Doug Mitchell is the national co-chairman of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, a national law firm with more than 700 lawyers. He took a five-year leave of absence from 1984-89 to accept an appointment as commissioner of the Canadian Football League. He serves on the board of directors of several public companies and on the boards of several community organizations including chair of the Calgary Airport Authority and chairman of the Calgary Tourism Sports Authority. He is a member of the CFL Board of Governors. Doug created and serves as chairman of the annual BLG Awards honouring Canadian university athletes. He is also past chairman of the Alberta Economic Development Authority, past president of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and past chairman of the Board of Governors of SAIT.
He has been inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, was named Sportsman of the Year in 2007 by the Calgary Booster Club and in 2010 was listed by the Globe and Mail as one of the Power 50 of Canadian sports. His professional and community-based achievements were recognized with an appointment to the Order of Canada in 2004 and in 2007 he was inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence.