Howson has been with the Oilers organization for 18 seasons in total, including 13 seasons from 1994 through 2007 and then again from 2013 until his current tenure.
In 2007, Howson was hired as the General Manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets. In his time with Columbus, he compiled a 173-190-59 record and advanced to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in franchise history in 2008-09, losing in the Conference Quarterfinals to the Detroit Red Wings.
The Toronto, Ontario native was the Oilers Assistant to the General Manager in 2000-01 and served as the club's Assistant General Manager from 2001-2007, working beside General Manager Kevin Lowe in overseeing the Oilers' hockey operations.
Prior to his arrival in Edmonton, Howson spent six years with the Oilers' American Hockey League affiliates. As General Manager of the Cape Breton Oilers from 1994-96, he oversaw the franchise's move to Hamilton in 1996 and was the Bulldogs' General Manager from 1996-2001.
Howson had a stellar junior hockey career, playing three seasons with the Kingston Canadians (OHA/OHL), compiling 302 points (122G, 180A) in 197 career games, including a 140 point season (57G, 83A) in 1980-81.
After signing with the New York Islanders as an undrafted free agent, his professional career began in 1981-82 with the Toledo Goaldiggers, when he was awarded the Garry F. Longman Memorial Trophy as the IHL's Most Outstanding Rookie, after recording 120 points (55G, 65A) in 71 games.
In four seasons from 1982-1986, Howson split time with the Central Hockey League's (CHL) Indianapolis Checkers and American Hockey League's (AHL) Springfield Indians. Over two seasons with Indianapolis, Howson accumulated 145 points (70G, 75A) in 146 games and registered 94 points (35G, 59A) in 110 games with Springfield. He also appeared in 18 games with the New York Islanders from 1984-86, posting five goals and three assists.