The 2016 Top 40 Under 40 Gala

Friends, family, alumni and Mayor Nenshi celebrated the Class of 2016 this week.

The 2016 Top 40 Under 40 gala took place in the Jack Singer lobby at Arts Commons.

Photography by Brian Buchsdruecker of Bookstrucker Photography


A whole new group of Calgarians joined the Top 40 Under 40 ranks Tuesday night, as friends, family, alumni and Mayor Nenshi came out to celebrate their achievements at Avenue's 2016 Top 40 Under 40 gala.

With more than 550 guests, it was a packed house as honourees and guests spent the evening mingling in the Jack Singer lobby at Arts Commons. Known for hosting some of Calgary's most exquisite galas, it was a perfect fit to once again celebrate the Top 40 Under 40s.

Mayor Nenshi, a Top 40 alumni himself, addressed the crowd at the 2016 Top 40 Under 40 Gala.

Local singer Ruben Young kicked off the evening's formal presentation with his vintage-soul and contemporary R&B voice. Emcee Erin Strate, host and producer of Shaw TV Calgary's GO!, introduced the Top 40 Under 40 Class of 2016 honourees following Mayor Naheed Nenshi's address to the crowd — this year marked his own 11-year anniversary since being named a Top 40 in 2005. The Top 40s posed for a group photo, and DJ Egypt closed the presentation with his original beats.

The Class of 2016 posing for their group shot. (Missing: Andrea Arient and Maeghen Cotterill.)

This year’s Top 40 Class was comprised of 46 people due to three duos and one trio who were co-honourees. It’s also the first year with equal male and female honourees.


Jennifer Hamilton, executive editor of Avenue Magazine, with Megan Douglas and Mario Goncalves from our Platinum Sponsor First Calgary Financial.

The celebration went late into the night, and was a wonderful opportunity to recognize the exciting work being done in Calgary. A special thank you to our sponsors and partners First Calgary Financial, the University of Calgary, Shaw TV Calgary and Arts Commons, who help us make evenings like this possible. We are also grateful to our other event partners Quintaro ImagingPapillon Medical, Cococo Chocolatiers, Great Events Catering, Willow Park Wines and Spirits, Pacific Wine and SpiritsBabor Beauty SpaNexus Exhibits, 10 at 10 Productions and Bookstrucker Photography.

Congratulations to the Top 40 Under 40 Class of 2016, and thank you to everyone who came out to join in the festivities.

Read up on the Top 40 Under 40 Class of 2016 here, and check out the list of all Top 40 Under 40 alumni.

Nominate someone for the Top 40 Under 40 Class of 2017 here.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Content

Calgary Students are Turning a Bridgeland Flyover Area Into an Engaging Urban Space

Last summer, the 4th Avenue flyover space featured a street mural and temporary patio furniture, ping pong tables and foosball tables. The plan is to eventually feature trees, a plaza, outdoor furniture, a boardwalk, play areas and a flood-mitigating rain garden.

Notable Calgary Buildings That Were Demolished in 2017

The history behind a Baptist church, a Dutch Colonial Revival-style building that was a coffee shop and an entire stretch of houses along Memorial Drive that were all taken down in 2017.

Calgary Figure Skater JorDen Tyson is a Special Olympics Gold Medalist

Diagnosed with autism as a toddler, this Calgary athlete has found her true calling on the ice, rising to become the top-ranked figure skater in her level in the world, with Special Olympics gold to show for it.