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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.