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Tom Anselmi biography

by Sens Communications @Media_Sens / Ottawa Senators

Tom Anselmi is a well-recognized Canadian business leader and an accomplished senior executive in the sports and entertainment industry. He was most recently President and Chief Operating Officer of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE).

Tom originally joined MLSE in 1996 and was responsible for the overall development of the Air Canada Centre, the critically acclaimed home of the NHL's Maple Leafs and the NBA's Raptors. A passionate leader of people, he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 1999 and President in 2012. Tom was a key member of the team that launched MLSE and built it into one of the world's most admired sports and entertainment organizations. From its inception, the organization delivered league leading results, launched numerous award winning brands and sports properties, and by 2013 had grown to over $2B in value.

Prior to joining MLSE, Tom was Vice President, General Manager of Arena Operations for Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment (now Canucks Sports & Entertainment) in Vancouver. He spent a number of years at Toronto's SkyDome (now Rogers Centre) during the development of the facility and during its initial operating phase, and has consulted on a variety of other sports and entertainment projects internationally. Prior to sports and entertainment, Tom was involved in several major capital projects across North America in the mining sector.

Born and raised in Toronto, Tom received an Engineering Degree from the University of Saskatchewan after graduating from Ryerson University. He is a recognized community leader and is a member of the board of Canada's Walk of Fame, the NHL Alumni Association, University of Saskatchewan Huskie Athletics and the Huntsville Hospital Foundation. He led the development of MLSE's Team Up Foundation and was at various times a board member of KidSport Canada, Molson Indy Foundation, Basketball Canada and Covenant House. Anselmi is also a passionate supporter of Canada's military and a member of Canada Company. As a leader of "Team Canada" he made six goodwill trips to Afghanistan and the Middle East accompanying NHL Alumni and other entertainers to visit Canadian troops situated in the region. In 2011, Tom received the CDS commendation from Canada's Chief of the Defence Staff, which is the highest military honour a civilian can receive. In 2012, he received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal and in the same year was inducted into the Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame. He has received Alumni Awards of Distinction from both the University of Saskatchewan and Ryerson University for accomplishments in the sports and entertainment industry. He is currently a distinguished Visiting Professor at The Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson.

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