Dennis Skulsky


A familiar face throughout the CFL community, Dennis was the 29th president of the BC Lions prior to his retirement. Previous to that, he had a four-year stint as president and CEO of Canwest Publishing where he oversaw the company’s print and online assets.

During his time as Lions president, he served as vice chairman and CFL Governor for the club.

Skulsky, who joined the Lions in 2003, was a part of a group led by the club’s late president and CEO Bob Ackles that founded the Waterboys, a collective of British Columbia business leaders who are committed to promoting the Lions brand in the corporate community.

Skulsky also spearheaded the very successful 2005 Grey Cup Committee whose Party on the Pacific festival remains one of the most profitable and entertaining CFL championships to date. With a wealth of experience and leadership to his credit, Dennis was subsequently appointed co-chair of the 2011 Grey Cup Committee.

A veteran media executive in the newspaper industry, Skulsky began his career nearly three decades ago as circulation district manager for The Edmonton Journal, followed by several senior leadership positions with Southam Inc., Hollinger and Canwest.

Prior to his appointment as president and CEO of Canwest Publishing, Skulsky served as president and publisher for the Pacific Newspaper Group and group publisher, western region. In this role, Dennis oversaw all of Canwest MediaWorks’ western daily newspapers, including The Vancouver Sun, The Province, The Times Colonist, The Calgary Herald, The Edmonton Journal, The Leader-Post, The Star-Phoenix and 12 community newspapers throughout the lower mainland.

An Edmonton native, Dennis and his wife Marlene have two daughters, Jodi (Adam) and Kimberly and a granddaughter. Dennis has family ties to British Columbia as his parents currently reside in White Rock.

Dennis was inducted into the BC Lions Wall of Fame in 2023 as a Founder of the Waterboys, a dynamic group of British Columbia business leaders engaged in building the BC Lions Football Club’s brand and relationships in the corporate community.

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