The Hon. Lois Mitchell is a career businesswoman and a proud, longstanding member of Canada’s dedicated corps of community volunteers. She served as the 18th Lieutenant Governor of Alberta from June 12, 2015 until she completed her five-year term on August 26, 2020. During her tenure in office, she chose to make history education a priority and became founding patron of the History and Heroes Foundation, of which she is now the Chair. The Hon. Lois Mitchell is currently Vice-Chair of the Global Business Forum, a Governor of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and a board member of Football Canada.
Her belief in the value of amateur sport, to both individuals and the community, prompted her volunteer service as a Director of the Hockey Canada Foundation, Ambassador and Governor of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, Co-Chair of the Gold-Medal Plates dinner in support of aspiring Olympians and was the Chair for the inaugural World Women’s Under-18 Hockey Championships.
“I wish all Canadians could have an opportunity to meet and learn from our Paralympians. I’m grateful to have had a chance to spend time with them and understand their hope and how they learn to adapt to life with an impairment. Their attitude is so amazing, and I really feel they can teach us all to be more accepting and open.”
In 2015, Hon. Lois Mitchell received Honourary Doctor of Laws degrees from both the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary, became a Dame of Justice of the Order of St. John and received the Alberta Order of Excellence. In 2012 she was named a Member of the Order of Canada.