This native Calgarian attended Colorado College and graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration before obtaining his LL.B. from the University of British Columbia Law School.
He is presently National Co-Chairman of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Canada’s largest law firm with over 700 lawyers and has been with that firm and its predecessor firm since serving as an articling student.
He serves on the Board of Directors of several public companies and on the Boards of several community organizations, including Past Chairman of the Board of the Calgary Airport Authority, Past Chairman of Alberta Economic Development Authority, and Past President of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. He established the Global Business Forum in Banff, an annual conference of 200 senior executives from around the world.
Mitchell has been active in Education and the Arts and is currently serving on the Board of Governors of the University of British Columbia. For five years, Mitchell served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of SAIT Polytechnic. In 2012, he and his wife, Lois, served as Co-Chairs of the Board of Calgary 2012 – Cultural Capital of Canada.
Mitchell played football for UBC and later professionally for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League. Since that time, he has served as a member of the NHL Board of Governors and as Commissioner of the CFL in the 1980s. He created and serves as Chairman of the Canadian Athletic Foundation which administers the annual BLG Awards honoring Canadian university athletes. He is currently Chair of the Calgary Sports Tourism Authority. He is also a co-owner of the Canadian Football League’s Calgary Stampeder Football Club, and a member of the CFL Board of Governors. He also serves as Chairman of McLaren Foundation and is Chairman of the Board of Participaction Canada.
Mitchell’s achievements have resulted in him being named one of the 50 Greatest Albertans of the past 100 years by Alberta Venture Magazine, and one of Calgary’s 12 Most Influential Business People by the Calgary Herald. He has been inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and the University of British Columbia’s Shrum Bowl Hall of Fame and the University of British Columbia Football Hall of Fame.
The Canadian Interuniversity Sports association named the semi-final championship football game the Mitchell Bowl in recognition of his commitment and dedication to university athletics. Mitchell received an honorary degree, Doctor of Laws, from the University of Calgary and also received an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Technology Degree from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. He has been Sportsman of the Year by the Calgary Booster Club. In 2010 and 2011 he was named one of the Power 50 of Canadian sports by the Globe and Mail. On August 21, 2009, the University of British Columbia named their new Olympic Sports Centre the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, which hosted hockey and sledge hockey for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
Mitchell is the Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel for the King’s Own Calgary Regiment.
Mitchell’s professional and community-based achievements were recognized with an appointment to the Order of Canada in 2004. In 2007, he was inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence.