Paul BeirneFormer President
Canadian Premier League
Widely regarded as one of Canada’s leading soccer executives, Beirne was one of the visionaries behind the Canadian Premier League and has worked tirelessly to make the dream of a Canadian domestic league a reality. As President, Paul oversaw all logistics for the CPL including soccer operations, branding and club management. His primary focus was to ensure all elements are in place for the league’s debut in spring 2019 and its long-term success. Beirne was formerly the Vice-President of Business Operations for Toronto FC. In 2007, Major League Soccer honoured Beirne with the prestigious Doug Hamilton Executive of the Year Award in recognition of his innovative work on TFC’s ground-breaking launch as the league’s first Canadian franchise. In addition to his work with TFC, Beirne held senior executive roles with the Toronto Raptors, Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators, and oversaw the commercial business for the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club in its aggressive pursuit of promotion to the English Premier League.