Rod Bryden is a prominent
Ottawa business executive.
He is best known as the
owner of the Ottawa
team from 1992 until 2003. Outside of hockey, his
career has included founding or leading several of Canada's leading
was born on March 13, 1944, in Port Elgin, New Brunswick.
Mr. Bryden obtained a B.A. Hon.
University in Sackville, New Brunswick; an LLB, University of
New Brunswick, Fredericton; and an LLM, University of
Michigan, Ann Arbor.
law at the University of Saskatchewan as assistant law professor, from 1966 to 1969
before moving to Ontario, where he held a succession of positions
in the Canadian government.
In 1974, Mr. Bryden founded Systemhouse
, a computer integration firm where he served as president
or chairman until 1991. In 1979, he founded Paperboard Industries
Corporation (PIC) by purchasing Trent Valley Paperboard Mills. He
served as chairman of PIC until 1991. Both companies were enjoying
annual revenues of over $700 million when he stepped down that
In 1992, Mr. Bryden became CEO of Terrace Corporation, the
principal owner of the Ottawa
. In 1993, he became Chairman and Governor of the Club.
construction on the Palladium arena (later the Corel Centre and now
Place) was begun by the Palladium Corporation, of which
Bryden was the owner and chairman.
The arena opened in
In 1996, Mr. Bryden formed the World Heart Corporation in coalition
with the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Dr. Tofy Mussivand
and Dr. Michael Cowpland
Bryden served as president and CEO of the company before resigning
Late in 2004, Mr. Bryden avoided personal bankruptcy by using his
excellent negotiating skills to convince his creditors to accept
$600,000 instead of almost $100M of debt.
In 2005, Mr. Bryden was appointed as the new chairman of cancer
drug developer PharmaGap, Inc.
Currently, he is President and CEO of Plasco Energy Group, an
Ottawa firm developing energy production using
, from household
waste. He also is the chairman of the board of SC Stormont Inc.,
and Chairman of the board of PharmaGap Inc. Mr. Bryden is also on
the Board of Directors of Clearford Industries and Gallium Software