George Brookman is well known in Calgary’s business and volunteer community. He is a third generation Albertan, born and raised in Calgary.
George’s early career was spent in the Real Estate Development Industry; initially with Manulife Financial and then later as Vice-President of Development for ATCO Ltd. In 1984, George acquired West Canadian Industries Group, an industry leading digital print and information management company. Today, the company operates as West Canadian Digital Imaging with employees located in BC, Alberta and Ontario. After 36 years at the helm, George recently transitioned to Chairman and Corporate Ambassador in order to pass the torch to his daughters, Karen Brookman as President and CEO, and Jennifer Brookman as Vice President of Marketing.
George has dedicated countless hours to community projects, was the Chairman of the Board at Obsidian Energy and also served as a Board Member for both the Calgary Flames Foundation and the Calgary Stampede Foundation. As a volunteer, he is the Past President and Chairman of the Board of the Calgary Stampede; Past Chairman of Tourism Calgary, Past Director of Travel Alberta and Past President of the Downtown Rotary Club of Calgary, which presented him with a Paul Harris Fellowship.
His many fundraising activities have involved a variety of charities, arts & cultural organizations and the funding of major art projects. These initiatives have raised millions of dollars and include the annual “Breakfast on the Bridge” event supporting the Military Family Resource Centre, the Salvation Army – Hope in the City Campaign, which recently raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Field of Crosses Memorial Project that honours over 3,500 service men and women who died protecting our freedom.
George Brookman has been awarded the Pinnacle Award for Business; the Distinguished Business Leader Award from the Haskayne School of Business and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Calgary Board of Education. He has also received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, the Province of Alberta Centennial Medal and the Senate of Canada 150 Medal. George has received an Honorary Degree in Applied Technology from S.A.I.T. Polytechnic as well as an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Mount Royal University.
In 2020, George Brookman proudly received, perhaps his greatest honour, the Order of Canada for outstanding achievement, community service and contribution to the nation.