Booking Agent - Piano & Guitar
Alisha Ruiss began singing at age 10 and went on to complete her B. Mus in Classical Voice at McGill University. She has studied voice with Elizabeth Koch and Broadway coach Susan Eichorn Young, and acting teachers Jacqueline McClintock & Ron Stetson (Neighborhood Playhouse). She is also an avid swing dancer, a published poet, author and songwriter (a proud member of SOCAN) and has written and produced multiple cabarets. This "triple-threat" performed in various musicals, plays, dance shows, even voice-over work, in prestigious venues in Montreal, Toronto and New York City. She is happy to be able to apply her diversified artistic training and experience to her work at Proship and still performs on a regular basis.
Booking Agent - Trumpet & Trombone
Christian was born in Levis QC. He started playing drum set at age 13. He studied at Laval University and Concordia University with Lou Williamson and Robbie Gonzalez (Al Dimeola drummer) in Montreal. He started his professional career at age 18 as a freelance musician playing for several pop and jazz artists in Quebec. He was Proship's second drummer booked on a ship as a showband drummer by Daniel Thibault in 1987 and did 11 contracts on ships after that. He was also a Musical Director for a Musical revue in Montreal from '92 to '97. He still performs in Canada and Europe as a jazz drummer with some of Montreal's Jazz greats.
Booking Agent - Reeds
Thomas was born in Cork City Ireland. He was initially a trombonist, having played in numerous ensembles including Principal trombonist with the Cork Youth Orchestra. He then took to the electric bass performing alongside the likes of jazz trumpeter Bobby Shew with the Cork School of Music Big Band. He has completed several contracts on cruise ships as a showband bassist and as part of a lounge trio. Thomas attended John Molson School of Business pursuing a graduate diploma and brings to Proship a wealth of varied musical experiences combined with a B.A. in political Science.
Booking Agent - Bass & Drums
Based in Montreal, Canada, Vitaliy has been a member of the Proship team since July 2012. He worked ten years full time as a guest entertainer producing musical shows on board different cruise ships around the globe. Vitaliy brings with him hands-on experience and a thorough understanding of the music business at sea. He continues to be active on the Montreal music scene playing with a variety of groups and orchestras.
Booking Agent - Bands
Based in Montreal, QC, since 2010, Oliver started his musical training at the age of 12. Olivier went to music college where he had the chance to study with great musicians such as bassist Michel Donato and jazz pianist Francois Bourassa. Olivier deepened his musical knowledge to become a versatile musician on board cruise ships where he worked for 4 years. Olivier continues to be a very active musician as a studio/live bassist on many different projects across Canada.
Recruiter - Piano & Guitar
Carl Ragonese has a Masters in music from Université de Montréal and a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University. As composer, pianist and musical director, Carl Ragonese is an active member of Montreal’s music scene. His artistic versatility has allowed him to compose works for the stage, the concert hall as well as pop music. As the drummer/ keyboardist and co-writer for the rock band Jaded, he had the opportunity to perform along side world renowned acts such as Simple Plan and Mobile. As a studio musician for Red Rhino Recording, Carl provided musical arrangements for some of the cities most talented artists. Carl is currently very active as a composer/pianist performing with his ensemble throughout the city and abroad.
Kerrie has been based in Montreal since August 2016. Born in the UK, Kerrie took up music at the age of 11 when she began playing drum-kit. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Popular and World Music from the University of Leeds and following her graduation she lived in India for 2 years working on a music education programme. She has performed as a professional live and studio musician across 3 continents and is now becoming an active part of the Montreal music scene.
Carolyn was born in Guyana, raised in England and immigrated to Canada. She was the first full time employee of Proship entertainment and was part of the team from 1991 to 2005 when she left to pursue alternative endeavors including performing in her original band Harmony Thirst, releasing an original CD in 2010 of the same name. She returned to Proship in 2016 and is thrilled to be connecting musicians with great gigs at sea once again.
Martin Heroux, born in Montreal, is a very versatile electric bassist having studied jazz/pop music at the College Lionel-Groulx in Sainte-Therese, Quebec. Martin is a freelancer having performed in numerous events including "Les Francofolies". He was a showband bassist onboard Holland America ships from 2005 to 2006. Besides being a full time agent at Proship, Martin is a devoted student of the Indian Tabla, studying with Sri Hindole.
Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Andrés Velilla has been surrounded by music all his life. At age 14 he moved to Miami where he discovered new types of music and fell in love with electronic music. Andrés bought his first turn tables and started to experiment mixing Trance and moved to Paris where he discovered House Music. Andrés earned a degree in Psychology, with a cluster in Marketing from Concordia University and studied sound design and audio technology at Musitechnic in Montreal. With a degree in psychology and marketing, his knowledge in audio technology and love for music, Andrés found at Proship the perfect environment to use his musical ear and people skills, making him a great asset to the company.
Mel was born in Gagnon, Quebec, and joined the Proship team in 2004. Mel has held several positions at ProShip Entertainment Inc. and has worked in both the administration and recruiting departments. Her experience in recruiting musicians has provided Mel with a unique background and insight which allows her to excel in her current position as Contracting Coordinator. The contracting department supports thousands of entertainers each year and plays a key role in ensuring an unmatched experience for both our entertainers as well as our clients.
Serina was born in Montreal, Quebec. Her educational background includes a Diploma in Social Science and a Certification in Travel and Tourism. She began her career in the Hospitality industry as a Administrative Manager for a hotel in the Eastern Townships. Her experience in the Tourism industry has provided Serina with a unique background and insight which allows her to excel in her current position as Contracting Coordinator. The contracting department supports thousands of entertainers each year and plays a key role in ensuring an unmatched experience for both our entertainers as well as our clients.
Born in Montreal to a family of musicians, David Potvin taught himself to play keyboard and read music at age 5. David then took on the violin, moving on to drums and classical percussion. He holds a Conservatory's Superior Studies degree in music performance, played with symphonies and orchestras internationally, and performed for 7 years at sea as drummer and band master. David has perfect pitch and he is our adjudicator.
Born in Montreal, Canada, Jo Mitrovic is a multimedia technician. She completed her degree in Film and Television Production, as well as a bachelors in Electroacoustic Studies from Concordia University, Montreal. She's worked as an audiovisual technician, and studio/live sound engineer, which has given her experience with many different media platforms. Her experience with technologies and music has helped her find her place with Proship as Media Specialist.
Growing up in Buenos Aires and moving to Canada to pursue a degree in Theatre Design, she has been working in digital marketing for over eight years. Her background in design for the theatre has given her a very good understanding of artist life behind the scenes. Gisela is passionate about music, travelling and performance arts, and she is thrilled to be part of the Proship team.
Mira was born into a musical family in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She was raised in Clyde River, Prince Edward Island where she began studying the violin and piano at a young age. While still in grade school she played in the PEI Symphony Orchestra, was concert master of the local youth orchestra, and studied with various accomplished violinists including Mela Tanenbaum, Philippe Djokic, and her aunt, Nancy Dahn. She completed her Music Performance degree at Concordia University in Montreal and continues to perform with various ensembles in the Montreal area. Mira started at Proship in 2010.
Director of Operations
Ronny was born in Louiseville, Quebec, where he started playing the drums at the tender age of 12. After playing in the drum corp he joined the Syracuse Brigadiers who went on to win the World Championships (DCA) in 1999. Ronny continued his studies alongside Paul Brochu (UZEB). He went on to open the Montreal Drum Fest with his duo, the Drumologues. His career took him to sea where he played on several luxury cruise ships before joining the Proship team.
Director of Business Development
Pieter van Hoogdalem was born and raised in the Netherlands and lived in Mexico before settling in Canada. He studied International Relations (MA) and Cultural and Arts Management (BA) in the Netherlands, specializing in international management and marketing respectively. Pieter has working experience as an export manager, as a producer for radio, television and internet, as a booking agent and as a manager and promoter for bands and labels. He also has extensive experience working as a recording producer and musical director. Pieter is also a guitarist/vocalist.
Director of Administration
Patrice Duchemin was born in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, where he started his musical training at the age of 7 with piano and guitar lessons . Patrice holds a Bachelor's degree in Jazz Piano Performance from Université de Montréal. He worked for 10 years onboard various cruise lines as a pianist and Musical Director where he had the chance to work with renowned guest entertainers. He also formed partnerships with different vocalists as a composer, arranger and orchestrator and his music is broadcast on national radio stations.
Chief Technology Officer
Adam Swan was born in Toronto, Ontario and moved to Montreal in 1991 after studying Fine Arts at the University of Ottawa. He began working on the internet in the mid-1990s, when the internet was in its infancy. Adam has started 4 companies over the years; a comic book publishing company, a renovation company and 2 software companies. Most recently Adam was the Director of Technology for a multinational medical information company. Adam joined the Proship team as the Chief Technology Officer to lead the commercialization of OMRS, Proship's in-house Operations Management Reporting and Scheduling system.
Vice-President, Finance and Administration
Don Bellows was born in Montreal where he began his career as an auditor for a major chartered accounting firm followed by a successful banking career culminating as the Chief Operating Officer of a major Canadian bank subsidiary. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and a Graduate Degree in Public Accounting. He is a Certified General Accountant; member of the Order of CGA's of Quebec. Don was ready for some excitement so he joined the Proship team as Vice President, Finance and Administration.
Chief Executive Officer
Daniel Thibault was born in Montreal where he began formal music training at the age of 6. Daniel graduated with a Bachelor in Music Performance from Concordia University. He played saxophone professionally and has a platinum record to his credit. Daniel's entertainment background and experience include producing soundtracks in Hong Kong, conducting an orchestra at Carnegie Hall as well as producing an Off-Broadway play. Daniel's experience at sea as a show producer and musical director was the reason he founded Proship Entertainment in 1987.