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Meet the Team

At Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control we’ve carefully assembled a team of franchise professionals and industry experts to create a franchisee-centric culture. We have members of our leadership team either currently running a franchise or have an extensive background in the franchise business. This gives us a definitive advantage with our knowledge of how a franchise operator-franchisor relationship works best.

Being deep in the trenches of the franchising world, we fully understand what it takes to put together our own franchise, beginning with the research and due diligence phase, to signing the agreement, completing the training and finally down to successfully running your own franchise.

That Franchise Group Inc.

Since 1970, That Franchise Group has grown into a family of franchise companies across North America. It started with a company called Weed Man Lawn Care. Building on the successful foundation of that single brand, That Franchise Group was formed to manage a growing number of franchising concepts focused on residential services.

That Franchise Group is a privately held corporation. As such, there are no stockholders or a Board of Directors to please. Decisions are always made in the best interest of the brand and the individual franchise operators. As a member of our franchise family, you will be trained by management experts and industry professionals on all aspect of your business.

Who We Are:

Bill Dowd – President & CEO

Bill Dowd established Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control in 1989. Recognizing the need for a professional urban wildlife specialist that focuses on humane removal methods, they have since had over 200,000 wildlife removals and exclusions with environment-friendly, poison-free methods since day one. Dowd has over 25 years of hands-on experience in the industry.

Michael Kernaghan – Vice President

During his 25 year career in franchising, Michael Kernaghan has developed existing franchise systems and co-founded and created new franchise concepts. He has also been instrumental in introducing new franchise opportunities from outside countries to new markets. His expertise includes real world experience in all elements and aspects of franchising, including development, recruiting, operations, administration, marketing/sales and strategic planning. Over the last 20 years Michael has also owned and operated a number of franchised locations himself, giving him a valuable and unique perspective from both sides of the Franchisee / Franchisor relationship.

John Ferracuti – Vice President

John Ferracuti is the VP and General Manager of Bin There Dump That, one of the most respected and successful franchised residential friendly dumpster business in North America. John has extensive experience with the different facets of franchising and small businesses. In 1993, he was awarded the first and only Canadian Handle With Care Packaging Store franchise. Over the next decade, he revolutionized the location to make it one of the top 5 in North America. Such achievements bagged the location the North American Franchise of the Year in 2003. His experience as both a highly successful franchise operator and effective franchise support specialist and recruiter make John uniquely qualified to relate to franchise operators and their needs. In addition to being the VP of Business Operations for Skedaddle Franchising, John is also the VP and General Manager of Bin There Dump That.

Barry Dowd – Vice President

Barry is the Chief Operating Officer of the original Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control location. Barry earned his BBA from Wilfrid Laurier in 1992 and became a Chartered Accountant in 1994. Shortly after becoming a CA Barry co-founded Dowd & Connick Chartered Accountants, growing it into a successful regional accounting firm in the Hamilton area before selling it to one of his partners in 1999. Barry became the CEO of the Hamilton/ Burlington SPCA in 2000, leading the $5 million organization through a corporate and financial reorganization and information systems overhaul from 2000 until his departure in 2004. Barry was formerly the President of IBI Corp a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and recipient of the 2007 Microsoft Worldwide Partner of the Year, selected from more than 40,000 partners and 1,800 nominees.

Corey Lewis – Director of Technical Services

Corey brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control. Corey started as a technician back in 1999 and has progressed through the ranks to Director of Technical Services. Corey has served on the Board of Environment Hamilton and as a Natural Environment Advisor for the Region of Niagara’s Water Quality Protection Strategy. He was a recipient of the Dr. Victor Cecilioni “Environmentalist of the Year Award” in 2001 and the “National Wildlife Technician of the Year” Award in 2001/2002. He is also a member of the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club and the Ontario Field Ornithologists. Corey has a diploma in Fish & Wildlife Technology.

Ryan Rainville – Director of Marketing

Ryan began with Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control as a summer student in 2002. He holds a B.A. in Business Administration and an MBA from Brock University. He spent a semester at the European Business School in Germany and completed internships with the Ontario Ministry of Finance and Canadian Tire Corporation during his studies. Ryan gained valuable hands on experience while managing Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control’s Montreal area operations. In 2013, Ryan returned to the Hamilton corporate office to assist with the company’s current franchising efforts. He brings experience in marketing and a focus on customer service to his position as Director of Marketing.

Valerie Walpole – Franchise Recruiting Specialist

Valerie recently celebrated her third year anniversary with That Franchise Group. She has worked in both the franchise recruiting and franchisee support departments, learning valuable information that helps her work directly with each Skadaddle franchise candidate to help them learn everything required to make an informed decision. Valerie has gained valuable experience over the last number of years in participating in the start-up, growth, and expansion of new franchise businesses. She is currently working on achieving the designation of Certified Franchise Executive through the International Franchise Association. Valerie lives in downtown Toronto and spends most of her weekends cottaging in Muskoka.