Leonard Asper is the President, CEO and majority shareholder of Anthem Sports & Entertainment, a Canadian based company that owns and operates TV channels and digital assets. Anthem owns Fight Network, the world’s premier television channel dedicated 24/7 to combat sports, FNTSY Sports Network, the world’s first channel to offer interactive fantasy sports programming for a wide range of today’s sports enthusiast and a significant stake in the Pursuit Channel, a US based hunting and fishing network In addition, Anthem owns Rotoexperts, a leading web provider of Fantasy Sports content and Sports Grid a general sports entertainment website.
Prior to founding Anthem, Mr. Asper was CEO of Canwest Global Communications Corp., a post he held for over 10 years, as well as other executive positions in the Company prior to that, going back to 1991. Canwest was Canada’s largest media company, owning 13 daily newspapers in most major cities including the National Post, and 20 television channels including the national Global Television Network and 18 cable/satellite channels such as Food Network, Home & Garden TV, History Network, Slice, National Geographic, BBC Canada, Showcase and Movietime. Canwest also operated one of the largest digital portals in the country, Canada.com.
Internationally, Canwest controlled and operated television networks in Australia (Network 10), New Zealand (TV3 and TV4), Ireland (TV3) and Chile (La Red), 4 radio networks in Turkey, as well as Eye Corp., an out of home signage company operating in the US and several countries in Australasia. Canwest became a publicly traded Company in 1991 on the Toronto Stock Exchange, and for approximately 10 years was also listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
He is also one of the founders of Canterbury Park Capital, a private equity fund, and holds a significant interest in Creswin Properties, a developer of shopping malls.
A graduate of Brandeis University (cum laude) and the University of Toronto Law School, he is also a member of the Ontario Bar. He was included in Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 as well as being named CEO of the year by Playback, a media industry publication.
Leonard also serves on the Manitoba Business Council, as well as the Board of Overseers of the International Business School at Brandeis University, where he founded the Asper School for Entrepreneurship. He is a Trustee of the Asper Foundation, the founder of the Joshua Foundation and a member of the Board of Governors of the Saul and Claribel Simkin Center, a seniors’ housing complex in Winnipeg. Mr. Asper also served for 5 years on the Board of the University of Winnipeg Foundation and holds an honorary Doctorate in Laws from that institution.