June 22, 2022

BC Lions Appoint Duane Vienneau As Chief Operating Officer

The BC Lions Football Club announced today that Duane Vienneau has been appointed Chief Operating Officer, effective August 2, 2022.

Vienneau has enjoyed an extensive career in professional sports team business operations, direct CFL team experience and managing major events including the Grey Cup Festival.

“Duane will be a terrific addition to the Lions team and I look forward to working with him during the transition,” stated team President Rick LeLacheur.

Mr. Vienneau will take over as President at the end of 2022 when LeLacheur retires.  Amar Doman, owner of the Lions said:

“I have gotten to know Duane through his work as Chief Grey Cup & Events Officer with the CFL.  With his football background, energy and passion and focus on revenue enhancement programs, he will be a great leader of the Lions.”

  “I am excited to be appointed Chief Operating Officer and I look forward to working with Amar, Rick and the Lions team as we continue to build the legacy of this storied franchise,” said Vienneau.

Doman added: “Rick had advised me some time ago that if a suitable replacement could be found by the end of the 2022 season, it would be an ideal time to affect a smooth transition for the team and a new President.”

Vienneau will join the Lions on August 2, 2022. Until then he will be fulfilling his commitment to the CFL and the execution of Touchdown Atlantic on July 16, 2022, in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

Duane Vienneau Career Overview


2019-Current              Chief Grey Cup & Events Officer, Canadian Football League


2017-2018                   Executive Director, Edmonton 2018 Grey Cup Organizing Committee


2012-2017                   President & CEO, Tour of Alberta


2011-2012                   Vice President – Marketing & Game Operations, Edmonton Eskimo Football Club


2009-2011                   Executive Director, Edmonton 2010 Grey Cup Organizing Committee


2005-2009                   President, Edmonton Rush Lacrosse Club