Doug Mitchell is the National Co-Chair of Borden Ladner Gervais, one of Canada’s largest law firms. He is a respected Canadian lawyer and business leader who has dedicated his life to volunteer leadership to a wide range of organizations on the provincial and national stage. He has created a particular legacy through his work to foster the strength and viability of amateur and professional sports in Canada.
His wife Lois was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Alberta in June 2015 and Doug was appointed Honourary Consort.
Doug was born and raised in Calgary. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colorado College while on a hockey scholarship and played football. He obtained his LLB degree from the University of British Columbia Law School in Vancouver. While studying at UBC, he played football and later played with the B.C. Lions Football Club. Doug met his wife, Lois, while completing his law degree. Doug joined the law firm of Howard Mackie, specializing in Corporate and Commercial Law. In 1998, Doug took a leadership role in transitioning Howard Mackie into a national firm now known as Borden Ladner Gervais. Doug then assumed responsibilities as Regional Managing Partner and continues in the role of National Co-Chair.
Doug Mitchell's contributions to sport include his current service, for the last ten years, as a Member of the CFL Board of Governors. He is also part owner of the Calgary Stampeders football team. From 1984 to 1989, he served as Commissioner of the CFL. He is currently Chair of the Calgary Tourism Sports Authority, which was the lead organization that pursued the 2026 Olympics. Doug has been a keen advocate of hockey in Canada, playing an important role in the reestablishment of the Olympic Hockey team for 1980 Winter Olympics. He also served on the Board of Directors of Calgary Olympic Development for the 1988 Olympics and is currently a member of the Board of the Canadian Olympic Foundation. He also served as a member of the National Hockey League Board of Governors representing the Calgary Flames. Doug has served on other Boards, including the 2001 World Track and Field Championships in Edmonton. He is currently Founder and Chair of Makadiff Sports Corporation a not for profit organization set up for financially assisting amateur sport in Alberta.
Doug has been a longtime supporter of Canadian Interuniversity Sports (USports). In 2002, the annual semi-final football championship was named the Mitchell Bowl. He is the Founder and Chair of the Canadian Athletic Foundation which was established in 1993 and annually selects the Athletes of the Year. In 1993, Doug established the annual BLG Awards honouring top university athletes. Earlier in his career for 9 years he served as an analyst on the Calgary Stampeders Football broadcasts. He is also a past Board Member of ParticipACTION, and served for 4 years as Chairman of the Board. Together the Mitchells are valued patrons of scholarships and endowments to support Canada's amateur and varsity athletes at UBC and U of C.
While sport has been a passion throughout Doug's life, it is not the only area to benefit from his energy and leadership. He is also Co-Chair of the Global Business Forum, an annual economic summit held in Banff, Alberta. Doug is also a longstanding supporter of Alberta's men and women in uniform and a former Honourary Colonel of the King's Own Calgary Regiment.
His past contributions include Chair of the Alberta Economic Development Authority, Chair of the SAIT Polytechnic Board of Governors, member of the Executive Committee of the University of British Columbia Board of Governors, President of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Calgary Airport Authority. The list of organizations that have enjoyed Doug's leadership further includes the United Way of Calgary, the Campbell McLaurin Foundation for the Hearing Handicapped, Theatre Calgary, the Calgary Zoo and the Canadian Bar Association.
He has been very active in the corporate world and presently serves on the Boards of Directors of AltaLink, and recently as a past board member of EPCOR and past Chairman of Northview Apartment REIT.
Doug Mitchell's record of community service has garnered numerous honours, including membership in the Order of Canada and the Alberta Order of Excellence. In 2004, he was named one of the most influential Albertans in the province's first 100 years. In 2009, his alma mater honoured him by naming the new University of British Columbia Olympic Sport facility the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre. In 2010 and 2011, he was included in the Globe and Mail's list of the Power 50 of Canadian sports. He was also included in the Calgary Herald's list of the City's 12 Most Influential Business People. He holds honourary degrees from the University of Calgary and SAIT Polytechnic. In 2007, he was named Calgary Booster Club Sportsman of the Year. He has also been inducted into the Canada Sport Hall of Fame, the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, the UBC Football Hall of Fame, the BC Football Hall of Fame and the Colorado College Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2016, he received the President's Award for career leadership roles in amateur and professional sports from Sports Media Canada and The Canada Institute presented the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service to His Honour and Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell as a team.
Their Honours' family includes four children and their spouses: Shelley (Mike Boehm), Steven (Barb), Scott (Annette) and Sue Ann and seven grandchildren: Spencer, Shelby, Sasha, Shannon, Jake, Rhyan and Bo.