Mark Cohon

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Mark Cohon
Canadian Football League
Mark Cohon at a Toronto Argonauts game in 2009
Date of birth (1966-03-16) March 16, 1966 (age 49)
Place of birth Chicago, Illinois, US
Career information
Position(s) Commissioner
College Northwestern University
High school Upper Canada College
Career history
As administrator
2006-present Ontario Science Centre (Chair)
2007-2015 Canadian Football League (Comm.)

Mark Steven Cohon, OOnt (born March 16, 1966) is a former commissioner of the Canadian Football League. The son of McDonald's Canada founder George Cohon, he was appointed as commissioner in 2007 succeeding Tom Wright.[1]

Cohon was born in Chicago, Illinois, and moved to Toronto, Ontario when he was two years old.

He is a graduate of Upper Canada College and Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science majoring in communication studies[2] and worked at the NBA as head of international marketing and Major League Baseball International as head of corporate development. [3] before becoming President and chief executive officer of AudienceView Ticketing, a company which sells ticketing systems and services to sports, arts and entertainment events.

In 2002, Cohon married Suzanne Elizabeth Lucido.[3]

In 2003, he was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Ontario Science Centre and then named Chair in 2006.[4] In 2013, he was made a Member of the Order of Ontario.[5]

CFL Commissioner[edit]

In 2007 Mark Cohon succeeded Tom Wright as the Commissioner of the Canadian Football League. Under the direction of Cohon the CFL continued to bring in high attendance figures and strong TV ratings. One of the most prominent aspects of Cohon's time as commissioner has been his interest in expanding the league to make it accessible to all Canadians. The first aspect of this campaign is to see a franchise return to Ottawa. In 2008 the CFL announced that it had granted the city of Ottawa the rights to launch a new CFL franchise, pending the renovation of Frank Clair Stadium. Because of multiple setbacks the timeline for completion of Lansdowne Park and Frank Clair Stadium has been pushed back until 2014 or 2015. The second phase of potential CFL expansion has been exploration into a franchise in the Atlantic provinces. In the 2010 CFL season the CFL began a program called Touchdown Atlantic in which one regular season game each year is played in Moncton, New Brunswick. On February 10, 2012 the CFL announced that Mark Cohon had signed a contract extension as the commissioner of the CFL for another three years.

In August 2014, Cohon announced that he would not seek a third term as CFL Commissioner.[6] He stepped down on January 9, 2015 and was replaced by board chairperson Jim Lawson on an interim basis.[7] Jeffrey Orridge was appointed the new CFL Commissioner effective April 29, 2015.[8]


  1. ^ Matsumoto, Rick (2007-03-28). "CFL to unveil new commissioner". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 2007-03-28. 
  2. ^ "Top 40 under 40". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2007-03-28. 
  3. ^ a b "WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS; Suzanne Lucido, Mark Cohon". The New York Times. 2002-11-17. Retrieved 2007-03-28. 
  4. ^ "Minister of Culture names Mark Cohon New Chair of the Ontario Science Centre". Ontario Ministry of Culture. Retrieved 2007-03-28. 
  5. ^ "25 Appointees Named to Ontario's Highest Honour". Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. 
  6. ^ "Cohon will not seek third term as CFL Commissioner". Retrieved 2014-08-21. 
  7. ^ "Mark Cohon reign over as Jim Lawson assumes duties as interim CFL commissioner". Toronto Star. January 8, 2015. Retrieved March 17, 2015. 
  8. ^ "CFL names Jeffrey Orridge as new commissioner". Toronto Star. March 17, 2015. Retrieved March 17, 2015. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tom Wright
Canadian Football League commissioner
Succeeded by
Jim Lawson (interim)