WestJet has announced the hire of Dr. Tammy McKnight as the airline’s first Chief Medical Officer (CMEDO).
Dr. McKnight will be responsible for assisting WestJet in developing and implementing initiatives relating to the health and well-being of West passengers. This work was previously spread among multiple service providers and internal roles at WestJet. The position of CMEDO reports to Mark Porter, WestJet Executive Vice-President People and Culture.
“WestJet has always valued physical and mental health as core to our caring for our people and our guests, and 2020 only made the importance more evident, so much so that hiring a dedicated CMEDO to bring everything together and inhouse made a lot of sense,” said Mark Porter. “Dr. McKnight is a highly accomplished, forward-thinking leader with demonstrated success in aviation, occupational and emergency medicine, and will be a valuable addition to the team.”
“Having been born and raised in Alberta, the opportunity to become WestJet’s first Chief Medical Officer is an honour,” said Dr. Tammy McKnight. “The culture of caring at WestJet and leadership’s commitment to the physical and mental health of employees is admirable and I look forward to joining the team and contributing to the health of WestJetters through thoughtful and innovative initiatives.”
Dr. McKnight brings 20 years of medical expertise to WestJet, including the establishment of a comprehensive firefighter wellness program, establishment of the Airdrie Community Physician Association (ACPA), the founding of Airdrie’s Occupational Injury Services Clinic, and the development of an innovative comprehensive telehealth program.