Lyle Best is a tireless community leader who inspires passion to make Edmonton’s biggest dreams come true. The Order of Canada recipient has set a gold standard for community spirit, social responsibility, and volunteerism.
As chairman of Quikcard, a national healthcare benefits consortium, Lyle is an award-winning business leader and role model for business involvement in shaping a vibrant community. As one civic leader noted, “He is about far more than simply building business. It is just as important to Lyle to ensure he is helping build the community.”
His tireless organizing efforts have touched every social need – from education and health, to arts, sports, and even humanitarian efforts overseas through the Peace Dividend Trust.
Lyle has moved Edmonton’s long-time slogan, “City of Champions,” to a lofty new level. Nine years ago he was instrumental in the success of the National Hockey League’s Heritage Classic, which became the template for today’s Winter Classic. He co-chaired the Alberta organizing committee for the successful 2012 World Junior Hockey Championships. Lyle played a key role in the founding of the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation.
Beyond hockey, he has been an organizer for the World and Pan Am Triathlon Championships, a leader for the non-profit Edmonton Grads Basketball Centre, chairman of the board for the Edmonton Sport Museum and Halls of Fame Society, and a committed contributor to the 2012 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games.
Always the visionary, Lyle is available and ready to ensure his community proudly retains its championship image.