With an unbeatable combination of professional experience and global business awareness, the Rainmaker team reflects the core strength and diversity of the Rainmaker network.
Founder & Director
Clark is a visionary global business leader who has advised hundreds of companies on the nuances and strategies of business expansion and diversification. His creativity and out-of-the-box thinking has guided companies and organizations to exponential growth as they embrace the global marketplace. He has been proud to apply his skills to small businesses as well as multinational, public, state-owned companies and governments agencies in Business Events, Economic Development and Tourism.
Clark’s leadership has been recognized by many organizations that have engaged him to provide vision, strategy, strong governance and business growth.
Some of the roles he has held in addition to his role at Rainmaker include:
– Chair – Meetings Mean Business Canada (current)
– Advisor – Destination Canada, Business Events (current)
– Member of the Executive Committee of the Board – Convention Centres of Canada (current)
– CEO, Calgary TELUS Convention Centre
– President, Meetings and Conventions Calgary
– Vice Chair – American Chamber of Commerce Canada
– Founder, Canada Day in London and New York
– Vice President, Trade and investment – Calgary Economic Development
– President – Association for Corporate Growth, Calgary
– Founding Director – British Trade Office, Calgary
– Vice President – Network Innovations
– Founder, FDI Canada Forum
– G20 Task Force Member – SME and Entrepreneur
– G20 Task Force – Investment and Trade
His focus on business expansion and recovery has been a key foundation for Rainmaker since its inception. His passion for volunteering has expanded his understanding of the global marketplace and allowed Clark to learn from some of the world’s top business and thought leaders.
Lois Mitchell, CM, AOE, LLD
Lois adds extensively to Rainmaker’s global network through her impressive professional history. During her 5 year term as Lieutenant Governor, Lois is obliged to put business interests aside.
Prior to 2015, in addition to being a cofounder of Rainmaker, Lois acted as a Director for UBS Bank (Canada). Lois participated as a member of the Board of Directors for Mitacs, developing the next generation of innovators with vital scientific and business skills. Previously, Lois acted as a Chair of the Advisory Board of the Latin American Research Centre at the University of Calgary, as well as being a board member of Canada World Youth. Lois also acted as the Vice Chair of the Global Business Forum, an annual executive retreat held in Banff, Alberta for 200 senior executives from around the world.
The list of organizations Lois has Co-chaired is extensive, ranging from her role with Calgary 2012 to the Gold Medal Plates dinner in support of current and aspiring Canadian Olympians. She is a Patron of the Special Olympics Canada Foundation, former Chair of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, past Board Chair of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and past director of the Hockey Canada Foundation. She has also served as the Honorary Consul of Colombia for the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan for twelve years.
Timothy Kozmyk, MBA,Bsc.
Mr. Kozmyk co-founded Rainmaker after a highly successful career in the energy industry. The vision of the company with its unique Business Development model captivated Mr. Kozmyk and inspired him to join Rainmaker, both as a Principal and Chairman of the Board.
Mr. Kozmyk’s professional career began as a Geologist in 1980 with Kansas-based Koch Industries. Retaining progressively senior roles at Koch, Mr. Kozmyk was the Vice President of Exploration for the company’s upstream exploration and production division. He directed the strategic growth and development of the company’s highly successful Canadian heavy oil and oil sands business.
Desiring to build his own company, Mr. Kozmyk and a group of colleagues took over the management of the fledgling TSX-listed BlackRock Ventures in 1999. Under the stewardship of Mr. Kozmyk and his colleagues, the market capitalization of BlackRock grew organically from an initial $25 million in 1999 to $2.4 billion in 2006 when the company was purchased in a friendly acquisition by Shell Canada.
Since leaving BlackRock, Mr. Kozmyk has been involved in successful ventures in petroleum, real estate development, energy services, manufacturing, management consulting services and consumer goods and services.
Mr. Kozmyk holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Liverpool and a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Geology from the University of Calgary.
Strategic Market Entry +
Presently, Casey is the Managing Director at Rainmaker’s head office in Calgary branch, where he and his team help build and execute business development and marketing strategies for clients looking to expand into new markets. Over the seven years he’s worked at Rainmaker, Casey has had the opportunity to work with companies on three continents, from sectors such as agriculture, cleantech, oil and gas, geothermal, nanotechnology, chemicals, software, and more. He has also worked with dozens of Economic Development groups from across North America and Europe developing industry reports, studies, workshops, and FDI attraction strategies.
Casey takes pride in the success of his clients. His ability to develop strong value propositions and build creative strategies to connect his clients to business opportunities are what make him a key asset to any firm.
Karen joined Rainmaker Global Business Development in July of 2020 as Global Expansion Partner, Latin America. She brings a wealth of experience in developing business opportunities for Canadian companies interested in expanding into Latin American markets. Some of the achievements Karen is proud to have been a key contributor to include Mexicana Airline’s direct route between Calgary and Mexico City, ATCO’s expansion into the Chilean market, and Gran Tierra Energy’s foray into the Mexican oil and gas market following that country’s historic energy reforms. Karen is a long-time supporter of the Canadian Council for the Americas (Alberta) – a Calgary-based trade organization that facilitates business linkages between Alberta and Latin America. She currently serves on that organization’s board of directors. She speaks, reads, and writes Spanish at an advanced fluency and has a deep understanding of the business and social culture of Mexico and other Latin American countries.
North Sea /Scandinavia
Prior to joining Rainmaker, Karl held a position as General Manager of Leni Gas and Oil’s Spanish Assets.
Currently, Karl is working on projects in Aberdeen including the subsea decommissioning of Shell’s Brent Delta in the North Sea. Throughout his career, Karl has built up a network of international contacts across the energy industry, and continues to build on this extensive network as the industry evolves.
Southern United States
Ron co-founded Precision Tube Technology in Houston, Texas, which was named a top 500 fastest growing company in Inc. magazine’s 1996 edition. As an entrepreneur, Ron was responsible for profitable running of the company’s major accounts including Alliance and preferred vendor relationships. Ron was later elected Chairman of the International Coiled Tubing Association of 2002-2003.
In 2005, Ron negotiated the sale of Belarusian firm, FIDMASH, to a major firm in the United States, a deal that was thought to be the first of its time. Ron’s vast industry experience connects Rainmaker’s Houston clients with a worldwide network of high-profile contacts.
Gabriel Parrodi, MBA
Entrepreneurship + PM
Gabriel became the President and Founder of Mensajes Electronicos SA and carries more than 30 years’ experience in the Electronic and Telecommunications Industries. Here, he was instrumental in product design and development for High Tech Electronics for his clients in various Government and Academic institutions. Gabriel is also the President and Founder of Intercambi SC and carries more than 20 years’ expertise in facilitating and supporting International business for foreign Canadian, US and Mexican companies.
Prior to this, Gabriel was CFO for REDES VIA SATELITE SA Satelite Communications, Mexico DF, where annual sales were $32 million USD and he facilitated four lunches to represent Arianspace for a total value of $300 million USD. He was also CEO of MEISSA TELECOMMUNICATIONS INC., a private US teleport company in Houston, Texas
Over his career, Gabriel has managed projects for SEMAR (Mexican Navy). This was the first Satellite network for the Mexican new Satellite generation. This project was sold on behalf of ADVANTECH Wireless Inc. a Canadian Corporation. He also was involved with PEMEX (Petroleos Mexicanos) in building 18 pre-fabricated shelters and rooms for two offshore drilling platforms; which was later sold on behalf of Lonestar Drilling, A US Corporation.
Business Development + Digital Technologies + Manufacturing
In addition to his role with Rainmaker, David acts as a director with EVELIN Technologies Inc. David’s past clients include NWR Partnership, Suncor Energy, Shell Oil Sands, BHP Billiton, and Acuity Brands. His involvement in the manufacturing, engineering, construction and producer segments has allowed David to develop a broad network of contacts.
David is actively developing Rainmaker’s network of decision makers and influencers in eastern Canada, while also working with Rainmaker’s New York office to achieve growth in Eastern North American markets. Fostering alliances between complementary suppliers allows David to provide vertically integrated supply chain packages to various projects he’s involved with.
David holds a degree from the University of British Columbia.