Victor de Bonis
Chief Operating Officer & Alternate Governor NHL
Victor de Bonis is the Chief Operating Officer for Canucks Sports and Entertainment (CSE) and an Alternate Governor for the NHL. Working in partnership with CSE’s President and General Manager, Mike Gillis, Victor has primary responsibility over all facets of business operations and for directing the Senior Leadership Team. CSE is considered one of the top sports and entertainment companies in North America, and employs more than 1,000 people.
Victor has supported some of the most significant corporate partnerships in club history, forging relationships with organizations to provide premium products and services for all events at Rogers Arena and for all programs associated with Canucks Sports & Entertainment. He has also taken a leadership role in enhancing fan experience through a number of innovative programs and recent installations at Rogers Arena.
Victor graduated from the University of British Columbia and earned a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in 1989. Directly following graduation, he began his career at KPMG Chartered Accountants in the corporate audit division of the Vancouver branch. De Bonis served in this capacity for four years, auditing private and public companies in the Hospitality, Broadcasting, Mining, Healthcare and Manufacturing industries, before entering his final role with the organization: forensic accounting specialization. In 1992, he became a chartered accountant, and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia. Victor was elected to the Fellowship of Chartered Accountants in 2012.
Victor first joined Orca Bay Sports & Entertainment (now CSE) in 1994, as its Corporate Controller. In this role, he became a key member of the group that developed and implemented new business strategies for Rogers Arena, as well as for the organization’s NHL and NBA franchises. At that time, he was also responsible for managing the public company’s private placement, and for its new 18,000-seat multi-purpose arena in downtown Vancouver. In 1998, Victor was appointed CFO, responsible for managing all business operations. He took on his current role in March 2007, and became an Alternate Governor of the NHL in 2010.
In addition to his professional activities, de Bonis is actively involved with family and community affairs. He currently serves as the Director to the board of Special Olympics British Columbia and is the Vice President on the Canucks for Kids Fund Board. Victor and his wife, Mary, have three children.