LANGLEY, British Columbia –
Trinity Western University Athletics’ Spartan Foundation is preparing to host its third annual “Complete Champions Lunch,” Nov. 22 which will feature special guest speaker Peter Legge along with a question and answer panel that will include Vancouver Whitecaps CEO Paul Barber, B.C. Lions CEO Dennis Skulsky and Vancouver Canucks COO Victor de Bonis.

The lunch, which will be held in the banquet hall at the Langley Events Centre (7888 - 200th Street) starting at 11:30 a.m., is an opportunity to raise money for Trinity Western University Athletics and, in doing so, support sports and education.

Trinity Western University has been making giant waves across Canada in both academics and athletics as it has become one of the country’s premier universities for sport and education.

In the Globe and Mail’s 2012 Canadian University Report, Trinity Western was the only school in Canada to score an A+ for Quality of Teaching and Learning and this comes after being given an A+ for the now discontinued category of Quality of Education for the past five years.

While Trinity Western stands atop the mountain in Canada academically, athletically, the Spartans have also proven to be at the top of their respective fields.

Since joining the CIS in 1999, the Spartans have won six national championships in three different sports – women’s soccer in 2004, 2008 and 2009, men’s volleyball in 2006 and 2011 and an individual gold medal in the 60m sprint in 2001 by Laura Wilson – and have accumulated 15 CIS championship medals and eight Canada West championship banners.

As mentioned, the guest speaker the lunch will be internationally acclaimed professional speaker Peter Legge, who is a best-selling author and is the chairman and CEO of CanadaWide Media Ltd, which is the largest, independently owned magazine publishing company in Western Canada. He is a past chair of the Vancouver Board of Trade and his presentations are based on his everyday experiences as a community leader, husband, father and CEO.

Following Legge’s presentation will be a question and answer panel featuring some of the most powerful sports figures in Vancouver in Barber, Skulsky and de Bonis.

Barber became CEO of Vancouver Whitecaps FC in March 2010 and has led the club’s transition to Major League Soccer. Prior to coming to Vancouver, Barber was the executive director at Tottenham Hotspur FC of England’s Premier League. Before that he was the director of marketing & communications for The Football Association in England where he was part of the England national team’s official party to the FIFA World Cup in Japan and Korea in 2002 and to the UEFA European Championships in Belgium and Holland in 2000.

Skulsky is in his second season as the B.C. Lion CEO following a four-year stint as president and CEO of Canwest Publishing where he oversaw the company’s print and online assets. Previous to that, Skulsky was the president and publisher of The Vancouver Sun and The Province daily newspapers. Skulsky was also part of a group led by the Club’s late president and CEO Bob Ackles that founded the Waterboys.

De Bonis was named the Vancouver Canucks Chief Operating Officer in March of 2007. Working in partnership with president and general manager, Mike Gillis, de Bonis is responsible for all facets of business operations both strategically and tactically, while directing the senior leadership team.

Tickets for the event are $150 per person or $1000 for a table of eight, which will include one Spartans athlete at the table. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

To order tickets or for sponsorship details, call Steve Scholz or Heidi Rohla at 604-613-7710.

For more information, go to or the Spartans athletics website at


Last Updated: 2011-11-21
Author: Mark Janzen