The 12th Annual Valley First/UBC Okanagan Athletics Scholarship Breakfast
Supporting Student Athletes in the Okanagan
Coast Capri Hotel | Friday, April 7, 2017
Doors Open: 6:45 a.m. | Program: 7:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Doug Mitchell, CM, AOE, QC, LLD
A truly inspiring Canadian, Doug Mitchell has been a driving force in our nation’s amateur and professional sports, and is a transformative leader in Canadian law, business and volunteer organizations.
Born in Calgary, Alberta, Doug earned an arts degree at Colorado College while on a hockey scholarship. He met his wife Lois at UBC while earning a law degree, and played football with the Thunderbirds and later with the BC Lions in the Canadian Football League.
His career in law began at Howard, Mackie, specializing in corporate and commercial practice. He was instrumental in transitioning that firm into what is now one of Canada’s largest national law firms, Borden Ladner Gervais. He is national co-chair for that firm, and advises both multi-national and small business clients in corporate and commercial matters.
Doug served as a member of the National Hockey League’s Board of Governors representing the Calgary Flames from 1980 to 1984, and from 1984 to 1989 he served as CFL Commissioner. He is currently Chair of the Calgary Tourism Sports Authority, the lead organization pursuing the 2026 Olympics. A keen advocate of hockey in Canada, he played an important role in the reestablishment of the Olympic Hockey team for 1980 Winter Olympics and served on the Board of Directors of Calgary Olympic development for the 1988 Olympics and is currently a member of the Board of the Canadian Olympic Foundation.
Doug has served on other Boards, including the 2001 World Track and Field Championships in Edmonton. He has been a longtime supporter of CIS Sports and in 2002 the CIS named one of its annual national semi-final football games the Mitchell Bowl. He is the founder and chair of the Canadian Athletic Foundation which selects the outstanding CIS. Athletes of the Year. He currently chairs the board of ParticipACTION.
He is a member of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, the UBC Football Hall of Fame and the BC Football 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.
Doug's record of community service has garnered numerous honours, including membership in the Order of Canada and the Alberta Order of Excellence. In 2009, UBC honoured him by naming the new University of British Columbia Olympic Sport facility the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre.
UBC Okanagan Heat
Megan Festival is a graduating fifth-year student from Calgary, Alberta, completing her final year in the Management program at UBCO.
She joined the UBC Okanagan’s Women’s Volleyball Team in 2012 and had the opportunity of playing two years alongside her older sister, Jillian Festival. Having only played in the CIS league, she has experienced the tremendous growth and success the Women’s Volleyball Team has accomplished in five short years.
During her time at UBCO, Megan has been an integral part of the volleyball team’s successes, most notably the program’s bronze medal finish at the 2016 CIS National Championship tournament last March.
Megan’s enrollment in UBCO’s Management program has provided her with the opportunity to work with local businesses and participate in case competitions. In both the Third Year Management Live Case Competition and the John Molson Sports Marketing Case Competition, Megan and her teams were selected as finalists.
A leader in the classroom as well as on the volleyball court, she has been recognized three times as being an Academic All-Canadian.
Her final year will be spent exploring her interest in Finance, serving as teaching assistant for a Management IT class and battling for a gold medal at the CIS Women’s Volleyball Nationals.
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In 11 years the Valley First/UBC Okanagan Athletics Breakfast Endowment totals just over $750,000, which translates into more than $23,400 of support annually for the student athletes.