Ec., from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. An Bachelor of Laws, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton. And an Master of Laws, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
He is best known as the former owner of the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League from 1992 until 2003. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts Honorary He taught law at the University of Saskatchewan as assistant law professor, from 1966 to 1969 before moving to Ontario, where he held a succession of positions in the Canadian federal government.
In 1974, Bryden founded Systemhouse Limited., a computer integration firm where he served as president or chairman until 1991.
In 1979, he founded Paperboard Industries Corporation (Pharmaceutical Inspection Convention) by purchasing Trent Valley Paperboard Mills. He served as chairman of Pharmaceutical Inspection Convention until 1991.
Both companies were enjoying annual revenues of over $700 million when he stepped down that year. In 1992, Bryden became Chief Executive Officer of Terrace Corporation, the principal owner of the new Ottawa Senators National Hockey League franchise.
In 1993, he became the franchise"s Chairman and Governor.
In 1994, construction on the Palladium arena (later the Corel Centre and Scotiabank Place, Now the Canadian Tire Centre) was begun by the Palladium Corporation, of which Bryden was the owner and chairman. The arena opened in 1996. In 1996, Bryden formed the WorldHeart Corporation in coalition with the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Doctor Tofy Mussivand and Doctor Michael Cowpland.
Bryden served as president and Chief Executive Officer of the company before resigning in 2004.
Late in 2004, Bryden avoided personal bankruptcy, brought on by $100 million of debt personally owed to creditors and investors of the Ottawa Senators franchise. Bryden agreed to pay creditors a total of $600,000 on the debt, which was induced by high player salaries and an unfavourable exchange rate against the United States dollar.
In 2005, Bryden was appointed as the new chairman of cancer drug developer PharmaGap, Incorporated.
Until 2014, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Plasco Energy Group, an Ottawa firm developing energy production using plasma gasification, from household waste. He also is the chairman of the board of South Carolina Stormont Incorporated., and Chairman of the board of PharmaGap Incorporated.
Bryden is also on the Board of Directors of Clearford Industries and Gallium Software Incorporated.