Donald Barker

Class of 1999

From 1960 to 1981, Donald Barker gained the respect of players and officials alike as a game official, Director of Officiating and as a member of the Rules Committee. He appeared in 390 regular season and play-off games and an amazing 10 Grey Cups.

With a desire to do “what’s best for the league”, barker developed a comprehensive and extensive system which was based on performance for recruiting, training and evaluating officials. He also developed the mechanics for seven man officiating crews.

It is fitting that after 21 years as a game official, barker joined the canadian football league office as director of officiating. He provided the league his expertise and experience in the development of officials and extensive review of the rules.


Director of Officiating and Operations
1985 - 1994
Member of The CFL Rules Committee
1984 - 1998
Officiating Supervisor
1995 - 1998


  • Western
  • CFL
  • Grey
  • Grey