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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As the chief technology officer at Calgary-based Axia NetMedia, Drew McNaughton has been integral to the company’s evolution from a feisty startup to an international player. He oversaw the company’s breakthrough triumph, the Alberta SuperNet, which provides high-speed Internet access to 402 rural communities in Alberta. But his influence is felt even more broadly through his work as president of the Alberta Information Communications Technology Association, a role that he assumed last year. The association is an industry-led, not-for-profit organization that supports companies in the province’s information and communications technology (ICT) sector. The sector includes some 5,200 companies in the province employing more than 55,000 people and generating more than $10.5 billion in annual revenue. With connectivity transforming the way we work, learn and play, the importance of the field, and of a healthy Albertan hand in it, will only grow.