Mr. Armstrong is Founder and the principal of the Armstrong Group, owner and operator of Rocky Mountaineer. In 1989, Mr. Armstrong assembled the successful team to bid on the fledgling Rocky Mountaineer service that was being operated by Via Rail, a subsidized federal crown corporation. The company’s turnaround and subsequent success has been achieved without government subsidy.
Rocky Mountaineer was named one of Canada's Best Managed Companies in 2014 for excellence in business performance. Sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC, National Post, Queen's School of Business and MacKay CEO Forums, the Best Managed award recognizes Canadian owned and managed companies with revenues over $10 million for sustained growth, financial performance, management practices and the efforts of the entire organization.
Mr. Armstrong contributes considerable time to business and community boards. He is the past Chair and a trustee for the Vancouver Police Foundation and is also a past Chair for the Board of St. George’s School. Mr. Armstrong received a Honourary Doctorate of Technology from BCIT, a Honourary Doctorate of Law from Thompson Rivers University, a Honourary Doctorate of Law from the Justice Institute of BC and is an Honorary Fellow of the Sauder School of Business. He is the recipient of the Canadian Venture Capital Associations Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Tourism and Hospitality and the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals for his contribution to Canadian communities. He has also been inducted into the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame and was named the 2007 Tourism Leader of the Year by Tourism BC.