Executive and Operations Staff
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Williams was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, where he still resides.
Awarded the Rhodes Scholarship in 1969, Mr. Williams received a degree in Arts in Law from Oxford University in England, and then returned to Canada to earn a Bachelor of Law degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax. Building one of the most successful practices in Atlantic Canada, his legal career included successfully representing the wrongfully convicted, victims of sexual abuse, and high profile murder trials.
Mr. Williams also led a consortium seeking Newfoundland and Labrador’s first cable television license, establishing of one of the largest communications companies in Atlantic Canada. He later sold this company in a multi-hundred million-dollar transaction. His other business interests have included ventures in offshore oil and gas, the tourism industry through the building and operation of three golf courses, and significant real estate holdings.
Mr. Williams has served as Chair of the Canadian Parliamentary Channel, Chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation, Chair of the Provincial Government Offshore Oil Impact Advisory Council, and a member of charitable organizations such as the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Iris Kirby House, and the Vera Perlin Society. Donating his entire political salary, he also founded the Williams Family Foundation, which focuses mainly on assisting sick children in need.
Some of the recognitions and honours Mr. Williams has received include: Honourary Fellow of the Waterford Institute of Technology of Ireland; Honourary Doctorate from the University of PEI; member of the Queen’s Counsel; member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Business Hall of Fame; Corporate Knights of Canada Award of Distinction; Institute of Governance’s Modern Maker of Canada; honourary designation from the Mi’Kmaq Nation; the Ches Loughlin Conservation Award; and many other business, sport and voluntary awards and distinction.
On October 21, 2003, Mr. Williams became the 9th Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador. Among his greatest accomplishments as Premier was negotiating groundbreaking agreements with the largest oil and gas companies in the world resulting in unprecedented equity stakes, royalty rates and local benefits. Under his leadership, the province also achieved “have” status for the first time in confederation, and dramatically improved the financial status of the province. Among many other accomplishments, his government implemented a nation-leading Poverty Reduction Strategy, the most attractive Student Aid Program in the country and an international multi award-winning tourism marketing campaign.
Mr. Williams has been actively involved in hockey as a player and coach, was the founder and president of the St. John’s Junior Hockey League, was instrumental in bringing the St. John’s Maple Leafs AHL team to St. John’s, was a significant driver in building Mile One Centre, and served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
Chief Operating Officer
Glenn Stanford is a well-respected sports executive at the American Hockey League, with an extensive background in sports management, marketing and national entertainment events.
An American Hockey League mainstay since 1991, when the St. John’s Maple Leafs were born, Stanford has spent the past 25 years managing and directing the business operations of four professional sports franchises and related properties, including the Maple Leafs (AHL, 1991-2005), Idaho Steelheads (ECHL, 2005-2007), Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL, 2007-2011), and St. John’s IceCaps (AHL, 2011-present).
He was part of two championship teams, as the Steelheads captured the Kelly Cup when he was at the helm, and the Bulldogs won the 2007 AHL Calder Cup. Stanford is also a four-time American Hockey League award winner. He was awarded the James Hendy Award as the league’s top executive twice in 2002 and 2012, and the Thomas Ebright Award for lifelong contribution to the AHL in 2005. Stanford also received the Ken McKenzie Award in 1997 for outstanding promotion of the AHL in St. John’s.
In addition, Stanford was named the 2004 Canadian Special Olympics Sports Celebrities Festival National Volunteer of the Year, and one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEOs. In 2002, Stanford was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for significant contributions to Canada. Stanford is a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer and Basketball Halls of Fame as a player and the Newfoundland and Labrador Hockey Hall of Fame as a builder.
Contact Glenn at [email protected].
Senior Director, Hockey Operations and Community Relations
A Mount Pearl native, Trevor returned to his home province in 2011, having spent the previous three seasons in community partnerships with the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League. Prior to moving to Edmonton, Trevor spent eight years with Hockey Canada’s Atlantic Regional Centre in Saint John, NB.
Murphy served as General Manager for Team Atlantic U17 and U18 Programs from 2004-2008, coached at the 1999 Canada Winter Games and has served in various capacities at various Regional, National and International Tournaments.
He has been involved in coaching for over 25 years at various levels of minor hockey and in 2016 was presented with the Hockey NL Joe Byrne Development Award for his contributions to hockey.
Contact Trevor at [email protected].
Director of Communications
A native of St. John’s, David has nearly 25 years of media experience and seven years in public relations with the governments of Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia. David has a Bachelor of Arts degree (English) from Memorial University and Bachelor of Journalism from the University of King’s College.
Contact David at [email protected].
Director of Corporate Partnerships, Sales, and Digital Media
A Mount Pearl native, Samantha brings a colourful background of experience to our team across sales and marketing. Before taking a position with the IceCaps in 2013, Samantha ran her own technology company out of Toronto. In addition, she brings an international perspective to our team having previously lived and worked in Asia, Europe, and South America.
Contact Samantha at [email protected]
Manager of Game Presentation
Coordinator, Community Relations and Fan Experience
Manager of Marketing and Digital Media