Modern Leaf is pleased to announce the appointment of Anthony LeBlanc as Chief Executive Officer.
Anthony LeBlanc has been a sales and marketing executive for the past 25 years. He began his career within the New Brunswick Telephone Mobility (now Bell Aliant) dealership network. Within two years he was recognized as the top sales individual within the Province. He then went on to a successful career in Information Technology with companies such as Corel Corporation, Giga Information Group, and most notably as the Vice President of Global Sales at Research In Motion (now BlackBerry) between 2000 and 2008.
In 2011, Mr. LeBlanc was nominated as the candidate for the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario in his hometown riding of Thunder Bay Superior North. While not successful in his bid to become a Member of the Ontario Legislature, he did double the PC's percentage of the vote.
In August of 2013, Mr. LeBlanc and his partners in the newly formed IceArizona Acquisition Company purchased the Phoenix Coyotes from the National Hockey League. In September of that year, he was named the franchises President, Chief Executive Officer and Alternate Governor. Within the first three months, significant long-term contracts were completed with Fox Sports Arizona, Levy Restaurant Group and Ticketmaster. Within the first year of operating, the team had broken all franchise revenue records, and had signed a new long term naming rights agreement with the Gila River Indian Community. This was the first federally recognized Tribal naming rights deal with a sports venue that houses one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States.
In December of 2014, IceArizona sold a 51% interest in the franchise to Andrew Barroway, at a valuation that was significantly higher than what was paid for the team seventeen months prior. In June of 2017, Mr. LeBlanc along with President of Hockey Operations Gary Drummond spearheaded and finalized a transaction to sell the remaining 49% interest to Mr. Barroway.
In 2017, Mr. LeBlanc and Mr. Drummond along with AMJ Campbell Van Line CEO Bruce Bowser formed Maritime Football Limited, a company focused upon acquiring an expansion franchise in the Canadian Football League to be located in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
He graduated from Lakehead University in 1993 with a Bachelors degree in Political Science.