Two-time conference all-star Randy Ambrosie named CFL commissioner

Photo credit: Danny Gibson, CFL
Photo credit: Danny Gibson, CFL

Evan Daum, Canada West Communications

Highlights:

  • Former University of Manitoba offensive lineman Randy Ambrosie has been hired as the commissioner of the Canadian Football League
  • Ambrosie was selected second overall in the 1985 CFL Draft and went on to play nine seasons in the CFL
  • Since retiring from the CFL in 1993, Ambrosie has worked in the financial sector, serving as president and CEO for several investment firms

EDMONTON – Former University of Manitoba Bison Randy Ambrosie is the new face of the Canadian Football League (CFL). 

Ambrosie was unveiled Wednesday as the 14th commissioner in league history, succeeding Jeffrey Orridge as the CFL's top executive after Orridge officially stepped down last month. 

A Manitoba bachelor of commerce graduate, Ambrosie brings both a strong football and business background to the position.

During his four seasons at Manitoba (1981-1984), Ambrosie was a two-time Western Intercollegiate Football League all-star (1983 and 1984) on the offensive line before being selected second overall in the 1985 CFL Draft by the Calgary Stampeders. The 54-year-old Winnipeg native went on to play nine seasons in the CFL, splitting time between the Stamps, Toronto Argonauts, and Edmonton Eskimos.

In Edmonton, Ambrosie was part of the Eskimos 81st Grey Cup championship team in 1993, and retired from professional football after the victory.

As a player, Ambrosie also served as secretary of the Canadian Football League Players' Association during the 1992 season. 

Following his playing career, Ambrosie put his commerce degree to work in the financial industry, building an impressive resume. Ambrosie's business career has included time as North American head of sales at HSBC Securities, president of AGF Funds Inc., president and CEO of Accretive 360 Inc., and most recently as president and CEO of MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier, which was sold in 2016 to Raymond James and at the time was Canada's oldest investment firm.