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Eugene Melnyk (born May 27, 1959) is a Canadian[2][3][4] businessman who has resided in Barbados since February 1991. He is the current and sole owner, governor, and chairman of the Ottawa Senators professional ice hockey franchise of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is the founder, former chairman, and CEO of Biovail Corporation which was acquired by Valeant Pharmaceuticals. Canadian Business magazine ranked Melnyk 79th with a net worth of $1.21 billion on its 2017 list of Canada's 100 wealthiest people.[5] He is also one of the richest residents of Barbados.[6][7]

Eugene Melnyk
Born (1959-05-27) May 27, 1959 (age 60)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
OccupationBusinessman, sports franchise owner
Known forFounder Biovail Corporation, Owner Ottawa Senators, Philanthropist
Net worth$1.21 billion (2017)
Board member ofOttawa Senators, Advisory Council of Ukrainian Canadian Congress
AwardsOrder of St. Michael (2008)[1]



Melnyk is of Ukrainian heritage.[3][4]

Business careerEdit

In 1982, Melnyk founded medical publishing company Trimel Corporation, which was sold to Thomson Publications (part of The Thomson Corporation) in 1989. Melnyk then founded Biovail Corporation, a specialty pharmaceutical company, in 1989. During his time as chairman and CEO of Biovail, revenues grew from $19 million in 1995 to $1.067 billion in 2006. One of Biovail's strategies was to look for drugs with expired patents, then reinvent them with the company's proprietary technologies. One example was producing drugs that had controlled-release features that let patients take the drug once a day instead of several times.[8] Melnyk left Biovail on June 30, 2007 following news that the US Securities and Exchange Commission planned to take legal action against him over "trading and reporting ownership positions in Biovail securities."[9]

In March, 2008, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) sued Melnyk and Biovail for accounting fraud. The SEC press release claims that Melnyk and other executives "repeatedly overstated earnings and hid losses in order to deceive investors and create the appearance of achieving earnings goals. When it ultimately became impossible to continue concealing the company's inability to meet its own earnings guidance, Biovail actively misled investors and analysts about the reasons for the company's poor performance." Biovail settled for $10 million US.[10]

In May 2011, Melnyk was banned from senior roles at public companies in Canada for five years and fined $565,000 by the Ontario Securities Commission. Melnyk also settled with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and agreed to pay a civil penalty of $150,000, in addition to $1 million previously paid to settle other claims with the SEC.[11]

Sports franchise ownerEdit

On August 26, 2003, Melnyk bought the Ottawa Senators hockey club of the NHL by purchasing the team and their arena, Corel Centre. He is the sole owner and holds the titles of governor and chairman.

Melnyk's first sports franchise purchase was the St. Michael's Majors of the Ontario Hockey League in 2001. Until 2007, the club played at the St. Michael's College School's Arena in Toronto, but has now relocated to Mississauga, Ontario. As there was a club already in Mississauga, the IceDogs, Melnyk purchased the IceDogs in 2006 and resold them in 2007 to move the Majors into the IceDogs home arena. The new ownership of the IceDogs has relocated the team to St. Catharines, Ontario and is now known as the Niagara IceDogs. On May 10, 2012, Melnyk sold the St. Michael's Majors (now called the Mississauga Steelheads) to Elliott Kerr for an undisclosed price.[12]

On September 16, 2008, Melnyk proposed plans for an Ottawa Major League Soccer professional soccer team, and a new soccer-specific Ottawa Soccer Stadium [13] but could not obtain support from Ottawa's municipal Council. Instead, the Mayor and Council chose a different site for the Canadian Football League's Ottawa Redblacks franchise.

In 2009, Melnyk served as chairman of the IIHF World Junior Championship.[14]

In January 2012, Melnyk hosted the National Hockey League All-Star Game at his arena, the Canadian Tire Centre.[15] In 2005 and 2008, he hosted the NHL Entry Draft.[16]

In June 2013, Melnyk announced the naming rights change of his arena from Scotiabank Place to Canadian Tire Centre.[17]

As of November 2016 the Ottawa Senators are valued at $355 million USD.[18] Melnyk has repeatedly stated that the team is not for sale and he would never consider selling it.[19]

Relations between some of the Senators' fan base and Melnyk deteriorated in the 2017–18 season. On September 11, 2018, the Senators published a video where Melnyk outlined the franchise's plans for a rebuild. The video faced some criticism from the media for its awkward presentation.[20] Melnyk faced further criticism shortly after the video was released, when the Senators traded their team captain, Erik Karlsson, to the San Jose Sharks on September 13th. [21] Relations between fans and Melnyk further deteriorated at the 2019 trade deadline when the Senators traded away their star forwards, Matt Duchene, Ryan Dzingel, and Mark Stone. Despite promising the fan base to try to sign as many of the players as possible, conflicting statements were given by Melnyk, who was quoted saying that trading away Mark Stone had been "[planned] for some time" as part of the rebuild.[22]

Business venturesEdit

  • Ottawa Senators (NHL Team)[23]
  • Canadian Tire Centre (Multi-purpose Arena and home of the Ottawa Senators)[24]
  • Trimel Pharmaceuticals Corporation[25]
  • Biovail Corporation (retired),[26] formerly known as Trimel Pharmaceuticals (same name as Melnyk's new pharmaceutical company) [26]
  • Bert's Bar (Barbados)[27]
  • Bert's Bar (Ottawa)[28]
  • Providence Charitable Trust[29]
  • Providence Elementary and Secondary schools[30]
  • Winding Oaks Farm (Florida, USA)[31]
  • Fusion Brands Inc. (Cosmetics & Fragrances)[32][33]
  • Olivann (Fragrance) [34]
  • PurGenesis Technologies Inc.[35][36]
  • Barbados real estate [37]


Eugene Melnyk is involved with various charitable organizations. His primary charitable focus is on helping children and the elderly. His involvement has included:

  • Honorary Director of Help Us Help the Children (HUHC), a humanitarian organization that benefits from his annual donation of medical supplies and clothing. The organization, founded in Canada, helps to offer vital care to over 100,000 children living in 220 orphanages scattered throughout Ukraine.[38]
  • Donated $1.8 million to St. Michael's College School to upgrade the field with new state-of-the-art artificial grass, stadium lights, sound system, and an electronic scoreboard. This field is called "The Eugene Melnyk Sports Field".[39][40] Melnyk has made several significant donations to the school making him the single largest individual donor in the 150+ year history of the St. Michael's College School.
  • Donated $1 million to the Belmont Child Care Association for the construction of a child care center at Belmont Park. Called Anna House, it is named after one of his two daughters and the center is the first facility in the United States to be located on the grounds of a racetrack. The center provides child care for all families who work at Belmont Park regardless of their ability to pay for services. Many of the children belong to grooms, exercise riders and other behind-the-scenes racetrack employees.[41][42]
  • Donated to finance the elaborately decorated Byzantine-style Ukrainian Catholic chapel at the St. Demetrius Residence Centre for the elderly in Toronto.[43]
  • Donated $1 million to launch the foundation "Patrons of Sport" with Canadian Athletes Now Fund (CAN Fund). The foundation supports Canadian athletes.[38][44]
  • Honorary Patron of the St. Joseph's Health Centre; Donated $5 million to St. Joseph's Health Centre in Toronto to help improve patient access to one of Toronto's oldest hospitals. Eugene's father, the late Dr. Ferdinand Melnyk, was instrumental in creating the hospital's first emergency room department that now services the largest volume of patients of any single site hospital in the Greater Toronto Area. This donation was the single, largest private donation in the 86-year history of St. Joseph's Health Centre.[45]
  • In April 2007 Eugene made a special surprise visit to Kandahar, Afghanistan to deliver a special donation of hockey equipment to Canadian and United States troops involved in the NATO rebuilding efforts in that country.[38]
  • The Ottawa Senators Foundation is the second largest charity in Ottawa/Gatineau region. His involvement with this Foundation has led him to become a Founding Partner of an ambitious and innovative $4.5 million pediatric palliative care facility in Ottawa called Roger's House which he helped to officially open in April 2006 and is only the second facility of its kind in North America.[46]
  • Hosts the "Eugene Melnyk Skate for Kids" event at Canadian Tire Centre every year where he donates Senators jerseys, helmets and brand new skates to hundreds of underprivileged children living in Ottawa.[47]
  • In 2014 Melnyk spearheaded a campaign to boycott sponsors of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in order to push FIFA to remove the event from Russia, out of protest for its war with Ukraine.[48]

Personal lifeEdit

Eugene Melnyk was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. He now resides permanently in Barbados. He is divorced and has two children.[49]

Melnyk was made honorary Colonel of the No. 414 Squadron RCAF.[50]

On May 19, 2015 Melnyk underwent a successful liver transplant surgery at Toronto General Hospital.[51]

See alsoEdit


  • Ottawa Senators Media Guide 2007-08. Ottawa Senators Hockey Club. 2007.
  1. ^ St. Michael's College
  2. ^ Bulka: Presumed consent the wrong approach Ottawa Citizen, May 24, 2015
  3. ^ a b Ukrainian-Canadians answering call of the homeland The Star, Dec 22 2014
  4. ^ a b Sens owner Melnyk urges Canadian action on Ukraine The Globe and Mail, March 25, 2014
  5. ^ Canadian Business, December 9, 2013 issue
  6. ^ Melnyk – one of the wealthiest - NationNews Barbados - Local, Regional and International News -
  7. ^ alpha services - Barbados Archived 2013-10-05 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ BIOVAIL CORP./Ontario, Canada Drug Firm Has Last Laugh Over Questionable Buy -
  9. ^ "Melnyk to retire from Biovail" Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  10. ^ SEC Charges Biovail Corporation and Senior Executives With Accounting Fraud, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission press release, March 24, 2008
  11. ^ ""Melnyk banned from the boardroom for 5 years". Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  12. ^ Kerr buys Mississauga Majors
  13. ^ "Bring the World to Ottawa". Archived from the original on 2008-09-19. Retrieved 2008-09-18.
  14. ^ He also served as chairman of the Host Organizing Committee which was responsible for overseeing this major international hockey tournament. The event saw Team Canada win its fifth consecutive gold medal and the overall tournament shattered all financial, economic and broadcast records: nearly a half million tickets were sold for the event which generated in excess of $80 million in regional economic activity for the nation's capital. Eugene Melnyk: Executive Profile & Biography - Businessweek
  15. ^ Melnyk's all-star dream comes true | Senators | Sports | Ottawa Sun
  16. ^ Ottawa hosts 2008 NHL Entry Draft - Ottawa Senators - Features
  17. ^ Naming rights for Scotiabank Place sold to Canadian Tire | Ottawa & Region | News | Ottawa Sun
  18. ^ "The Business of Hockey". Retrieved 2017-05-28.
  19. ^ Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk: Team is not for sale | Senators | Sports | Ottawa Sun
  20. ^ "Ottawa Senators are 'kind of in the dumpster,' owner declares to fans in ostensibly motivational video". Postmedia Network Inc. September 11, 2018. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  21. ^ Deachman, Bruce (September 14, 2018). "Senators fans vent and point fingers at owner Eugene Melnyk over Erik Karlsson trade". Postmedia Network Inc. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  22. ^
  23. ^ Ottawa Senators
  24. ^ Canadian Tire Centre :: Home
  25. ^ Trimel Pharmaceuticals Corporation
  26. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-04-29. Retrieved 2006-04-29.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  27. ^ Bert's Barbados - Welcome
  28. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-15. Retrieved 2012-08-15.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  29. ^ Yearwood, Trevor (2009-07-06). "'All-inclusive' school by 2010". Nation Newspaper. Archived from the original on 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2009-07-26.
  30. ^ Providence School
  31. ^ Winding Oaks Farm
  32. ^ Home page Fusion Beauty
  33. ^ Eugene Melnyk Acquires Fusion Brands Inc. and Fusion Brands International
  34. ^ CORRECTION FROM SOURCE/Eugene Melnyk and Olivann Beauty Congratulates British Band One Direction on Launch of New Fragrance
  35. ^ Account Suspended
  36. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-07-04. Retrieved 2012-08-15.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  37. ^ Players got nothin' on these coaches Archived 2013-10-31 at the Wayback Machine
  38. ^ a b c Biography Archived 2013-08-29 at the Wayback Machine
  39. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2012-08-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  40. ^[permanent dead link]
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  42. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-01-06. Retrieved 2009-10-27.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  43. ^ Ukrainians abroad strive to keep alive cultural traditions of the homeland
  44. ^ CANADIAN ATHLETES NOW FUND | Eugene Melnyk launches national 'Patrons of Sport' campaign in support of Canadian athletes Archived 2013-07-04 at the Wayback Machine
  45. ^ Eugene Melnyk Donates $5 million to St. Joseph’s Health Centre Improves Patient Access to one of Toronto’s Oldest Hospitals
  46. ^ Roger'S House Officially Opens Its Doors | Ottawa Start.Com Archived 2007-08-08 at the Wayback Machine
  47. ^ Eugene Melnyk Skate for Kids creates a lifetime of memories - Ottawa Senators - News
  48. ^
  49. ^ Ottawa Senators owner Melnyk in divorce proceeding
  50. ^
  51. ^ Canadian Jewish News: "Want more organ donors? Pay them" June 3, 2015

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