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Richard Peddie

Former President and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment

This former head of one of the most successful sports franchises in the world takes audiences and readers into the boardrooms and dressing rooms of major league sports.

Toronto, ON, Canada

Presentations

21 Leadership Lessons: Successes, Failures, and Discoveries from a Life in Business and Sports
Richard shares the twenty-one most important lessons he learned–and sometimes relearned–in his storied career. 21 Leadership Lessons contains a lifetime of business wisdom, serving as a inspiration for the next generation of business leaders, and a valuable refresher for those more experienced. Richard presents some candid personal stories of successes and discoveries, major challenges, and even failures. He offers worldly business advice for young, aspiring leaders–from the corporate sector, the sports world, as well as from the government and not-for-profit sectors. In this presentation, Richard covers a wide range of topics, including: the importance of vision and values, the need for contrary thinkers. leading with an edge, the need to say thank you–often, how to be a complete coach, and much more.

Dream Job
Dream Job takes audiences behind the scenes of MLSE and introduces us to Richard Peddie. Entrepreneurs will be keen to learn how a working class kid from Windsor who barely made it into university managed to reach the top of virtually every organization he ever worked for.  Business leaders and organizations will be interested in his lessons learned in building one of the most successful organizations in its industry.  Hockey, basketball and soccer fans will warm to the many stories that Peddie has to tell in his fascinating and hard-hitting presentations.

  • He was an absolute pleasure to work with – easily accessible, quick to respond, agreeable, flexible and a dream with the audience both before and after his presentation.

    - Events Manager, Food & Consumer Products of Canada
  • Peddie is a gold medal type of business/sports executive...Outstanding leadership falls into the hands of a few Peddie is one of that select group.


    - - PAUL GODFREY, PRESIDENT AND CEO, NATIONAL POST
  • Through the words and stories in his book, it is clear he has the vision, the brains and the ability to succeed in the business of sports.

    - BRIAN BURKE, FORMER PRESIDENT, TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
  • His book, like his career, is equal parts entertainment and education. Frank, funny, thought provoking...a lesson well learned on every page.

    - PRESIDENT AND CEO, THE PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL FOUNDATION

Summary Profile

He was president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment for fifteen years until his retirement in 2012, overseeing all business and team operations related to the Maple Leafs, the Raptors, Toronto FC, the Marlies, the operations of the Air Canada Centre, the organization’s three television channels and Maple Leaf Square.

This former head of one of the most successful sports franchises in the world takes audiences and readers into the boardrooms and dressing rooms of major league sports.

Millions of sports fans think they know how to run any team better than the executive in charge of the operation. Such pressure is bound to teach a person a thing or two about leadership, humility and success. Richard Peddie, former president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, has clearly learned a few lessons along the way, and now he shares them for the first time in his new book and speaking topic.