About the Organizers
With bases in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, Toronto and Los Angeles, Robin is an entrepreneur with a track record of supporting entrepreneurs and businesses in Canada and internationally. Through her company, Clear Path Inc., she has provided a broad range of services to other companies focused on building and managing infrastructure and organizational systems. Robin’s project management work has included office builds, renovations, and the establishment of initial office operations for ole, a multi-national music company with eight offices in the US., Canada and the U.K. Robin’s latest venture finds her at the helm of 97 South Song Sessions, a songwriters festival in BC’s Okanagan wine region.
ROBERT J OTT
Robert Ott was Founder & Former Chairman/CEO of ole, one of the world’s largest independent music publishing, recorded music and rights management companies. Robert launched ole in 2004 and raised 1B USD in capitalization for the company, deploying circa $550M USD of that by 2018. The company achieved gross margins of 67M USD with 60% EBITDA and an average 13% unlevered cash return over his 14-year tenure. ole was the largest and most successful Canadian music company in history and its only domestically controlled multi-national. Robert sold his stake in ole to Teachers’ in 2018.
97 South Holdings Inc.
97 South Holdings Inc. is a British Columbia based company incorporated to establish 97 South Song Sessions, a music entertainment festival held in the Okanagan Valley. The company is captained by experienced entrepreneur and business person, Robin Ott and includes on its board, Robert J. Ott, founder & former CEO of ole, one of the world’s foremost music companies whose roster included artists and songwriters such as Rush, Timbaland, Chris Janson and Big Wreck. The company’s mission is to establish and grow a distinct music entertainment festival featuring songwriter performances from around the world, as a complement to and in promotion of, the Pentiction/Naramata wine region as an international and cultural destination.
Mailing address: 2108 Naramata Rd. Naramata, BC V0H1N1