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