President & CEO, Ottawa Senators
Tom Anselmi is a recognized senior business leader in Canada and an accomplished sports and entertainment executive. A passionate leader of people, Anselmi most recently worked for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) where he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 1999 and President in 2012. He originally joined MLSE in 1996 and was responsible for the overall development of the Air Canada Centre. He was a key member of the original team that launched MLSE transforming it into one of the world’s most admired sports and entertainment organizations.
Prior to his role at MLSE, Anselmi was also Vice-President and General Manager of arena operations for Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment (now Canucks Sports & Entertainment) in Vancouver. Anselmi received an Engineering Degree from the University of Saskatchewan after graduating from Ryerson University where he is currently a distinguished visiting professor. 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 also led the development of MLSE’s Team Up Foundation. Anselmi is also a passionate supporter of Canada’s military and a member of Canada Company. 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.