Robert LinnVice Chair
Robert Linn grew up near Floral Saskatchewan, southeast of Saskatoon, where he still resides on the family farm with his wife and daughter. Floral, as well as the Flaxcombe region where his father grew up, instilled in Robert a lifelong fascination with Saskatchewan agricultural history.
Robert graduated from the College of Commerce at the University of Saskatchewan in 2000, majoring in accounting. The following year while working on a large cotton station in NSW, Australia he took an introductory flight in a 1940 de Havilland Tiger Moth biplane. It was this first flight in a small aircraft that convinced Robert that he should pursue a career as a pilot.
Robert obtained his Commercial Pilot License and Aviation Diploma at Coastal Pacific Aviation, Abbotsford, BC in 2002. He began working as an off-strip bush pilot, eventually specializing as a DC-3 ski Captain in Antarctica. His early flying career began in Norman Wells, NT, spanning to points all over Canada’s Arctic including NORAD’s Defense Early Warning (DEW) Line stations. Later came transit flights throughout Central and South America enroute to Antarctic deployments, working in conjunction with the National Science Foundation, the University of Texas, and the Argentine Airforce. At the culmination of his Antarctic work with the National Science Foundation, Robert was awarded the Antarctic Service Medal of the United States of America.
After an exciting eight years of flying off-strip aircraft around the globe, Robert made the switch to flying commercial jetliners in 2010. His initial airline work began with regional jet service at Air Canada followed by international flying with WestJet Airlines on the Boeing 737. Robert currently divides his time with raising their daughter, volunteer coaching with Clavet Minor Football, gardening, and travelling with his family.
Robert is honoured to have been appointed as a Board Member of the Western Development Museum in 2021.