ADMINISTRATION | Saskatchewan Roughriders

Jim Hopson

President and Chief 

Executive Officer 

Jim Hopson came on board in 2005 as the Roughriders’ first Chief Executive Officer and over the past eight plus years, fans have seen many changes on and off the field. The changes and a focus on excellence in all areas of the operation have seen the Riders reach the Grey Cup four times in the last seven years, winning the 2007 and 2013 Grey Cup championships. A new level of expectations has been set and Jim is focused on building long term stability with championship level football supported by strong business acumen.

There has been a renewed focus on community involvement by the club and a significant number of players are now working in and making Saskatchewan their year round home and being very involved in the community. Jim leads by example as he and his wife Brenda spend numerous hours in the provincial community speaking to community groups, at charity events, and presenting to business groups. 

Off the field the Riders continue to excel as a business and achieve record profits. Over the past few years, the organization has won Paragon Awards for both marketing and community involvement; been named as one of Saskatchewan’s Top 100 companies: selected one of Saskatchewan’s Top 20 Employers; a regional winner for Most Admired Corporate Culture; and an Honorary ABEX Award Winner. These have all been steps in achieving the level of excellence Jim desires for the organization. 

Personally, Jim has been named one of the Power 50 of Canadian Sports by the Globe and Mail; been recognized by Saskatchewan Business Magazine as one of the province’s most influential men; inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame; and was awarded a 2011 International Communication and Leadership Award by Toastmasters International. Jim is also the official spokesperson for the Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association’s “Save Your Melon” campaign. This campaign has been recognized nationally for its impact on the prevention of brain injuries. Jim has been awarded both a Saskatchewan Centennial Medal and, most recently, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.  

Jim’s roots in Saskatchewan football run deep. He began his football career in high school with the Thom Collegiate Trojans. He then went on to play for the Regina Rams prior to joining the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1973. He became a starter in 1974 and lined up at guard or tackle for each game during the season. Jim played four seasons with Saskatchewan and helped open holes for the likes of legendary back George Reed, and in protecting quarterbacking great Ron Lancaster.  

Jim  was able to combine teaching in Lumsden with playing professional football during the 1975 and 1976 seasons, but after playing in the 1976 Grey Cup he retired from football to concentrate on his career in education. He ultimately spent 30 years as a teacher, principal and Director of Education/CEO in Saskatchewan. 

Jim has two children – Carrie who is a member of the large Rider nation in Calgary and Tyler who cheers for the team in Regina.



Senior Staff


Accountant   Doretta Arnold
Retail Assistant Manager, Saskatoon Holly Brown
Manager CRM and Information Technology  Ricardo del Cid
Corporate Partnerships Kevin Clive
Manager, Warehouse and Retail Inventory Chris Colbow

Community Relations Coordinator

Andrew Craig
Receptionist, Mosaic Stadium Shelly Crooks
Warehouse Lead Carol Csenar
Executive Assistant /Office Coordinator LaVerne Cuddington
Corporate Partnerships Olivier Eddie
Retail Assistant Manager, Northgate Mall Jesse Ell-Schwartz
Retail Store Manager, Saskatoon Jack Ferwerda
Retail Store Manager, Mosaic Stadium Kevin Flood

Marketing Promotions Coordinator

Mason Gardiner

Corporate Partnerships Coordinator

Tabitha Goodman

Retail Operations Assistant

Megan Herber
Digital Media Coordinator Cara Hull
Ticket Control Officer Carol Hoeving
Community Relations Intern Brian Kalbhenn
Retail Store Assistant Manager, Grasslands Robbie Kerr
Custodian Tim McFadden
Manager, Facilities & Stadium Operations Hugh McKay
Manager, Human Resources Kim Mealing
Webstore Merchandiser Rebecca Mills
Assistant Director, Retail Operations Charlene Oancia
Digital Media Producer Michael Orthner
Customer Service Coordinator  Amy Packham
Receptionist, Business Office Charlee Patton
Manager, Community Relations Dan Plaster
Manager, Media Relations & Football Communications Ryan Pollock
Retail Assistant Manager, Mosaic Stadium Melissa Reynolds
Retail Store Manager, Grasslands

Dan Riess

Manager, Ticket Operations

Jennifer Senger
Retail Store Manager, Northgate Mall Christa Tomyn
Corporate Partnerships Jordan Wall
Manager, Video Production Gord West
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