Dr. Robert Westbury
Director Emeritus, Canada West Foundation
Chief Advisor, Relations and Innovation, TELUS
Dr. Robert Westbury is well known in the Edmonton region and throughout the province as a tireless volunteer and outstanding community citizen. Branching out from his early career in education and curriculum development, Dr. Westbury has served as Vice President, Public Affairs and Environment, for TransAlta Corporation and Vice President, Corporate Relations, for Grant MacEwan College. Currently, he is the Chief Advisor, Relations and Innovation at TELUS.
His singular commitment to charitable service includes leadership roles in Kids Kottage, Fringe Theatre Adventures, The United Way and Kids with Cancer. He chaired the 2004 Juno Awards in Edmonton, served on the Board of Governors of the 2005 World Masters Games, and co-chaired the Alberta Task Force on Crystal Meth.
Dr. Westbury’s dedication to his community has been recognized in numerous awards including induction into Alberta Order of Excellence in 2012, appointment to the Order of Canada in 2011 and an Honourary Doctor of Laws Degree from the University of Alberta in 2007. He has also received the Grant MacEwan Outstanding Citizen Award (2006), the Queen’s Jubilee Medal and the Alberta Centennial Medal. He was named one of Alberta’s 50 most influential people, the Alberta Wild Rose Foundation’s Star of the Millennium Volunteer and one of the 100 Ambassadors for Alberta’s Centennial in 2005.
Known as an advocate for the arts, for his community, and for numerous community causes, Dr. Westbury continues to use his talents, his energy and his charm to turn challenges into success.
In recognition of his continuous efforts to create a safe and caring Edmonton Region, in 2010 the City of Edmonton renamed 84 Avenue to Westbury Way.