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Community and business leader to become province’s 18th Lieutenant Governor

Distinguished Alberta business leader and community volunteer Lois Mitchell will be installed as the 18th Lieutenant Governor of Alberta on Friday, June 12, 2015. The ceremony will take place in Edmonton in the Chamber of the Alberta Legislature Building.

The installation will be followed by brief closing ceremonies on the Legislature grounds, featuring a 100-person military guard of honour, a 15-gun salute and ceremonial music.

The public can watch the installation ceremony live on CTV Two at 11 a.m. The ceremony will also be webcast live at assembly.ab.ca.

Lieutenant Governor-Designate Mitchell is an accomplished business woman and a longstanding member of Alberta’s dedicated corps of community volunteers. Her extensive record of volunteer service includes work with amateur sport organizations at the provincial and national level, with a particular focus on hockey and women in sport. She has shared her business acumen on various boards and is past Chair of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and Vice-Chair of the Global Business Forum. Her résumé of volunteer service also includes contributions to organizations that promote national unity, serve Canada’s men and women in uniform and support education, music and the arts. She is a past Honourary Consul of Colombia for Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Information on the elements of the ceremony and the role of the Lieutenant Governor, as well as biographies of Lieutenant Governor-Designate Mitchell and her spouse, Doug Mitchell, are at lieutenantgovernor.ab.ca.

Background

Lieutentant Governor-Designate Lois Mitchell

LGDesignateLoisMitchellLois Mitchell is an accomplished businesswoman and a proud, longstanding member of Alberta’s dedicated corps of community volunteers.

Her skills as an entrepreneur first emerged in 1970 when she observed a lack of team apparel available to fellow football fans and began a business that grew to become a successful merchandising and sports marketing firm. She went on to create Amherst Consultants, a corporate training firm that merged her teaching background and business strengths. In 2007, she became a founding partner of Rainmaker Global Business Development, a Calgary-firm dedicated to connecting companies with global business opportunities.

Lois Mitchell has maintained a strong commitment to community service and volunteering throughout her life. Her belief in the value of amateur sport prompted service to numerous provincial and national organizations, with a particular focus on hockey and women in sport.  She has shared her business acumen on various boards including UBS Bank (Canada) and is past Chair of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and Vice-Chair of the Global Business Forum. Her extensive volunteer résumé also includes duties as Honourary Consul of Colombia for Alberta and Saskatchewan, contributions to organizations that promote national unity and serve Canada’s men and women in uniform and a longstanding dedication to education, music and the arts.

Lois and Doug Mitchell maintain a home in Calgary where Doug serves as National Co-Chair with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Their family includes four children and spouses: Shelley (Mike Boehm), Steven (Barb), Scott (Annette) and Sue Ann and seven grandchildren: Spencer, Shelby, Sasha, Shannon, Jake, Rhyan and Bo.

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Doug Mitchell, CM, AOE, QC, LLD (Hon)

DougMitchell_2007AOEPhoto_edited-1A respected Canadian business leader, Doug Mitchell serves as Regional Managing Partner and National Co-Chair of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. He has offered considerable volunteer leadership to a wide range of organizations on the provincial and national stage and has created a particular legacy through his work to foster the strength and viability of amateur and professional sports in Canada.

In addition to playing with the B.C. Lions Football Club, Doug Mitchell’s contributions to sport include his work as a Member of the CFL Board of Governors and Chair of the Calgary Tourism Sports Authority. He has been a keen advocate of hockey in Canada, playing an important role in fostering the strength of the Olympic Hockey program and serving as a past member of the National Hockey League Board of Governors. He is part owner of the Calgary Stampeders. Doug’s long résumé of service also includes duties as Chair of the Calgary Airport Authority, Co-Chair of the Banff Global Business Forum, Member of the Board of Directors of EPCOR, Chair of ParticipAction, Chair of the Alberta Economic Development Authority, Chair of the SAIT Polytechnics Board of Governors, member of the Executive Committee of the UBC Board of Governors and President of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. Doug is also proud to support Alberta’s men and women in uniform as Honourary Colonel of the King’s Own Calgary Regiment.

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