A Tribute to Brian Hesje
“On behalf of the ATB Board of Directors, we honour Brian’s two decades of service to Alberta’s largest financial institution and we thank him for building exceptional governance with his trademark common-sense approach.”
Honouring One of ATB's Most Influential Leaders
On December 5, 2021, we lost one of ATB’s most influential leaders—Brian Hesje.
With heavy hearts, we continue to mourn his passing. He was a friend, philanthropist, long-time business leader and one of ATB Financial’s founding Board members.
Well-known for his incredible character, wit and humour, ready smile and sage advice, Brian spent two decades at ATB. During this time, he held many positions in accounting and business and served as Board Chair from 2011 to 2018. His business acumen and work ethic helped to shape the dedicated, financially strong and purpose-driven organization we are today. He led with strong governance practices and built a diverse ATB Board with a strategic, client-first approach.
“Brian and I served together on the ATB Board of Directors, and he was integral to my appointment as his successor as Chair of the Board of ATB Financial. He was a man of integrity and wit, inspiring everyone who had the pleasure to meet or work with him. Simply put, he raised the bar and I will miss him dearly. On behalf of the ATB Board of Directors, we honour Brian’s two decades of service to Alberta’s largest financial institution and we thank him for building exceptional governance with his trademark common-sense approach.”
Joan Hertz, Board Chair, ATB Financial
“There is no single individual who has had more of an impact on ATB than Brian, with his two decades of service to our organization. I was honoured to be chosen by Brian as ATB Financial’s President and CEO back in 2018 and greatly benefited from his teachings, his example of what lifelong learning means to a business leader and his personal and fierce commitment to Alberta. Thanks to you Brian, we are a financially strong, purpose-driven organization dedicated to Albertans.”
Curtis Stange, President & CEO, ATB Financial
Mr. Brian Hesje was an unforgettable Albertan who made an undeniable impact on many—he will not be forgotten.
Forever in our hearts,
Your ATB Family