February 12, 1938|
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
University of British Columbia|
California Institute of Technology
|Occupation||Businessman, Sports Franchise Owner, Engineer|
In 1961, Skalbania received his Bachelor of Applied Science degree from the University of British Columbia, then received his Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) designation in 1962 and a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering in 1964 from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).
Skalbania served as president and majority owner of McKenzie Snowball & Skalbania, consulting engineers, from 1971. Skalbania closed the practice in 1981 before going into bankruptcy.
Active in flipping real estate, including:
- Bought and sold property from Genstar Development Company and 31 Eaton's properties/stores across Canada
- Bought and sold Omni Complex in Atlanta, Georgia, Circus World in Orlando, and Opera Square, San Francisco
- Bought and sold Watergate Apartments, Oakland, California.
Skalbania bought and subsequently sold or folded several sports teams, including:
- Bought and sold the Edmonton Oilers and Indianapolis Racers of the World Hockey Association.
- Moved the Atlanta Flames of the National Hockey League to Calgary
- Bought and folded the original Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League, a team related to the current one only by name. Fans were infuriated by his remark, "It's not like I raped a nun."
- Bought and sold (after also moving this team to Calgary) the Memphis Rogues of the North American Soccer League.
- Bought and sold the Vancouver Canadians Class AAA baseball team.
- Bought the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League in 1996, but was forced into receivership.