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Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People 2012

Meet the people who are changing your world – and find out how they’re doing it

by Max Fawcett, Michael Ganley, Alix Kemp and Geoffrey Morgan

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The 50 Most Influential ranking is simultaneously one of this magazine’s most popular items and one of its most perplexing. Influence, after all, is a bit like happiness – you know when it’s there, but it’s not something you can measure or weigh. That’s why, as we do every year, we spent some time reflecting on the word “influence” itself and what it really means. Influence has a relationship with power, and you will see plenty of chief executives and senior politicians on this year’s list, but the two concepts are not synonymous.

The more compelling definition of influence is the idea that it describes the effect a person has over others, and this year’s list is full of people who may not be headline-makers or widely recognized names but who have had an undeniable – and an undeniably positive – influence on others.

That’s the real value of this list, and why we’re proud to present it again in 2012. It’s nice to recognize people who may not always get recognition, and who certainly don’t go around seeking it, but who deserve credit for making Alberta a better place to live. So, without further ado, Alberta, meet your makers.

For more information on the 50 Most Influential People list, click here. To see lists from previous years, click here.

Jack Anderson

Stan Blade

Dr. Nigel Brockton

George Brookman

Michael Brown

Michael Casey

Daniel Costa

Craig Curtis

Dr. Chris Eagle

Bill Eddins

Dawn Farrell

Greg Fenton

John Gibson

Matt Giffen

Donald Greenfield

Jane Halford

Gordon Houlden

Casey Hudson

Shiraz Jiwani

Ryan Johnson

Vi (Violet) Konkle

Bill Lingard

Sid Marty

Ronald Mathison

Marlon McDougall

Drew McNaughton

Reg Milley

Dave Mowat

Kevin Nagel

Simon O’Byrne

Karina Pillay-Kinnee

Clif Purvis

Alison Redford

Randy Remington

Andy Ridge

Bob Sartor

Simonetta Sipione

Linda Sloan

Danielle Smith

Nancy Southern

Kevin Swan

Howard Tennant

Bill Tuer

David Vetters

Angus Watt

Dan Wicklum

Steve Williams

Michael Wilson

John Wright

Sandra Young

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8 Responses to Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People 2012

  1. Jackie Morin says:

    I am part of the One Aim team for the ride for Cancer. There couldn’t be a more deserving recipient for this recognition. The support that Nigel gives to every rider on his team & other teams, his training rides that he hosts to get us ready for the Ride for Cancer and his positive attitude is an inspiration to us all.
    Jackie Morin

  2. Shawn H says:

    I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Gibson when he visited our facility shortly after his taking the helm of what was then CCS Corporation. It was a personal visit, he was by himself, and just came to chat and see what we do here. I was really impressed that a CEO would take the time to travel and meet with front-line staff, and he continues to do so on a regular basis. I am proud to work at Tervita under his leadership.

  3. Kevin Jones says:

    Nigel has also been pivotal in the creation and growth of the One Aim team, which over the past three years has raised $500,000. We plan on doubling up to a million this year, and this wouldn’t be possible without him.

  4. Arniestephens says:

    Congrats Drew!
    Well deserved.

    Arnie Stephens

  5. David Howse says:

    I doubt many readers know Howard Tennant but his influence goes way beyond his government policy work. He is probably the best professor the University of Lethbridge has ever had and through that has influenced thousands of students to bevelope a broader understanding of the business world and the implications of policy and strategy based decisions. Howard continues to mentor many past students as they climb the many hurdles in the business world. I find some of the off topic posts offensive but – that’s just the internet.

  6. David Howse says:

    I doubt many readers know Howard Tennant but his influence goes way beyond his government policy work. He is probably the best professor the University of Lethbridge has ever had and through that has influenced thousands of students to develope a broader understanding of the business world and the implications of policy and strategy based decisions. Howard continues to mentor many past students as they cross the many hurdles of the business world. I find some of the off topic posts offensive but – that’s just the internet.

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