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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


Positive COVID-19 tests at world men's curling championship deemed “false positives”

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CALGARY — The four positive COVID-19 tests that interrupted the men’s world curling championship are considered “false positives” from potentially contaminated samples, according to the World Curling Federation.

The men’s championship concluded late Sunday night with Sweden’s Niklas Edin winning a record fifth world men’s title.

No games were played Saturday because four participants, including one from a playoff team, tested positive for the virus in “exit” tests before leaving Calgary’s curling bubble. 

None had symptoms of the illness.

All have tested negative in multiple re-tests since then, the WCF said Monday in a statement. All tests were conducted via PCR throat swabs.

“According to Alberta Health, PCR testing remains the gold standard for COVID-19 testing,” the WCF said. “Very rarely, there are occurrences through sampling or testing processes when samples may become contaminated and a false positive may result.

“Following an investigation over the weekend, it appears that this may have occurred in this case and follow-up testing was undertaken.”

All athletes and personnel considered close contacts of the four underwent testing Saturday with all results negative. 

Every playoff team member was tested before and after each game Sunday with those results also negative, the WCF said. Hotel staff were also tested Sunday and cleared.

“With the original four positive test results now deemed as false positives, the integrity of the Calgary bubble remains intact,” the WCF declared.

“The change also allows international athletes who were considered close contacts, and who would have had to remain in isolation in Calgary for 14 days, will now be able to depart Calgary.”

The fifth of seven events in Calgary’s curling hub, the Humpty’s Champions Cup, gets underway Thursday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 12, 2021.

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Pulling the plug: Edmonton Folk Music Festival cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

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EDMONTON — Despite Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s hope that the COVID-19 vaccine will allow summer events like the Calgary Stampede to go ahead, the Edmonton Folk Music Festival has been cancelled

The festival says in a statement that without full vaccination, people won’t be entirely safe from the spread of COVID-19. 

It says that with virus variants and an uncertain vaccine rollout, the impossibility of social distancing at the outdoor festival could lead to community spread.

Kenney has said that two-thirds of the population should have a vaccine shot by the end of June and things should begin to feel back-to-normal.

He says the Stampede, which is held in early July, along with sporting events and other festivals will be possible.

The Edmonton Folk Music Festival says it will continue to offer online content and, if small gatherings are permitted, it hopes to add some community engagement.

“With so many variables at play, the complexity of planning and delivering a festival of our size makes it impossible to move forward in our usual manner,” the statement said Monday.

“As profoundly disappointing as this news is, we believe this is the only safe way forward. The safety of our patrons, volunteers, and artists was of paramount importance in coming to this conclusion.”

The annual four-day festival in the city’s Gallagher Park usually attracts thousands of music fans and boasts approximately 2,700 volunteers.

Alberta introduced new health rules last week, closing restaurants to in-person dining and further reducing customer capacity at retail stores in response to rising COVID-19 numbers.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 12, 2021.

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