Rob graduated from T. A. Blakelock in 1977. Interestingly, he failed Grade 12 Art because of "lack of effort!" Don't feel bad, Rob was inducted to the T.A. Blakelock Hall of Fame in 2005.
Roofing and some guy named Gordon Lightfoot
Wishing to pursue a career in art, he financed his way through the Ontario College of Art from the earnings of his own roofing business. The highlight of his roofing career was the discovery of Gordon Lightfoot sitting on the porch of the house around the corner from the one he was roofing. Rob performed his own rendition of, "Bend over friend, I think I know ya." Following suit, Gordon delivered a stellar solo performance of, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald."
Toronto Sun and Hockey News
In 1986 MacDougall joined the Toronto Sun and the Hockey News Publication as a sports and political cartoonist. Rob spent 16 years doing weekly assignments for both publications.
Pittsburgh Penguins Charity
The Skates & Places Charity Gala, hosted by the Penguins since 1986 has held annual silent and live actions benefiting children's charities. Rob has created limited edition paintings of popular Penguins players including Jagr, Lemieux, John Cullen, Kevin Stevens and Ron Francis to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
In the early 90's Rob met Norm Rumack of the Fan 590 sports talk show at the launch and unveiling of the limited edition painting of Wendel Clark to commemorate his new deal with Bauer Hockey. Norm had a listener call-in segment called "Hammerhead Alert!” Rob designed a t-shirt to be awarded to the daily Hammerhead. The art was approved and the shirt hit the airwaves. Norm invited Rob on the show and became his side kick for an hour. The program took off and ran for about 3 years. Rob was on every other week for an hour on Saturday afternoons.
Remember the guy that used to sketch Don's guests as they broke for commercials on Don Cherry's Grapevine? Rob was that guy. Rock'em Sock'em Video Covers? That was Rob! Logo for Don's Cherry's Grapevine Restaurant and Power Bar product? Yup, it was Rob.
Toronto Blue Jays
In 1993 Rob became the official artist of The Toronto Blue Jays.
Conn Smythe Sports Celebrity Gala Dinner and Auction
Since 1995 Rob has donated his artistic skills to the Conn Smythe Sports Celebrity Gala Dinner and Auction raising over $100,000 benefiting the Easter Seals Society of Ontario. He has painted many of our greatest athletes including: Gordie Howe, Wendel Clark, Eris Lindros, Brendan Shanahan, Mats Sundin, Vince Carter, Pat Hentgen, Mike Weir and Curtis Joseph.
Celebrity Lacrosse Extravaganza
In 1996 Rob founded the Celebrity Lacrosse Extravaganza featuring professional athletes, musicians and actors, all participating in a game to promote lacrosse awareness.
Rose Cherry's Home for Kids
When Don Cherry's wife Rose passed away in 1997 with liver cancer, the Cherry family created a foundation in honour of her perseverance, Rose Cherry's Home for Kids. To raise funds for this new foundation, Rob created a limited-edition print which includes Ron and Don's signature as well as his own.
Toronto Rock Lacrosse
Rob was a founding member of the Toronto Rock Lacrosse franchise in 1999. The Toronto Rock team Logo? That was Rob. The Rock uniforms? Ya, that was Rob. The Rock won the championship in their initial year and they looked good doing it.
Oakville Buzz Junior B Lacrosse Club
In 2001 Rob founded and financed the Oakville Buzz Junior B Lacrosse Club. The Buzz Logo and Uniforms both designed by Rob MacDougall. The Buzz won the Founders Cup, Canadian Championship trophy for Junior B supremacy in 2006.
Dustin Sanderson Fund
In 2003 a young lacrosse player, Dustin Sanderson from Orangeville, got run into the boards and broke his neck. Within days Rob and Bob McKenzie swung into action to get the lacrosse community to rally around Dustin and his plight. They got Bill Watters of the Toronto Rock involved and arranged a $1 pledge from each home game ticket sale. Over 17,000 fans show up and 2 other corporate sponsors jumped in and matched the Rocks pledge. The game raised $51,000 for the Dustin Sanderson Fund.
World Lacrosse Championships
Rob was one of the coaches of Team Australia in the World Lacrosse Championships in 2003, 2007 and 2011. How does a Canadian become the coach of Team Australia? Ask Rob to tell you the story.
In 2006 Rob cofounded Edge Lacrosse with Stuart Brown as a vehicle to assist Canadian Lacrosse players in obtaining U.S. scholarships. Together they put together Showcase lacrosse teams with highly talented students with a minimum school academic average of 75%. Since 2006 there are over 130 Canadians playing lacrosse in D1, D2, and D3 schools as a direct result of Edge Lacrosse's showcase program.
Bardown Hockey Inc.
In 2009, as mentor and longtime coach, Rob cofounded Bardown sports apparel company with former players Ben Sacerty, Jeff Sacerty and Jesse Kirshenbaum. Rob designed the brand logo and its t-shirts. It has become one of the most rapidly growing hockey apparel companies in North America with many brand ambassadors within the NHL, NCAA and CHL. Bardown Apparel has been featured in The Hockey News; Fully Loaded and Chill Magazine. Bardown Hockey Apparel is now sold in 25 stores across Canada with dealers situated in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.
2010 Men's Field Lacrosse National Team
Rob was commissioned by Team Canada to create a truly Canadian image on the international stage. 308 limited edition prints were made available for sale raising proceeds to help send our athletes to England; the first of which was presented to Prime Minster Stephen Harper.
Greater Toronto Hockey League Star Studded Gala
In 2011 Rob was commissioned to craft a commemorative painting of the All Star Team of the Century presented by Scotiabank. This painting was unveiled at the Gala and later sold in a live auction with all proceeds going toward the newly established GTHL Legacy Fund. 100 limited edition signed prints were made and sold.