Maxwell William Ward married a woman who was in university with my mother.
Now that we have that out of the way, Max Ward was also a bush pilot in Canada’s North and went on to found Wardair. At one time, Wardair was the third-largest air carrier in Canada. All this, from rather humble beginnings.
Eventually, the debt load got the company and it was sold to PWA, which became part of CP Air and then Canadian Airlines which then Air Canada.
Anyway, Max is an Officer of the Order of Canada, an inductee of Canada’s Aviation and Business Halls of Fame, and the recipient of other awards in Alberta and the Northwest Territories.
All this on a grade 11 education. Of course, it was from the same high school that my sons graduated from.