2018 Top 40 Under 40 Judges

The 11 judges that determined the 2018 Top 40 Under 40s.


Charles Blanc

Photograph by Erin Brooke Burns

Charles Blanc is a French architect who, with British artist Tristan Surtees, established the collaborative art practice Sans façon in Glasgow, Scotland, in 2001. Sans façon achieved international recognition for its approach to working with public spaces. Blanc and Surtees moved their practice to Calgary in 2011 to be lead artists for the innovative public art project Watershed+, integrating artists within the City of Calgary’s Utilities & Environmental Protection department. As co-director of Sans façon, Blanc oversees and develops projects ranging from ephemeral performances to permanent works and city art masterplans across Europe and North America. He and Surtees are part of Avenue’s Top 40 Under 40 Class of 2014.


Joyce Byrne


Photograph by Jared Sych.

Joyce Byrne is group publisher at RedPoint Media & Marketing Solutions and publisher of Avenue Calgary. She is a former publisher of This Magazine, former associate publisher of award-winning business magazines Alberta Venture and Unlimited and a former consulting publisher with the literary magazine Eighteen Bridges. Byrne is president of the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA), past president of the National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) and a member of the board of the International Regional Magazine Association. Her work was recognized in 2018 with both the Achievement in Publishing Award from AMPA and the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement from the NMAF.


Uri Heilik


Photograph by Colin Way

Uri Heilik is a partner of and business and operations manager for Alloy restaurant, which he co-owns with chef Rogelio Herrera. Born and raised in Calgary, Heilik graduated from SAIT’s professional cooking program. He and Herrera opened Alloy in 2007, and it has appeared on Avenue’s Best Restaurants list almost every year since then. Heilik was part of the Top 40 Under 40 Class of 2013.


Lourdes Juan


Photograph supplied by Lourdes Juan.

Lourdes Juan is an urban planner and entrepreneur and an alumnus of the University of Calgary with a masters in environmental design. She is the director of Hive Developments and of Soma Hammam and Spa. She also works with two non-profits that she founded: the Leftovers Foundation and Moonlight Market Foundation. She sits on the board of directors of HomeSpace Society, the Calgary Homeless Foundation and Calgary Planning Commission. Her work and career accomplishments have received multiple accolades, including being part of Avenue’s Top 40 Under 40 Class of 2013 and being featured on the cover of Business in Calgary Magazine in 2014. This year she received the L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth award and was recognized as a Distinguished Graduate from the University of Calgary.


Anila Lee Yuen


Photograph by Erin Brooke Burns.

Anila Lee Yuen is CEO of the Centre for Newcomers and has 22 years of experience in the settlement sector. Lee Yuen is also the settlement representative on the Calgary Local Immigration Partnership and is vice-chair of the Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies. She holds bachelor of science degrees in psychology and biological sciences from the University of Calgary, an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and is an alumnus of the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. She received the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Person’s Case for her work advocating for the rights of immigrant and minority women and children in Canada. In 2017 she received the University of Calgary Alumni Award and was part of Avenue’s Top 40 Under 40.


Käthe Lemon


Photograph by Jared Sycg.

Käthe Lemon is the editor-in-chief of Avenue magazine in Calgary, a role she took on in 2006. Over the course of her leadership the magazine has won multiple industry awards including recognitions from the Best of Calgary, the City of Calgary Heritage Authority, the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA), the Western Magazine Awards, the National Magazine Awards and the International Regional Magazine Association. Lemon was named Alberta Editor of the Year by AMPA in 2011. Her community contributions have included being a founding board member of the Amber Webb-Bowerman Memorial Foundation, a charity that provides scholarships to students in journalism and the arts, and sitting on multiple community and industry association boards and committees.


Alice Reimer


Photograph supplied by Alice Reimer.

As a technology entrepreneur, Alice Reimer led groundbreaking SaaS (software as a service) companies for global retail giants such as Walmart, The Home Depot, Staples and Lego. She received Profit W100’s designation as one of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs and was recognized by Alberta Venture as one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People. Currently, as site lead of Creative Destruction Lab Rockies, Reimer works with Canadian academic, government and investment organizations to help accelerate technology commercialization with the potential to transform the world’s social, industrial and economic landscapes. She is also a sought-after mentor, staunch community ambassador, angel investor and one of Calgary’s most loyal champions. She received the prestigious Rod Charko Service Award for her contribution and impact on Calgary’s entrepreneurial community.


Raj Sharma


Photograph supplied by Raj Sharma.

Raj Sharma is a lawyer, speaker, writer and commentator and a founding partner of Stewart Sharma Harsanyi, one of Canada’s largest dedicated immigration law firms. He holds a master’s degree in law and is a former refugee protection officer with the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB). He has appeared before all divisions of the IRB, all levels of court in Alberta as well as the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal, and has over 140 reported decisions. He is a past recipient of the Access to Justice Award and was part of the Top 40 Under 40 Class of 2014. Sharma is also a sessional instructor with the U of C, teaching immigration law, and is on the board of directors for the Legal Education Society of Alberta.


Dr. Amy Tan


Photograph by Jared Sych.

Dr. Amy Tan is an associate professor, academic family physician and hospice physician in the department of family medicine at the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. She is on a mission to empower everyone to engage in quality advance-care planning conversations to better achieve care that meets each individual’s goals. She has won national and provincial awards for her medical education and research work and has numerous scientific publications and grant-supported research projects. She has volunteered with the Loran Scholars Foundation for more than a decade as a proud alumnus. Tan was part of the Top 40 Under 40 Class of 2017.


Kate Thompson


Photograph by Jared Sych.

Kate Thompson is Calgary Municipal Land Corporation’s vice president, projects, and leads the project team in delivering the master plan vision of East Village and the Rivers District. Currently, she is leading development of the New Central Library, overseeing the project team while working closely with the Calgary Public Library, the City of Calgary, project consultants and stakeholders. Thompson is chair of the YW Calgary board of directors and a member of the Dean’s Circle of Environmental Design at U of C, where she has been an adjunct professor since 2015. She is part of the Top 40 Under 40 Class of 2014.


Dan Zilnik


Photograph by Dan Zilnik.

Dan Zilnik is the president of Afara, a sustainability consulting firm that collaborates to build resilient, sustainable companies and economies. Zilnik helps energy companies, consumer packaged goods firms and government agencies solve complex problems and take action to deliver sustainable outcomes. Some of Zilnik’s work includes helping an oil company save $15 million a year in energy efficiency with no capital investment while reducing carbon output by around three per cent, and working with the federal government to design environmental regulations. Zilnik is the board chair of Carbon Management Canada and sits on the board of Trout Unlimited Canada. He is also a Harvardcertified negotiator.


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