Nelson Skalbania

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Nelson Skalbania
Born (1938-02-12) February 12, 1938 (age 79)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Alma mater University of British Columbia
California Institute of Technology
Occupation Businessman, Sports Franchise Owner, Engineer

Nelson M. Skalbania (born February 12, 1938) is a businessman from Vancouver, British Columbia known for high-profile flipping of real estate and sports teams, eventually going into bankruptcy in 1982.[1] In December 1998, Nelson Skalbania was put in jail for a 12 months sentence for theft; he illegally used money from an investor to cover debts in his real estate firm.[2]



In 1961, Skalbania received his Bachelor of Applied Science degree from UBC, then received his Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) designation in 1962 and a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering in1964 from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).


President and majority owner of McKenzie Snowball & Skalbania, consulting engineers from 1971. Skalbania closed the practice in 1981 before going into bankruptcy.

Real Estate[edit]

Active in flipping real estate, including:

  • Bought and sold property from Genstar 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 sold or folded several sports teams, including:


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