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2011 Top 40 Under 40 Alumni

Aaron Miller

This past April, Miller made the bold move of leaving his well paid job in the energy-sector in order to engage the city further and focus full-time on volunteering in the community.

Adam Kirton

Kirton is a pediatric neurologist doing groundbreaking research to help kids who have suffered from a stroke. In 2007, he started the Calgary Pediatric Stroke Program at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, today one of the top research centres of its kind in the world.

Alex Bruton

Bruton teaches people how to innovate. He led an entrepreneurship program for Mount Royal University that was so successful the university received a $3-million donation earlier this year to expand on it.  

Allison Hakomaki

A managing director in BMO Bank of Montreal’s corporate finance division and a recent transplant to Calgary Hakomaki has embraced the city both as a professional and as a volunteer.

Angela Dione

In 2008, Dione co-founded Market Collective, a monthly event that lets artists sell their work without paying commission to retailers.

Anil Datoo

Datoo founded a data management firm that has grown by 100 per cent year over year for the past four years. Throughout this time, iSolutions has become a key player in Calgary’s still-young IT sector.

Aviv Fried

Fried is an artisanal bread maker who embodies the slow food movement. His unique business philosophy is part of a desire to maintain a smaller environmental footprint and a larger connection with the community.

Boaz Shilmover

Under Shilmover’s guidance, Arte Group has seen impressive growth and been recognized by Profit magazine as one of Canada’s fastest-growing companies six years in a row.

Brian Milne

Milne is a super arts volunteer. He is the chair of the Sled Island Music Festival, past president of The New Gallery and a former board member with the radio station CJSW 90.9 FM.

Buffy St-Amand

In addition to overseeing three major programs at Volunteer Calgary, she has led the development of its Community Service Learning, which now connects hundreds of students to volunteer opportunities.

Christine Gibson

Gibson trains doctors to work with those most in need — both here and abroad. She also leads by example. Gibson volunteers in Laos and East Africa to help train family medicine doctors, and recently co-founded the Global Generation Foundation to further the cause.

Christy Morgan

Morgan has been instrumental in developing and facilitating an initiative with the Calgary Urban Aboriginal Initiative that helps people with problems in areas such as education, health, human rights and social services.

Danene Lenstra

Lenstra helped design and now runs a youth program at The Alex that offers support and services to more than 2,000 at-risk kids in Calgary.

Dave Lawrence

Lawrence co-wrote and starred in the two Fubar movies — the first played at the Sundance Film Festival and the second played at SXSW and the Toronto International Film Festival where it was a runner-up for the People’s Choice Award.

Erin Lawrence

Overseeing TV news production for Calgary, Lawrence shapes the way Calgarians get their news and the way the rest of the country sees our city.

Gil Kaplan

Kaplan was the first researcher to show that air pollution can be a contributing factor to inflammatory bowel disease, which affects 170,000 Canadians. He is also continuing to research and advance our understanding of the disease.

Greg Walter

A lawyer with endless entrepreneurial ambitions, Walter is involved with several family businesses including organicKidz, Sirocco Golf Club and helping to organize local events like the 10,000 Kids Project fundraiser.

Heather Christie-Burns

A leader in the energy industry, Christie-Burns has done it all, from acidizing wells to sitting in the corner office. She’s also one of only a few women sitting in a senior executive position in the oil patch, and has grown her company’s market cap nearly 400 per cent in the last seven years.

Janet Soles

From an executive assistant to partner in under 10 years, Soles co-founded an executive search firm eight years ago, which today is one of the top firms of its kind in Calgary.

Jason McIntyre

In 2009, McIntyre took the helm of the Calgary office of Habañero, a Vancouver tech firm, led it through the recession and grew it until it became responsible for half of the company’s revenues.

Jill Belland

Jill Belland hits the right balance between serious and silly, sophisticated and sassy, making her a likeable, approachable and reliable figure on morning television and in Calgary’s culture scene.

Jory Lamb

Lamb has started six businesses — one of which now has more than 20 employees and offices in Calgary and Houston. He also started a program in Calgary last year that helps small businesses break a million dollars in sales.

Kara Claypool

Aside from playing key roles in developing two big-name Calgary brands — Big Rock and Jugo Juice — Claypool is determined to instill money smarts in junior high kids and fearless confidence in university students.

Kari Scarlett

Over the past three years, Scarlett has led a team that has been able to steadily increase event ticket donations to Kids Up Front by 40 per cent.

Kris Goodjohn & Kurt Goodjohn

Through teamwork and innovation, the brothers and business partners are providing sustainable and green-minded options for residential housing development and gaining local, national and international attention as a result.

Lesley Scorgie

At 28, she’s written two best-selling books, been on the Oprah Winfrey Show displaying her financial savvy and is the national treasurer for the YWCA.

Mandy Dinning

Dinning is a communications guru who has been involved in grassroots projects and high-level politics. She has lent her expertise to everyone from Sir Richard Branson to non-profits such as the Calgary Homeless Foundation and the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter.

Manmeet Bhullar

As the youngest sitting MLA, Bhullar has been a relentless advocate for his constituents, and the first-term politician has already gotten involved in important portfolios such as municipal affairs and advanced education and technology.

Matt Horne

With only a $10,000 limit credit card, Horne built one of the fastest-growing businesses in the country — Deco Windshield Repair. Since 2005, Deco’s revenue has doubled every year, and the business now has more than 155 kiosks open across Canada.

Melissa Gunning

This stay-at-home mom has created a company that manufactures environmentally and body-friendly food storage containers. She co-founded the 10,000 Kids Project, which helps improve the lives of local children.

Mike Carnegie

Despite a hectic schedule that includes working at an engineering company from nine to five, weight training 14 hours per week and sacrificing weekends to play professional lacrosse, Carnegie also finds time to support local and international charities.

Philip Ndugga

When he’s not whipping Calgarians into shape, Ndugga spends his time working in Uganda to ensure every child receives an education.

Phil Robertson and Sebastian Sztabzyb

They’ve made coffee connoisseurs out of Calgarians with two cafés and a roastery that bring in an annual revenue of $3.1 million one fresh-brewed cup at a time.

Rhiannon MacDonnell

MacDonnell teaches university undergrads not that much younger than herself about effective marketing. Her research into consumer behaviour and community contributions has already been published in two Financial Times Top 40 journals and put into practice by the City of Calgary.  

Sarah Meilleur

Meilleur’s passion for her hometown’s history and heritage inspired her to create the Community Heritage and Family History Digital Library, an online archive of more than 5,000 images at the Calgary Public Library.

Shalina Ousman

Ousman runs a research lab associated with the Hotchkiss Brain Institute that is looking to develop therapies to treat and ultimately find a cure for multiple sclerosis.

Shane Smith

Smith continues to raise the profile of ACAD through strategic events, including Smart Night and the Stirring Culture Series, and helping foster future success by nurturing scholarship and awards programs. He is a recipient of the Peter Spear Everest Award recognizing remarkable success in the face of significant barriers, and is a dedicated community volunteer.

Simon Mallett

When Mallett was 25, he created his own theatre company to showcase political and socially charged issues affecting our community. To date, his company has produced more than 20 shows, many of which have received critical acclaim.

Trevor Morgan

“There’s something about going out and helping other people and giving that makes you open up and helps you empathize with other people."

Tricia Antonini

Antonini has made beating the odds her life’s work. She has maintained a career as an accountant and made a mark in the volunteer community while fighting leukemia for nearly 15 years.
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