As President and Chief Operating Officer for Best Buy Canada, Ron guides the vision and strategic direction for the organization.
Following the commencement of his tenure in March 2013, Ron has overseen a strategic plan driving the company towards providing a seamless Total Retail experience for our customers’ connected worlds. Ron’s leadership has been instrumental in introducing an operating model that builds long-term relationships with customers, and provides excellent after-care support and service.
Recognized as a proven innovator and a decisive leader, Ron began his career in retail 26 years ago on the frontlines of an Edmonton Future Shop store. Having led numerous areas of the company including Merchandising, Operations, Marketing, and eCommerce, Ron harnesses an invaluable insight into strategic business operations.
Ron continues to lead the charge through introducing innovative ideas, including the company’s recent growth into expanded product assortment online, reserve and pick-up in store program, and optimizing the company’s delivery and fulfilment systems.
Ron serves on the Board of Directors for the Retail Council of Canada.
Philippe Arrata is the Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Best Buy Canada Ltd.
Over his 20 year career, Phil has focused on the design and implementation of transformation strategies to drive organizational growth and efficiency. He has a unique combination of strategy experience with McKinsey & Co. and operating experience with Best Buy Canada. Phil’s strength lies in building strategies and change management plans that are both results and people oriented.
Phil’s responsibilities at Best Buy are a combination of end-to-end profit centers and corporate support functions. Some of the departments under his leadership include Best Buy for Business, IT, Supply Chain & Logistics, and Customer Experience. His leadership style is very people oriented. Phil emphasizes talent acquisition and development to create innovative high-performance teams to meet the demands of the ever-changing retail environment.
Phil is a member of Mountain Equipment Co-op’s Board of Directors where he chairs the Finance and Audit Committee. He is also an Associate Professor at UBC's MBA program where he teaches strategy and finance. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from McGill University.
As Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Best Buy Canada, Earl sets the tone and direction for the organization on everything from capital allocation and controls to operational efficiency and accountability for results. Responsible for the Accounting, Financial Planning & Analysis and Tax functions, he plays an integral role in the development of strategic growth plans, and provides analysis of and sound guidance around the achievement of the company’s financial vision and goals.
With over 20 years of progressive experience in finance, internal audit and treasury, Earl is known for his ability to build, coach, and inspire engaged and effective teams across diverse functions. A passionate and creative leader, he proactively identifies opportunities, drives innovation, and transforms strategic plans into tangible results.
Prior to joining Best Buy Canada, Earl held senior finance positions with multinational consumer-packaged food and retail companies, including the roles of Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis for Canadian Tire and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the Campbell Company of Canada.
Earl holds a Chartered Accountant designation and sits on the Finance Committee, Pension Committee, and Board of Governors for the University of Guelph, where he received his Bachelors in Economics. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Toronto-based Grace Kennedy Foods.
As Senior Vice President of eCommerce for Best Buy Canada, Thierry Hay-Sabourin oversees the company’s rapid growth in Total Retail and continued expansion into the online market. Responsible for the eCommerce strategy and vision for the organization, Thierry has been instrumental in the development of the company’s online approach and emergence as a leader in Canadian ecommerce.
Since 2004, Thierry has played an integral role in the management and innovation behind the Best Buy website. He has spearheaded many significant projects including the introduction of the company’s online community forums and blog platforms. Thierry has been instrumental in bringing Best Buy Canada’s Total Retail initiatives to life, such as launching Reserve and Pick Up, eReceipts, Multi-Channel Fulfilment, Delivery Promise, Ship-from-store, and Marketplace. These initiatives contributed to Best Buy Canada being awarded with ‘Best Omni-Channel Retailer Award’ at the Canada Post eCommerce Innovation Awards in 2014, 2015, and 2016, and named winner of the ‘Omni-Channel Award’ at the 2016 and 2017 Retail Council of Canada Excellence in Retailing Awards.
Thierry holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from HEC Montréal, where he was also a part of the first cohort in Canada to achieve a Graduate Degree in eCommerce.
Mat Povse is the Senior Vice President of Retail and Geek Squad Services at Best Buy Canada. In this role, he is responsible for the employee and customer experience, sales and profits for over 180 retail stores across Canada as well as the development and fulfilment of Geek Squad programs and services.
Mat joined Best Buy in March of 2014 as Vice President of Merchandising responsible for Home Theatre, Audio, Wireless, Digital Imaging, Geek Squad, and was instrumental in the development and execution of the Major Appliances expansion plan in Canada. Since then, he has held numerous leadership roles, most recently as Vice President of Geek Squad Services.
Mat has a passion for inspiring people and teams, and has a knack for facilitating productive alignment between organizations. Mat’s multi-faceted experiences and work including service centric organizations has proven valuable in areas of convergence where he leads the optimization of current capabilities for future state, develops new and innovative partnerships, and integrates services at retail - all of which have helped to enhance Best Buy’s Total Retail experience and set foundations for future growth.
Prior to Best Buy, Mat was Vice President of Sales for LG Electronics and has also held key positions at Compaq, TELUS & XM Satellite Radio.
Mat holds a Bachelor of General Studies, Business and Liberal Arts from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia.
As Senior Vice President of Merchandising for Best Buy Canada, Tony is responsible for the vision and sets the strategy for all merchandising execution, vendor partnerships, and store design initiatives. A proven leader, Tony continues to exert an innovative approach that serves the organization well, delivering exceptional results during times of exponential growth, as well as during periods of volatility and difficult market conditions.
Throughout his 26-year career with the company, Tony has played a significant leadership role in the launch of many strategic initiatives. This has included the introduction of Best Buy into the Canadian market, stewardship of the vendor partnership store-within-a-store program, and the launch of numerous exclusives into the Canadian market.
A humble and passionate leader, Tony is renowned for his natural leadership skills just as much as he is for a collaborative approach to team-building. Developing his leadership skills on a global scale has allowed Tony to strengthen the cohesiveness of the teams he oversees, while encouraging the potential of each of his team members.
As Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Best Buy Canada, Angela leads a comprehensive range of business areas including Brand and Creative Services, Retail Marketing, Media, Advertising, Video and Print Production, Loyalty and CRM, Consumer Insights, Public Relations, Corporate Communications, Community Investment and Digital Communications.
Since joining the executive leadership team at Best Buy Canada in 2010, Angela has guided the vision and direction of the Best Buy brand across the country. A champion of best-in-class marketing solutions and innovation within the organization, she has spearheaded comprehensive marketing strategies and major initiatives such as, the restructuring of the unified, reinvigorated Best Buy brand, and the unveiling of the new, industry-leading Experience Stores across Canada.
Angela’s marketing career has spanned more than 25 years, having worked with a diverse set of clients including those based in retail, food and beverage, energy conservation, lotto and automotive. Her portfolio also includes DDB Canada where she was Managing Director for DDB Kid Think and VP/Director of Client Services. With an energetic spirit which infuses all aspects of her work, Angela is known for her people-first leadership style and ability to inspire teams to do their best work. She has published a number of articles on marketing and advertising, produced proprietary retail premiums and launched four youth publications.
Chris Taylor is the Chief Human Resources Officer for Best Buy Canada. In this role, he oversees the wellbeing of more than 12,000 employees across the country, leading the HR teams supporting all Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores, distribution centres, and the corporate headquarters in Burnaby, B.C.
Chris joined the company in 2004 as a Human Resources Manager and has served in a breadth of human resources, talent development and employee relations leadership roles since, most recently as Vice President, Human Resources.
A natural innovator and champion of corporate culture and change management, Chris has led the company through key growth and rewards initiatives over the years that have advanced Best Buy Canada to becoming one of the top employers in Canada.
Prior to joining Best Buy, Chris held leadership roles with The Home Depot and Office Depot.
Chris holds a CPHR designation, along with an MBA from the University of Fredericton.