WestJet

The WestJet Group announces Harry Taylor as interim President and CEO

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 4:20pm

CALGARY, AB, Sept. 15, 2021 /CNW/ -The WestJet Group today announced that Harry Taylor will assume the interim role of President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with a transition period taking place between late November and mid-December 2021.

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  • CALGARY, AB, Sept. 15, 2021 /CNW/ -The WestJet Group today announced that Harry Taylor will assume the interim role of President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with a transition period taking place between late November and mid-December 2021.
  • "I am extremely pleased Harry has agreed to take on this interim role," said the WestJet Group Board Chair Chris Burley.
  • "It is a tremendous honour to be asked to serve as interim CEO for the WestJet Group, and I look forward to leading our organization through this crucial phase of our recovery," said Harry Taylor.
  • While Harry serves as interim CEO, Jennifer Bue, WestJet's current Vice-President, Finance Planning & Analysis will serve as interim CFO.

Kerry Philipovitch Joins Intervine Board of Directors

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 12:23am

Former American Airlines Executive Kerry Philipovitch has joined the Board of Directors of Intervine, a premier international wine and program management supplier servicing airlines and the travel sector.

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  • Former American Airlines Executive Kerry Philipovitch has joined the Board of Directors of Intervine, a premier international wine and program management supplier servicing airlines and the travel sector.
  • View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210914006215/en/
    Kerry Philipovitch Joins Intervine Board.
  • Its clich, but we are absolutely thrilled to have Kerry join our Board!
  • Intervine also announced that Sandra Pineau-Boddison has been named Board Chair after serving on the board for two years.

UATP Partners With BitPay To Tap Into Cryptocurrency's Growing Payment Popularity

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 - 12:00pm

"Cryptocurrency continues to gain momentum as a safe and trusted payment option, especially for high-value purchases like travel.

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  • "Cryptocurrency continues to gain momentum as a safe and trusted payment option, especially for high-value purchases like travel.
  • BitPay's partnership with UATP provides their customers with the inherent benefits of blockchain payments without having to handle, hold, or buy crypto themselves" said Stephen Pair, Co-Founder and CEO, BitPay.
  • "The UATP BitPay partnership brings together the perfect combination of two experts in airline and cryptocurrency payments," said Ralph Kaiser, president and CEO, UATP.
  • UATP connects airlines to Alternative Forms of Payment which can expand reach and generate incremental sales globally.

Benevity Announces Janeen Speer as Chief People Officer as the Company Looks to Grow by 300 Roles This Year

Monday, August 30, 2021 - 3:44pm

With her leadership, we will add new talent to further fuel our growth, while retaining our unique, strong culture.

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  • With her leadership, we will add new talent to further fuel our growth, while retaining our unique, strong culture.
  • Janeen joins Benevity with more than 20 years of experience and proven expertise in leadership development, talent acquisition and talent management.
  • Janeens appointment comes at a time of high growth for Benevity as the company looks to add 300 people this year, across several high-profile technology, product and client success roles .
  • Her experience will help the company scale a hybrid workforce while ensuring that it retains its highly engaged and unique culture.

Eureka! We have found our way back to California

Monday, August 23, 2021 - 4:00pm

These added U.S. routes strengthen our role as WestJet's hub and provide more Albertans the ability to visit sunny California.

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  • These added U.S. routes strengthen our role as WestJet's hub and provide more Albertans the ability to visit sunny California.
  • We also say 'hello/bonjour' to Californians visiting Calgary given the eased restrictions for U.S.
  • The Calgary Airport Authority
    In 25 years of serving Canadians, WestJet has cut airfares in half and increased the flying population in Canada to more than 50 per cent.
  • During this time, WestJet has maintained its status as one of the top-10 on-time airlines in North America as named by Cirium.

We'll always have Paris

Saturday, August 21, 2021 - 3:00am

"Congratulations to WestJet on resuming their direct service from YYC to Paris.

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  • "Congratulations to WestJet on resuming their direct service from YYC to Paris.
  • "Connections to global markets are vital for attracting companies, capital and people to Calgary, said Brad Parry, Interim President & CEO, Calgary Economic Development.
  • Having WestJet's hub in Calgary, providing direct service to international markets like Paris, provides us with a competitive advantage.
  • It is one of the many reasons global businesses continue to set up their offices and headquarters for North America in Calgary."

CUPE 4070 Members Ratify First Contract With WestJet Encore

Saturday, August 14, 2021 - 11:10pm

CUPE cabin crew members working at WestJet Encore, WestJets regional carrier, have signed off on their first collective bargaining agreement.

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  • CUPE cabin crew members working at WestJet Encore, WestJets regional carrier, have signed off on their first collective bargaining agreement.
  • Members voted today to ratify the tentative collective agreement reached in July.
  • This is the first ever collective agreement for our membership at WestJet Encore.
  • Ratification of this deal is proof positive that certifying with CUPE has been instrumental in our members pursuit of fair working conditions, said CUPE 4070 President Chris Rauenbusch.

WestJet Encore Cabin Crew Members, represented by CUPE Local 4070, ratify five-year collective agreement

Saturday, August 14, 2021 - 11:42pm

CALGARY, AB, Aug. 14, 2021 /CNW/ - WestJet Encoretoday announced that Encore Cabin Crew Members, represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), have successfully ratified their first five-year agreement.

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  • CALGARY, AB, Aug. 14, 2021 /CNW/ - WestJet Encoretoday announced that Encore Cabin Crew Members, represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), have successfully ratified their first five-year agreement.
  • "I am glad to be sharing, once again, that we have achieved a collective agreement with CUPE," Said Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO.
  • "This agreement, with our WestJet Encore Cabin Crew Members, shows that we continue to bargain productively and respectfully with our union partners.
  • The result shows a dedication toward the interests of our Encore Cabin Crew, guests and WestJet Encore as we all look towards a safe and healthy return to the travel industry."

The WestJet Group responds to mandatory vaccination requirement for airline workers

Friday, August 13, 2021 - 7:14pm

CALGARY, AB, Aug. 13, 2021 /CNW/ -The WestJet Group today welcomed the announcement by Transport Minister Omar Alghabra regarding mandatory vaccinations for federally regulated airline employees.

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  • CALGARY, AB, Aug. 13, 2021 /CNW/ -The WestJet Group today welcomed the announcement by Transport Minister Omar Alghabra regarding mandatory vaccinations for federally regulated airline employees.
  • "We continue to be a strong partner in Canada's vaccination rollout and are working diligently to implement the government's policy on mandatory vaccines for airline employees," said Mark Porter, WestJet Executive Vice-President, People and Culture.
  • The WestJet Group will adhere to the requirement for domestic travellers to be fully-vaccinated or tested prior to departure.
  • The airline group is advocating that rapid-antigen testing is an acceptable, accessible and affordable alternative for unvaccinated travellers.

Hallo Amsterdam!

Friday, August 6, 2021 - 6:26am

"Direct routes to Europe mean more international visitors to Alberta - visitors that spend money and support jobs across the province.

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  • "Direct routes to Europe mean more international visitors to Alberta - visitors that spend money and support jobs across the province.
  • "A warm verwelkoming to WestJet's new route from Calgary to Amsterdam," said Chris Miles, Vice President, Operations & Infrastructure of The Calgary Airport Authority.
  • "This added capacity provides more Albertans the opportunity to experience this beautiful city and connect to other international destinations.
  • We are excited by the return of important international air routes to Alberta," said David Goldstein, CEO, Travel Alberta.