Matt Afinec named new Ticats president

From the hall outside the second-floor Hamilton Tiger-Cat offices at Tim Hortons Field Matt Afinec can look through the north end zone and see the church where he was christened.

And on Tuesday afternoon at the stadium, where Hamiltonians gather for a more secular type of worship, the Ticats announced that Afinec is their new president and chief operating officer.

“I’m humbled and honoured and thankful to Scott and Bob (Young) for the opportunity,” said Afinec. “And to the fans and corporate partners who have made us a success.”

The 38-year-old Burlington native, who’s been with the Ticats since 2010, has been the Ticats executive vice-president of business for three years. His grandparents owned a house a the corner of Lottridge and Cannon Streets and both his father and grandfather attended Prince of Wales School, which is 50 metres from the main gate of Tim Hortons Field.

“Matt’s done a fantastic job with the organization,” said Ticats CEO Scott Mitchell. “He’s been with the Bob Young group of companies for nearly 10 years and has really been the lead executive running the business operations of the Tiger-Cats the past couple of years. He’s the right guy to lead the Ticat business operations in the next phase, and of course a guy with deep, great Hamilton and regional roots. It’s fantastic to have him in the role.”

Mitchell says the organizational structure won’t change, with football operations reporting directly to him and Afinec reporting directly to him on all sides of the business interests of the company. Mitchell, who’s busy in a number of ventures for Young’s group of companies (including the Canadian Premier Soccer League), said he’ll still work closely with Afinec but will now be able to get back to spending more time helping with the football operations side of the franchise.

Prior to joining the Ticats, Afinec spent five years with the Toronto Argonauts. He oversaw revenue for the 2007 Grey Cup, the first held in Toronto in 25 years and that’s where he first met Mitchell.

Afinec graduated from Burlington’s Lester B Pearson High School and studied industrial relations at McGill University.

Steve Milton

Steve Milton

Steve Milton is a long-time columnist for the Hamilton Spectator and was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame media wing in 2012.
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10 Comments on Matt Afinec named new Ticats president

  1. ArgoDiva // June 12, 2018 at 8:30 pm //

    So proud of my friend, Matt. He knows business and will do an amazing job, as he has done for many years. The only sad part is he’s with the Ti-Cats. WTG, Matty!

  2. Unreal ownership from Bob Young.
    Thank you.

  3. Can he block or catch? Hope so–18 years and counting…Cats fans. hahaha

  4. mr62cats // June 12, 2018 at 10:09 pm //

    Looks like a good move. Hometown boy who grew up down the street from the stadium……and now he is President of the Tiger-Cats! Can’t get much more local than that.

  5. Congrats to Matt!

    Now, about that lousy food, disorganized and poorly trained concessions staff, and long waits to be served the former by the latter… you’re the right guy to ask about that stuff, I hope?

  6. At the end of the day Cats fans should consider themselves lucky to have Bob Young as the teams owner.

    • Philski // June 13, 2018 at 4:00 am //

      Agree. Have never dissed the Caretaker. Especially if you followed this team in the late 80’s and early 90’s and the Braley/”community based group” debacle.

  7. brian johnson // June 13, 2018 at 10:08 am //

    Good luck Matty!! You will need it in the zoo

  8. Ron Tuthill // June 14, 2018 at 12:57 am //

    My first taste of the Ticats was the ’62 fog bowl and the next year I promised myself to follow them every game and have been a fan ever since. The late ’70s and early ’90s where tough but the rest was quite a ride as the Ticats went to the Grey Cup four times in the ’80s. To be a true fan you have to believe that every year your team is going to the Grey Cup. Once there then anything can happen.

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