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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

JR Shaw

81 2001 Executive Chairman of the Board

Bradley Shaw

51 2010 Chief Executive Officer, Director

James Shaw

58 2010 Vice Chairman of the Board

Vito Culmone

51 2015 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

Chris Kucharski

President of Consumer

Jay Mehr

2015 President - Shaw Communications Inc.

Nancy Phillips

47 Chief Executive Officer - ViaWest

Zoran Stakic

Chief Executive Officer - ViaWest

Jim Little

2015 Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing and Culture Officer

Peter Johnson

2015 Executive Vice President & Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer

Trevor English

2015 Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer

Alek Krstajic

Executive Vice President & President, WIND

Barbara Williams

2014 Executive Vice President - Broadcasting, President, Shaw Media

Ron McKenzie

2015 Senior Vice President - Business

Paul Pew

51 2015 Lead Independent Director

Peter Bissonnette

68 2015 Director

Michael O'Brien

70 2015 Director

Adrian Burns

69 2001 Independent Director

George Galbraith

71 1991 Independent Director

Richard Green

78 2010 Independent Director

Lynda Haverstock

67 2007 Independent Director

Gregory Keating

52 2007 Independent Director

Jeffrey Royer

60 1995 Independent Director

J. Sparkman

83 1994 Independent Director

Carl Vogel

58 2006 Independent Director

Sheila Weatherill

70 2009 Independent Director

Willard Yuill

77 1999 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

JR Shaw

Mr. JR Shaw is Executive Chairman of the Board of Shaw Communications Inc. JR Shaw founded the Company in 1966 and has overseen its growth from the first cable customer in 1971 to its approximate $14 billion market capitalization and status as one of Canada’s most successful companies with internet, digital phone, satellite, media and data centre lines of business. As a respected leader and innovator, Mr. Shaw has also played a major role in the shaping of the Canadian broadcast industry. JR Shaw is the Director and President of the Shaw Foundation and a Director of several private companies, including Gravity Renewables, Inc., a developer of small hydroelectric power plants in the United States. JR Shaw holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Michigan State University. He has received several honourary degrees, including from the University of Alberta, University of Calgary and Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. JR Shaw is an Officer of the Order of Canada and was awarded the Alberta Order of Excellence. JR Shaw is not considered to be an independent director because he is a senior officer of the Company and its controlling shareholder (as described under the heading “Voting Procedures – Voting Shares and Principal Holders Thereof”).

Bradley Shaw

Mr. Bradley S. Shaw is Chief Executive Officer, Director of Shaw Communications Inc. Prior to this appointment, he was Executive Vice President. Mr. Shaw has led the transformation of the Company from a Western-based cable company to one of Canada’s leading network and content experience companies. Mr. Shaw joined the Company in 1987 as a customer service representative in the call centre where he learned the importance of listening to customers, responding to their needs and delivering an exceptional customer experience. This philosophy of customer service has guided him throughout his career as he assumed senior management and executive responsibilities. Mr. Shaw was instrumental in building Shaw Direct into one of North America’s leading direct-to-home satellite television providers and he played a key role in the launch of the Company’s digital home phone service in 2005. In 2010, he spearheaded the acquisition and integration of Shaw Media and he lead the Company’s expansion into colocation, cloud, and managed services with the September 2014 acquisition of ViaWest. Mr. Shaw sits on the board of directors of CableLabs. Mr. Shaw also sits on the board of directors of two non-profit organizations, Shaw Family Foundation and The HOP Foundation. Active in his community, Mr. Shaw sits on the Patrons’ Council of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation and was instrumental in the success of Calgary’s Shaw Charity Classic, a pre-eminent stop on the PGA Tour’s Champions Tour. Bradley S. Shaw is not considered to be an independent director because he is a senior officer of the Company and is related to its controlling shareholder (as described under the heading “Voting Procedures – Voting Shares and Principal Holders Thereof”).

James Shaw

Mr. James R. Shaw is Vice Chairman of the Board of Shaw Communications Inc. Mr. Shaw joined the Company in 1982 as a cable installer and has since that time assumed progressively senior positions. He was appointed Vice President, Cable Operations in 1987, President in 1995 and Chief Executive Officer in 1998. As Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Shaw led the Company’s substantial growth through many significant acquisitions and by organic expansion, including Internet and digital phone. Jim Shaw is a Director of several private companies, including Gravity Renewables, Inc., a developer of small hydroelectric power plants in the United States. Jim Shaw is not considered to be an independent director because he is a senior officer of the Company and is related to its controlling shareholder (as described under the heading “Voting Procedures – Voting Shares and Principal Holders Thereof”).

Vito Culmone

Mr. Vito Culmone is Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of Shaw Communications Inc., effective 1 June 2015. Mr. Culmone has more than 25 years of experience as a financial professional, including 15 years as a senior financial executive. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Culmone served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of WestJet Airlines Ltd. He has also held leadership positions at Molson Inc. and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. As a financial executive, Mr. Culmone has earned praise for his ability to build sustainable value, his sound management and his inspiring motivational skills. Mr. Culmone holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto and is a Chartered Accountant.

Chris Kucharski

Jay Mehr

Mr. Jay Mehr is President - Shaw Communications Inc. of Shaw Communications Inc. In this capacity, he leads day-to-day operations, technology & networks operations, supply chain, strategy for the Company’s Consumer and Business Network Services divisions. Mr. Mehr has led a number of Shaw’s recent strategic initiatives, including the Company’s corporate and operational strategy in a program referred to as “Focus to Deliver” and the Company’s next generation video initiatives. Mr. Mehr has also held a number of operational leadership roles over his 18 years with the Company, including Senior Vice President, Operations; Group Vice President, Operations, Shaw Cable; Vice President, Operations; and regional manager roles in British Columbia and Ontario. Mr. Mehr holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta.

Nancy Phillips

Ms. Nancy R. Phillips is Chief Executive Officer - ViaWest of the company. Phillips supervised a team of more than 100 HR professionals. Prior to VetcoGray, Phillips served as senior HR leader for GE Security Homeland Protection, headquartered in Northern California. She previously led human resources efforts at GE's corporate headquarters reporting to GE's senior vice president for Human Resources. She joined GE as a labor negotiator and was recruited into HR at GE Appliances in 1997. Prior to joining GE, she was a lawyer in private practice. Phillips has a Juris Doctorate from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama and a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Delaware.

Zoran Stakic

Jim Little

Mr. Jim Little is Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing and Culture Officer of Shaw Communications Inc. He is responsible for all Shaw's marketing, brand experience, community TV, corporate and employee communications activities.

Peter Johnson

Mr. Peter A. Johnson is Executive Vice President & Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer of Shaw Communications Inc.

Trevor English

Mr. Trevor English is Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer of Shaw Communications Inc., with effect from 23 April 2015. Prior to joining Shaw, Mr. English held various positions in the investment banking industry in both Canada and England, during which he gained a broad range of experience in business strategy, financial analysis, capital market activities, and M&A transactions. Mr. English holds a Certified Financial Analyst designation and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary.

Alek Krstajic

Barbara Williams

Ms. Barbara Williams is an Executive Vice President - Broadcasting, President, Shaw Media of the Company. Ms. Williams brings more than 25 years of experience in the media industry to the oversight of Global Television and Shaw Media's portfolio of 19 specialty networks. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Williams served as Senior Vice President of Content for Shaw Media, overseeing the creation of Canadian original productions, acquisition deals of top U.S. and international series, and scheduling for the company's conventional and specialty channels. While holding this position, Ms. Williams increased Global's presence among the Top 10 and 20 programs, and strengthened Shaw Media's specialty portfolio, resulting in ranker dominance for the company's analog and digital specialty channels. Over the years, she strategically grew key partnerships and deepened the company's relationship with U.S. studios, launching new channels H2, Lifetime, FYI, CI, DIY and DTOUR in the Canadian market. Most recently, Ms. Williams has led the evolution of program rights acquisition, leading to the launch of GlobalGo and HistoryGo, as well as shomi, a new Canadian SVOD service and joint venture between Shaw and Rogers Communications. Throughout her career, Ms Williams has been a passionate advocate for the Canadian broadcasting industry, sitting on numerous boards and associations. She is currently Chair of the Banff World Media Festival and a Director of the Board of the Canadian Film Centre as well as Canada's Walk of Fame. She has been the driving force behind numerous successful Canadian television series commissioned by Shaw Media, including Rookie Blue, Vikings, Lost Girl, Remedy, Top Chef Canada, Continuum, Yukon Gold and Timber Kings. A mentor and advocate for women both within the company as well as the industry, Ms. Williams has been an instrumental leader at Shaw Media and recognized for her unwavering value system and as a strong champion for diversity.

Ron McKenzie

Mr. Ron McKenzie is Senior Vice President - Business of Shaw Communications Inc., since December 4, 2010. Mr. McKenzie has over 25 years of business and telecommunication experience with a number of North American organizations. Since joining Shaw in October 2009, he has held the role of Regional Manager for Shaw's Hamilton Cable system. Mr. McKenzie has a Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto.

Paul Pew

Mr. Paul K. Pew is Lead Independent Director of Shaw Communications Inc. Most recently, Mr. Pew is the Chair of the Corporation’s Audit Committee. Mr. Pew is the Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer of G3 Capital Corp., a Toronto based alternative asset manager that focuses on public capital markets and, to a lesser extent, private investment opportunities. Mr. Pew was with GMP Securities Ltd., a leading Canadian independent investment dealer, from 1997 to 2007. He joined GMP as Partner and Senior Financial Analyst to establish GMP’s presence in the telecom, cable and media sectors. Throughout Mr. Pew’s years in GMP’s research department he was a top-rated analyst for the sectors he covered. In 2001, Mr. Pew became Head of Research while maintaining his sector coverage responsibilities. At that time he also joined the firm’s Executive Committee and Compensation Committee. In 2004, Mr. Pew became GMP’s Head of Investment Banking for the telecom, cable and media sectors. From 1993 to 1997, Mr. Pew was a Partner and Senior Financial Analyst with DFI Securities which was acquired by Deutsche Morgan Grenfell in 1995. Mr. Pew is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst. He received a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Business Administration, from The University of Western Ontario.

Peter Bissonnette

Mr. Peter J. Bissonnette is Director of Shaw Communications Inc. Peter Bissonnette served as President of the Company from 2001 until his retirement on August 31, 2015. Mr. Bissonnette has over 50 years of experience in the communications sector. He joined the Company in 1989 as Vice President, Operations for the B.C. Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island and held a succession of senior positions during his 25 years with the Company. Mr. Bissonnette has previously served as a director of Cable Television Laboratories, Inc. (CableLabs), a not-for-profit research development consortium dedicated to pursuing new cable telecommunications technologies. Mr. Bissonnette is a graduate in Business Administration from Vancouver Community College, holds an Executive Management Certificate from the University of British Columbia, and is a graduate of the Executive Management Program at Queens University. In 2013, Mr. Bissonnette was appointed Honorary Captain of the Royal Canadian Navy.

Michael O'Brien

Mr. Michael W. O'Brien has been re-designated as Director of Shaw Communications Inc., with effect from 14 January 2015. He served as the Company’s Lead Director from 2009 to January 2015. Mr. O’Brien held a number of senior executive management positions during his 27 year tenure with integrated energy company, Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX, NYSE), including various positions with responsibility for planning, business development, refining and marketing, finance, and mining and extraction, retiring as Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and Chief Financial Officer in 2002. Mr. O’Brien has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Suncor since 2002 and is currently Chair of its audit committee and a member of its governance committee. Mr. O’Brien holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto and an MBA from York University.

Adrian Burns

Ms. Adrian I. Burns is Independent Director of Shaw Communications Inc. She is a member of the Company’s Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and its Executive Committee. She served as a commissioner of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission from 1988 to 1995. Prior to joining the CRTC, Ms. Burns was a member of the Copyright Board of Canada and also held many positions with CFCN-TV in Calgary, including as business editor, anchor, writer and producer. Ms. Burns is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Western Limited, a private Saskatchewan real estate company, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Arts Centre and a board member of several business and community organizations, including Carthy Foundation, Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments and the RCMP Heritage Centre. Ms. Burns holds a degree in Art History from the University of British Columbia. In June 2012 Ms. Burns was granted an honourary degree from the University of Regina and in October 2012 she was appointed Honorary Captain of the Royal Canadian Navy.

George Galbraith

Mr. George F. Galbraith is Independent Director of Shaw Communications Inc. He is a member of the Corporation’s Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. Mr. Galbraith has over 20 years experience as an operator in the cable industry which he gained as President and corporate director of Vercom Cable Services Ltd., a company he founded in 1974 to operate a cable television system serving Vernon, British Columbia and the surrounding area. Vercom served approximately 12,000 cable subscribers at the time it was sold to the Corporation in 1991. Mr. Galbraith has served on the boards of numerous not-for-profit organizations in his community. Mr. Galbraith holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from York University.

Richard Green

Dr. Richard R. Green is Independent Director of Shaw Communications Inc. Dr. Green is a member of the Corporation’s Human Resources and Compensation Committee. From 1988 to 2008 he was President and CEO of Cable Television Laboratories, Inc. where he oversaw the development of DOCSIS technology, the establishment of common specifications for digital voice and the deployment of interactive television, among other technologies for the cable industry. He was also Senior Vice President at PBS and director of CBS’s Advanced Television Technology Laboratory. Dr. Green is a Director and member of the nominating and corporate governance committee of Liberty Global, Inc. (NASDAQ), the largest international cable company with operations in 14 countries, Director and member of the audit, compensation and nominating and governance committees of Liberty Broadband Corporation (NASDAQ) and is a Director of Jones/NCTI, a workforce performance solutions company for individuals and broadband companies. He is a member of the Federal Communications Commission’s Technical Advisory Council, a fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and a professor of Engineering at the University of Denver. Dr. Green holds a Bachelor of Science from the Colorado College, a Masters in physics from the State University of New York in Albany and a PhD from the University of Washington. Dr. Green’s honours include the Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award in 2012 and Cable Hall of Fame. .

Lynda Haverstock

Dr. Lynda Haverstock is Independent Director of Shaw Communications Inc. Dr. Haverstock is a member of the Corporation’s Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. She has served as advisor to three Presidents of the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies and is a Trustee of the Government House Foundation and the Mendel Art Gallery / Remai Modern Art Gallery. Dr. Haverstock was Saskatchewan’s 19th Lieutenant Governor from 2000 to 2006. She was leader of the Liberal Party from 1989 to 1995 and sat in the legislature as both a Liberal and independent member. Most recently, she was the Senior Vice President, Special Projects of RMD Engineering, a Saskatchewanowned, design, fabrication, installation and maintenance engineering company from 2012 to 2014. Previously, she was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Tourism Saskatchewan for five years. Dr. Haverstock holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in the education of exceptional children and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. She is a member of the Order of Canada and the Saskatchewan Order of Merit and is a recipient of the Distinguished Canadian Award. She has received honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Regina, Royal Roads University and Queen’s University. Dr. Haverstock was a proud Honorary Colonel of the 2 Canadian Forces Flying Training School.

Gregory Keating

Mr. Gregory John Keating is Independent Director of Shaw Communications Inc. He is a member of the Corporation’s Audit Committee. Mr. Keating is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Altimax Venture Capital, the privately-held parent company of the Keating Group. Headquartered in Nova Scotia, the Keating Group comprises a diverse portfolio of business interests, including Altimax Network Service Ltd., a satellite direct sales, installation and service business; Altimax Courier, a national transportation courier service; and Landmark Developments, a diverse real estate company. Mr. Keating has over 30 years experience in the cable and satellite sectors, including as Vice President, Operations and later President and Chief Executive Officer of Access Communications, a privately held family business having approximately 85,000 subscribers at the time of its sale to the Corporation in 1999, and as former director of cable and communications industry associations, including Canadian Cable Television Association, Canadian Cable Small Systems Alliance and Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC). Mr. Keating has also been active in numerous not-for-profit organizations and community fund raising efforts. Mr. Keating holds a Bachelor of Arts (honours) from Saint Francis Xavier University.

Jeffrey Royer

Mr. Jeffrey C. Royer is Independent Director of Shaw Communications Inc. Mr. Royer is a private investor with interests in telecommunications, broadcasting, medical device manufacturing, hospitality, professional sports and real estate. Mr. Royer serves as Chairman of Baylin Technologies Inc. (TSX), a global provider of innovative antenna solutions for the mobile, broadband and wireless infrastructure markets, and (BY) Medimor Ltd. and is a director of Emmit Labs Inc. and Beit Yehuda Hotels Inc., Jerusalem, Israel. Mr. Royer has served as director of more than thirty private companies and not-for-profit organizations. Mr. Royer is a General Partner of the Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball Club. Mr. Royer received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Lawrence University in Wisconsin.

J. Sparkman

Mr. J. C. Sparkman is Independent Director of Shaw Communications Inc. Mr. Sparkman is a director of Liberty Global, Inc. (NASDAQ) and serves as chair of its compensation committee and is a member of its nominating and corporate governance and succession planning committees. Mr. Sparkman is a director of Universal Electronics Inc. (NASDAQ) and serves as chair of its compensation committee and as a member of its corporate governance and nominating committee. Mr. Sparkman has over thirty years of experience in the cable television industry. He was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Telecommunications Inc. (also known as TCI) for eight years until his retirement in 1995. During his over twenty six years with TCI, he held various management positions overseeing TCI’s cable operations as that company grew into the largest multiple cable system operator in the U.S. at the time of his retirement. In September 1999, he co-founded Broadband Services, Inc., a provider of asset management, logistics, installation and repair services for telecommunications service providers and equipment manufacturers domestically and internationally and he served as chair of its board and co-chief executive officer until December 2003.

Carl Vogel

Mr. Carl E. Vogel, CPA, is Independent Director of Shaw Communications Inc. He is senior advisor of DISH Network Corporation, a satellitedelivered digital television services provider, and an industry advisor focused on media and communications for Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P., an alternative asset management firm. He is formerly a senior advisor and operating partner with The Gores Group, a private equity firm. Mr. Vogel was President of DISH Network Corporation from September 2006 to February 2008 and Vice Chair of DISH Network Corporation from June 2005 to March 2009. From October 2007 to March 2009, Mr. Vogel was Vice Chair of, and senior advisor to, EchoStar Corporation, a satellitedelivered digital television services provider. Prior to that, he was President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Charter Communications, a cable television and broadband service provider in the U.S. Mr. Vogel is director of AMC Networks Inc. (audit committee chair and compensation committee member), Ascent Capital Group, Inc. (executive committee chair, audit committee member and nominating and governance committee member), DISH Network Corporation, Sirius/XM Corporation (compensation committee chair) and Universal Electronics Inc. (audit committee member) (each NASDAQ listed). Mr. Vogel is a Director of several private companies. Mr. Vogel holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and Accounting from St. Norbert College in Wisconsin and was formerly an active Certified Public Accountant.

Sheila Weatherill

Ms. Sheila Christine Weatherill is Independent Director of Shaw Communications Inc. Ms. Weatherill is former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Capital Health Authority, the Edmonton region health administrative authority. Ms. Weatherill is the Vice Chair of Epcor Utilities Inc. and is a Director of Canada Health Infoway, Inc. Ms. Weatherill holds a nursing degree from the University of Alberta. Ms. Weatherill’s honours include receiving an Honourary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Lethbridge, Honourary Bachelor of Arts degree from MacEwan University, Alberta Centennial Medal and appointment as a Member of the Order of Canada. Ms. Weatherill is also a Distinguished Executive in residence in the School of Business, University of Alberta and is a member of several philanthropic and community organizations. Ms. Weatherill was formerly a member of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee on the Public Service and formerly the Independent Investigator of the 2008 Listeriosis Outbreak.

Willard Yuill

Mr. Willard H. Yuill is Independent Director of Shaw Communications Inc. He has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Monarch Corporation since 1972. Prior to its sale in 2000, Monarch Broadcasting Ltd. owned and operated 15 radio licenses and six television licences for regions in Alberta and British Columbia. In 2004 Shaw completed the acquisition from Monarch Cablesystems of certain cable systems comprising 35,000 cable television and internet customers in Alberta and British Columbia. Mr. Yuill is Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Monarch Ventures Inc., a Canadian private equity company and CSH International Inc., a United States private equity company. Mr. Yuill is currently a Director of TSO Logic Inc., a private company that provides software for monitoring and reducing energy consumption in large data centres, a Trustee of the St. Andrew’s College Foundation and a Governor of the Western Hockey League. He is a former Director of Western Financial Group, the Alberta Economic Development Authority and the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede Ltd. and he is past Chair of the Alberta chapter of the World Presidents Organization.