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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.