Company Overview

Media Central Corporation Inc. is an independent and alternative media company situated to acquire and develop high-quality publishing assets, starting with the recent launch of CannCentral.com, a robust news, lifestyle and community cannabis platform curated for the human experience.
Management Team
Our strategic corporate team is composed of publishing, technology and capital markets professionals who are poised to deliver high-quality content, strategy and substantive value across a number of platforms.
Brian Kalish
Chief Executive Officer and Director
Brian is an experienced executive and entrepreneur with extensive experience in media, professional sports, health care and specialty finance sectors; he brings a unique set of capabilities and relationships to his role as chief executive officer. Most recently, he served as founding director and president of various specialty finance companies. In 2003, Brian co-led the acquisition and redevelopment of the Toronto Argonauts Football Club of the Canadian Football League. In 1999, he founded the first interactive point of purchase retail medium, where a series of internet-enabled touch screens were deployed at Rexall drugstores, and was responsible for driving double digit incremental dollar sales for many of the world’s largest consumer brands. As CEO and director of Gemoscan Canada Inc., Brian was integral in leading Gemoscan to become the first company to commercialize naturopathic medical services in a retail setting.
Rodney Davis
Incoming Chief Financial Officer, CPA
As a public company CFO Rodney has designed internal controls, overseen large and small business system change, built financial organizations and taken companies public, on 3 continents. Between 1995 and 1999 Rodney had led the purchase and integration of more than 200 daily and weekly newspapers including: the St. Catharines Standard and 32 related weekly papers, The Halifax Daily News and the purchase of the Financial Post from Sun Media which eventually became The National Post. Rodney’s past experience includes Vice President and Corporate Controller Southam Inc. (Canada) (1995-1999), Partner and Director of Corporate Finance for Ernst & Young (Caribbean) (2002-2004), CEO and CFO Cool Group of Companies (Jamaica) (2007-2013), the leading gas retailer in Jamaica. Rodney is a Chartered Professional Accountant registered in the Province of Ontario, Canada and a fellow of the ICAJ (Jamaica).
Kirk MacDonald
Senior Vice President, Revenue and Operations
Kirk is a veteran media executive who brings a strong fundamental understanding of publishing, technology and sales to MediaCentral. In 2010 Kirk co-founded Adtaxi while serving as EVP of Digital First Media. Kirk grew Adtaxi to sales of over US$100 million across 6 countries and 166 cities in its first five years as its President. Kirk’s previous C-Suite and executive positions included: CEO of the Denver Newspaper Agency (publisher of The Denver Post & Rocky Mountain News) from 1999-2006; EVP Digital Sales & Marketing, Digital First Media from 2009-2013; CRO/Senior Consultant at the Toronto Star 2015-2016.
Anton Tikhomirov
Sr. Vice President, Technology & Architecture
Anton has more than 15 years of experience in digital technologies, with a specialization in e-commerce. His unique approach to systems enabled him to establish a chain of e-commerce platforms in 2008 which, within two years, garnered more than one million unique visitors per month. Anton’s ability to develop and diligently execute strategic plans allowed him to open a full-service digital agency in 2016, which currently serves nearly 40 clients across Canada and the United States.
Igor Kostioutchenko
Controller, CPA, CA, CD, CFE, CIA, LPA
Igor has extensive experience providing controllership services, applying IFRS, ASPE and U.S. GAAP frameworks, advising on restructuring, mergers, acquisitions and public market offerings, and conducting accounting investigations. He later moved on to lead audit and other functions with Collins Barrow, now Baker Tilly Canada. Igor graduated with distinction from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and began his public accounting career with Deloitte LLP.
Board of Directors
Brian Kalish
Chief Executive Officer and Director
Brian is an experienced executive and entrepreneur with extensive experience in media, professional sports, health care and specialty finance sectors; he brings a unique set of capabilities and relationships to his role as chief executive officer. Most recently, he served as founding director and president of various specialty finance companies. In 2003, Brian co-led the acquisition and redevelopment of the Toronto Argonauts Football Club of the Canadian Football League. In 1999, he founded the first interactive point of purchase retail medium, where a series of internet-enabled touch screens were deployed at Rexall drugstores, and was responsible for driving double digit incremental dollar sales for many of the world’s largest consumer brands. As CEO and director of Gemoscan Canada Inc., Brian was integral in leading Gemoscan to become the first company to commercialize naturopathic medical services in a retail setting.
Dr. Scott Wilson, DC
Director
Dr. Scott Wilson is a widely recognized North American health care expert, passionate entrepreneur and public speaker with more than 25 years of experience treating patients as a board-certified chiropractor (Canada and the U.S.). Dr. Scott Wilson is also the founder and chairman of PhysiomedTM, one of Canada’s largest franchised networks of interdisciplinary health care clinics with more than 30 clinics in Ontario and British Columbia.
Gil Steinfeld
Director
Mr. Steinfeld brings more than 20 years of diverse experience and intelligence as a distinguished marketing executive and online marketing consultant to various top online gaming brands. During his career, he led various marketing efforts spanning across platforms with values exceeding $3 billion. Mr. Steinfeld oversaw top-level Canadian and U.S. marketing strategies for PartyGaming Plc, and World Poker Tour in the areas of online and traditional media. From 1999 to 2005, Mr. Steinfeld was the vice president of marketing at Microgaming, where he played a significant role in growing the company from 20 to over 1000 employees.
Larry Latowsky
Director
Larry is an executive with more than 14 years in the e-commerce and health care industries. Prior to its sale to McKesson Corporation, he served as interim chief executive officer and chairman of the board for Well.ca, an online store with Canada’s largest assortment of green and natural brands. He was also the chief executive officer of Katz Group Canada/Rexall Pharmaplus from 2010 to 2014 and Drug Trading Company Ltd. from 2004 to 2014, which provides independent or franchise pharmacy banner programs for IDA, Guardian, and Medicine Shoppe drug stores. Larry has also previously served on the board of the Retail Council of Canada, Electronic Commerce Council of Canada, and the Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores.