A Recap of Avenue’s Top 40 Under 40 2023 Party

Hundreds of Calgarians came out to celebrate the Top 40 Class of 2023 and the 25th anniversary of the program.

The Top 40 Under 40 Class of 2023 poses on stage following the awards presentation at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. Photo by Neil Zeller.

On November 2, Avenue‘s Top 40 Under 40, presented in association with connectFirst Credit Union, University of Calgary and Calgary Chamber of Commerce, took centre stage as more than 600 Calgarians gathered to celebrate the Class of 2023 and the 25th anniversary of Avenue‘s Top 40 program at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.

The awards presentation, emceed by Global News anchors Blake Lough and Joel Senick, was bookended first by a VIP pre-party where Top 40s past and present, special guests and dignitaries welcomed the new Top 40s with a Champagne toast provided by Pacific Wine & Spirits. Following the awards presentation, there was a buzzy celebration complete with food and drink stations, live art and music, photobooths, media walls and partner lounges with goodies, games and giveaways.

All the Top 40s were congratulated by RedPoint Media president and co-owner Käthe Lemon, Avenue editor-in-chief Shelley Arnusch, Bob Webb, chief people, brand and culture officer at connectFirst Credit Union, Premier Danielle Smith (Top 40 Class of 2004) and Mayor Jyoti Gondek — each of whom also gave nods to Avenue for 25 years of impactful storytelling that highlights the leaders shaping Calgary into a world-class city.

Nominations for Top 40 Under 40 2024 are now open at top40under40.com, and you can read about the Class of 2023 in Avenue’s November-December issue and online.

Top 40 Under 40 is made possible thanks to our sponsors: connectFirst Credit Union, University of Calgary, Calgary Chamber of Commerce, Oxford Properties Group, TKShotz, Global News, Pacific Wine & Spirits, Vivienne Huisman Real Estate and Vendo Media.

Premier Danielle Smith, a Top 40 Class of 2004 alum, congratulates the Class of 2023 at the VIP pre-party. Photo by Neil Zeller.
Mayor Jyoti Gondek addresses the audience during the formal awards presentation. Photo by Neil Zeller
Käthe Lemon, president and co-owner of RedPoint Media and Shelley Arnusch, Avenue’s editor-in-chief, toast the Top 40 Class of 2023. Photo by Neil Zeller.
Dean Staton, Top 40 Class of 2005, and staff from Calgary Telus Convention Centre paint a custom Stanton art piece. Event attendees were encouraged to participate in the interactive painting activity and then enter their names into a raffle to win the completed piece. Photo by Neil Zeller.
Susannah Alleyne (middle), Top 40 Class of 2023, poses with copies of Avenue’s November-December issue, which features her face on the cover. Photo by Neil Zeller.
Attendees pose with their self-portraits, which were drawn by a robotic arm in the UCalgary Spark Lounge. Photo by Neil Zeller.
Guests mingle at Avenue’s Top 40 Party. Photo by Neil Zeller.
Kenna Burima, Top 40 Class of 2015, performs for guests after the awards presentation. Burima performed a custom musical set featuring the Class of 2023’s favourite songs, which she had studied for the past two months. Photo by Neil Zeller.

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