Doug H. Mitchell



Doug, counsel in BLG’s Calgary office, and a titan in the business, sports and legal worlds, passed away peacefully on July 20. Doug joined BLG as an articling student and grew a practice focused on corporate and commercial law, commercial real estate and sports law. He was instrumental in the foundation of BLG and a leader in the merger which formed the Firm in 2000. His distinguished career saw him rise to be the Firm’s National Co-Chair, and he also served as Managing Partner at the Calgary office for several years. His loss has been widely felt.

Among his many accomplishments and recognitions, Doug was a member of the Order of Canada and the Alberta Order of Excellence. 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 was a highly regarded champion of sport in Canada and of male and female university athletes, and was recently inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

Doug was an inspiration to all who knew him and we will continue to share his dedication to building a strong future for Calgary, Alberta and Canada.

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.