Club. He currently coaches minor hockey in the Hamilton area.
Barry J. Dowd, COO
Barry earned his BBA from Wilfrid Laurier in 1992 and became a Chartered Accountant in 1994. Shortly after becoming a CA Barry co-founded Dowd & Connick Chartered Accountants, growing it into a successful regional accounting firm in the Hamilton area before selling it to one of his partners in 1999. Barry became the CEO of the Hamilton/ Burlington SPCA in 2000, leading the $5 million organization through a corporate and financial reorganization and information systems overhaul from 2000 until his departure in 2004. Most recently, Barry was the President of IBI Corp a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner specializing in the implementation of Microsoft Business Solutions.
Corey Lewis, Director of Technical Operations
Corey has been in the wildlife control industry for more than fifteen years. He has served on the Board of Environment Hamilton and as a Natural Environment Advisor for the Region of Niagara’s Water Quality Protection Strategy. He was a recipient of the Dr. Victor Cecilioni “Environmentalist of the Year Award” in 2001 and the “National Wildlife Technician of the Year” Award in 2001/2002. He is also a member of the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club and the Ontario Field Ornithologists. Corey has a diploma in Fish & Wildlife Technology.
Brandon Crawford, Business Development Manager
Brandon started his career with Skedaddle 2002 after earning a diploma in Fish and Wildlife Management from Sir Sanford Fleming College. He also has extensive training and experience in attic restoration and insulation Installation, backed by certified Ontario Energy Audit training. He has ladder and roof safety training with full fall restraint certification as well as being certified train employees in the use and maintenance of personal respirators and related safety equipment. He is fully certified and licenced for boom lift operation for small to 125 foot lifts.
Ryan Rainville, Regional Supervisor and Marketing
Ryan began with the company as a summer student in 2002. He has a B.A. in Business Administration and an MBA from Brock University. He spent a semester at the European Business School in Germany and has completed internships with the Ontario Ministry of Finance and Canadian Tire Corporation. Ryan began managing the Montreal area operations in 2011. He brings experience in marketing and a focus on customer service to his position as Regional Supervisor and Marketing.
Chris Grabas, Regional Supervisor – Montreal
Chris obtained his DEC in Industrial Electronics 2003 from Vanier College, and his DEC in Environmental & Wildlife Management (formerly Ecological Technology) from Vanier College 2007. He has been a National Canadian Soccer Referee since 2010, won the 2010 Referee Builder Award for Bourassa Region for Quebec Soccer Federation’s 100 year Anniversary, and is currently completing a BSc in Environmental Geography at Concordia University.
Highlights of the background and combined experience of our five Technician Supervisors:
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science
Fish & Wildlife Technician Diploma
Diploma in Construction & 15 years in the construction industry
Diploma in Forest Recreation Technology
Worked at the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Dept. of the Interior (raptor research, bat census)