Leadership


Duff Jamison

President and CEO

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 Weekly Newspapers' Association and Canadian Community Newspapers' Association. He became president of AWNA in 1987 and CCNA in 1995.

His many years with the St. Albert Chamber of Commerce includes a year as president in 1995. He has served in various capacities with minor sports organizations, is a founding director of the St. Albert Community Foundation, a past director of the Arts & Heritage Foundation and the St. Albert and Rotary Music Festival Society. He is a member of the Rotary Club of St. Albert.

Jamison is President and CEO of Great West Newspapers Limited Partnership, which give him responsibility for 21 newspapers and a busy commercial printing facility.


Paul Rockley

Executive Vice President

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 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 Newspaper Association work brought Paul the opportunity to get involved with Great West Newspapers LP and he became Executive Vice President in 1995.

Paul is the publisher of the Okotoks Western Wheel and he oversees operations in southern Alberta.


Brian Bachynski

Senior Group Publisher

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 offer 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, which he held for seven years before becoming the general manager of Barrhead Printers & Stationers, which consists of four north central Alberta newspapers.

In 2008, Brian joined Great West's head office in St. Albert. He is an active member of the Rotary Club of St. Albert and a board member with the Alberta Weekly Newspapers' Association.


Murray Elliott

Group Publisher

Murray Elliott is the group publisher of Mountain View Publishing based in Olds. 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 joined with Great West Newspapers in 2005, and remains a shareholder in the Olds Albertan, Innisfail Province, Didsbury Review, Carstairs Courier, 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, Uptown Olds group, Olds Institute, and is a former Kinsmen. He is the vice-president of the Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association.