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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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Vi (Violet) Konkle

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When former Walmart Canada executive Vi Konkle joined The Brick in February of 2010, it was still reeling from the effects of the 2008/09 recession. Now, a little more than two years later and after Konkle was promoted from president of business support to president and CEO in January of 2012, she is in charge of a much healthier company. In December, the company paid off a substantial portion of the $120 million in high-yield debentures The Brick had issued in May of 2009 in order to stay solvent. That shouldn’t be a problem going forward, given that the company’s decision to shift its focus away from lower-margin electronics and towards mattresses appears to be paying off in a big way. During the first nine months of 2011, the company’s EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) rose by 19 per cent, even though same-store sales dropped by one per cent.

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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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