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Daniel Daly Wicklum
Dan Wicklum in 2004
Personal information
Date of birth: (1965-02-28) February 28, 1965 (age 56)
Place of birth: Edmonton, Alberta
Career information
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
Roster status: Retired
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A

Dan Wicklum (born February 28, 1965 in Edmonton, Alberta)[1] is a former Canadian Football League (CFL) football player who played for four seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Calgary Stampeders.

Early life

Wicklum was raised in Perth, Ontario, in the Ottawa Valley, and attended St. John Catholic School and Perth and District Collegiate Institute.[2] He played football with the Ottawa Sooners of the Canadian Junior Football League.[3] After high school graduation, he entered the University of Guelph and received a B.S.[2] in biology in 1990. He played football with the Guelph Gryphons winning the Vanier Cup in 1984 and named an OUAA All-Star in 1987,[4] setting the Guelph record with 119 total tackles in the season.[5] In 2002, Wicklum was named to the Guelph's Athletics hall of fame.[4]

Professional career

The CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers drafted him in the first round of the 1988 Canadian College Draft. Securing a starting linebacker role, Wicklum went on to help the team win the Grey Cup in 1988. In 1989, the Calgary Stampeders selected him as the first Canadian player in an equalization draft. He then played three seasons for the Stampeders and named Calgary's special teams Player of the Year twice.[2][4]

Post football career

After retiring from football, Wicklum went on with his education in the field of aquatic ecology, completing an M.S. in 1994 at the University of Calgary, and a Ph.D. in 1998 at the University of Montana, where he also did postdoctoral work, served as Research Assistant Professor, and authored nine scholarly papers.[2]

Wicklum launched and was later named Executive Director of the Canadian Forest Innovation Council and then occupied various senior positions for Environment Canada and Natural Resources Canada including Director of Strategic Alliances, Director General of Wildlife and Landscape Science, and Director General of Water Science and Technology. Dan was the Chief Executive of COSIA (Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance) from March 2012 to February 2019.


  1. Brent MacKinnon. "Daniel Daly Wicklum". MacKinnon Family Tree. Retrieved 2007-12-25.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Wicklum, Dan". Canada's Election 2004 (Globe & Mail). 2004-06-28. Archived from the original on December 1, 2005. Retrieved 2007-12-25.
  3. "OFC to the Pros". Ontario Football Conference. Archived from the original on 2007-12-05. Retrieved 2007-12-25.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Dan Wicklum, Football (2002)". Athletics Hall of Fame. University of Guelph. Retrieved 2007-12-25.[dead link]
  5. "Guelph Gryphons Football statistics" (pdf). University of Guelph. Archived from the original on 2009-03-20. Retrieved 2007-12-25.