A familiar face throughout the Vancouver and Lower Mainland community, Dennis enters his fourth season as the club’s 29th president. Since coming to the Lions in 2010, Dennis has not only cultivated the strengths of the club’s business operations, he has become a driving force in the CFL as a governor and recently headed up the league’s broadcast committee resulting in a historic television deal with TSN.
In addition to his valued guidance of the very successful 2011 Grey Cup Festival, Dennis’ leadership was instrumental in the Lions earning the hosting rights to the CFL’s 102nd Grey Cup Festival in 2014.
An integral part of the Lions organization since 2003 as a volunteer, Skulsky was part of a group led by the club’s late president and CEO Bob Ackles that founded the renowned “Waterboys”, an assembly of Vancouver’s most renowned business leaders committed to promoting the Lions brand and the CFL in the corporate community. Following the passing of Bob Ackles and a short stewardship as club president by owner David Braley, Skulsky was brought in to continue building the club’s strong brand from its rich history and foundation that began when Braley purchased the club in 1997.
Skulsky was a veteran media executive who spent four years as the president and CEO of Canwest Publishing looking after the print and online assets spread out across Canada. Prior to that, he spent six years heading up the BC daily newspapers – The Vancouver Sun and The Province. In addition, he was responsible for a number of community newspapers and Global television stations throughout British Columbia.
A long-time football fan and CFL follower, Skulsky has landed his dream job at the helm of one of the most successful sports franchises in British Columbia with six Grey Cup Championships banners to its credit and a significant community footprint throughout the province.
Since arriving in BC in 1996, Skulsky has become immersed in the community and is actively involved in boards such as the VGH-UBC Hospital Foundation, Tourism Vancouver, the Vancouver Board of Trade and the Richmond Olympic Oval.
Dennis and his wife Marlene have two daughters, Jodi (Adam) and Kimberly and are proud grandparents to Gracie. Dennis has other ties to British Columbia as his parents currently reside in White Rock.