Former CFL lineman Randy Ambrosie to be named new commissioner: report

Former CFL offensive lineman Randy Ambrosie has been hired as the league’s new commissioner according to Jeff Hamilton of the Winnipeg Free Press.

The 54-year-old was runner-up to Jeffrey Orridge the last time the CFL went through the hiring process.

Ambrosie was selected in the first round, second overall by Calgary in the 1985 CFL draft out of the University of Manitoba. He played nine seasons with the Stampeders, Argonauts and Eskimos combined, winning a Grey Cup championship while an Eskimo in 1993. At the end of his playing career, he served as secretary of the CFLPA for two years.

Credit: Terry Elniski

After retiring from pro football, Ambrosie entered the business world, becoming a president and/or CEO for three different companies: president AGF Management Limited (2004-2009), president and CEO Accretive 360 Inc. (2010-2012) and 3Macs president and CEO (2012-2016).

AGF is one of Canada’s premier investment companies, Accretive 360 Inc. designs and develops customized wealth management software while 3Macs was a respected investment firm founded before our countries federation in 1849, that dealt with $6 billion of client assets until it was purchased by Raymond James in 2016. Ambrosie was a special advisor to Raymond James after the sale.

Jim Lawson, chair of the CFL board of governors, told 3DownNation the owners wanted a businessman who has experience with companies in excess of $100 million.

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