Brian Hesje

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Born1946 (age 74–75)
Alma materUniversity of Alberta
  • Business leader
  • Accountant
  • Philanthropist
  • Mentor
  • Author

Brian Hesje is a retired Alberta business leader, accountant, philanthropist, mentor, and author. [1] Having previously served as the Chairman and CEO of Fountain Tire, Brian also served as the Chairman of ATB Financial and a member of the ATB board for several years. [2][3] Brian was an integral part of the negotiations between Fountain Tire and Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in 1987, which led to Goodyear purchasing 49% of Fountain Tire and forming a partnership that has lasted to this day. [4] Brian has also been a long-time colleague of Rick Hansen and a contributor to the Rick Hansen Foundation. [5]

During his retirement, Brian has been a member of several boards, made significant contributions to CPA Canada and CPA Alberta, and written several books, such as "26 Thoughts on Leadership", "Thoughts on Thinking", and "Why Save Your (Golf) Balls?" [6]

Early life

Brian was born in 1946, and grew up on a farm next to the South Saskatchewan River in Birch Hills, Saskatchewan. [7]

Professional career

Brian is a well-known and respected business leader, who has always rejected the concept in business that success depends on who you know and not what you know [8].

Brian worked as a history teacher, before he decided to attend the MBA Program at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. [9]

Upon completing his MBA, Brian became a Chartered accountant (CA), and ended up working for a national firm, where he specialized in taxation, before transitioning to working for a local CA firm, which is where he made his initial connection with Fountain Tire.

His career with Fountain Tire spanned over thirty years as independent auditor, President, CEO, and Chairman. He also served on many boards including ATB Financial for twenty years with over seven years as Chairman.


Brian currently lives in Edmonton with his wife, where he spends his days golfing, mentoring the next generation, and writing. He has also finished the final draft of his fourth book, memoir-style, titled "Prairie Boomer", about his life on that childhood farm in Saskatchewan.


Brian is a book author with two business books, "26 Thoughts on Leadership" and "Thoughts on Thinking" as well as the memoir, "Why Save Your Golf Balls?" His writings offer insight on leadership and governance with clear and straightforward perspectives.

Using observations from real life experiences, Brian debunks many myths of success with refreshing simplicity, while highlighting the importance of speaking up, asking tough questions, and enjoying the journey rather than the destination.


Through his philanthropy work, Brian created the Hesje CPA Knowledge Centre in partnership with the CPA Knowledge Foundation. This virtual community hub offers shared resources, information and expertise to support and encourage chartered professional accountants in Alberta.


  1. "Author | Canadian Writer". Brian Hesje. Retrieved 2020-09-16.
  2. "Bloomberg - Brian Hesje". Retrieved 2020-09-16.
  3. "Fountain Tire names new CEO | 2005-03-14 | Modern Tire Dealer". Retrieved 2020-09-17.
  4. "How Fountain Tire maintains its legacy without sacrificing innovation - Canadian Business". Retrieved 2020-09-16.
  5. Foundation, Rick Hansen (2019-03-06). "Business Leader Brian Hesje donates $1-Million to the Rick Hansen Foundation School Program to empower the next generation of accessibility and inclusivity champions". GlobeNewswire News Room. Retrieved 2020-09-17.
  6. "Hesje CPA Knowledge Centre". Retrieved 2020-09-16.
  7. "A common-sense approach to leadership". Retrieved 2020-09-16.
  8. "A common-sense approach to leadership". Retrieved 2020-09-17.
  9. GmbH, finanzen net. "Prominent CPA Provides $1-Million Donation to Launch the Hesje CPA Knowledge Centre | Markets Insider". Retrieved 2020-09-17.

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