About


George Brookman is well known in Calgary’s business and volunteer communities. He is a third generation Albertan and was born in Calgary. Most of his 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.  Most of this time was in the development and operation of high rise commercial and residential buildings.

In 1984, he acquired West Canadian Industries Group, which today is considered by many to be Canada’s leading digital print and document management organization.  The company operates as West Canadian Digital Imaging in Calgary, Edmonton and Fort McMurray and is a partner in Vistek West, a significant retail force in the camera and photo retail business. Until recently, West Canadian also operated Commonwealth Legal in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. This company, which became Canada's largest litigation support company, has recently been sold to Ricoh Canada. One of West Canadian's newest ventures, is within the rapidly growing photo book industry—ookpix.com.  

In addition to his own company, Mr. Brookman serves on the Board of Directors of Penn West Exploration as the Chairman of the Governance Committee. He is currently on the Board of Directors for Travel Alberta as well as the Calgary Flames and the Calgary Stampede Foundations.

As a volunteer, George is the Past President and Chairman of the Board of the Calgary Stampede, Past Chairman of Tourism Calgary and Past President of the Downtown Rotary Club of Calgary. 

In May of 2013, Mr. Brookman successfully chaired the Turning Points Gala on behalf of the Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter. This event saw an attendance of over nine hundred people and raised proceeds of over half a million dollars.

In 2014, George conceived and chaired a new event—Breakfast on the Bridge—on behalf of the Military Family Resource Centre. The event netted over $170,000.00 for the Military Family Resource Centre.

George is co-chair of Transformation Calgary, a group of Calgary business leaders determined to enhance the quality of life in Calgary through encouraging development of sports, arts and cultural facilities within the city.

Mr. Brookman is a recipient of the Pinnacle Award for Business, the Distinguished Business Leader Award from the Haskayne School of Business and also received an Honorary Degree in Applied Technology from SAIT Polytechnic.