University of Calgary


Clive Beddoe
Clive Beddoe
Alex Janvier
Alex Janvier

Convocation honours native artist and WestJet founder

By Meghan Sired

Visual artist Alex Janvier and WestJet Airlines chairman Clive Beddoe will receive honorary degrees for their commitment to their profession and to their community at the University of Calgary’s November convocation ceremonies.

“The true indicator of Janvier’s contribution is the enormous influence he has had on young aboriginal artists following in his footsteps. Beddoe has shown the world that entrepreneurial endeavours and positive human conditions are not mutually exclusive,” said Joanne Cuthbertson, U of C chancellor.

Clive Beddoe
Beddoe is synonymous with WestJet Airlines Ltd., the highly successful Calgary-based airlines he launched in 1996 with three partners. For nearly 13 years, he was the company’s president and CEO.
For many years, Beddoe has supported the Haskayne School of Business and the
U of C. He is also a long-time supporter of the Calgary Boys and Girls Clubs, the United Way and numerous other charities, sports and arts organizations. Beddoe will receive his honorary degree and present the convocation address at the morning ceremony on Nov. 10.

Alex Janvier
Born in 1935 on Alberta’s Cold Lake Reserve, Janvier later attended a residential school near St. Paul. There his artistic horizons broadened under the mentorship of University of Alberta art professor, Carlo Altenberg.

In 1960, Janvier earned a fine arts degree with honours from the Alberta College of Art. His pioneering blend of traditional native style and abstract modernism has earned international acclaim and inspired many.

“This honorary degree means a lot to me,” said Janvier, who will receive the honorary degree and present the convocation address during the afternoon ceremony. “It elevates how I feel about education and the honour bestowed to me is very moving.”

During the convocation ceremonies, two Calgarians will also be inducted into the Order of the U of C. In the morning, preceptor and mentor of U of C community medicine residents, John Manson Pelton, will be honoured. In the afternoon, Department of Music professor Malcolm Edwards will be honoured for his ongoing contributions and services to Alberta’s and Canada’s choral communities.

Kevin Boyles, BPE’88, MKin’98, U of C athletics director, and Truper McBride, BA’04, mayor of Cochrane, will lead the graduate pledges.