Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People 2011
Meet the people who have changed the province, the country and the world you live in
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Smartphone applications, or “apps,” are big business these days, and Calgary’s Michael Sikorsky, the CEO and co-founder of Robots and Pencils, is making his mark in the rapidly expanding sector. In 2010, his company created the fourth-highest-grossing app in North America, Minecraft World Explorer (sandwiched between the bizarre sensation that is Angry Birds and the Call of Duty: Zombies apps). That wasn’t the only highlight for Sikorsky, an active angel investor who has raised more than $10 million over the course of his career for a variety of ventures. He also saw an iPad app climb to second on the charts in the United Kingdom earlier in the year, won the 2010 award for innovation and leadership from Digital Alberta, completed his first year as the entrepreneur in residence for the University of Alberta’s faculty of engineering and saw the birth of a new baby girl.