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Fred Wagman,

Retired - Former Saskatchewan Roughriders President/CEO of Access Communications

Fred Wagman

Fred graduated from Campion High School in 1954.

Fred had a fulfilling time during his four years at Campion High School, which grounded him and formed him for all the roles he would fill in his future endeavours:

“I loved my time at Campion and indeed I enjoyed all of my teachers over the four years I spent there. The Jesuit fathers were the best and when you left there as a graduate you were prepared for life’s journey. I continued my education at the University of Alberta and then as a student at the University of Regina.”

He has led a life immersed in the community. Taking on leadership roles in public life has been central to his commitment to civic affairs, both business and voluntary. Also, he was always an avid lover of sports and thrived on competition in baseball, fastball, hockey, and football. In high school, he led his team to victory in 1954:

“In the 1954 season our Campion football team won the south Saskatchewan championship and we played against Saskatoon Nutana for the provincial championship and we won! This was the first time that Campion was the Provincial High School champs and I am proud to say I threw the winning touchdown pass to my teammate Rod Cleary.”

He brought his leadership skills to the role as president of Saskatchewan’s own green and white: “I was the President of the Saskatchewan Roughriders 1996/97 and very proud of the fact that the only time the Riders played in a Grey Cup between 1989 and 2007 was in 1997 under my Presidency.” He was responsible for initiating the drive the club made towards becoming a shareholder club.

Fred mainly made his career in communications, originally with CKCK TV then heading the television center at Miller High School until 1975. He taught summer classes in education at the U of R and later became the very first employee of Cable Regina/ Access Communications and was installed as President and CEO until his retirement in 2002.

His commitment to public service was recognized by the province when he received the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in 1999. Fred confesses, “All of this was possible because of the training and education I received at Campion.”

Fred now enjoys retirement with his wife Anita, who he first dated while at Campion, visiting their two children and their grandchild.