David Braley, the new owner of the Toronto Argonauts, began his business career with General Motors Acceptance Corporation in Hamilton, before advancing to London Life Insurance. In 1969, he acquired William Orlick Limited, which subsequently became Orlick Industries Limited, a leading auto parts manufacturer.
Mr. Braley was inducted into the Hamilton Gallery of Distinction in 1996, received an Honorary Doctorate from McMaster University in 2000, was awarded the Hamilton Sport Volunteer of the Year Award in 2003 and was inducted into the McMaster University Sports Hall of Fame as a Builder in 2007. He was also the founding Chairman of Hamilton Entertainment and Convention Facilities Inc., which includes the Hamilton Convention Centre, Hamilton Place and Copps Coliseum. In 2010, Mr. Braley was inducted into the Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame as a Builder.
As owner of the British Columbia Lions since January 1997, he transformed the organization into a successful and winning Canadian Football League franchise, capturing Grey Cup championships in 2000 and 2006, while building the team’s charitable and community endeavours. In 2007, the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association presented him with an award for outstanding philanthropic and community service and, in 2009, he received the Consumer’s Choice Award for Vancouver Business Man of the Year.
A former owner of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Mr. Braley has also served as the chair of the CFL’s Board of Governors and was the CFL's interim commissioner from March to November 2002. Mr. Braley’s Lions hosted one of the most successful Grey Cups ever in 2005.
A patron of McMaster University, Hamilton Health Sciences Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital, the Art Gallery of Hamilton and the Royal Botanical Gardens, Mr. Braley was Chairman of the 2003 Road World Cycling Championships in Hamilton. Currently, he is a Director of the 2015 Pan-American Games.
On May 20, 2010, Prime Minister Stephen Harper named David Braley to the Canadian Senate.
Mr. Braley lives in Burlington with his wife Nancy.