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Canadian cable and TV leader Jim Shaw dies, aged 60

Jim Shaw, vice-chairman and former CEO of Canada’s Shaw Communications, has died after a short illness, aged 60.

Shaw, the son of the company’s founder JR Shaw, served as the second CEO of Shaw Communications from 1998 to 2010.

Under Shaw’s leadership, the company reinforced its leadership position in Western Canada by concluding an asset swap with Rogers Communications for territory in Vancouver and British Columbia, and began building the platform for its Internet services, including an extensive build out and upgrade of infrastructure.

He was also behind the acquisition of broadcast group Western International Communications, later spun off to create Corus Entertainment, and the later acquisition of CanWest Global Communications’ TV assets.

Shaw joined Shaw Communications in 1982, initially serving as a construction worker and cable installer. He was appointed VP, operations in 1987, president in 1995, CEO in 1998, a director in 2002 and elected vice-chair of the board in 2008.

“As a family, our hearts are heavy with sadness. I have not only lost a brother, but a great friend and mentor. Our lives will not be as complete without hearing Jim’s laughter or getting the benefit of his counsel or his insight,” said Brad Shaw, CEO, Shaw Communications. “

“Jim’s countless contributions to our company are integral to Shaw’s long-term strength and growth as a Canadian industry leader,” Brad Shaw said. “As an operator, a deal maker and a strategist, Jim continued building the foundation started by our father, JR, to create a Canadian business leader and household brand across Western Canada.”