Dave Fennel

Dave Fennell

First University of Law graduate to win the Schenley Award as most valuable player in the grey Cup and first Law Graduate to found a large successful Gold Mining Company

Born Edmonton, AB 1952

(Nickname was Dr. Death)

1979 – Law degree from the University of Alberta

  • 1974 – 1983 – Defensive Lineman for the Edmonton Eskimos in the Canadian Football League
  • 1978 – 1982 Helped lead the team to five straight Grey Cup


  • Played in a total of seven Grey Cup Games

Awards and Honours Include

  • 1978 Schenley CFL Most Outstanding Defensive Player
  • 1979 Schenley CFL Most Outstanding Canadian
  • Defensive Star of the 1978 and 1982 Grey Cup games
  • 1977 – 1981 CFL Western All-Star at Defensive Tackle
  • Member of the Canadian Hall of Fame, the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and the Edmonton Eskimos Hall of Fame, University of South Dakota Hall of Fame, Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame and Edmonton Eskimo Wall of Honour
  • 2006 voted one of the CFL’s Top 50 players (#24) of the League’s modern era by The Sports Network

Current Career

  • Founder of Golden Star Resources, one of the largest and most successful mining companies in Canada
  • Developed Miramar Mining through mergers with other gold companies, then in 2007 merged with Newmont Mining, world’s second largest gold mining company
  • Sits on Boards of a number of Resource companies