President, GM & Alternate Governor, NHL
Mike Gillis is the 10th General Manager in the history of the Vancouver Canucks and is in his fiftth season in the club¹s front office. As President & General Manager, Gillis has led the Canucks to Northwest Division titles every season since joining the organization and assembled the 2010.11 and 2011.12 Presidents¹ Trophy winning teams, setting a franchise record with 117 points in the regular season, and winning the Clarence Campbell Bowl as the Western Conference playoff champions in 2011. He received the General Manager of the Year Award at the 2011 NHL Awards.
Gillis is responsible for the overall strategic direction of Canucks Sports & Entertainment working in partnership with Chief Operating Officer, Victor de Bonis. He provides strategic leadership to the Hockey Operations Department, overseeing the Canucks top minor league affiliates, negotiating player contracts and executing viable, long-term strategies for player growth and development. Over the past three seasons Gillis has secured core players on the Canucks roster to long-term deals through the 2012.13 season including Kevin Bieksa, Chris Higgins, Dan Hamhuis, Manny Malhotra, Ryan Kesler, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Roberto Luongo, Alex Burrows and Alex Edler.
Gillis was selected 5th overall by the Colorado Rockies in the 1978 NHL Entry Draft and played 246 games, recording 76 points (33-43-76) with Colorado and Boston before retiring due to injury. A native of Kingston, Ontario, Gillis earned a law degree from Queen¹s University, where he later served as a professor of sports law. Prior to joining the Canucks, Gillis enjoyed a successful 15-year career as a NHL player representative.