WestJet signs Catalyst Accord

                        WestJet signs Catalyst Accord

PR Newswire

CALGARY, Dec. 11, 2012

Airline re-commits to increase presence of women in leadership roles

CALGARY, Dec. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - WestJet today announced that it has
signed the Catalyst Accord, a call to action for Canadian corporations to
increase the overall proportion of FP500 board seats held by women to 25
percent by 2017. Catalyst is the leading non-profit organization expanding
opportunities for women and business.

"We're pleased to have signed the Catalyst Accord today," said Gregg Saretsky,
WestJet President and  CEO. "As part  of our ongoing  diversity and  inclusion 
vision, we strive to  be an industry leader  in our human resource  practices. 
Signing this agreement re-commits and  solidifies our commitment to a  balance 
of qualified men and women working in, and leading, our organization."

The Catalyst Accord calls for participating companies to pledge to the  agreed 
objective, to increase the number of women board members, and to challenge the
assumption  that   qualified  women   cannot  be   found.  To   augment   the 
representation of  women on  boards,  companies will  work with  Catalyst  and 
receive access to  board-ready women  representing a range  of industries  and 
skill sets, who are personally sponsored by individual members of the Catalyst
Advisory Board.

"The Catalyst  Accord shows  a focused  commitment on  the part  of  corporate 
Canada to increasing  women's representation  on its boards  and provides  the 
tools to  make  change happen,"  said  Alex Johnston,  Executive  Director  of 
Catalyst Canada  Inc. "By  signing on  to the  Catalyst Accord,  companies  in 
corporate Canada address this challenge and demonstrate respect for  diversity 
and smart business practices through their leadership on this issue."

WestJet continues to hire employees, known as "WestJetters," into new roles as
the airline expands  its network through  responsible and sustainable  growth. 
Over the last  three years,  more than  1,490 new  jobs were  created. As  the 
airline launches WestJet Encore, more than  1,800 new jobs are expected to  be 
created as the regional airline reaches full maturity.

About WestJet
WestJet is Canada's most preferred  airline, offering scheduled service to  81 
destinations in North America, Central  America and the Caribbean. Powered  by 
an award-winning culture  of care,  WestJet has pioneered  low-cost flying  in 
Canada. Recognized nationally  as a top  employer, WestJet now  has more  than 
9,000  WestJetters   across  Canada.   Operating  a   fleet  of   100   Boeing 
Next-Generation  737  aircraft  with   future  confirmed  deliveries  for   an 
additional 35 Boeing Next-Generation  737 aircraft through  2018 and plans  to 
launch a low-cost regional airline in 2013,  WestJet strives to be one of  the 
five most successful international airlines in the world.

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About Catalyst
Founded in 1962,  Catalyst is the  leading non-profit membership  organization 
expanding opportunities for  women and  business. With offices  in the  United 
States, Canada, Europe, and India,  and more than 500 preeminent  corporations 
as members, Catalyst is  the trusted resource  for research, information,  and 
advice about women at work. Catalyst annually honors exemplary  organizational 
initiatives that promote women's advancement with the Catalyst Award.

Follow Catalyst Inc:
Catalyzing: http://www.catalyst.org/blog/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/catalystinc
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CatalystInc



WestJet media contact:
Media Relations, 1-888-WJ-4-NEWS (1-888-954-6397),media@westjet.com.

Catalyst media contact:
Susan Nierenbergsnierenberg@catalyst.org, 646-388-7744
Magda Jarota, Maverick PR,magdaj@maverickpr.com, 416-641-5525
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