About Us

Pam RyanPamela Ryan
President & CEO

Assets and Expertise

Pamela Ryan is President/CEO of Commercial Ventures and has 40 years experience selling businesses and commercial properties in the US and in Canada . She is also an accomplished public speaker, facilitator, trainer and motivator.

Marketing and customer relations play an integral role in Pam’s successful career. This expertise was initially fostered through the management of several US companies in Phoenix, Arizona , which provided experience in marketing, strategy and business development. Her expertise expanded to incorporate market research and feasibility studies, which were vital to her success as a partner in a concrete construction company and later as a Business Broker and Commercial Real Estate Broker.

Pam has a proven background in corporate planning – in management positions, as an entrepreneur and selling in businesses in the US and Canada . This expertise was showcased when she pioneered the concept of business brokerage in Canada by launching Canadian Business Brokers in 1985. She founded her current company in 1996 where she continues to sell commercial real estate and businesses as well as consulting on acquisitions, mergers, evaluations, restructuring, planning exit strategies and maximizing their goodwill.

Pam is a noted public speaker and has drawn attention for her speaking engagements with groups such as Savoir Faire Professional Women’s Club, Women in Leadership, Whole Women Ministries, Corporate Conferences, the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers and other organizations.


Exceptional leadership and motivational ability is the key to current success and is demonstrated in Pam’s career accomplishments. She actively promotes the tenets of honesty and integrity in the accredited business brokerage course she taught for the Calgary Real Estate Board for 16 years.


Pam was recognized as a Woman of Vision in the category of Business and Entrepreneurship in 2002 by the YWCA of Calgary and was nominated for the prestigious Joseph L. Rotman School of Management ( University of Toronto ) Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2003.


Pam always strives to give back and make a difference in the world by changing lives somehow for the better. She supports many charities and non-profit organizations, plus she is the founder of Savoir Fair Professional Women’s Club, Westside Adventure Group and Women Extraordinaire. She is also co-founder of the Creative Communication’s Club.

When the opportunity arises she takes the time to mentor others, giving sound advice in all areas of their lives based on her own experiences, successes and failures. Her favorite quote is “Success is failure turned inside out!” Becoming an empowering person involves both who you are and what you do.

Gil Milner

Gill Miller
Financial Manager/Bookkeeper

Gil’s long business career includes current bookkeeper and financial manager for Commercial Ventures since 1996. He has also worked in the capacity of bookkeeper and financial advisor for Hypower Fuels, Artec Manufacturing, Kingsway Transfer and other businesses. Gil prepares personal Tax Returns for a number of clients, offers part-time bookkeeping and sets up corporate books in Quick Books or Simply Accounting programs.


Elizabeth MacRae
Business Broker                                                                       

Elizabeth comes to the table with a strong portfolio of networking and marketing skills.  She has a passion for connecting individuals with other industry partners and resources to support them in reaching their goals.

As a pioneering Franchisee with GoTire Mobile Tire Service she understands the perspective of a small business owner. Elizabeth strongly relates to people interested in their first business, as well as the established business owner looking to move on.

She has experience in Marketing, Branding, Franchises, Start-ups, Non-Profit, Management & Leadership, Freelance, Networking, Public Speaking & Presentations.

Working as a Business Broker she has the opportunity to utilize all of her skills and passions. By assisting both buyers and sellers through a smooth transition she finds it rewarding to help new business owners enter the world of entrepreneurship while allowing sellers to successfully close a chapter of their lives.