Famous Burlingtonians

David Braley - CFL Team Owner

David Braley is the owner of the B.C. Lions and formerly owned the Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Ti-Cats of the Canadian Football League. In 1969, he purchased William Orlick Limited (now Orlick Industries Limited), a leading auto parts manufacturer and remains its owner and president.  Braley owned the Hamilton Tiger-Cats from 1987 until 1990 when the team returned to community ownership. Braley has served as the chair of the CFL’s Board of Governors and was the CFL’s interim commissioner from March to November 2002 and was named to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2012. Braley was chairman of the 2003 World Cycling Championships in Hamilton. 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 was appointed to the Canadian Senate in 2010 and resigned in 2013. Braley lived in Burlington and passed away in 2020.