Chief Executive Officer
As a second-generation publisher, Duff has been around newspapers all his life. He started as a carrier and inserter and made his way through photography, advertising make-up and advertising sales. After attending the University of Alberta, he returned to the Gazette as a reporter and later became the newspaper's editor. In 1987 Duff took on the publisher's role
Duff served many years on the boards of Alberta and Canadian community newspapers associations. He was president of AWNA in 1987 and CCNA in 1995. He remains active in both provincial and national associations working in government affairs and is currently a director of News Media Canada, the national voice of Canada’s news media industry.
His many years with the St. Albert Chamber of Commerce include a year as president in 1995. He is a founding director and currently Treasurer of the St. Albert Community Foundation, and is a past director of the Arts & Heritage Foundation and the Rotary Music Festival Society.
President, Great West Publishing
Brian began his newspaper career in 1990 as a copy runner at the Calgary Sun after completing his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He worked his way up to a general assignment reporter at the Sun while finishing his Journalism Arts diploma at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Brian then moved to Barrhead, Alberta where he became the Barrhead Leader's editor.
After two years, he was offered a job that led him to the nation's capital, where he was a legislative assistant for a Member of Parliament.
Recognizing the newspaper business was in his blood, he later was happy to accept the position of publisher of the Athabasca Advocate. He later took on the role of group publisher, adding Barrhead, Westlock, and Lac La Biche to his portfolio.
In 2008, Brian accepted the position of senior group publisher for Great West and moved to the head office in St. Albert. He is an active member of the Rotary Club of St. Albert and a past board member with the Alberta Weekly Newspapers' Association.
VP, Great West Publishing
Murray Elliott is based in Olds, Alberta. He began his newspaper career at the Airdrie Echo in 1992, launched the Olds Albertan in 1993, and acquired the Innisfail Province in 2000.
Murray is a shareholder in Great West Newspapers subsidiary Mountain View Publishing, Inc. which publishes the Olds Albertan, Innisfail Province, Sundre Round Up and Mountain View Gazette.
Murray is very active in his community. He has served, and is still active with many organizations including the Olds and District Chamber of Commerce, Uptowne Olds group, Olds Institute, and is a former Kinsmen. He is Past-President of the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association and served several years on the board of the Canadian Community Newspapers Association.
Chief Financial Offier
Born and raised in Edmonton, Patrick Callaghan earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Management from the University of Lethbridge. After graduation, he moved to Toronto where he worked in various accounting roles in the airline and healthcare industries. He earned his Certified Management Accountant designation in 2000.
In 2003, Patrick moved back to Alberta to join the Great West as controller, then VP Finance and Accounting before his appointment as Chief Financial Officer in 2018. At Great West his years of business experience serves the partnership well through his financial guidance in an ever changing media landscape..
VP Manufacturing
As the third generation in the family business, Evan grew up around the newspaper industry. Starting with door-to-door paper deliveries as a young person, he then worked his way up through various positions within the printing plant.
After completing his B.Sc. at the University of Alberta, he returned to Gazette Press full-time as the Assistant Plant Manager and helped oversee the design and construction of Great West’s state of the art production facility. In 2012 he took over as Plant Manager and in 2018 was promoted to Vice-President Manufacturing.
Evan currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association.
Executive Adviser
Paul has been around newspapers his entire life. His grandfather helped start the first daily newspaper in Calgary in 1883 and soon after became owner of Albertan Job Press. Paul's father spent 48 years in the business so Paul grew up in a printing shop. Paul became a journeyman pressman and later received a business diploma from Mount Royal College.
In 1978 Paul struck out on his own by purchasing The Claresholm Local Press. In 1989 he added The Okotoks Western Wheel. He has always been extremely active in any community he has lived in and has been involved with several service clubs and business associations. Recently, the Okotoks Chamber of Commerce presented Paul with the "Unsung Hero Award" for all the contributions he makes to the community. Several years of Alberta and Canadian Newspapers Association work brought Paul the opportunity to get involved with Great West Newspapers LP and he became Executive Vice President in 1995.
On his retirement in June 2015 Paul turned over the publishing duties at the Okotoks Western Wheel to his son Matt and responsibility for GWN operations in southern Alberta to Murray Elliott. When not attending to chores at his acreage or keeping warm in the Arizona sun he continues in a role as senior adviser to GWN.