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Clive J. Beddoe
Calgary (Alberta)

WestJet board of directors member Clive Beddoe

Mr. Clive Beddoe is a founding shareholder and the Chair of the Board of Directors of WestJet. Prior to his current role, Clive served as the Executive Chairman (2007 – 2009), and the President and CEO of WestJet (1995 – 1999, 2000 – 2007). Clive has been instrumental in making WestJet one of the most successful airlines in recent aviation history.

Clive's keen business acumen has shaped the development of WestJet's corporate culture, executive team and strategy. A true entrepreneur, Clive's strong background in financial planning and strategic management was gained through several successful real estate and business enterprises.

In 2000, Clive and his fellow WestJet founders received the Worldwide Award for Teamwork at the World Entrepreneur of the Year celebrations. In 2001, he received the Pinnacle Award, and in that same year, WestJet was awarded the "Business Ethics" award from the Better Business Bureau of Southern Alberta. In 2002 and 2003, WestJet was named one of Canada's most respected companies, and in 2003, WestJet received the Most Respected Corporation title for Innovative Practices from Alberta Venture Magazine. In 2004, Clive received the prestigious Canadian Business Leader Award from the University of Alberta Faculty of Business and the Business Advisory Council.

Clive has been the recipient of honorary degrees from the University of Calgary and Wilfrid Laurier University and was appointed the 2010/2011 Jarislowsky Resident Fellow in Business Management at the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary. In 2012, Mr. Beddoe was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame and, in 2013, was inducted into the Calgary Business Hall of Fame.

Clive is a resident of Calgary, having immigrated to Canada from England in 1970. Married with two children, Clive is a private pilot licensed to fly numerous types of aircraft. It was through this keen interest in aviation that spurred the formation of WestJet.

Board Committees

  • Safety, Health and Environment Committee
  • Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee

Ron Brenneman
Calgary (Alberta)

WestJet board of directors member Ron Brenneman

Mr. Ron Brenneman is a corporate director and serves as a Director of WestJet and Thor Resources Inc. (a private helium exploration and development company). He was the Executive Vice-Chairman of Suncor Energy Inc. (an integrated energy company) from August 2009 until February 2010, and the President and CEO of Petro-Canada (a petroleum company) from January 2000 until August 2009. Prior to joining Petro-Canada, he spent more than 30 years with Imperial Oil Limited and its parent company, Exxon Corporation (an oil and gas company). Mr. Brenneman is a former board member of Scotiabank (a Schedule I bank), Ithaca Energy Inc. (an oil and gas operator) and BCE Inc. (a telecommunications company). He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Toronto and a Master of Science in control systems from the University of Manchester.

Mr. Brenneman joined WestJet's Board of Directors in September 2009.

Board Committees

  • Safety, Health and Environment Committee

Christopher Burley
Calgary (Alberta)

WestJet board of directors member Christopher Burley

Mr. Christopher Burley is a corporate director and Vice-Chair of WestJet’s Board of Directors. Currently, Mr. Burley also serves on the board of Nutrien Ltd. (a fertilizer company). He worked for more than two decades in the investment banking industry and was Managing Director and Vice Chairman, Energy at Merrill Lynch before his retirement in 2008. Mr. Burley holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a certificate of Honours Standing (Geophysics) and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Western University. He is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors’ Education Program and holds the ICD.D designation.

Mr. Burley joined WestJet's Board of Directors in September 2015.

Board Committees

  • Audit Committee
  • People and Compensation Committee
  • Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee

Brett Godfrey
Brisbane (Australia)

WestJet board of directors member Brett Godfrey

Mr. Brett Godfrey is the co-founder and former CEO of Virgin Blue, now Virgin Australia (a publicly listed airline). He has worked for various Virgin Group airlines, starting in the early 1990s with Virgin Atlantic as its Finance Manager. In 1997, he was appointed CFO of Virgin Express, before launching Virgin Blue, an airline he conceptualized and implemented in 2000 and retired from 10 years later.

Mr. Godfrey is a board member of Auckland International Airport. He holds a business degree from Victoria University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA). Mr. Godfrey was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal for his service to tourism and aviation, was recognized as the Australian Chief Executive of the Year by the Customer Service Institute of Australia, and the Outstanding Chartered Accountant in Business by the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants. In 2017, Mr. Godfrey was appointed Chair of Tourism and Events Queensland.

Mr. Godfrey joined WestJet's Board of Directors in August 2006.

Board Committees

  • Safety, Health and Environment Committee

Allan Jackson
Calgary (Alberta)

WestJet board of directors member Allan Jackson

Mr. Allan Jackson is the Executive Chairman and CEO of Arci Ltd. (a private real estate investment company) and President and CEO of Jackson Enterprises Inc. (a private holding and consulting company). He is the former Chair of the Board of Canadian Western Bank (a Schedule I Bank) and previously served as a director of Princeton Developments Ltd. (a private real estate development and management company). Mr. Jackson holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business Administration from Western University.

Mr. Jackson joined WestJet's Board of Directors in July 2003.

Board Committees

  • People and Compensation Committee, Chair
  • Audit Committee
  • Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee

Barry Jackson
Calgary (Alberta)

WestJet board of directors member Barry Jackson

Mr. Barry Jackson is a corporate director. He is the former President and CEO and director of Crestar Energy Inc. (an oil and gas exploration and production company). Mr. Jackson is on the board, and is the former Chair, of TransCanada Corporation (an energy infrastructure company) and TransCanada PipeLines Limited, and is a former director of Laricina Energy Ltd. (a private oil and gas exploration and production company).

Mr. Jackson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Calgary and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta. He was made a fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2010.

Mr. Jackson joined WestJet's Board of Directors in February 2009.

Board Committees

  • Safety, Health and Environment Committee
  • People and Compensation Committee

Colleen Johnston
Toronto (Ontario)

WestJet board of directors member Colleen Johnston

Ms. Colleen Johnston is currently a director and Chair of the audit committee of Shopify Inc. (a Canadian ecommerce company), the Chair of the board of Unity Health Toronto (a Catholic hospital network serving Toronto), and a director of McCain Foods (a global family-owned food business). She comes to WestJet with extensive experience in financial and organizational leadership serving previously as the CFO of TD Bank (a Schedule I Bank) from 2005 to 2015. Prior to her retirement from TD Bank in 2018, she served as Group Head – Technology, Direct Channels, Marketing and Corporate and Public Affairs. Ms. Johnston has received many prestigious awards for her contribution to the business community including Canada’s CFO of the year (2012), honorary doctorates from St. Mary’s University and York University (Schulich School of Business) and was inducted into Canada’s WXN 100 Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame in 2007.

Ms. Johnston holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (honours) from York University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA). She was elected a Fellow CPA in 2006.

Ms. Johnston joined WestJet’s Board of Directors in October 2018.

Board Committees

  • Audit Committee, Chair
  • People and Compensation Committee

Janice Rennie
Edmonton (Alberta)

WestJet board of directors member Janice Rennie

Ms. Janice Rennie is currently the non-executive Chair of EPCOR Utilities Inc. (EPCOR) (a municipally-owned utility company). She also sits on the board of Major Drilling Group International Inc. (a drilling services company), Methanex Corporation (a methanol producer), and West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. (an integrated forestry company). She has held senior management positions with a number of companies including, most recently, EPCOR, where she served as Senior Vice-President of Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness. Prior to 2004, Ms. Rennie was Principal of Rennie & Associates, which provided investment and related advice to small and midsized companies.

Ms. Rennie holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta. In 2012, Ms. Rennie was made a fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Ms. Rennie joined WestJet’s Board of Directors in August 2011.

Board Committees

  • Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, Chair
  • Audit Committee

Karen Sheriff
Toronto (Ontario)

Karen Sheriff

Ms. Karen Sheriff is the former President and CEO of Q9 Networks Inc. (a data centre operator). Prior to her role at Q9, she was President and CEO of Bell Aliant from 2008 to 2014, following more than nine years in senior leadership positions at BCE Inc. She is also a director of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and BCE Inc. Early on in her career, Ms. Sheriff spent over 10 years at United Airlines, in the areas of Marketing and Strategy.

Ms. Sheriff holds a Masters degree in Business Administration, with concentrations in Marketing and Finance, from the University of Chicago. She was named one of Canada’s top 25 Women of Influence for both 2013 and 2014 by Women of Influence Inc. In 2012, she was named Woman of the Year by the Canadian Women in Communications and has been recognized as one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEOs by Atlantic Business Magazine and one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women on multiple occasions.

Ms. Sheriff joined WestJet’s Board of Directors in January 2016.

Board Committees

  • Safety, Health and Environment Committee, Chair
  • People and Compensation Committee

Edward Sims
President and Chief Executive Officer

WestJet board of directors member Ed Sims

Mr. Edward Sims was appointed President and CEO and as a director of WestJet on March 7, 2018. He first joined WestJet in May 2017 as EVP, Commercial. Prior to WestJet, Mr. Sims held senior commercial and operational leadership positions within the Tui, Thomas Cook, and Virgin Groups and served for ten years at Air New Zealand where he led the international wide-body business. His most recent role was as CEO of Airways, New Zealand’s air navigation service provider.

Mr. Sims obtained his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from the Jesus College, University of Oxford. He has previously served on the boards of multiple tourism associations, the New Zealand Police and the Office of the New Zealand Auditor General. Throughout his career Mr. Sims has demonstrated that an emphasis on peoples’ development and transparent communication are the stepping stones to success. Initially, drawn to the reputation of WestJet’s culture, he guides his team based on professional values of accountability, resilience, authenticity, aspiration, and humility.

Board Committees

  • As President and CEO, Mr. Sims attends all committee meetings