Highlights from the 2017 Top 40 Under 40 Gala
Calgary's best and brightest under 40 were properly celebrated with an evening of music, ceremony, and fun.
Photograph by Bookstrucker Photography
A total of 46 exceptional people joined the long list of Avenue Top 40 Under 40 Alumni, including 20 women and 26 men (there were six co-honourees). This year’s list of Calgary’s best and brightest in their sectors was selected from more than 400 nominations by a panel of judges who are experts in their fields as well as Avenue senior staff.
The gala was full of game-changers, entrepreneurs, artists, researchers, elite medical professionals and their adoring loved ones, family members and colleagues.
Starting out the night was a song and piano performance by Class of 2015 Top 40 Under 40 alumnus Kenna Burima. Following that was a video address from Mayor Naheed Nenshi, who expressed his congratulations as a former Top 40 Under 40.
Emcee, Global Calgary’s, Kris Laudien introduced the Class of 2017 to a crowd of more than 500 guests. And, after a giant class photo Burima closed out the night with more soulful music.
All PHOTOGRAPHY BY BOOKSTRUCKER PHOTOGRAPHY
Kris Laudien of Global Calgary in front of part of the Class of 2017 Top 40 Under 40 group as he welcomed them to the stage.
Yann Blanchard (2017 Top 40 Under 40) posing with Jeff Wilkie for a photo taken by Jeraldine Blanchard.
Avenue Calgary's publisher Joyce Byrne and editor-in-chief Käthe Lemon.
Alumnus Kenna Burima (2015 top 40 Under 40) performing at the gala.
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