Chairman and Founder
The first time Phil Downe sat in the driver’s seat, he was so small his feet could barely reach the petals. Little did he know then that he was embarking on a lifelong passion for automobiles. Now president of technology procurement consultancy, Relations Management Group in Toronto, Phil turned his passion and experience working with charities into the Yorkville Exotic Car Show in 2010.
After a successful first show, Phil worked with the Bloor-Yorkville BIA to grow the show and move it onto the famous Mink Mile of Bloor Street. He also aligned the event with Prostate Cancer Canada as the beneficiary in 2011 – fitting given the event takes place on Father’s Day.
When he’s not speaking on behalf of the show, Phil can be found racing his Porsche for fun and instructing student drivers with the Upper Canada Region of the Porsche Club of America. They gather regularly on weekends at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park outside of Toronto and other regional racetracks to work on their high-performance driving skills.
An avid car guy and former automotive engineer, David started as a volunteer in the first show and over time added responsibilities to become the Executive Director in 2015.
As the Executive Director, David’s responsibility is to help manage and organize the Yorkville Exotic Car Show crew as they work together to deal with the numerous tasks required to execute the event.
Outside of the show, David is the President of DHE Consulting, providing training, consulting, and solutions to academic, government, and private sector organizations. He is also an experienced lecturer and trainer, providing analytical and professional classes to academic programs and corporate clients, including the Rotman School of Management and the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) of Ontario.
Passionate about cars and giving back to society, David is proud to lead the Yorkville Exotic Car Show crew as they continue to grow the event and raise awareness and funds for Prostate Cancer Canada.
Chief Operating Officer
Having developed a deep-seated passion for classic cars and car racing while living in Europe in the 70’s, Dave continues to feed that passion through his participation in the Yorkville Exotic Car Show. Since 2013, he has worked with past, current and prospective sponsors alike in bringing valued, event-specific products and vendors to a truly world-class show.
As the President and COO of both Flowmatic Holdings Inc., an industrial equipment manufacturer, and DRB Resource Group, a product and personnel development firm, Dave can be found working with a dedicated sponsorship team leading up to and during this annual Yorkville event.
New to the crew in 2015, Daniel brings his passion for automobiles and his background in Hospitality as well as his experience organizing car shows and events with Canada West Region of the Porsche club of America. As a member of the team, Daniel is in charge of the hospitality component of the show as well as assisting with other key responsibilities.
Outside of the show, Daniel is a veteran of the hospitality industry and is the Executive General Manager for the Sandman Hotel group in Ontario, responsible for 3 hotels in GTA currently opening the new Sandman Hotel Oakville. Daniel also serves on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association for 2015/2016. A Burlington resident, he loves spending time with his family and driving his old 911 in the back roads of this beautiful Province. His love of cars and giving back to the community helps the Yorkville Exotic Car show be the perfect combination of showcasing what is best in the automotive world for the benefit of a truly worthwhile cause.
David Da Silva
As an admirer of exotic and supercars, Dave has been with the Yorkville Exotic Car Show since its first year. Dave officially joined the YECS team in its third year as security liaison, helping to keep the show goers and stars of the show safe.
As Security Liaison, Dave is responsible for coordinating the security Team, setting up car corral barricades and maintaining close contact with all security officers, throughout the entire show.
When not working on the show, Dave is the Waste Reduction Specialist for MCC Industrial Ltd. Working directly out of both Toyota Motor Manufacturing plants in Cambridge and Woodstock, Dave oversees the Waste Reduction program that makes Toyota a leader in striving to achieve Zero Landfill Waste.
With the help of the YECS team and volunteers, Dave is looking forward to bringing a new Yorkville Exotic Car Show to the streets of Toronto.
Originally from Montreal, Garth has lived in Ontario (currently north of Orangeville) since 1981. His career path has been procurement and, in the last 25 years, government purchasing in a variety of areas. Garth is also involved in a number of volunteer activities; a music festival, advocating for cognitively-challenged adults, editing and writing for several non-profit organizations and, of course, the Yorkville Exotic Car Show, an event which beautifully combines his interest in automotive art and charitable initiatives. Other interests include eastern mysticism, especially Buddhism and jazz and blues music, of which he’s been known to strum a few tunes with friends.
Sparked by her dad’s interest, Gillian developed a passion for performance exotic automobiles that started in childhood. Working with the Yorkville Exotic Car Show team gives her an arena to work with other autophiles to develop and execute an event that showcases some of the finest exotics while supporting a great cause.
A sales and marketing professional, Gillian is a member of the dedicated sponsorship team responsible for working with past sponsors as well as seeking new sponsors that will bring event-aligned, value add products and services to the annual event.
Joachim has had his fingerprints on a lot of great work. He’s helped shape integrated marketing campaigns on the agency side and sharpened the positioning and strategy for successful campaigns while on the client side of the business. This dual perspective gives Joachim a tremendous advantage in managing business, the client’s expectations and the delicate nuances between team and client.
Joachim is President and Co-Founder of Brandmelder (www.brandmelder.agency), offering comprehensive digital services, including digital marketing strategy and programs to propel brands into the mobile age. He is also teaching and coaching on Social & Digital Media at LHH Knightsbridge and RDEE Ontario plus he is a guest speaker on various occasions for Digital Marketing at the University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus.
Nick Antoniadis is Owner of his Toronto based management consulting company. A marketing leader with over 20 years of experience working with global healthcare leaders, Nick lead the marketing team in Canada to achieve over $850 million in yearly sales. He was a member of a Global Marketing Team who brought in over $5.5 billion in sales, where he reviewed business development opportunities. He has worked in new product development where he mapped the pathways forward, has launched new products and has turned around the fortunes of older ones. He is currently helping companies position their products in the competitive global marketplace. Nick is a mentor for semi-finalists in the OneStart global competition and MaRS Discovery District HealthKick.
Ray has a passion for classic cars, food and helping others. Having traveled extensively through Europe several times on business, he’s formed a deep appreciation for European exotic cars. Ray is also the owner of a classic BMW 633csi.
Outside of the show, Ray is the Vice President Bedessee Imports Ltd., an international specialty food importing and manufacturer firm. His responsibilities span many aspects of the business, including purchasing, logistics, product development, and marketing.
Robert joined the Yorkville Exotic Car show Crew in 2015. He is a globally certified Porsche Service Consultant at Downtown Porsche in Toronto. He also has experience working with other exotic cars, having spent time as a service consultant at Grand Touring Automobiles.
Robert has a deep passion for exotic cars, often racing production based vehicles and once held a CSAC National Professional Race License. He’s also a current Member of the NSX CLUB Canada.
With a long history of modifying cars and motorcycles, joining the YECS team in 2013 was the perfect match for Vassil’s passion for cars and professional skillset.
As the Director of Finance, Vassil managed the not-for-profit incorporation of YECS with the federal government and CRA. Currently Vassil is responsible for the preparation of all financial statements, tax filings, and strategies to optimize sponsorship flow through to our charity partner.
During the week Vassil is a Corporate Controller in the automotive sector ensuring his company’s North American operations remain profitable and competitive globally.
Vassil is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a B.A.S. from York University.
Director of Photography
Ryan joined YECS in 2016 and is ecstatic to be a part of the team.
As a car enthusiast since childhood, he enjoys the satisfaction and emotion of driving manual transmission vehicles.
He is the founder of IVIVI media (www.ivivi.ca), which specializes in video marketing and promoting Canadian entrepreneurs and performing artists. Ryan will be bringing new creative ideas in showcasing the event while also raising awareness of our charity through social media.
Rebecca joined the YECS in 2016. Coming from a racing family, Rebecca grew up going to racing and advanced driving schools. There were always more cars in the driveway than people to drive them. From vintage British cars to modern sports cars Rebecca has an appreciation for them all.
Working with her brother, Indycar driver James Hinchcliffe, Rebecca is the Operations Manager of Hinchtown (www.hinchtown.com). The internet “civilization” that continues to grow and expand in events, digital platforms and even beer! Rebecca is excited to participate in this event that combines beautiful cars with a great cause.
Social Media Manager
Sharnelle is a Social Media Communications Planner with the advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi, where she specializes in social media advertising for the automotive industry.
She has a great passion for cars and motorcycles and working with the Yorkville Exotic Car Show allows her to blend her enthusiasm for cars and advertising together for a great cause.
Outside of the show, Sharnelle is a contributor to EatSleepRIDE and is also the Director of Marketing for the North American Association of Asian Professionals (NAAAP Toronto).
Philip has an appreciation for all things automotive, from cars to the people who drive them and more importantly the opportunity this passion allows to give back to worthy causes such as Prostate Cancer awareness. Philip has been a volunteer with the show since 2011 and joined the Executive Team in 2016. Philip grew up on the East Coast which allowed him to drive the Cabot Trail annually since the age of 16.
Outside of charitable endeavors, Philip holds a Commerce Degree from Saint Mary’s University and works as an Associate for a bank owned Asset Manager.