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.
Director of operations
Joel comes all the way from the shores of northern New-Brunswick and has been based in Montreal since 2007. He studied guitar performance at Grant MacEwan in Edmonton, AB with Bobby Cairns and has been working with artists and bands as a performer and session musician ever since. With over 12 years of experience working on cruise ships as an orchestra musician and Music Manager, he brings a wealth of industry knowledge and experience to the Proship team.
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 Executive Officer
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.