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AMPIA mourns the passing of Peter Lougheed

By September 14, 2012Uncategorized


From left: Premier Alison Redford, Peter and Jeanne Lougheed at the 38th Annual Alberta Film and Television Awards at the Hyatt Regency Calgary in May 2012.

AMPIA expresses its condolences to the family of former Alberta Premier, the Honourable Peter Lougheed, who passed away September 13, 2012.

AMPIA recently recognized Mr. Lougheed’s contribution to the television and film community, and to arts and culture in Alberta at the Alberta Film & Television Awards.

“Premier Lougheed was a legend in Alberta politics. His government set the stage in the Alberta cultural sector– which includes film, television and digital media– for growth and innovation,” said Josh Miller, President of AMPIA. “AMPIA was honoured to be able to bestow its first ever Award of Distinction to Premier Lougheed and his wife Jeanne at the 2012 Alberta Film and Television Awards last May, an evening that turned into a moving and memorable tribute to a man who has left a lasting legacy to our province and who will be dearly missed by all who knew him.”

Above: A special video tribute to Jeanne and Peter Lougheed that was presented at the Alberta Film & Television Awards.

Mr. Lougheed served as Premier of Alberta for fourteen years, from 1971 to 1985, during which time, he supported the first Alberta film festival, created the Alberta Film Commission, established the Alberta Motion Picture Development Corporation (AMPDC), and helped build arts organizations such as the Banff Centre, the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton and the Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts in Calgary.

Mr. Lougheed graduated from the Harvard Business School after receiving his degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Alberta in Edmonton.  In 1986 he was a recipient of the Harvard Business School’s Alumni Achievement Award.  He was a member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and a Companion of the Order of Canada.  He was the Canadian Co-Chair of the North American Forum, the Chancellor Emeritus of Queen’s University, and held Honourary Doctor of Laws degrees from eight Canadian universities.

Mr. Lougheed leaves behind his wife Jeanne in Calgary and their four children.

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