May 20, 2010
|Preceded by||Wilbert Keon|
May 31, 1941 |
|Political party||Conservative Party of Canada|
|Alma mater||McMaster University|
|Career highlights and awards|
David Braley (born May 31, 1941) is the owner of the B.C. Lions and Toronto Argonauts teams of the Canadian Football League. On May 20, 2010, he was appointed to the Canadian Senate where he sits as a Conservative.
Early life 
Braley was born in Montreal and raised in Hamilton, Ontario where he attended and graduated from McMaster University. Braley began his business career with General Motors Acceptance Corporation in Hamilton, before joining London Life Insurance. In 1969, he purchased William Orlick Limited (now Orlick Industries Limited), a leading auto parts manufacturer and remains its owner and president. He currently lives in Burlington, Ontario.
Sports career 
Braley owned the Hamilton Tiger-Cats from 1987 until 1990 when the team returned to community ownership. He returned to the CFL with his purchase the Lions in 1997. He also owned the Vancouver 86ers soccer club, later the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, keeping professional soccer alive from 1997-2000. In early 2010, he also became owner of the Argonauts, becoming the only person to own two CFL teams simultaneously. Braley has served as the chair of the CFL’s Board of Governors and was the CFL's interim commissioner from March 2002 to November 2002.
He was a director of Ontario’s successful bid to host the 2015 Pan Am Games and was subsequently a member of the board overseeing preparations for the games. Braley resigned upon his appointment to the Senate, as the body's by-laws specifically bar elected officials and Senators from serving on the board.
The David Braley Athletic Centre in Hamilton Ontario is named in his honor.
In 2012, Braley was elected into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
Political career 
Braley was appointed to the Canadian Senate on May 20, 2010 to represent the province of Ontario on the advice of Prime Minister Stephen Harper three days after Conservative Senator Wilbert Keon reached mandatory retirement age. A member of the Conservative Party of Canada caucus, Braley had made donations to the Conservative Party and Stephen Harper among others, totaling $86,500, prior to his appointment.
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- "David Braley", www.argonauts.ca
- Douglas, Alan (24 August 2000). "Hometown Heroes Now Have a Hometown Owner". Retrieved 23 April 2013.
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- "David Braley - Conservative Party of Canada", Senate Biography
- "York U will grab Pan Am stadium if Hamilton dithers", Toronto Star, June 9, 2010
- "Lions, Argos owner Braley tapped for Senate". CBC News. May 20, 2010.
|Canadian Football League commissioner