Evan Wilson

Job title: Regulatory and Financial Manager, Canadian Energy Pipeline Association; Comedy Scene Advocate 

Why he's a 2015 Top 40:

In addition to having a successful career in the energy sector, Evan Wilson is a driving force in Calgary’s comedy scene and supports many artistic and civic endeavours in the city.

photograph by colin way


As a regulatory and financial manager at the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association, Evan Wilson helps support members of the association when they deal with policies related to Aboriginal affairs, climate change, landowner issues, property tax and regulatory policies. 

Through his work he has helped usher in changes to the Federal Income Tax Act and Alberta’s Perpetuities Act and influence other government policies to do with things like improving access to funds for pipeline retirement and providing landowners with plain-language agreements so they know what they’re actually agreeing to when a pipeline owner wants to use their land. It’s intense and important work. But, as seriously as he takes his full-time job, some of Wilson’s most important contributions to his community come when he’s off the clock. 

As the former host of CJSW’s popular Am I Right?? comedy radio show, the current coordinator of Sled Island’s comedy programing and one of the writers/performers on Telus Optik’s new show, Cowtown (which is best described as “Calgary meets Portlandia”), as well as a performer in the short films Three in a Car and Three in a Bed, Wilson is one of the most active advocates for grassroots comedy in Calgary. 

“I’m in a position to take risks because I don’t have to be making money from comedy week in and week out,” says Wilson, 34. “I just have to give someone a chance to get in front of a big audience for the first time at a festival like Sled Island. I can take risks that people who are doing this for business reasons may not be able to take.” 

A happily well-rounded guy, Wilson’s community work extends beyond the realm of comedy. He’s also a member of the board of Decidedly Jazz Danceworks and the co-chair of that group’s Black and White Ball gala. He also worked on the campaign to elect Ward 8 Counsellor Evan Woolley, and is active in the fight to legalize secondary suites in Calgary. It’s all part of a greater thread of community concern that runs through Wilson’s work — he cares about the place he lives and wants to make things better, be it in the realm of pipelines, comedy or other civic initiatives. — Elizabeth Chorney-Booth

Top 40 Under 40 Class of 2015

Dr. Cheryl Barnabe
Jennifer Barroll
Kelly Black and Jayme MacFayden
Pippa Blair and Neige Blair
Patrick Breault
Kenna Burima
Scott Burrows
Lauren Capozzi
Dr. Jonathan Chan
Dr. Fiona Clement
Erin Corbett
Scott Crockatt
Iggy Domagalski
Kandrix Foong
Sherif Gemayel
​Dr. Aaron Goodarzi
Jennifer Hageahmad, Diana Hussein and Rasha Taleb-Kashour
Dr. Daniel Heng
David Hornstein
Heather Jamniczky
Christine Johns
Beni Johnson
Dr. Lawrence Korngut
Deirdre Lanigan, Andrew Lanigan and Matt Lanigan
Naomi Le Bihan and Amanda Hehr
Gareth Lukes
​Paul McIntyre Royston
Ashley McNeil
Dr. Van Nguyen
Evan Patterson
Crystal Phillips
Dr. Joe Raiche
Maria Samson
Hailey Seidel
Wilma Shim
Jason Smith
Laurie Smith
David Vonesch
Evan Wilson
Dan Zilnik

This article appears in the November 2015 issue of Avenue Calgary. Subscribe here.


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