With an unbeatable combination of professional experience and global business awareness, the Rainmaker team reflects the core strength and diversity of the Rainmaker network.
Board of Directors
Chairman & Founder
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.
The Honourable 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.
Clark Grue, CITP®|FIBP®
CEO, 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.
Vice President, Client Services
At Rainmaker Global, Casey advises Senior Executives across multiple sectors on their exponential growth strategies. This has allowed him to develop unique, world-class analytical skills and a strong network of global professional contacts. His strong mix of structured and creative thinking are what make him a key asset to any Business Development client or initiative; especially when it comes to exploring new markets for his clients’ goods and services.
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.
Oil + Energy
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.
B2B Services + Technology
As the COO of a quickly growing brand development firm, he lead their internal scaling initiatives and identified new markets to enter resulting in rapid and sustainable growth. In this role, he drove innovation by expanding the product offering with new platforms and capabilities, enabling the company to accelerate growth by entering new markets.This included adding leading consumer brands as clients in the Beverage, CPG and Lifestyle sectors.
Carlton also has experience leading sales organizations in the SAAS sector and served as COO of a B2B financial advisory firm.
He brings a passion for helping businesses solve their most critical issues, entering new markets and deepening relationships with customers. With deep roots in Colorado, Carlton is able to make connections for Rainmakers clients throughout the Western US.
Monica Rovers, MBA
Foreign Direct Investment +
International Business Advisor
international expansion plans while she was the Business Development Manager of International and Energy at Calgary Economic Development.
Monica is regularly sought as a guest speaker and moderator at a variety of events worldwide, speaking on Energy finance and international business. With over 25 years of international relations and business development experience in non-profit, private and public organizations across multiple sectors, Monica facilitates
global development by encouraging investment in and collaboration with international companies. She has led and hosted numerous international trade missions and has built a strong global network.
Monica holds an MBA in Global Management and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management. Monica is invested in building connections between international organizations
and businesses. She has worked and travelled in Argentina, Brazil, Canary Islands, China, Colombia, Egypt, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Malaysia,
Mexico, Nigeria, Oman, Peru, South Africa, South Korea, Spain,Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, UAE, UK, USA and Vietnam.
Monica has recent experience in Africa and has spoken and moderated
discussions in France, Nigeria, South Africa and the Canary Islands at Africa focused events (Africa Energy Assembly, Nigeria-Canada Investment Summit, Africa Investment Forum and Global Economic Institute on Africa). She also has years of experience assisting companies expanding their operations into Latin America.
Monica has held Board Chairperson positions on Canadian Council for the Americas and Immigrant Services Calgary and has previous Board experience with Stonechair Capital. She is presently on the Board of the Nigeria-Canada Trade &
Gabriel Parrodi, MBA
Telecommunications + IT
Oil + Gas
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.
Andreas Kohler, MBA
Energy + Manufacturing
Western / Southern Europe
Andreas is founder and CEO of cdi.energy.consult, a consultancy company specialized in the development and implementation of market entry strategies for highly qualified services providers, suppliers of high quality products and outstanding contractors. CDI operates mainly in Europe, the Middle East, Central and East Asia, and offers extensive cross-market knowledge and access to global networks.
Before founding his own consultancy Andreas worked 10 years as Managing Director in ILFs’ Headquarter for Oil & Gas business in Munich, Germany. Andreas successfully developed ILF’s position in the international pipeline and upstream sectors and grew the business to USD 150 m with 900 staff. ILF mainly operates in Europe, Middle East, Central Asia and West Africa. Andreas was responsible for business development, finance and administration, and was having supervisory functions in major projects for multi billion investment projects like Trans-Asia Gas Pipeline, supplying gas from Central Asia to China, Baku-Ceyhan Crude Oil Pipeline, delivering oil from Azerbaijan to Turkey. Prior to his role as MD Andreas worked as Project Manager and Business Development Manager on international oil and gas projects.
Andreas started his career at Trans Alpine Pipeline (TAL) in Austria, which operates the largest crude oil pipeline in Western Europe.
Andreas also holds an MBA from Donau-Universität Krems, and a Master of Science degree in Economics from Leopold-Franzens Universität Innsbruck.
Mei Huang, MBA
International Business + Economic Development
China / Japan
Mei saw her responsibilities steadily increase throughout her career. She held a senior leadership role in Alberta Economic Development, Trade and Tourism, where she advised corporate and institutional investors in North America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East on business expansion and investment opportunities. At Alberta Department of Energy, she led initiatives to develop Asian markets for Canadian energy industry and to facilitate B2B commercial activities. She played significant roles in support of Canadian business delegations traveling to Asia to discover new business opportunities, as well as promote Canada as an investment destination.
Prior to joining the public sector, Mei worked for two Fortune Global 500 companies and helped expand their businesses in marketing and business development capacity. A former coal trader, Mei marketed Canadian coal to Japan’s steel-making and power industries. She started her career in the information technology industry with a top 10 global enterprise solution company in China.
Mei holds an MBA from the University of Alberta and is a CFA candidate. Originally from Beijing, she is fluent in Mandarin and conversant in Japanese.
Energy + Power
Currently a resident in Jakarta Indonesia, Ken has lived and worked throughout the Far East since 1994 when he moved to Singapore for a UK company as the Region Engineer. He then advanced to Regional Product Line Manager and then Group Area Manager, China. He played a large role in the development of new regional markets for them before embarking as an independent business advisor in mid 2001.
As an independent advisor, Ken has worked with Advertising, Education, E-commerce, FMCG, Manufacturing, Renewable Energy and both Up & Midstream Oil & Gas industries providing a range of advice. This advice has included: Identification of local JV / M&A Targets; Raising Project Finance, International Trade and Business Development; Market Assessments and Competitive Analysis; Tender Management; Contract Management, including dispute resolution; Risk Assessment, Strategic Planning and acting as an external advisor to local Government departments.
Ken’s Far East experience covers Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Russia (Sakhalin), Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam. Over the years of living and working here, Ken has an excellent understanding of what it takes to be successful within these cultures.
International Relations +
A natural people-person who has experience with his own multiple start-ups, Mark is quickly able to understand and empathize with those leading the charge into a new market. He is very familiar with cultural differences and sensitivities.
Mark was born of Ecuadorian and German ancestry and is married to a wonderful Chinese lady. He has lived in China for over 12 years, as well Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Myanmar, Ecuador, Mexico, and Qatar, just to name a few. Conversant in English, French, Spanish and Mandarin, Mark enjoys connecting with people of all cultures and backgrounds.
Mark was born and raised in Saskatoon and grew up working in family businesses in the agricultural, manufacturing, and plastics industries. He graduated with great distinction from Chemical Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan and immediately sought out an international opportunity. His international oil and gas services career started with advanced technical and management training and aggressive personnel development programs. Breaking off into another small but expanding company, Mark learned first-hand the process of starting a new company in China. He repeated this in China, again in Calgary, then in Singapore.
As General Manager, Mark oversaw and was responsible for providing full administrative and human resources support for oil and gas, petrochemical, mining, and construction companies, large and small, that started up or expanded in China. Mark was able to provide some of the resources, advice, connections, and tips that were key to their success. From cultural aspects to tax policies to the best restaurant in town, Mark openly shared his experience as well as the lessons learned by dozens of other companies that he helped do business in China. This helped many companies avoid pitfalls, saving them both time and money.
Mark moved to Calgary in 2014 and is ready to share his China experience and connections with you as he helps provide you with any support you may need.
Business Development +
She is a highly competent leader with over 16 years of municipal government experience where she led high-profile community-impact projects focused on bringing business strategies and objectives, people and a common purpose together. Patricia has extensive business analysis experience and process thinking in cross-functional organizations. Working with multiple stakeholders, she brings a solid understanding policy, strategic alignment and government process experience leading strategic projects to outcomes.
With 12 years combined private sector experience in real estate valuation as a residential appraiser, business owner and associate, Patricia has emerged as an analytical leader who lives the values of integrity, inclusiveness and determination. She listens with curiosity and applies creative methods to solve problems. An expert in simplifying complicated, innovative and ambiguous concepts, she excels at translating information in ways that best suit each audience.
Said Younes, BBA
International Trade +
Supply Chain Logistics
Said brings much wealth of entrepreneurial and startup experience to varied sectors as he has worked, traded and had business transactions with a number of international corporations; some of which are HSBC, Saudi British Bank, Cadbury, Carrefour, Van-Rijn, Ikea, Al Futaim Group, IG Wealth Management, ManGo Aviation, Skymax and Travel Group GMBH.
Some of Said’s specific start-up and milestone projects include:
• Turning around HSBC Heliopolis Branch Credit-Operations to a model branch (Credit, Corporate Finance, Loans Admin and B&D).
• As Assistant Chief Dealer, he successfully managed HSBC Egypt Forex portfolio.
• Conducted preliminary study for HSBC Islamic Banking Division – AMANA Saudi British Bank
• Negotiated multimillion dollar bank settlement agreements for Egypt’s 2nd largest tour operator
• Grew wholesale trading business +1200% within 2 years for a leading business conglomerate in Dubai
• Managed the sole distributorship of Michelin tires throughout Iraq 2006-2010 a successful multimillion dollar logistics and distribution operation
• Successfully launched Tour Operator business in Germany with offices in Luxembourg and Egypt
• Executed “Project-Manager” role for an Aviation start-up in Saudi Arabia
• Obtained and managed supply contract €16 million / yearly for IKEA in 2003
• Coordinated merger between Cadbury Chocolate Company and Bim-Bim Egypt’s largest chocolate manufacturer
Said has a Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration BBA, Faculty of Commerce degree from Cairo University.
Tony Agbonkhese, CPA, CMA, MBA
Tony Agbonkhese is a Rainmaker Global Partner for Africa.
His education includes a Bachelor’s in Business Administration (BBA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA, CPA), Master of Business Administration (MBA), and an extension Certificate in Project Management.
With a passion for Africa’s development and opportunity creation, Tony has successfully collaborated with several corporations cross the globe in varied sectors seeking to expand their operations and presence in Africa. He has also worked with numerous African companies to develop and increase their global and local presence.
Tony has over 15 years experience, specializing in international trade, business development, consulting, and advisory services. In addition, he has managed accounting and project teams for over a decade. He also finds time to give back to his community by lecturing, speaking and provided tutelage at Canadian Colleges and Universities.