Brian Burke

President of Hockey Ops, Pittsburgh Penguins, Community Activist and Mentor

Brian Burke

Brian Burke joined the Pittsburgh Penguins in February, 2021 as the President of Hockey Operations.  He was formerly an analyst on Sportsnet, the president of hockey operations for the Calgary Flames, president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the general manager for the United States Olympic national hockey team. Brian Burke is a dynamic figure in both the worlds of business and sport. He is a sought-after speaker on business management and growth, leadership, and, of course, his prolific career in professional sports.

Burke’s career in the business of hockey began in 1987 as an NHL player agent and director of hockey operations for the Vancouver Canucks. He was credited with reviving the franchise as the team won a playoff series and captured a division title. From 2005-2007, Burke was the general manager for the Anaheim Ducks, who, under his leadership won the 2007 Stanley Cup championship. He was also a pro scout and consultant for the team after serving as the president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Burke also worked with the United States Olympic national team as the general manager at Vancouver’s 2010 Winter games, and as the director of player development at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Away from the rink, Burke is well known for his work within the community. He is a vocal activist against homophobia in sports, a strong supporter of first response personnel and military service members, an environmentalist, and a humanitarian. Since his son Patrick founded the “You Can Play Project” in support of his brother Brendan, Burke has been very vocal about the importance of LGBT inclusion in the NHL. Burke also remains heavily involved with the military, visiting bases within Canada, the United States, and Afghanistan. He has worked with the Wounded Warrior Project since 2003.

Burke is also an avid supporter of many philanthropic organizations including: Ducks Unlimited Canada, The Canadian Safe School Network (CSSN), Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, Special Olympics Cops, and Computers Merry-Go-Round Children’s Foundation. In May 2011, he was presented with the Easter Seals Toronto’s Tribute award for lending support to kids with physical disabilities and for excellence in business and community service. Burke is also an active participant in ‘The Big Save’ which is an annual blood donor clinic held in Toronto.

Currently, in addition to his role as President of Hockey Ops for the Penguins, Burke serves as a member of the Selection Committee for the Hockey Hall of Fame and sits on the Board of Directors for Rugby Canada.  In October 2020 he released his first book ” Burke’s Law: A Life in Hockey”

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VIRTUAL KEYNOTE: We absolutely loved working with Brian Burke. His presentation was a highlight, especially for our Conference Chair! This keynote resonated in various points he made which could be applied to a number of different types of professions including Asset Management, and, given his background, he was a person providing an interesting and entertaining story that was also heartwarming and transparent so many times. This was a slam dunk! Entertaining, with a unique but relevant link to the asset management industry.
Canadian Network of Asset Managers
The evening went very well. Brian was phenomenal. He truly is a dynamic and engaging speaker. The Q&A was the highlight of his time with us. Brian was also very gracious with his time and spoke with whomever approached him. Everything worked out just as expected. The guests were truly engaged. It was a great evening and we probably could have gone for another hour with Brian speaking. Everyone thought it was fantastic.
Toronto Transportation Club

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