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About Our Team

We are a group of passionate Fundraising Professionals

Bill Brown

Bill Brown

Co-Founder/Auctioneer

As a third generation auctioneer with over 25 years experience, Bill's passion for fundraising shines through at every event. His big heart defines our business and motivates us to do what we love! Bill raises approximately $3 million annually through his live auction services. If you ever find yourself at one of Bill's auctions just raise your hand, he'll tell you what to pay later.

Michelle Black

Michelle Black

Co-Founder

Michelle is our numbers girl, she takes care of everything financial and does it all with a smile! She also manages our auction inventory to guarantee we offer a fresh supply of items and keep tabs on what's popular with bidders at fundraisers. If Michelle could jet away tomorrow, she would head to New York to take in our Broadway Experience.

Renée Rothzén

Renée Rothzén

Co-Founder

Renée's enthusiasm can tackle anything! The creative one on the team, she produces our marketing material and is committed to make every event look exceptional. She also sources new auction items and trip experiences that will knock the socks off you and your bidders. If Renée was bidding, she'd break the bank on one of our Leftbank paintings.

Katherine Black

Katherine Black

Fundraising Event Manager

Katherine has some pretty cool experience and knows what it takes to pull off a great event. She works with our suppliers and clients who require consignment auction items, including out of town events (yup we work with charities across Canada). If you plan on having any wine related auction items at your event consider inviting Kat to start a bidding war.

Chelsea Johnston

Chelsea Johnston

Fundraising Event Manager

Born and raised in Calgary, Chelsea has the passion for adventure, planning and helping others. She started fundraising at a young age for school, sports and other events and has been enthusiastic about raising money ever since! Known as a list enthusiast and a post-it note queen, she is our go-to-girl for keeping events on track and pretty much awesome. If she could bid on any item, it would hands down be an autographed Flames jersey.

John Murray

John Murray

Auctioneer/Professional Spotter

John has worked in the auction industry for over 10 years and has earned the love of bidding crowds near and far. A native of Ireland and proud father of triplets, John is an auctioneer and spotter who's guaranteed to find every last dollar on the auction floor. His boundless energy and quick witted humour will make sure you have a fun filled event. If John wasn't an auctioneer he would be a NASCAR driver for the day with our NASCAR Racing Experience.

Wendell Smith

Wendell Smith

Professional Spotter

Wendell brings over 25 years experience as a professional spotter to the Elevate Auctions team. When he's not watching for bids you can find him on the golf course yelling “fore” or snacking on whatever tasty treats he can find. Wendell loves being in the middle of the action and if he could bid on one item it would be the Pebble Beach Golf Experience.