Shawn Burke

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Shawn Burke
Ottawa Redblacks
Born:1982 (age 40–41)[1]
Guelph, Ontario
Career information
Position(s)General manager
CollegeDurham College
High schoolJohn F. Ross
Career history
As administrator
20072010Hamilton Tiger-Cats
(Director of Community Relations)
20092010Hamilton Tiger-Cats
(Director of Communications)
20112015Hamilton Tiger-Cats
(Director of Football Operations)
20162018Hamilton Tiger-Cats
(Assistant General Manager)
20192021Hamilton Tiger-Cats
(Senior Director of Player Personnel and Co-Manager of Football Operations)
2022–presentOttawa Redblacks
(General Manager)

Shawn Burke (born 1982) is the general manager of the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League (CFL).[2] He previously spent 15 years in administrative and personnel related positions with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Burke is a graduate of the Sports Administration program at Durham College.

Administrative career[edit]

Hamilton Tiger-Cats[edit]

Burke was first hired by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as the team's director of community relations in 2007 and would watch game film with Ron Lancaster.[1][3] He added the title of director of communications in 2009, serving in both roles for two years.[1][4] He then moved to the technical side of the franchise as he was named director of football operations in 2011.[4] Burke was promoted to assistant general manager on March 11, 2016, while retaining many of his previous responsibilities.[5] After three years in the assistant GM role, he was named senior director of personnel and co-manager of football operations, along with Drew Allemang, on January 3, 2019, effectively making the pair the team's co-general managers.[6] Under two seasons of Burke in the top personnel position, the Tiger-Cats had a 23–9 record and appeared in two Grey Cup games.[2]

Ottawa Redblacks[edit]

On December 19, 2021, Burke was named the general manager of the Ottawa Redblacks.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Both of Burke's parents died of lung cancer by the time he was 20 years old.[1] Burke has one brother, Dave Burke Jr.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Guelph native Shawn Burke overcomes family tragedy to succeed as a player off the field for Hamilton Tiger-Cats". Guelph Mercury. November 17, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Redblacks usher in new era, name Shawn Burke franchise's general manager". Ottawa Redblacks. December 19, 2021.
  3. ^ "Eric Tillman won't be signing new GM deal with Hamilton Tiger-Cats: source". The Globe and Mail. January 3, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Tiger-Cats name McManus head U.S. scout". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. March 22, 2011.
  5. ^ "Tiger-Cats promote Tillman to general manager; Allemang, Burke appointed assistant general managers". Hamilton Tiger-Cats. March 11, 2016.
  6. ^ "Tiger-Cats promote Allemang, Burke, GM Tillman not returning". Sportsnet. January 3, 2019.

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