Albert Ludwig was born in 1919 in Melfort, Saskatchewan and was raised in Alberta, where he moved with his family at age two. In 1940 he joined the Canadian Army and in 1941 he was transferred to the Royal Canadian Air Force. First as a Navigator, and then as a Bomb Aimer, he flew in Wellingtons, Lancasters and Halifax aircraft.
On June 13th, 1944 he was shot down over Cambrai, France and managed to elude enemy capture until July 17, 1944, spending 11 months in a Nazi prisoner camp.
After the war, he attended the University of Alberta from 1946 to 1951 and graduated with a B.A. and an LLB. He articled for a year and upon completion in 1952, went into private practice in Calgary, Alberta.
In 1959 he was elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta and in 1969 he was appointed Minister of Public Works, a position he held until 1971. He remained an MLA until 1975, practicing law once again after leaving the Legislature. In 1980 he was pointed to the Provincial Criminal Court of Alberta as a judge, a position which he held until his retirement in 1989.
Albert Ludwig is a man of immense character and integrity who has dedicated his life to the service of the country he loves – Canada.
It is a privilege for me to have worked with Albert on the Canadian Creed for so many years., and for me to say Albert is my friend and mentor. My life is brighter having known him.
- Robert E. Kulhawy
Co-author of Canadian Creed
Co-Author of the Canadian Creed
Born: Calgary, Alberta, 1959
A successful Canadian entrepreneur, philanthropist, environmentalist and catalyst for social change, Robert has been the recipient of numerous personal and corporate awards.
He is the co-founder and currently a Director, and former Executive Chair of newterra, the largest manufacturer of ground water remediation equipment in North America and a global leader in waste water treatment.
Robert is also the founder, President and CEO of Commerx Corporation. Commerx and its Alternate Communications division offer complete I.T. and internet solutions and are a leader in Network Transformation within the telecommunications industry with staff located across the globe.
He was the founder, CEO and President of the largest wood flooring distribution company in Canada. This company was sold in 2001.
In 1991 Robert founded the Calgary Chapter of the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization and went on to become the Structural Architect and President of YEO International (now EO). Robert is a long-term member of Young President’s Organization and has fulfilled numerous executive roles within the organization including as a member of the International Board of Directors, founder and Chair of the Cascadia Chapter and inaugural and long-term Chair of the YPO Fellowship Forum, Vice-Chair of the Deal Network and Executive member of the YPO Environmental Network. He is currently the chair of the Alberta chapter of the World Presidents Organization (WPO).
In 1997 Robert and his wife founded the YPO Homes of Hope Program. To date they have traveled over 50 times to Mexico and the developing world to build and donate homes for the poor. Today, over 5000 families have been the recipient of these homes as a result of this initiative.
Robert is the CEO of Calco Capital Corporation, Executive chairman of Cleantech Utilities and a member of the Board of Directors of Burnco Rock Products Ltd.
Robert is a former Director of L3 International, an organization dedicated to assisting and empowering leaders to help make their world a better place.
He was the Chair of the 2012 Summit of Leaders sponsored by Royal Roads University and held in Victoria, BC.
Robert was an appointed member of Canada’s National Round Table (NRTEE).
Even with a packed and busy full-time schedule for his work and volunteering responsibilities, Robert still takes the time to be an advocate of the Canadian Creed.
Robert is passionate in his desire to help Canadians be proud of and excited about this great country.
He advocates Canadians reading our Creed at the start of every public event and function held across the country.