Community and business leader to become province's 18th Lieutenant Governor

June 9, 2015

Edmonton...Distinguished Alberta business leader and community volunteer Lois Mitchell will be installed as the 18th Lieutenant Governor of Alberta on Friday, June 12, 2015. The ceremony will take place in Edmonton in the Chamber of the Alberta Legislature Building.

The installation will be followed by brief closing ceremonies on the Legislature grounds, featuring a 100-person military guard of honour, a 15-gun salute and ceremonial music.

The public can watch the installation ceremony live on CTV Two at 11 a.m. The ceremony will also be webcast live at


Ceremony Details - Installation of Lieutenant Governor-Designate Lois Mitchell

The installation will take place in the Chamber of the Alberta Legislature Building. The installation and opening ceremonies are approximately 45 minutes in length. Elements include:

  • Fanfare and procession of the Lieutenant Governor-Designate into the Chamber. The fanfare is performed by members of the Royal Canadian Artillery Band. The Lieutenant Governor-Designate will be accompanied by her husband, Doug Mitchell.
  • Invocation delivered by Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.
  • Singing of the National Anthem, led by George Canyon.
  • Reading of the Commission to appoint the Lieutenant Governor. 
  • The Lieutenant Governor-Designate takes the Oath of Allegiance and the Oath of Office, administered by the Honourable Catherine A. Fraser, Chief Justice of Alberta
  • Her Honour, the Honourable Lois Mitchell, the Honourable Chief Justice and the Honourable Premier Rachel Notley sign the official documents.
  • The Honourable Kathleen Ganley, Provincial Secretary and Minister of Justice and Solicitor General presents the Great Seal of Alberta to the Lieutenant Governor, which the Lieutenant Governor commits back to the safe custody of the Provincial Secretary.
  • The Chief Justice of Alberta invests the Lieutenant Governor as a member of the Alberta Order of Excellence. (The Lieutenant Governor becomes Chancellor of the Order.)
  • Mr. Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament for Red Deer delivers greetings on behalf of the Government of Canada.
  • The Honourable Premier Notley delivers greetings.
  • Her Honour the Honourable Lieutenant Governor delivers remarks.
  • Singing of the Royal Anthem God Save the Queen, led by Robert Clark.
  • The Lieutenant Governor leaves the Chamber to take part in the closing ceremonies.

 Outdoor closing ceremonies include:

  • Royal 15-gun Salute (20th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery)
  • Inspection of a 100-person Guard of Honour (1 Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry)
  • Ceremonial music performed by members of the Royal Canadian Artillery Band.


Lieutentant Governor-Designate Lois Mitchell

Lois Mitchell is an accomplished businesswoman and a proud, longstanding member of Alberta’s dedicated corps of community volunteers.

Her skills as an entrepreneur first emerged in 1970 when she observed a lack of team apparel available to fellow football fans and began a business that grew to become a successful merchandising and sports marketing firm. She went on to create Amherst Consultants, a corporate training firm that merged her teaching background and business strengths. In 2007, she became a founding partner of Rainmaker Global Business Development, a Calgary-firm dedicated to connecting companies with global business opportunities.

Lois Mitchell has maintained a strong commitment to community service and volunteering throughout her life. Her belief in the value of amateur sport prompted service to numerous provincial and national organizations, with a particular focus on hockey and women in sport.  She has shared her business acumen on various boards including UBS Bank (Canada) and is past Chair of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and Vice-Chair of the Global Business Forum. Her extensive volunteer résumé also includes duties as Honourary Consul of Colombia for Alberta and Saskatchewan, contributions to organizations that promote national unity and serve Canada’s men and women in uniform and a longstanding dedication to education, music and the arts.

Lois and Doug Mitchell maintain a home in Calgary where Doug serves as National Co-Chair with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Their family includes four children and spouses: Shelley (Mike Boehm), Steven (Barb), Scott (Annette) and Sue Ann and seven grandchildren: Spencer, Shelby, Sasha, Shannon, Jake, Rhyan and Bo.

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Doug Mitchell, CM, AOE, QC, LLD (Hon)

A respected Canadian business leader, Doug Mitchell serves as Regional Managing Partner and National Co-Chair of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. He has offered considerable volunteer leadership to a wide range of organizations on the provincial and national stage and has created a particular legacy through his work to foster the strength and viability of amateur and professional sports in Canada.
In addition to playing with the B.C. Lions Football Club, Doug Mitchell’s contributions to sport include his work as a Member of the CFL Board of Governors and Chair of the Calgary Tourism Sports Authority. He has been a keen advocate of hockey in Canada, playing an important role in fostering the strength of the Olympic Hockey program and serving as a past member of the National Hockey League Board of Governors. He is part owner of the Calgary Stampeders. Doug’s long résumé of service also includes duties as Chair of the Calgary Airport Authority, Co-Chair of the Banff Global Business Forum, Member of the Board of Directors of EPCOR, Chair of ParticipAction, Chair of the Alberta Economic Development Authority, Chair of the SAIT Polytechnics Board of Governors, member of the Executive Committee of the UBC Board of Governors and President of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. Doug is also proud to support Alberta’s men and women in uniform as Honourary Colonel of the King’s Own Calgary Regiment.

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