Taking over the BC Lions franchise in January 1997, David Braley has spearheaded the club’s tremendous success during his 15 years of ownership. A former owner of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, David has also served as the chair of the CFL’s Board of Governors and 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 taking ownership of the Toronto Argonauts have stabilized the CFL and contributed to unprecedented popularity.
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. In May 2010, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed David to the Senate noting his involvement in sport and philanthropy and his commitment to both his community and his country.
David was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2012. He is also a member of the McMaster Sports Hall of Fame (2007) and Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame (2006).
David passed away on October 26, 2020.