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Cyril Leeder

Cyril M. Leeder (Inducted 2006)

Mr. Cyril M. Leeder graduated from Brockville Collegiate in 1978, and is best known for his part in returning the Ottawa Senators to the National Hockey League in 1990.

While at B.C.I., Mr. Leeder's mind was honed by participating in Reach for the Top and his interest in sports was forged on the varsity basketball and volleyball teams. In 1982, Mr. Leeder graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Commerce and, in 1984, obtained his chartered accountant=s designation and began to work with Ottawa entrepreneur, Bruce Firestone. In 1987, Mr. Leeder was named President of the Firestone organization and served as its CEO from 1988 to 1992.

In 1990, Mr. Leeder was instrumental in writing and presenting the proposal to the NHL Board of Governors which resulted in the return of the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club to Ottawa. From 1992 to 1998, Mr. Leeder served as President of the Palladium Corporation which developed and built the Corel Centre B now known as Scotiabank Place.

Mr. Leeder continues as a member of the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Senators Foundation and is the chairman of the Ottawa International Hockey Festival and the Bell Canada Cup hockey tournament (the world=s largest hockey tournament with over 400 teams participating).

As a member of TEAM Ottawa-Gatineau , an organization of community leaders with a mandate to attract major sports and cultural events to the region, Mr Leeder contributed to successful bids to bring the 2003 Juno Awards, the 2005 and 2007 NHL Entry Drafts, 2007 World Soccer Championships and the 2009 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships to the Ottawa area. He was recently named Ottawa Tourism Leader of the Year.

Mr. Leeder resides in Ottawa with his wife Lydia and his children.

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