Douglas H. Mitchell CM, AOE, QC: Lawyer with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Douglas H. Mitchell CM, AOE, QC

Calgary,  AB  Canada

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Practice Areas

  • Business and Corporate Commercial
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Electricity Markets
  • Commercial Real Estate Leasing
  • Public Policy and Government Relations
University Colorado College, B.B.A. on a hockey scholarship
Law SchoolUniversity of British Columbia, LL.B.
Admitted1963, Alberta

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


Douglas Mitchell is National Co-Chair of our Firm as well as Counsel in our Calgary office. Doug, who joined BLG as an articling student, 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. He served as Managing Partner at the Calgary office for several years.

Before practising law, Doug played professional football with the Canadian Football League's BC Lions. From 1984 to 1989, he took a leave of absence from law to serve as CFL Commissioner. Prior to that, he was a member of the National Hockey League's Board of Governors from 1980 to 1984. He 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. He has also received numerous honours for his exceptional record of community service, and dedication to the practice of law.

Rankings & Recognitions

•Martindale-Hubbell BV Distinguished 4.4 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.
•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; “one of Calgary's 12 Most Influential Business Persons” by The Calgary Herald, 1997; and “one of the 50 Most Influential Albertans” by Venture Magazine, 1997.


•Representing lenders in numerous secured and unsecured corporate, commercial and real estate loans, including:
•representing syndicate of banks in connection with credit facilities totalling $2.5 billion extended to a major media and telecommunications corporation.
•representing syndicate of banks in connection with credit facilities totalling $750 million extended to an international mining corporation and its subsidiaries.
•representing a major Canadian bank in connection with subvented automotive finance programs for eight manufacturers.
•Representing lenders in numerous transactions relating to loan realization, including pre-demand negotiations, demands for payment, appointment of receivers, operation of receiverships, mortgage enforcement, other enforcement of security, dealings with government authorities and other creditors, and voluntary liquidations by borrowers.
•Representing lenders in numerous matters relating to loan restructuring.


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Office Information

Douglas H. Mitchell CM, AOE, QC

1900, 520 - 3rd Avenue S.W.
CalgaryAB T2P 0R3

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