Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People 2012
Meet the people who are changing your world – and find out how they’re doing it
by Max Fawcett, Michael Ganley, Alix Kemp and Geoffrey Morgan
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Bob Sartor doesn’t do downtime, apparently. You would think that after engineering a deal that saw the Forzani Group – the sporting goods retailer of which he was CEO from 2003 to 2011 and where he’d worked for 15 years in total – get scooped up by Canadian Tire in a $771-million deal, Sartor would treat himself to some rest and relaxation. Instead, he’s back at the helm, this time with Big Rock, a company that’s even more iconic in Calgary than the Forzani Group. Founder Ed McNally stepped aside for Sartor and became chairman of the company’s board, and together they’re ready to make Alberta’s favourite beer a national name. “We have capital to invest,” Sartor told the Calgary Herald. “The question is where and why.” Cheers to that.