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Bob Johnston
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Bob Johnston is the VP, Academic Development of NRS, and the VP, Operations for the NRS Institute.  In his roles, Bob will oversee the day-to-day operations of both ventures; making sure our athletes are getting the best possible product.

 

Bob's business background runs deep in the entertainment industry, having over 30 years of experience in Film and Television industry (14 of which were in Los Angeles).  In Canada, he is most known for his production capabilities for specific networks; such as Discovery Channel Canada, The Travel Network, and National Geographic.
 

Using his background, Bob has advocated to many social causes in the community.  One of which was PREVnet’s  “WITS“ program; which was provided to dozens of educational boards throughout Canada. He also designed and implemented The WITS Bully Prevention program; which was administered by the RCMP throughout Nova Scotia.
 

Some of his other notable work includes:  Producing the “Give Respect, Get Respect” Bully Prevention program (used by the Halton Regional Police, and Cineplex Odeon Canada),  and advocating Positive Relationship Awareness and Education programs at both UCLA and Queens University. 

Bob's baseball roots are deep in Toronto, as his son currently plays for the organization he grew up playing for - the East York Bulldogs.

Dan is the VP, Business Operations for both NRS, and the NRS Institute.  In his roles, Dan will be overseeing the financial planning & growth of both ventures.  He will also be in charge of corporate partnership strategy, and operational events (such as the NRS Showcases).

Dan is also a senior associate of Syrja & Associates Private Wealth Management (Downtown Toronto), and Managing Partner of Clutch Factor ®.

 

Being heavily involved in the local Toronto baseball community, he currently serves as the youngest member of the Toronto Baseball Association's Executive Committee; which is Canada's largest youth baseball organization (with over 10 000 active players annually).  

 

Dan was also the former Principal Director of Baseball Development Group. While working at BDG, Dan oversaw business growth development and corporate partnerships.  Some of the notable partners Dan created business relationships with were:  Rawlings, Lululemon, HitTrax, Blast Motion, Pocket Radar, and STALKER Radar.

Dan has also received major media attention for his work in wealth management as a current columnist for Grit Daily and being featured in other outlets such as Forbes, Wall Street Journal, and The Globe and Mail.

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Connor is the VP, Collegiate Recruitment & Academic Development for NRS, and the VP, Baseball Operations for the NRS Institute.  In his roles, Connor will be overseeing the player development experience that NRS - and the NRS Institute - will provide.  He will also head the academic and collegiate recruitment initiatives, offering positive insights from his current professional career.

Drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015, Connor has played at all levels of minor league baseball; most recently playing in AAA for the El Paso Chihuahuas. During his career, Connor has won multiple MILB championships; specifically with the Dunedin Jays (High A) & New Hampshire Fisher Cats (AA).  He has also represented Team Canada on the national level, playing in the both 2019 Pan American Games and Premier 12 tournament

During his college career at Canisius, he earned several accolades in both academics and athletics. Some of the most notable being:

 

2014 MAAC (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) Player of the year

2015 ABCA/Rawlings All-American

2014 & 2015 MAAC Student-Athlete of the year

2015 first team Academic All-American

2015 Canadian Baseball Player of the year.

 

Locally, Connor has been an avid name working with local youth in the Greater Toronto Baseball Community.  Over the last couple of years, his Train like a Pro Camps have been very successful; with many other professional players attending as instructors.