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Doug Mitchell

Born(1939-02-19)February 19, 1939
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
DiedJuly 20, 2022(2022-07-20) (aged 83)
Football career
Career information
CFL statusNational
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career history
As administrator
19841988CFL Commissioner
As player
1960BC Lions
Career stats

Douglas Harding Mitchell, OC AOE QC (February 19, 1939 – July 20, 2022) was a Canadian Football player, executive, and commissioner.

A graduate of Colorado College and the University of British Columbia (UBC), Mitchell played three games for the BC Lions in 1960. He earned a Bachelor of Laws degree from UBC in 1962.[1][2]

Mitchell later became the commissioner of the CFL, serving from 1984 to 1988.[3]

He was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, was named Sportsman of the Year in 2007 by the Calgary Booster Club and in 2010 was listed by the Globe and Mail as one of the Power 50 of Canadian sports. His professional and community-based achievements were recognized with an appointment to the Order of Canada in 2004 and in 2007 he was inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence.[4]

He worked at the national law firm of Borden Ladner Gervais, and as of 2011 sat on the CFL Board of Governors. He was married to Lois Mitchell, who was lieutenant governor of Alberta 2015–2020. Doug Mitchell was also the father of Scott Mitchell, president of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats since 2007.

The Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre on the campus of UBC and the Mitchell Bowl semifinal of U Sports football are named in his honour.[5] Mitchell and his wife also founded the U Sports Athletes of the Year Awards, given annually to the top male and female athletes in U Sports.[6] He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame as a builder in 2021.[3]

Mitchell died on July 20, 2022.[7]


  1. ^ The American Bar, the Canadian Bar, the International Bar. 1986. ISBN 9780931398254.
  2. ^[bare URL PDF]
  3. ^ a b "Canadian Football Hall of Fame unveils class of 2021". Canadian Football Hall of Fame. April 28, 2021.
  4. ^ "Douglas H. Mitchell CM, QC, LLD (Hon)". The Alberta Order of Excellence. Retrieved July 3, 2014.
  5. ^ "Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre". UBC Athletics. Retrieved July 3, 2014.
  6. ^ "Awards Athletes of the Year". U Sports. Retrieved June 18, 2022.
  7. ^ Lirette, Dominika (July 21, 2022). "Doug Mitchell, former CFL commissioner and Calgary lawyer, has died at 83". CBC.