CFL: 17th season
Stamps: 3rd season
Bauer was introduced as the Stamps’ president and chief operating officer on Jan. 18, 2010. He is the 28th president in club history and oversees all of the Stampeders’ business operations.
In his second season with the club, Bauer worked in conjunction with the McMahon Stadium Society to implement improvements to the Stampeders’ home facility. The Stampeders also focused on enhancing customer relations and the game-day experience including co-operation with the Calgary Police Service to ensure fans could once again responsibly enjoy the pre-game tailgating tradition.
Bauer also instituted the Fan Forum to strengthen the ties between the club and its supporters and oversaw the team’s successful “Game Face” campaign and the aggressive marketing of the club to fans not only in Calgary but throughout Southern Alberta. The Stamps also reinforced their mandate to promote grassroots football by introducing new programs to support the University of Calgary Dinos and the Calgary Colts juniors.
Prior to joining the Stamps, Bauer served as president and chief executive officer of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from February of 2000 to December of 2009. Under his direction, the Winnipeg football club went from a position of financial difficulty to a position of long-term stability with an extremely strong balance sheet.
During his time in Winnipeg, Bauer helped revive the Winnipeg franchise by developing a sound internal business plan and by invigorating the relationship between fans, the business community and the storied franchise.
He returned the club to respectability on and off the field as his tenure included four home playoff games and two Grey Cup appearances. In 2006, through the leadership of Bauer, the club hosted one of the most successful Grey Cups in CFL history.
Bauer also founded the Never Alone Foundation, which supports numerous programs including CancerCare Manitoba. The Never Alone Foundation was conceived by Bauer following his own battle with cancer in late 2004.
Bauer played 10 seasons as an offensive lineman in the Canadian Football League — all in Winnipeg — and appeared in 161 regular-season games. He helped Winnipeg win Grey Cups in 1984, 1988 and 1990. As a player, he served as the team’s representative to the Canadian Football League Players’ Association and he was inducted as a member of the Winnipeg Football Club Hall of Fame in 1998.
Bauer majored in business administration at Weber State College. He moved to the real estate industry in 1982 and practiced that profession throughout his playing career.
Upon his retirement from football in February of 1992, he became the Bombers’ assistant GM and held that position for three years. During his tenure, he was named the interim general manager for the duration of Cal Murphy’s absence in 1992.
He left the Bombers in 1995 to pursue business opportunities in the grain industry, working for AgPro in Calgary where he served as the company’s general manager. He holds the C.I.M. and P.Mgr. professional designations through the Canadian Institute of Management. Bauer is a member of the International Association of Assembly Managers and completed the executive program at Cornell University in 2005. He is also a member of the Stadium Managers Association.
Originally from Saskatoon, Lyle and his wife Heidi have three children — Danni, Brodie and Wesley, all of whom reside in Calgary.