Meet the team

Here are the team members who contribute to the WestJet blog. We come from a variety of different backgrounds and will do our best to ensure we continue to create interesting and relevant content for you to check out. We’re always interested to hear your thoughts, so please let us know what you think by leaving a comment on one of our posts.

Greg Hounslow

Greg Hounslow is the Emerging Media Advisor for WestJet and has been contributing to the airline’s Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram communities since 2009. He is involved with developing the short- and long-term strategies for WestJet social media and truly believes he has the best job in the world. Greg is the father of twin boys, holds a degree in Tourism Management and has travelled to five continents. Greg’s favourite WestJet destination is Maui.

Darren Hailes

Darren is an Emerging Media Coordinator at WestJet and is responsible for sharing WestJet culture with our online guests via social media. He has worked in the travel and tourism industry for over fourteen years. An avid traveller himself, Darren has lived in Canada, Australia and Europe, and has toured both Asia and Africa. Although he now calls Calgary home, Darren was born and bred in Australia and sports an iconic accent. Despite being a hack long distance triathlete, he has Coke and a cookie every time he flies and his favourite WestJet destination is New York.

Robin Farr

Robin Farr is WestJet’s Communications Manager, responsible for helping keep WestJetters informed and engaged with what’s happening across the WestJet world. She was born in Calgary and raised on the west coast, but in 2011 the mountains called her home. She landed at WestJet and hasn’t looked back. When not working, Robin can be found on the floor with her two boys and seemingly endless bins of LEGO, hitting the pavement for a run with her dog or writing and doing advocacy work for postpartum depression and other perinatal mood disorders. Robin has a bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia and a master’s in professional communications from Royal Roads University.

Robert Palmer

Robert Palmer (aka RP) is WestJet’s manager of public relations. When he’s not blogging, you’ll find him developing communications strategies, doing media interviews and speaking engagements, or working with various stakeholder groups. And when he’s not doing that, you’ll find him on a soccer field or in a hockey rink, or at home in the kitchen on a never-ending quest to make the perfect dinner! RP’s favourite WestJet destinations are Phoenix and Palm Springs, where he continues to refine his golf game.

Kristin MacCallum

Kristin is a communications advisor at WestJet where she spends her time creating, editing and sharing the great stories of our airline. With a background in Marketing and Consumer Studies, she has a love of research, numbers and great brands. A native of Winnipeg who has had the opportunity to live in a handful of Canadian cities, Kristin has a special place in her heart for the big sky of the prairies and the historical architecture of downtown buildings. A design enthusiast, Kristin will take any opportunity to accessorize. Based in Calgary, her favorite WestJet destinations include wherever friends and family are heading next and of course, Maui.

Marguerite MacNeil

Marguerite MacNeil is a Guest Relations Specialist for WestJet and has contributed to both JetLines and UP magazine. Her role includes “making it right” for our guests when their travel experience was not what they expected- truly one of the most rewarding roles within WestJet. Marguerite is currently is working on her goal of visiting everywhere WestJet flies by 2020. She has volunteered on two home building initiatives in the Dominican Republic, and spent three months in the Yukon without electricity or running water. Marguerite enjoys reading anything she can get her hands on, writing (generally under pressure), and making to-do lists for her boyfriend after watching unrealistic home renovation shows.

Marshall Wilmot

Marshall Wilmot is the Vice President, Product and Distribution. He has been with WestJet since 2011 and oversees the WestJet Rewards program, westjet.com, as well the WestJet product roadmap, which includes everything from inflight entertainment and connectivity, to onboard products and services. Prior to joining WestJet, Marshall held executive management positions in Marketing and Operations with several major Canadian companies including Rogers Retail and the Forzani Group. He also has an extensive background in the airline industry in Canada. Marshall is a huge football fan (his father is a Grey Cup Champion!) and his favourite WestJet destinations are Montreal and Vancouver.

Renée Francis

Renée is the interim leader of WestJet’s outstanding internal communications team and will always be a flight attendant at heart. Serving as the corporate editor for WestJet’s up! magazine, Renée can often be found with her nose in the airline’s inflight page turner, a newspaper or book. She’s always loved words and talks far too much. Renée is happiest on a road bike, in a yoga class or listening to the CBC. Having never met an adventure she didn’t like, Renée loves fresh air, wild spaces and wandering the world in her travels.

Sarah S.

Sarah has been a coordinator of Community Investment with WestJet for the past 2 years and is responsible for the Airport Giving, WestJetters Caring for Our Community and Hero Holiday programs. She is passionate about helping organizations in the communities we serve fundraise to bring positive change to those they service. Always the adventurer, she has summited Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and pet tigers in Thailand. Her favourite WestJet destination is Puerto Plata Dominican Republic where she has travelled three times with the Hero Holiday program.

Liz Guillemaud

Liz Guillemaud has been a WestJetter since 2004. She is currently a Community Investment Coordinator and has been managing the WestJet Cares for Kids program since 2010. She feels so proud to work directly with WestJet’s Cares for Kids partners who are changing the lives of children and youth in Canada. As a longtime WestJetter, Liz has been fortunate to experience many exciting WestJet moments. Along with 50 other WestJetters, she was a member of the first WestJet Hero Holiday, and helped to build houses for impoverished families in the Dominican Republic. She was also one of 18 “Cabin Pressure” singers who represented WestJet (and won!) on the TV show Canada Sings. The win carried with it, a $25,000 donation to our charitable partner, the Alberta Children’s Hospital, so it was especially sweet for Liz. At the end of 2012, she had the privilege of bringing home WestJet’s 100th Boeing 737 NG aircraft from the factory. The bonus: Liz was selected as one of two WestJetters to sign the aircraft ownership certificate and receive a set Boeing keys.

Richard Bartrem

Richard is the Vice-President, Communications and Community Relations at WestJet. His responsibilities include internal and external communications, public relations, sponsorship, community investment, creative services. He joined WestJet in 2005 as Director, Brand and Communications. Richard began his career with Unilever in 1988 where, over the next twelve years, he held a variety of sales and marketing positions in Montréal, Halifax, Calgary and Toronto. Richard left Unilever in 2000 and spent five years working for Astral Media in television in Toronto and was responsible for marketing for The Movie Network and Mpix brands. A native of Montréal, Richard now resides in Calgary with his wife and two children. His favourite WestJet destination is Maui and he loves the free snack mix onboard the plane!

Leanne Boyd

Leanne Boyd is spending her summer as WestJet’s Co-op Communications Coordinator while taking a break from her studies in communications at the University of Calgary. Having spent time in the arts all her life, Leanne is passionate about travel and culture and believes the stories of people are what make the world go ‘round. Working with the internal communications team has been a perfect fit for Leanne – she gets to keep the WestJet spirit alive by spreading remarkable stories across our network. Leanne feels most at home in the great outdoors and she loves ballet, reading and photography. So far, Leanne’s favourite WestJet destination that she’s travelled to is New York City.

Corey Evans

Corey is the Manager, Sponsorship and Community Investment at WestJet. His responsibilities include overseeing WestJet’s Fun ‘n Festival Series including our partnership with the Toronto Blue Jays as well as WestJet’s Cares For Kids, Caring for Our Community and Hero Holiday community investment programs. He joined WestJet in 2005 and some career highlights include meeting Mohammad Ali, participating in our first Hero Holiday trip to the Dominican Republic, winning Whack a Mole at the Calgary Stampede, taking batting practice at the Roger’s Centre, competing against Peter MacKay in a lobster-banding contest, spending countless hours on a frozen Rideau Canal, and working with the best team in the industry.

Brigid Pelino

Brigid Pelino is WestJet’s Executive Vice-President, People and Culture. Prior to joining WestJet in August, 2013, Brigid held senior leadership roles at quintessential Canadian brands, Tim Hortons and Canadian Tire. Brigid feels strongly about WestJet’s unique culture and knows it is truly one of the best places to work in the world. As a strong supporter of inclusion in the workplace, Brigid supports WestJet’s commitment to the Catalyst Accord and most recently served as the Executive Chair for the Women’s Foodservice Forum in Canada – an organization dedicated to the development of female leaders in the industry. She considers herself an open leader and favours collaboration. Brigid earned her honours bachelor of arts degree (economics and accounting) and her master’s in industrial relations at the University of Toronto. She moved to Calgary from Oakville where she has made her home with her three teenaged children. Her favourite WestJet destination? Without question: Maui.

Curtis Rowland

Curtis has been with WestJet for three years and started out with Creative Services. He now helps the Corporate Communications team keep the grammar clean on westjet.com. Curtis likes reading, travelling, movies and fonts and loves hotdogs and making mix CDs.

Greg Plata

As Team Lead, Sponsorship at WestJet, Greg Plata oversees WestJet’s national sponsorship portfolio, and leads the evolution of the airline’s Experiential Marketing efforts. This includes growing WestJet’s Fun ‘n Festival program to 50+ festivals across the country, and introducing the partnership with Canada’s Toronto Blue Jays to the WestJet family. On the Experiential side, Greg has led several projects including the WestJet Christmas Miracle pt. I & II, NYCASAP and Fly Away. Prior to joining WestJet he was the Strategy lead at TrojanOne, working on Business Development opportunities and Sponsorship Consulting projects.
Greg holds a Bachelor of Sport Management (Honors) degree from Brock University.

Brie Ogle

Brie Ogle is the Media Relations Advisor for WestJet. Acting as one of WestJet’s external voices is a perfect fit since she rarely stops talking, especially with regard to the forward momentum, incredible people and fantastic guests of WestJet and, as of June 2013, WestJet Encore. Brie has enjoyed a diverse program management, communications and freelance writing career to this point, and is happy to have landed at WestJet shortly after completing a second bachelor’s degree in communications. She has lived abroad and has travelled to more than twenty countries including Syria, Russia, Mongolia and Latvia, and each one of those border crossings was easier than raising three children six and under. When she travels now, it is often with several car seats, suitcases and strollers, so the perfect getaway is always a girl’s weekend in NYC.

Jenifer Badry

A native southern Californian, who is now a proud Canadian and Calgarian, Jenifer has dedicated her career to making a difference in local and global communities. She worked for twenty years in the not-for-profit sector in the areas of fund development, communications, and organizational culture and leadership. In 2010, Jenifer took on the role of Team Lead, Community Investment at WestJet. Passionate about extending our caring culture into the communities we serve Jenifer leads the strategic direction of WestJet’s charitable, philanthropic, volunteer and humanitarian initiatives including the WestJet Cares for Kids, WestJetters Caring for Our Community, Airport Giving and WestJet Hero Holiday programs. Jenifer’s favourite WestJet destination is Orange County-Anaheim because, upon arrival, it means she is minutes from being back at the beach with family and friends.

Lyell Farquharson

Lyell is the Vice-President, Sales and Business Development at WestJet. He joins WestJet from American Express Canada, where he was Vice-President and General Manager of Business Travel Canada for the last five years. Prior to that, Lyell was President of Navigant International Canada, a subsidiary of Navigant International, which is one of the largest travel management companies in North America. Lyell is a chartered accountant with a bachelor of business management from Ryerson in Toronto. A native of Ontario, Lyell is based in Toronto.