This is David’s 18th season as owner of the BC Lions Football Club after taking over the franchise in January 1997. In that time, David’s leadership has spearheaded the club’s growth into one of Canada’s most recognized and respected sports marketing brands.
A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in the Builder category (2012), David has overseen a Lions brand which has experienced exceptional growth in the area of corporate partnerships. Following the overwhelming success of the Grey Cup Festival in 2011, the Lions are set to host the 102nd Grey Cup Festival this November, the fourth time during David’s time as owner that the club has hosted the nation’s biggest annual sporting event.
Born in Montreal and growing up in Hamilton, David’s CFL roots date back to 1987 when he became the owner of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He has also served as chair of the CFL’s Board of Governors as well as the CFL's interim commissioner from March 2002 to November 2002. A leader among his peers on the Board of Governors, David’s efforts in recent years including his ownership of the Toronto Argonauts have stabilized the CFL and spurred its unprecedented popularity.
David began his business career with the General Motors Acceptance Corporation in Hamilton, before advancing on to London Life Insurance. In 1969, he acquired William Orlick Limited, which subsequently became Orlick Industries Limited, a leading auto parts manufacturer. He was also the founding chairman of Hamilton Entertainment and Convention Facilities Inc., which includes the Hamilton Convention Centre, Hamilton Place and Copps Coliseum.
David’s long history of success in business quickly translated to the gridiron as the Lions captured the Grey Cup in 2000, their first under his ownership. His dedication to the success and growth of the organization has paid off twice more in 2006 and 2011 as the club captured its fifth and sixth Grey Cup titles. Under his leadership, the Lions are considered one of British Columbia’s model corporate citizens, a team active in charitable and community endeavours focused on health and wellness, public education and the development of amateur football.
Among his personal achievements are his induction into the Hamilton Gallery of Distinction in 1998 and an Honorary Doctorate from McMaster University in 2000 in recognition of his contributions to the city of Hamilton. In 2003, his love of cycling prompted him to run the very successful Road World Championships in Hamilton and in 2004, David was awarded the United Trophy Manufacturing Ltd. Sport Volunteer of the Year Award.
David was inducted into the McMaster University Sports Hall of Fame as a Builder in 2007 and was also awarded the 2007 Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association Appreciation Award for outstanding philanthropic and community service to the business community.
In 2009, David received the Consumer's Choice Award as Vancouver Business Man of the Year and his expertise and leadership have also been a driving force behind Hamilton and Toronto's successful bid to co-host the Pan Am Games in 2015.
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