2024 marks Duane’s second full season as club president after he originally joined the organization early in the 2022 season in a transitioning role under former president Rick LeLacheur.

An experienced and accomplished sports and events executive, Duane came to the Lions from the Canadian Football League where he served as chief Grey Cup and events officer where he was responsible for helping stage not only the Grey Cup game but all of the league’s major events on the calendar, including the popular Touchdown Atlantic series which saw the construction of sold out venues in Moncton, New Brunswick in 2019 and Wolfville, Nova Scotia in 2022.

In 2024, the Touchdown Series moves west to Victoria where the Lions battle Ottawa on August 31 at Royal Athletic Park. Touchdown Pacific sold out it less than one hour, shattering the previous record set by Touchdown Pacific in 2022. Duane was also insturmental in helping Vancouver land the 111th Grey Cup Festival taking place in November 2024.

Duane also served as Executive Director of two very successful Grey Cup festivals in the 98th and 106th editions played in Edmonton. In between those two Grey Cup ventures, Duane was the Vice President of Marketing and Game Operations with the Edmonton Elks.

Duane’s expertise is not just limited to football. From 2005-09, he was President of the Edmonton Rush Lacrosse Club and later served as the President and CEO of the Tour of Alberta from 2012-17.