Peter Howlett

Peter Howlett

MONTREAL – Peter Howlett, a 72-year-old native of Westmount, Que., is among five athletes recently selected for induction to the McGill Sports Hall of Fame.
Born June 11, 1942, Howlett earned a common law degree from McGill University in 1966. He was a two-time Canadian Press all-star running back with the McGill Redmen in his junior and senior years and served as captain and most valuable player of both the varsity football and alpine ski teams. In 1965, Howlett received the Omega trophy as MVP of the Senior Intercollegiate Football League. He was drafted by Canadian Football League’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1966, then played three seasons with the Montreal Alouettes, meriting CFL all-star honours in both 1968 and 1969.

Long after his pro football career was over, he continued an athletic career and was voted the Quebec rugby player of the year in 1974.

Howlett was named a member of the Order of Canada in 2008, the same year he was among four personalities honoured at a “Tribute to Great Montrealers” reception held by the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal.

An investor in major projects in North America, Europe and Asia, Howlett was president of Montorsan Holdings and Meta Energy and is a founding member of the Montreal International Institute for the Environment. Throughout his career, he demonstrated a strong commitment to the community and became involved with a number of non-profit organizations, including a term as president of Les Amis de la Montagne, a group dedicated to preserving heritage and the environment around Mt. Royal. He actively participated in fundraising campaigns for various charitable organizations, such as the campaign for the 50th anniversary of The Priory School, along with campaigns for the Butters Foundation, the Greene Avenue Community Centre and the Maison Smith. He has also served as a board member for the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and served as president and founder of Portage Canada.

Howlett was a member of the board of governors at Concordia University, vice-president of the Concordia Foundation and an honourary member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. He received an award for excellence from the Concordia University Alumni Association, was named “Montreal Irishman of the Year”, and won an honourary award from the International Council on Alcohol and Addictions.

Other new laureates for the McGill hall of fame include Olympic gold medalist Kim St-Pierre of Chateauguay, Que., the late Jack McGill, a former Montreal Canadiens left-winger from Ottawa and ex-Alouettes lineman Matthieu Quiviger of Montreal, as well as national team swimmer Holly McComb, who was born in Lachine, Que., raised in suburban Dollard des Ormeaux and now resides in Stouffville, Ont.
Profiles of each new inductee will be posted online at each Wednesday in July. Biographies of all previous inductees to the McGill Sports Hall of Fame are available online at

The induction luncheon will kick-off the University’s Homecoming Week celebrations on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 and only 200 tickets are available for the ceremony, scheduled to be held off campus for the first time, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Tickets are $65 and can be reserved by contacting the McGill Alumni Association at 514-398-8288.

Submissions for next year’s induction can be made by obtaining a nomination brochure from Samantha Rogers at and submitting the form by March 1.  

Earl Zukerman
Communications Officer
Athletics & Recreation
McGill University
514-398-7012 (Tel.)
514-398-1956 (Fax)