Mark Cohon

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Mark Cohon
Canadian Football League
Mark Cohon at a Toronto Argonauts game in 2009
Born: (1966-03-16) March 16, 1966 (age 52)
Chicago, Illinois, US
Career information
Position(s) Commissioner
College Northwestern University
High school Upper Canada College
Career history
As administrator
2006–2012 Ontario Science Centre (Chair)
2007–2015 Canadian Football League (Comm.)

Mark Steven Cohon, OOnt MSM (born March 16, 1966) was the 12th 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 holds both Canadian and US citizenships.

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 and in 2015, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.[5][6]

Recently he was appointed the Chairman of Caras, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences which oversees the annual Juno Awards for the Canadian Music Industry. Given his success at transforming the CFL, the Caras board wanted to bring in an experienced executive outside the music industry to transform the future of the Juno Awards.

CFL commissioner

In 2007 Mark Cohon succeeded Tom Wright as the Commissioner of the Canadian Football League. Under the direction of Cohon the CFL went through a remarkable renaissance. From record TV ratings to the building of $2 billion in new stadiums to the expansion back to Ottawa, to overseeing two labour agreements to the national celebration of the 100th Grey Cup and finally to the tripling of TV revenues with a new contract with Bell media, Cohon is credited in bringing back the CFL to prominence in Canada.

In August 2014, Cohon announced that he would not seek a third term as CFL Commissioner, announcing that he had completed everything he set out to accomplish and it was time to seek new challenges in his career. .[7] He stepped down on January 9, 2015 and was replaced by board chairperson Jim Lawson on an interim basis.[8] Jeffrey Orridge was appointed the new CFL Commissioner effective April 29, 2015.[9]


  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. ^ "Meritorious Service Decorations (Civil Division) Ceremony". The Governor General of Canada His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston. Governor General of Canada. Retrieved 30 December 2015. 
  7. ^ "Cohon will not seek third term as CFL Commissioner". Archived from the original on 2014-08-23. Retrieved 2014-08-21. 
  8. ^ "Mark Cohon reign over as Jim Lawson assumes duties as interim CFL commissioner". Toronto Star. January 8, 2015. Retrieved March 17, 2015. 
  9. ^ "CFL names Jeffrey Orridge as new commissioner". Toronto Star. March 17, 2015. Retrieved March 17, 2015. 

External links

  • blog page
  • Q and A with CBC Sports
  • Mark Cohon, first interview on "The Hour" with George Stroumboulopoulos
  • Mark Cohon, second interview on "The Hour" with George Stroumboulopoulos
  • "Why the CFL Matters" (a blog by Mark Cohon on[permanent dead link]
  • Mark Cohon on Twitter
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