The 2007 List of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People

Edmonton, Alberta (July 3 2007) – Featuring Premier Ed Stelmach, Mayor of Wood Buffalo Melissa Blake, Calgary Stampede CEO Vern Kimball, and Entrepreneur of the Year Timothy Melton—just to name a few–July’s issue of Alberta Venture reveals the annual list of Alberta’s most influential people.

Since 1997, Alberta Venture magazine has been publishing its annual list of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People; and over the past 10 years, the list has grown into a highly anticipated annual feature reflecting the changing face of Alberta’s political, economic and social landscape.

The list of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People is selected by Alberta Venture’s editorial committee with the support of recommendations brought forward by Alberta’s business community. With past influentials including Stephen Harper, Eric Newell and Clive Beddoe, the list lauds those individuals who through their personal and professional accomplishments, have helped determine the future well-being of this province.

Attached is the list in its entirety. The July issue of Alberta Venture is on news stands starting July 1st and online at www.albertaventure.com. For all media inquiries, please contact Mike McCullough, Editor, at email or 780.990.0839 x.243.

Also: As a companion event, Alberta Venture co-presents our ninth annual Assured Developments Most Influential Golf Tournament, taking place at Stewart Creek Golf and Country Club in Canmore on Wednesday, August 22, 2007.

Here’s your chance to golf with Alberta’s Most Influential on one of the destination golf courses in Canada. All proceeds will be benefiting our charity of choice, Women Building Futures, a not-for-profit program that works to help women build better lives and achieve economic prosperity by training them for a career in construction trades.
For details of this event, please contact Amy Fung for more details. email or 780.990.0839 x. 244

The 2007 List of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People

Executive Director: Julie Ball, Talent Pool Development Society


Research Chair: Reginald Bibby, University of Lethbridge


Mayor: Melissa Blake, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo


Senator in Waiting: Bert Brown


Herman Bruin, Bruin’s Plumbing and Heating Ltd.


Director: Gary Burns


Chair: Robert Carwell, Ed Stelmach Campaign


Co-chair: John Dielwart, Coalition of Canadian Energy Trusts


Murray Edwards, CNRL, Penn West


Brigade General: David Fraser, Canadian Forces


CEO: Max Gibb, United Horsemen of Alberta


CEO: George Gosbee, Tristone Capital Inc.


CEO : Ross Greive, PCL


Executive Director: Jim Gurnett, Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers


Prime Minister: Stephen Harper


Founding Partner: Wayne Henuset, Energy Alberta Corp.


Chair: Harley Hotchkiss, NHL Board of Governors


Chair: Bill Hunter, Royalty Review Panel


Principal: David Jefferies, Ziedler Partnership


President and CEO: Tom Katinas, Syncrude Canada


Chair: Daryl Katz, The Katz Group of Companies


Co-chair: Gordon Kerr, Coalition of Canadian Energy Trusts


CEO: Vern Kimball, Calgary Exhibition & Stampede


President: Perry Kincaide, Alberta Council of Technologies


President & CEO: Nancy Knowlton, Smart Technologies


Chair: Bern Kotelko, AVAC Ltd.


Peter Lougheed, Former Premier of Alberta


Director: Robert Mansell, Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy, University of Calgary


Chair: Timothy Melton, Melcor Developments Ltd.


Chief: Ron Morin, Enoch Cree Nation


President and CEO: Donald Oborowsky, Waiward Steel Fabricators


Chair: Brian O’Leary, Calgary Homeless Foundation


Minister: Jim Prentice, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada


CEO: Ken Read, Alpine Canada


Executive Director: Marlo Reynolds, Pembina Institute


Co-chair: Sue Riddell Rose, Coalition of Canadian Energy Trusts


President: Indira Samarasekera, University of Alberta


President: Lloyd Snelgrove, President of the Treasury Board


Executive Director: Michele Stanners, Alberta Ballet


Brad Stelfox, Environmental Futurist


Premier: Ed Stelmach, Province of Alberta


Mayor: John Stutz, Banff


Co-chair: Hank Swartout, United Way Campaign Calgary


Don Taylor: Engineered Air


Ruth Taylor: Engineered Air


Co-founder: Yvonne Tollens, ComputerAid Professional Services


Executive Director: Larry Wall, Alberta Industrial Heartland Association


President and CEO: Sheila Weartherill, Capital Health


Chair, CEO: Columba Yeung, Value Creation Inc.


Lawyer: Grant Zawalsky, Burnet Duckworth & Palmer LLP

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