December 12, 2012, OTTAWA (CIS) – Canadian Interuniversity Sport president, Leo MacPherson, announced on Wednesday the appointment of successful business executive and legal professional Robin Brudner to the CIS board of directors.

Brudner joins the CIS board as its second member at large, effective immediately. Renowned sports business leader Richard Peddie was appointed to a similar position last June.

“We are thrilled to welcome Robin to the CIS board of directors. She will be a major asset for CIS as she brings a wealth of relevant experience and a passion for sport in Canada,” said MacPherson. “We are very excited about the future of university sport in this country and Robin is the perfect complement to our existing team of talented directors.”

Brudner possesses over 20 years of experience in the sports and entertainment industry, most recently as the executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. (“MLSE”). She began her sports management career with the Toronto Raptors in 1995, prior to the team’s inaugural game, and became the first female in-house counsel for an NBA team. In 1998, when Maple Leaf Gardens, Ltd. acquired the Raptors and Air Canada Centre to form MLSE, she was promoted to vice president and general counsel and became the first general counsel in Toronto Maple Leafs history. She was promoted to senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary in 2004, and then to executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary in 2010.

Brudner was an integral part of the senior management team that strategically built MLSE into a sports and entertainment leader in North America and led to the tremendous growth in MLSE’s enterprise value. In addition to her day-to-day responsibilities, she led the MLSE team on the sale of the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan’s 79.53% interest in MLSE to Bell and Rogers Communications Inc. for $1.32 billion, making it the largest sports transaction in Canadian history.

Prior to MLSE, Brudner worked in the entertainment industry, first at CBC, and then for the CRB Foundation. Called to the Ontario Bar in 1989, she received her Bachelor of Laws in 1987 from Osgoode Hall Law School, where she earned a Student Honour Award for outstanding contribution to student life. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (psychology) from York University.

In 2006, Brudner received the prestigious Canadian General Counsel Award for Mid-Sized Law Department Excellence.

“I’m excited to be joining the CIS board and am looking forward to helping engage, inspire, promote and support student-athletes across Canada,” Brudner said.


  • President: Leo MacPherson (St. Francis Xavier University)
  • President-Elect: Gord Grace (University of Windsor)
  • Vice President Sport: James Keogh (University of Victoria)
  • Vice President Marketing: Gilles Lépine (Laval University)
  • Vice President Compliance: Jennifer Brenning (Carleton University)
  • Chair Finance: John Ryan (Cape Breton University)
  • Chair International: Theresa Hanson (University of British Columbia)
  • AUS Representative: Michelle Healey (Memorial University of Newfoundland)
  • RSEQ Representative: Jean-Pierre Chancy (University of Montreal)
  • OUA Representative: Jennifer Myers (York University)
  • CWUAA Representative: Sandy Slavin (University of Lethbridge)
  • Member At Large: Richard Peddie
  • Member At Large: Robin Brudner

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