Doug H. Mitchell



Beyond our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Board of Directors, a number of corporations, both public and private
  • Past member, Canadian Bar Association National Executive

Community Involvement

  • Founder, BLG Awards, a national awards program to honour Canadian university athletes
  • Co-Owner of Calgary Stampeder Football Club and a member of the Canadian Football League Board of Governors
  • Chair, Calgary Sports Tourism Authority
  • Chair, ParticipACTION
  • Member, Board of Governors, University of British Columbia
  • Past President, Calgary Chamber of Commerce
  • Past Chair, Alberta Economic Development Authority
  • Past Chair, Calgary Airport Authority

Awards & Recognitions

  • Appointed Member (CM) of the Order of Canada, 2004
  • Alberta Order of Excellence, 2007
  • Recognized by the Globe & Mail in 2010 and 2011 as “one of the Power 50 of Canadian Sports”
  • Recognized as “one of the most influential Albertans in the province’s first 100 years” by Alberta Venture Magazine, 2004
  • Recognized as “one of Calgary’s 12 Most Influential Business Persons” by The Calgary Herald, 1997
  • Recognized as “one of the 50 Most Influential Albertans” by Venture Magazine, 1997.

Bar Admission & Education

  • Alberta, 1963
  • LLB, University of British Columbia
  • BBA, Colorado College

Doug joined BLG as an articling student and focuses his practice on corporate and commercial law, commercial real estate and sports law.

He advises both multi-national and small business clients in corporate and commercial matters, and in the negotiation and drafting of related agreements.

Doug is the National Co-Chair of BLG and Counsel in the Calgary office. He also served as Managing Partner at the Calgary office for several years.

Before practising law, Doug played professional football with the CFL’s BC Lions. From 1984 to 1989, he took a leave of absence from law to serve as the Commissioner of the CFL. Doug was also a member of the NHL’s Board of Governors from 1980 to 1984.

Doug is a member of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Lester Pearson Award as an outstanding alumnus of the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union.

  • Alberta, 1963
  • LLB, University of British Columbia
  • BBA, Colorado College