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Canwest CEO Skulsky said to be next BC Lions boss

*story updated at 8:15 am, Monday July 13, 2009

Dennis Skulsky, who oversaw Vancouver’s Sun and Province newspapers before moving to Toronto to become President and CEO of Canwest Publishing, is headed back to Vancouver to run the Lions professional football team, according to sports business analyst Tom Mayenknecht.

It’s “just a matter of time” before Lions owner David Braley formally seals the deal with Skulsky, Mayenknecht said today in an appearance on the TEAM 1040 sports talk show hosted by Blake Price.

Mayenknecht hosts his own TEAM 1040 Saturday morning radio show focusing on sports business.

Skulsky was close friends with Bob Ackles, the legendary football exec who died last year while at the helm of the Lions. Ackles and Skulsky founded the Waterboys, a group of business leaders committed to promoting the BC Lions within corporate circles.

Before becoming Canwest Publishing President and CEO, Skulsky oversaw Canwest’s western Canadian newspapers, including The Vancouver Sun, The Province and a dozen community newspapers in B.C.'s Lower Mainland.

According to the Canwest website, Skulsky currently “oversees the Company's print and online assets, including ten metro dailies, 30 community newspapers, the National Post and the Canwest News Service.”

When Skulsky assumed his current position in May of 2006, Canwest stock was selling at around 15 dollars a share. Today the share price is 6.5 cents.

David Beers is editor of The Tyee.

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