Seeking the Summit
Seeking the Summit: Sam Switzer’s Story of Building and Giving is the biography of Sam Switzer, a builder, entrepreneur and philanthropist who was born into an impoverished Calgary family and became one of the province’s most successful businessmen.
While much of the book explains Mr. Switzer’s various business accomplishments, it also analyses living conditions in Poland, the home of Mr. Switzer’s forebears; the social background of early 20th century Calgary and Alberta, especially life in rural Jewish collectives and inner-city communities; and the social and economic structures that made Mr. Switzer’s rise to success possible.
From his first business at the age of five supplying ice to Calgary’s red light district to his job delivering prescription drugs via bicycle through his developments in the construction industry, casino business and more, we learn of Switzer’s lessons, motivations and mistakes.
Much attention is also given to Mr. Switzer’s life-long Jewish faith and his intense interest in and commitment to charity and philanthropy – a commitment that has lead to recognition and honours by the Prime Minister of Canada, the Premier of Alberta, the Mayor of Calgary, the Prime Minister of Israel, and many other important national and international figures.
Published by Frontenac House, 978-1-897181-81-2, $25.95 hc, 978-1-897181-82-9, $17.95 pb, available via Alpine Book Peddlers http://alpinebookpeddlers.ca/