CALGARY, AB  Sept. 8, 2016 – Martha Hall Findlay, a businessperson, lawyer and recognized thought leader, has joined the Canada West Foundation as President and CEO.

Hall Findlay joins the Foundation after serving as Executive Fellow with the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy. She was also Chief Legal Officer at EnStream LP, a mobile payment joint venture of mobile providers Rogers, Bell and TELUS.

Hall Findlay’s insights on critical issues such as pipelines, international trade, foreign investment, energy and the environment, and supply management have framed the national debate. Her numerous connections to the West include service on the boards of Alpine Canada and Alberta’s CKUA not-for-profit radio network. She has also served on several boards and advisory councils related to policy, resources and the environment.

She served as a member of Parliament from 2008 to 2011, and as a member of the House of Commons Standing Committees for Finance; Transport; Government Operations and International Trade. She launched her 2013 campaign for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada in Calgary.

“It was critical to the board that our new President and CEO understand the history and mission of the Canada West Foundation,” said Geoff Plant, chair of the Foundation’s board of directors. “There is no question that Martha does.”

Hall Findlay said that, under her leadership, “We will continue to advocate for the West, at the national level and with other provinces and territories across Canada – reinforcing that, overwhelmingly, what is good for the West is good for Canada.”

Over its four-and-a-half decades of activity, the distinguished leaders of the Canada West Foundation have contributed to a better future for western Canadians, said Plant. “We are thrilled that Martha Hall Findlay will be leading the Foundation into a new era.”

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