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Westjet Founder Clive Beddoe to help Alberta’s economy take flight

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Clive Beddoe (74), grew up in Leatherhead, England and immigrated to Canada in 1970.

As an avid licenced pilot himself in 1996, Beddoe became a founding shareholder and the first Chairman of the Board of Directors for plucky start-up WestJet airlines, He also held the President and Chief Executive Officer roles.

Beddoe is President for Hanover Group of Companies and Chair of the Board at SQI Diagnostics Inc. and is Chairman of their Human Resources Committee. and was the owner of Western Concord Manufacturing.

In 2000, Mr. Beddoe, along with WestJet’s other founders were named the Ernst & Young (EY) Entrepreneur of the Year for Canada, as well as EY’s international Entrepreneur of the Year awards in Monaco.

In 2004, he received the prestigious Canadian Business Leader Award from the University of Alberta Faculty of Business and the Business Advisory Council, in 2008 he received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree from the University of Calgary, and was also recognised by the University of Victoria’s School of Business as its Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year.

in 2009 he was entered into the Canada’s Marketing Hall of Legends by the Toronto Chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA). That same year he received an Honorary degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.

In 2012 Beddoe was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of fame. In 2013 he was named as a Calgary Business Hall of Fame Laureate, and in 2014 he entered the Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame.

Beddoe as a young pilot

In 2018, he was honoured with Waterstone’ Lifetime Achievement as Most Admired Canadian CEO’s, in 2019 the travel icon was entered into the Canadian Travel Hall of Fame and in 2020 he was given BCIT’s Honorary Doctorate of Technology Recipient.

Beddoe is an avid sailor

As avid sailor and always loving a challenge, Beddoe participated in the 2006 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, ARC’s annual race across the Atlantic Ocean.

Beddeo is married to Ruth, they have two children, Sean and Kailey and a number of grandkids. Passion is at the core of the Beddeo family, Ruth and Clive have decades of hands-on volunteering, fundraising and Philanthropy for Boys and Girls Club of Canada.

Clive Beddoe (centre), WestJet founder unveils the name of the company’s latest addition, a new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Westjet named the plane after him. Photo Courtesy/@KPAE_Spotter

Here are the members of the council.  You’ll see more of Tom’s stories about this group as the week progresses.

  • Jack Mintz, chair – 2015 Order of Canada member is one of Canada’s most-respected economic & policy minds
  • Clive Beddoe – former chair, president and CEO, WestJet
  • Robert Blakely – Labour & Employment Lawyer, paid for school as a unionized plumber & pipefitter
  • Brent Belzberg – founder and senior managing partner, TorQuest Partners
  • Bob Dhillon – founder, president and CEO, Mainstreet Equity Corporation
  • Chris Fowler – president and CEO, Canadian Western Bank
  • Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper – Canada’s 22nd prime minister
  • Peter Kiss – owner and president, Morgan Construction and Environmental
  • Zainul Mawji – president, Telus Home Solutions
  • Nancy Southern – chair and CEO, ATCO Ltd.
  • Kevin Uebelein – CEO, AIMCo
  • Mac Van Wielingen – founder, ARC Financial

Dr. Jack M. Mintz heads up Alberta Economic Recovery Council

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Male suspect involved in tragic incident between Beaumont and Edmonton sought by police; EPS release photos of suspect

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News release from the Edmonton Police Service (EPS)

The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) is assisting the RCMP with the investigation into a tragic incident that claimed the life of an innocent woman last night on 50 Street.

Yesterday, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, at approximately 9:40 p.m. various EPS resources were deployed to the area of 50 Street and 22 Avenue SW at the request of the RCMP. It was reported to police that RCMP attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a suspicious U-Haul in Beaumont, when the vehicle fled. The U-Haul subsequently travelled north on 50 Street into Edmonton, where it struck and killed a woman inspecting the exterior of her vehicle. Moments later the U-Haul came to rest just outside a gas station off of 22 Avenue and 50 Street.

After crashing the U-Haul, the male suspect then reportedly stole a Honda Civic that was parked outside the gas station with a child inside. Police did consider an Alert to the public at the time, though thankfully the child was located unharmed in the area of 66 Street and 25 Avenue minutes later. The suspect then fled the scene in the Honda Civic. The stolen vehicle has since been recovered outside of Edmonton.

The EPS and RCMP continue to actively seek the identity and whereabouts of the male suspect described as being approximately 5’11” who was last seen wearing a black hoodie with white text on the front, brown shorts and black shoes. CCTV photos of the suspect are included below.

“We are incredibly saddened to hear about the tragic death of the innocent woman who was killed on 50 Street,” says Det. Nigel Phillips with the EPS Investigative Response Team. “Our hearts are with her family and friends who will now have to carry on with this unfathomable loss.”

“We are doing everything we can to track down the suspect and we trust the public will help us identify and locate him as soon as possible.”

Assist to identify and locate: Male suspect running in area of 50 Street & 22 Avenue SW
While the RCMP is leading this investigation, the EPS is assisting and working collaboratively with its law enforcement partners.

Anyone with information about the suspect’s identity and/or their whereabouts is asked to contact the EPS immediately at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.p3tips.com/250.

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Low emissions, Indigenous-owned Cascade Power Project to boost Alberta electrical grid reliability

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The Cascade Power Project. Photo courtesy Kinetcor

From the Canadian Energy Centre

By Will Gibson

New 900-megawatt natural gas-fired facility to supply more than eight per cent of Alberta’s power needs

Alberta’s electrical grid is about to get a boost in reliability from a major new natural gas-fired power plant owned in part by Indigenous communities.  

Next month operations are scheduled to start at the Cascade Power Project, which will have enough capacity to supply more than eight per cent of Alberta’s energy needs.  

It’s good news in a province where just over one month ago an emergency alert suddenly blared on cell phones and other electronic devices warning residents to immediately reduce electricity use to avoid outages.  

“Living in an energy-rich province, we sometimes take electricity for granted,” says Chana Martineau, CEO of the Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation (AIOC) and member of the Frog Lake First Nation.  

“Given much of the province was dealing with -40C weather at the time, that alert was a vivid reminder of the importance of having a reliable electrical grid.” 

Cascade Power was the first project to receive funding through the AIOC, the provincial corporation established in 2020 to provide loan guarantees for Indigenous groups seeking partnerships in major development projects. 

So far, the AIOC has underwritten more than $500 million in support. This year it has $3 billion  available, up from $2 billion in 2023.  

In August 2020 it provided a $93 million loan guarantee to the Indigenous Communities Consortium — comprised of the Alexis Nakota Sioux NationEnoch Cree NationKehewin Cree NationOChiese First NationPaul First Nation, and Whitefish (Goodfish) Lake First Nation — to become equity owners. 

The 900-megawatt, $1.5-billion facility is scheduled to come online in March. 

“It’s personally gratifying for me to see how we moved from having Indigenous communities being seen as obstacles to partners in a generation,” says Martineau. 

The added capacity brought by Cascade is welcomed by the Alberta Electrical System Operator (AESO), which is responsible for the provinces electrical grid. =

“The AESO welcomes all new forms of generation into the Alberta marketplace, including renewables, thermal, storage, and others,” said Diane Kossman, a spokeswoman for the agency.  

“It is imperative that Alberta continue to have sufficient dispatchable generation to serve load during peak demand periods when other forms of generation are not able to contribute in a meaningful way.” 

The Cascade project also provides environmental benefits. It is a so-called “combined cycle” power facility, meaning it uses both a gas turbine and a steam turbine simultaneously to produce up to 50 per cent more electricity from the same amount of fuel than a traditional facility.  

Once complete, Cascade is expected to be the largest and most efficient combined cycle power plant in Alberta, producing 62 per cent less CO2 than a coal-fired power plant and 30 per cent less CO2 than a typical coal-to-gas conversion.  

“This project really is aligned with the goals of Indigenous communities on environmental performance,” says Martineau. 

The partnership behind the power plant includes Axium InfrastructureDIF Capital Partners  and Kineticor Resource Corp. along with the Indigenous Communities Consortium. 

The nations invested through a partnership with OPTrust, one of Canada’s largest pension funds.  

“Innovation is not just what we invest in, but it is also how we invest,” said James Davis, OPTrust’s chief investment officer. 

“The participation of six First Nations in the Cascade Power Project is a prime example of what is possible when investors, the government and local communities work together.” 

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