After a country-wide search, on April 5, 2021, WestJet welcomed its first Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Tammy McKnight. The past year changed the world of aviation and brought physical and mental wellbeing to the forefront in a very different way. This led the airline to hire a dedicated Chief Medical Officer to bring what was previously being managed through multiple service providers, inhouse, under a highly accomplished, forward-thinking leader with demonstrated success in aviation, occupational and emergency medicine.
We sat down with Dr. McKnight to learn more about her role at WestJet.
What drew you to WestJet?
I’ve lived in the Calgary area for the past 22 years. Like so many Calgarians, I’ve watched with pride as this local airline grew from a small carrier to an internationally renowned airline. I also have many friends and neighbours who are WestJetters, and I am always impressed with the genuine love and pride they have for the work they do.