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Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People 2010

The deposits of oil and gas, the fields of cattle and crops and the majestic timber forests are important assets, but it is the people of Alberta who are its most valuable resource


Danielle Smith

Rebel with a cause

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As a political outsider with a media-friendly persona, fiscally conservative views and a penchant for wearing red, Danielle Smith naturally draws comparisons to 2008 United States vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. But those comparisons do a serious disservice to Smith, the leader of the upstart Wildrose Alliance Party, whose intellectual credentials and understanding of public policy put her in a league in which the former Governor of Alaska could only dream of playing.

Those skills will be put to the test the next time Albertans next head to the polls, but it’s a safe bet that Smith will give Premier Ed Stelmach the fight of his political career. The last 12 months have been a whirlwind of activity and ambition for the 39-year-old former broadcaster, who describes herself as “a moderate libertarian.”

Smith was already a rising star in the media industry and was previously a business lobbyist, but her career really took off when she became actively involved in provincial politics by putting her name forward and winning the race to succeed Paul Hinman as the leader of the fledgling Wildrose Alliance Party.

When the election comes, it’s clear that Smith will be playing to win. “While we may be given a term as official opposition, we will not run as an opposition party in 2012,” she said in her 2009 acceptance speech. “We must be ready to govern. Albertans do not vote for oppositions. They elect governments. Always.”

– Max Fawcett

July 2010 Contents

23 Responses to Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People 2010

  1. Terry Kirstiuk says:

    Congrats Bill!!!I knew you were an influential guy 12 years ago when you hired me!!! Wow has it been that long?!

    Your influence on the industry and the people around you has been amazing.

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  3. Raven Lin says:

    Calgary is a young city with a strategically opportunistic future. With hope, Pashak will be the first of many young leaders willing to take the rains from the stagnant and bleak governance currently dominating Calgary’s council.

  4. Marty Avery says:

    It’s about time Albertans learned about Trevor Doerksen and how he’s making it easy to watch our downloads on any device with MoboVivo!

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  6. James Van Leeuwen says:

    Congratulations to Trevor Doerksen of MoboVivo, who has been ahead of the curve for years.

    By enabling consumers to access and consume media content via the web on their own terms, MoboVivo is driving a new business paradigm in the media industry. Hulu has just flipped… watch everyone else follow suit.

    MoboVivo has finally put the power where it really belongs, in the hands of the consumer.

    Viva MoboVivo!

  7. Micheal Going and the entire Going family have been stalwart in the face of adversity and all Albertans should know of their achievements. From their father Gerry Going a well known cattleman, horseman and auctioneer to Cheryl ( a daughter) who unfortunately passed away before she could claim her glory ( except businesswoman of the year) to Shawn ( a brother) who is an international businessman, I am proud to have been a classmate and grown up in rural Alberta with this family. My glass is full and I toast your achievements proudly.

  8. Joe MccIntyre says:

    Interesting question on Twitter about the selection process ….
    Does not do any research?

  9. Albertan$ says:

    Who is bank-rolling the Vancouver property/hipster hot-spot – festival starter – municipal gov’t wannabe Pashak? Mom? Dad?

  10. Scott Valentine says:

    Trevor gets it and can explain ‘it’ to you. Great vision and passion.

  11. Rob SInclair says:

    Hey Bruce –

    great job!!! Looking forward to seeing the rest of Alberta following your lead.


  12. F. Dover says:

    Irene Pfeiffer:

    Your contributions to health urban and rural are exemplary to Alberta. We are grateful.

  13. Terry & Edwige Pelletier says:

    Congratulations CPSA – you wisely chose a President that will make a significant contribution to Albertans!

    Terry & Edwige Pelletier

  14. Bruce Okabe says:

    I have had the pleasure of knowing Steve Allan for a few years now and work closely with him in his capacity as Chair of the Canadian Tourism Commission.

    There are a lot of great Albertans with a lot of heart and integrity and I count Steve as being among the top few. Well done Steve.

  15. Kim Kerr says:

    Trevor Doerksen is definitely one of Alberta’s top innovators. Congratulations Trevor!! Happy to see your name here.. well deserved. Alberta is fortunate to have you.

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  17. Bev Campbell says:

    Irene Pfeiffer – A special gifted person whom Alberta can be proud of. Great work Irene.

  18. John Guy says:

    Congrats Glen Schmidt,

    Talk about BOSS! First starting off with Deer Creek Energy, now Laricina Energy Ltd. Whats next? ROSS

  19. Congrats Glen Schmidt,

    Talk about BOSS! First starting off with Deer Creek Energy, now Laricina Energy Ltd. Whats next? ROSS