CALGARY — Alberta Venture magazine has named WestJet president and CEO Gregg Saretsky one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People for 2016, it was announced July 4.
First published by the magazine in 1997, Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People list is “made up of people who, through their professional and personal accomplishments, have left a positive impression on Alberta’s political, economic or cultural landscape.”
“I am truly honoured to be included in the top 50 among such stellar company,” said Saretsky. “This list of amazing role models is the reason why the province leaves an indelible mark on the world stage. I would also like to recognize the 12,000 WestJetters across our expanding network whose dedication, determination and hard work enables me to be recognized. I share this accolade with them.”
“I am very pleased to see that Gregg has been recognized by Alberta Venture as one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People,” said Clive Beddoe, WestJet’s principal founder and chairman of the board. “As a leader who has helped to build an airline with more than $4 billion in revenue, 12,000 employees and that carries millions of guests in and out of Alberta every year, this is a well-deserved recognition for Gregg, one that reflects the many contributions he has made to both the success of Alberta and WestJet. Many congratulations to him for this honour.”
Based in Calgary, WestJet is Canada’s highest-rated airline for customer service, and offers scheduled service to 100 destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe. Through the company’s regional airline, WestJet Encore, and with partnerships with airlines around the world, the carrier offers flights to more than 150 destinations in more than 20 countries.
In addition, members of the WestJet Rewards program earn WestJet dollars on flights and vacation packages. Members use WestJet dollars towards the purchase of WestJet flights and vacations packages to any WestJet destination, with no blackout periods.