CIWB Awards

The Calgary Influential Women in Business (CIWB) Awards

The Calgary Influential Women in Business Awards was established to champion the women (and men) in our city who have achieved professional excellence while also championing diverse leadership in our community. Through their leadership and influence on our corporations and boards they provide advice and counsel on strategy, policy and profitability that benefit some of Canada’s largest companies. These honourees have used their influence to advance women and diversity in Calgary.

Thank you so much to the Calgary business community for such amazing nominations. Now, more than ever, the recognition of women’s contributions to Calgary’s economic recovery is paramount to advance Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. We are thrilled to announce the 2021 CIWB Award Honourees, please see the press release here. We celebrated the 2021 winners on June 16th, 2021. Click here to watch the show.

Presenting Sponsors

2021 CIWB Award Recipients

We are pleased to announce the 2021 CIWB Award Winners!

Lifetime Achievement
Presented by TD Bank Group

Dr. Elizabeth Cannon

Board Director and President Emerita, University of Calgary

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Dr. Elizabeth Cannon is an expert in Geomatics Engineering and President Emerita of the University of Calgary. She served as the university's eighth president and vice-chancellor, the first alumna to hold that position. Prior to her appointment as president, Cannon was the dean of the Schulich School of Engineering. Her research has been on the forefront of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) since 1984 and she has commercialized technology to over 200 agencies worldwide. She previously held the NSERC/Petro-Canada Chair for Women in Science and Engineering for the Prairie Region. Her support for advancing women has spanned decades and taken many forms including raising public awareness about science and engineering careers for women and developing programs to encourage women to explore careers in STEM fields (Women in STEM), mentoring programs and as a community role model.  She is a business leader, independent board member and vested in Calgary’s economic diversification.

Professional Services
Presented by Nutrien

Melinda Park

Partner, Securities and Capital Markets and Past Chair, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

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Melinda is a senior member of BLG’s management team on both a regional and national level. She is the immediate past Chair of BLG’s Partnership Board, the firm’s governing body, and the first woman at BLG to hold the position. Melinda is also the former Regional Group Manager of BLG’s Corporate & Capital Markets Group in Calgary. Melinda has practised securities and corporate law for over 20 years, with a focus on securities, corporate finance and commercial transactions. She regularly advises boards of directors and committees of public and private companies. She is currently the Vice Chair of the Board of Governors for SAIT and is active in the mentorship and development of young professionals. In 2017, she was named as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women.

Large Enterprise
Presented by RBC

Denise Man

Chief Technology Officer, ATB Financial

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Denise leads the Technology, Innovation and Engineering team and is accountable for the digitization and modernization of ATB’s core technologies, along with innovation under ATB Ventures. Denise has worked on artificial intelligence research and is the proud owner of seven patents and several publications with the US Patent Office. She is a member of the Mount Royal University Board of Governors and the Board of Directors for the National Music Centre. She serves as a coach and mentor to others interested in careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) and is committed to people, inclusion, and a safe and healthy workplace.

Small and Medium Enterprise
Presented by EDC

Alice Reimer

CEO, Fillip and Site Lead, Creative Destruction Lab - Rockies

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Alice Reimer is a successful technology entrepreneur and dedicated community leader and mentor. Currently, the CEO of Fillip, a fintech start-up leading digital transformation in the small business fuel card industry and the Site Lead of Creative Destruction Lab Rockies. Alice works with Canadian academic, government and investment organizations to help accelerate technology companies with the potential to transform the world’s social, industrial, and economic landscape. Alice is a co-founder and director of The51, a financial platform for democratized access to female capital for female led businesses, serves on the board of Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund, Syantra Diagnostics Inc. and is the former Board Chair of Startup Calgary and The A100.

Social Enterprise
Presented by PwC

Salima Stanley-Bhanji

CEO, Humainologie

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Salima is a lawyer, filmmaker and the CEO of Humainologie, a Calgary based nonprofit that uses art, including film, to spread empathy, increase inclusion, and reduce discrimination. After leaving private legal practice in 2008, Salima has taken on various leadership roles in the not for profit sector in Calgary including as the Executive Director of Vibrant Calgary, a not for profit working in poverty reduction and advocacy; and as the General Counsel of the Calgary Homeless Foundation. Salima has produced/directed over 20 short films for Humainologie in three languages receiving a dozen awards and over 20 selections at film festivals worldwide. Salima is a Board Director and Secretary of the Alberta Hate Crimes Committee, a Tedx YYC speaker and coach, and co-founder of Calgary’s Annual Empathy Week.

Male Champion
Presented by CIBC

Jim Davidson

Co-founder FirstEnergy Capital and Board Member, ATB and Topaz Energy

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Jim is a founder, entrepreneur and highly respected Corporate Director, most recently acting as the Deputy Chairman of GMP FirstEnergy. He is the Co-Founder of FirstEnergy Capital, a G7 Founder of Creative Destruction Lab – Rockies, Board Director of ATB Financial and Topaz Energy, and a member of the Business Council of Alberta, the Economic Futures Council of Junior Achievement, the Fraser Institute and the Modern Miracle Network. Jim is an advocate for gender parity and a tireless supporter of women across all stages of their careers (board service, executive leadership and entrepreneurs). His leadership and conviction that women play an integral role in the success of companies and nonprofits is evidenced by his actions and the women whose careers Jim has made a direct impact on.

Selection & Advisory Committee

Brad Shaw

CEO, Shaw Communications

Since 2010, Brad Shaw has led Shaw Communications through a series of transformative and strategic transactions that have positioned Shaw as a leading Canadian connectivity company. Overseeing Shaw’s senior executive team, Brad’s vision for a modern Shaw is rooted in sharpening the company’s focus to deliver exceptional experiences to customers and creating opportunities to generate long-term, sustainable growth for all stakeholders. Under Brad’s direction, Shaw has become an agile, growth-oriented and customer-focused digital, wireless and IP broadband provider bringing disruption and innovation to the marketplace through groundbreaking product launches.

Under Brad’s leadership, Shaw Communications has been recognized among Canada’s Top 100 Employers (2018), Canada’s Best Diversity Employers (2018), Alberta’s Top Employers (2018), Canada’s Top Family-Friendly Employers (2018) and Indeed’s Best Places to Work in Canada (2017).

Brad sits on the Board of Directors of CableLabs, an international non-profit research and development consortium dedicated to creating innovative ideas in the cable industry. Active in his community, Brad contributes to the viability of Food Banks across Alberta, sits on the Patrons’ Council of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, and has been instrumental to the success of Calgary’s Shaw Charity Classic, one of the pre-eminent stops on the PGA TOUR Champions and a cornerstone of funding the province’s children’s charities. Brad and his family live in Calgary.

Brad Shaw

CEO, Shaw Communications

Rona Ambrose

Hon. Rona Ambrose, Deputy Chairwoman, TD Securities

Rona is a dynamic national leader who has received many awards for her advocacy and role in public policy. During her tenure as Leader of Canada’s Official Opposition, she gained the respect of parliamentarians of all political stripes, and led the Conservative Party of Canada to the highest membership in its history and set a new tone by becoming the first leader of the Conservative Party to back equal marriage and march in a gay pride parade.

As a key member of the federal cabinet for a decade, Rona served as a minister across nine departments & agencies.  At the time of her appointment, Rona was youngest female cabinet minister in Canadian history. As a federal minister, Rona created and chaired the federal advisory council for women on boards.

Today Rona is involved in bilateral trade and competitiveness issues. In addition to serving as an independent corporate director on several boards, Rona has also recently partnered with TD Securities. She is a Global Fellow at the Wilson Centre Canada Institute in Washington DC, and serves on the advisory council of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

Rona is a passionate advocate for women in Canada and around the world and led the global movement to create the “International Day of the Girl” at the United Nations.  Earlier this year, she was featured in the UN Women’s “She Innovates” campaign. Rona launched “#SheLeads”, a non-profit foundation in Alberta focused on encouraging women to run for office and participate in public life.  She also created and co-chairs the Women’s Economic Council of Alberta, a high-powered group of women corporate leaders who provide non-partisan economic advice to high-ranking government and political officials.

She has spent her life passionately fighting for disadvantaged women and girls. She was one of the champions responsible for ensuring that aboriginal women in Canada were finally granted equal matrimonial rights. She successfully fought for the creation of a Canadian refugee program to bring Yazidi women and girls who have been sexually enslaved by ISIS to safety in Canada, working alongside Nadia Murad who recently won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Rona Ambrose

Hon. Rona Ambrose, Deputy Chairwoman, TD Securities

Nadeem Velani

EVP & CFO, CP Rail

Nadeem Velani joined Canadian Pacific in March 2013 and served as Vice-President Investor Relations before becoming Chief Financial Officer in September 2016. Prior to CP, Nadeem spent 15 years at Canadian National (CN) where he worked in a variety of positions in Strategic and Financial Planning, Investor Relations, Sales and Marketing and the Office of the President and CEO.


As CP's Executive Vice-President and CFO, Nadeem is a key member of the senior management team responsible for helping plan the long-term strategic direction of the company. Other responsibilities include financial planning, investor relations, reporting and accounting systems as well as pension, treasury and tax.


Nadeem holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Western University and an MBA in Finance/International Business from McGill.

Nadeem Velani

EVP & CFO, CP Rail

Deborah Yedlin

Chancellor, University of Calgary

Community leader and Calgary journalist Deborah Yedlin was elected the 14th chancellor of the University of Calgary, effective July 1st, 2018. Yedlin has been observing, commenting and writing about business and politics for more than two decades. With an undergraduate degree from the University of Alberta in Economics and English in 1984, coupled with her business experience that was augmented with an MBA from Queen’s University in 1991, Deborah built a resume that includes working on Wall Street and Bay Street.

Yedlin has been very active in the Calgary community. She was co-chair of the 2016 United Way Campaign, has served on the board of a number of arts and community organizations, including the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Calgary Opera, YMCA Calgary, United Way Calgary, and Winsport. She was previously a member of the President’s Advisory Council at the University of Alberta and served on the Deans’ Advisory Council for the Faculty of Science at the University of Calgary.

Deborah Yedlin

Chancellor, University of Calgary

Michael Webb

EVP & Chief Human Resources and Administrative Officer, Nutrien

Mike Webb is Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources and Administrative Officer for Nutrien responsible for Human Resources, Global Facilities, Sustainability and Stakeholder Relations, Community Relations and Investment as well as Issues Management and Government Relations.  

Mike moved to Canada in 2010 following a 20-year career in the Asia Pacific region. He started in Hong Kong in financial services having worked for Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley. While at Morgan Stanley, he served in senior HR roles in New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and India. Later, he joined HSBC as Head of HR for their institutional businesses in the Asia Pacific region, which was comprised of 20 countries.

Mike received his Bachelor of Science degree from William Jewell College in Missouri in 1990. He has also served on a number of non-profit Boards the most recent being the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Society.

Michael Webb

EVP & Chief Human Resources and Administrative Officer, Nutrien

Dr. Elizabeth Cannon

Board Director and President Emerita, University of Calgary

Dr. Elizabeth Cannon is an expert in Geomatics Engineering and President Emerita of the University of Calgary. She served as the university's eighth president and vice-chancellor, the first alumna to hold that position. Prior to her appointment as president, Cannon was the dean of the Schulich School of Engineering. Her research has been on the forefront of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) since 1984 and she has commercialized technology to over 200 agencies worldwide. She previously held the NSERC/Petro-Canada Chair for Women in Science and Engineering for the Prairie Region. Her support for advancing women has spanned decades and taken many forms including raising public awareness about science and engineering careers for women and developing programs to encourage women to explore careers in STEM fields (Women in STEM), mentoring programs and as a community role model.  She is a business leader, independent board member and vested in Calgary’s economic diversification.

Dr. Elizabeth Cannon

Board Director and President Emerita, University of Calgary

Wayne O'Connor

President & CEO, ENMAX

Appointed June 22, 2020, Wayne O’Connor serves as ENMAX’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Wayne comes to ENMAX with over 30 years of industry expertise and leadership spanning multiple Canadian and North American electricity and energy markets. Before joining ENMAX, Wayne held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer for Nova Scotia Power leading a team of 1,700 employees and overseeing a portfolio of generation, transmission and distribution assets valued at over $4 billion. Prior to this role, Wayne held a series of executive leadership positions across Emera Inc. companies, including President and Chief Operating Officer of Emera Energy, Executive Vice President, Operations for Nova Scotia Power, and Executive Vice President, Business Development and Strategy for Emera Inc.

Wayne holds a close affinity with Alberta, having grown up in Brooks, Alberta and attended the University of Lethbridge where he earned a Bachelor of Management, Marketing. He served in various positions with TC Energy in Calgary, formerly TransCanada Pipelines, before moving to Eastern Canada in 2003. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Wayne contributes to the community with a focus on education and healthcare, including having served as Chair of the Board of Governors for Armbrae Academy and established a family foundation at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Wayne O'Connor

President & CEO, ENMAX

Angela Avery

EVP & General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Westjet

Angela is a member of the senior executive and is responsible for all aspects of Westjet's legal and compliance functions. With more than 25 years of experience in progressively senior leadership roles in law and business, Angela has significant transactional, regulatory and compliance experience. Angela is called to the bar in Alberta and New York.

Angela’s international experience includes an appointment to the United Nations Compensation Commission where she worked in Geneva, Switzerland to prepare and present war reparations claims to an international court. Having served on several boards including the Canadian Energy Law Foundation, the Calgary YMCA, Arts Commons and the Calgary Zoo, Angela is an active member of her community.

Angela Avery

EVP & General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Westjet

Arun Chandrasekaran

Head of Energy Investment Banking at National Bank Financial

Arun Chandrasekaran has 17+ years of experience in industry. Mr. Chandrasekaran re-joined National Bank as Head of Energy, Investment Banking in August 2016. Prior to re-joining National Bank, Mr. Chandrasekaran worked as a Principal with Stream Asset Financial Management. Mr. Chandrasekaran graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Commerce Co-operative Education degree where he graduated with Distinction.

Arun Chandrasekaran

Head of Energy Investment Banking at National Bank Financial

Judy Fairburn

Co-Founder & Co-CEO, The51

Judy is a corporate board director and Creative Destruction Lab Fellow who successfully bridges the worlds of tech venture finance, industry, ESG, and public policy. She has C-suite business experience, recently as Chief Digital Officer and EVP Business Innovation. A pioneer in corporate/ entrepreneurial open innovation, she co-founded a $100 million digital/cleantech venture fund. Judy also led substantial change as the first Chair of the consolidated Alberta Innovates, enabling innovation across the health, energy, agriculture and digital sectors.

Recently named as the Lifetime Achievement Award winner at our inaugural Calgary Influential Women in Business Awards, she is also a previous Canadian Clean16 award winner. Judy has a proven track record in building "ahead of the curve", low carbon economy business ventures and providing sage advice to CEOs as a board director (energy, tech, public policy). As a director / investor and avid CEO mentor/angel (The51, Creative Destruction Lab Fellow), she enables businesses to maximize value and be "future-relevant". Judy is also a Board Director for MEG Energy Corp., VEERUM, and Tundra Oil & Gas.

Judy Fairburn

Co-Founder & Co-CEO, The51

Byron Neiles

EVP, Corporate Services, Enbridge

Byron Neiles was appointed Executive Vice President, Corporate Services in May 2016. Mr. Neiles has oversight of the Company’s Information Technology, Human Resources, Real Estate & Workplace Services, Supply Chain Management, Safety, Environment, Land & Right-of-Way, Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability teams.

Mr. Neiles had previously held the role of Senior Vice President, Major Projects, Enterprise Safety and Operational Reliability at Enbridge, and had been Senior Vice President of Major Projects since November 2011, after joining Enbridge’s Major Projects group in April 2008.

Mr. Neiles is co-Chair of the annual Global Business Forum at Banff, and a trustee of the Makadiff Sports Foundation and Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Foundation. Additionally, he has been an active volunteer with numerous community organizations.

Byron Neiles

EVP, Corporate Services, Enbridge

Arlene Strom

SVP & General Counsel, Suncor Energy Inc.

Arlene Strom is chief legal officer, general counsel and corporate secretary at Suncor. Arlene is the Chair of the Suncor Energy Foundation as well as Chair of Suncor’s Inclusion & Diversity Council.

She is also a member of the board of directors of the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation and the Alberta Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Awards Foundation, along with being a member of the University of Calgary Management Advisory Council for the Haskayne School of Business. Arlene has a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from Trinity Western University, and a master of arts degree in public policy and an LLB from the University of British Columbia.

Arlene Strom

SVP & General Counsel, Suncor Energy Inc.

John Osler

Partner, McCarthy Tetrault

John Osler, QC is a partner at McCarthy Tétrault’s Business Law Group in Calgary, a member of their board of directors and the chair of the McCarthy Tétrault Foundation. John's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, securities and corporate law matters for senior issuers. He has represented many of Canada’s largest corporations in a variety of public and private transactions.

John also received the Male Champion award at the Calgary Influential Women in Business Awards where he was honoured for being an ally and supporter of corporate female executives advocating for men and women to work together towards gender parity and demonstrates a commitment to champion diversity in the workplace and community.

John Osler

Partner, McCarthy Tetrault

Janet Annesley

President, Langanberg

Janet Annesley is President of Langanberg, an ESG and corporate affairs consulting company.

A former senior executive at one of Canada’s largest energy companies, and a former chief of staff to Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, Janet Annesley has tackled some of Canada’s largest energy business and policy matters in the last decade.

Janet holds a MBA from Queen’s University. She was named to The Hill Times Top 100 in Power and Influence List in 2017 and is a Public Policy Forum Fellow. An award-winning, accredited business communicator, she sits on the advisory board for Clean Prosperity and on the boards of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and the City of Calgary Green Line LRT Project.

Janet Annesley

President, Langanberg

Marcos Lopez

Co-Head, Morgan Stanley at Work

Marcos began his career by teaming up with a fellow UofC alumni and starting his own company, Bitonic, shortly after graduating. Calgary-based Solium acquired Bitonic in 2002; with Marcos taking on the role of Chief Technology Officer, and what had begun as a bit of contract work became the beginning of a lifelong passion. Over the past 19 years, he has been on the Board of Directors and has held several leadership roles at Solium, most recently the role of CEO.

Under his leadership Solium’s Shareworks platform has evolved into a world class suite of products and services, used by more than 3,000 companies spanning the globe – heavy hitters like Uber, Levi’s, Shopify, RBC, SpaceX, GM all use the Shareworks platform and it’s many features to simplify their equity plan management.

Marcos holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Calgary, and was the winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the technology sector, Western Canada.

Marcos Lopez

Co-Head, Morgan Stanley at Work

Una Power

TC Energy, Teck Resources, Scotiabank

Una Power is a corporate director and the former CFO of Nexen Energy ULC, a former publicly-traded energy company that is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CNOOC Limited. During her 24 year career with Nexen, Ms. Power held various executive positions with responsibility for financial and risk management, strategic planning and budgeting, business development, energy marketing and trading, information technology and capital investment.

Ms. Power holds a B.Comm. (Honours) from Memorial University and CPA, CA and CFA designations. She has completed executive development programs at Wharton Business School and INSEAD. Ms. Power is a director of Bank of Nova Scotia and TC Energy Corporation.

Una Power

TC Energy, Teck Resources, Scotiabank

John Kousinioris

President & CEO, TransAlta

John Kousinioris is responsible for overseeing operations, shared services, commercial, trading, customer solutions, hedging and optimization at TransAlta. He is also the President of TransAlta Renewables Inc.

Prior to joining TransAlta, John was a partner and co-head of the corporate commercial department at Bennett Jones LLP. He has 30 years of experience in securities law, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance matters, and has represented clients in some of Canada’s largest public offerings and merger transactions.

John has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario, a Master of Business Administration degree from York University and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. John has also attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.

John Kousinioris

President & CEO, TransAlta

Tracy Robinson

EVP, President Canadian Natural Gas Pipelines and President Coastal GasLink at TC Energy

As Executive Vice-President and President, Canadian Natural Gas Pipelines, Tracy Robinson has overall accountability for the growth, operation and profitability of TC Energy’s federally and provincially regulated natural gas pipeline assets in Canada.

Since joining TC Energy in 2014, Ms. Robinson has served as Vice-President, Transportation for the Liquid Pipelines business unit; Vice-President, Supply Chain; and Senior Vice-President and General Manager, Canadian Natural Gas Pipelines.

Prior to joining TC Energy, Ms. Robinson spent 27 years at Canadian Pacific, including executive roles spanning Operations, Finance and Commercial.

Ms. Robinson has held a number of industry and private board positions, currently serving as a member of the Business Council of British Columbia and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the Edward’s School of Business of the University of Saskatchewan. She also represents TC Energy on the Board of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) and on the Board of the Canadian Gas Association.

Ms. Robinson holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Saskatchewan. She received her Institute of Corporate Directors designation in 2015.

Tracy Robinson

EVP, President Canadian Natural Gas Pipelines and President Coastal GasLink at TC Energy

Curtis Stange

President & CEO, ATB Financial

If there's one thing that 30-plus years in the financial industry in Canada has taught Curtis Stange, it's that people are at the heart of everything. It's with courage, disciplined thought and precise action that Curtis leads 5,500 team members at ATB Financial as President & CEO. ATB is Alberta’s largest financial institution and provides personal, business, agriculture, corporate, investment banking, and wealth management services to more than 775,000 customers.

Curtis has led teams across diverse geographic markets and through various economic cycles. He has touched every major province in Canada—always with an inquisitive nature and a desire to get to know the people and places around him.

Alberta, with its broad diversity in both people and landscapes, is where Curtis calls home. Here, at ATB, he created a new line of business focused on Alberta entrepreneurs and played a key role in the transformation of ATB's banking systems—the company's biggest technology challenge in a generation.

Curtis is piloting ATB into Alberta's banking future—a future where he sees people and technology as equally as important. Because he believes behind every new technology disruption is a person with a bright idea to grow and develop and a customer who is expecting a remarkable experience.

Curtis Stange

President & CEO, ATB Financial

Dianne Wilkins

Chair, Critical Mass

In her 21 years with Critical Mass, Di has held many influential positions—managing director, coach, entrepreneur and leader for teams and clients. During her tenure, Critical Mass and its affiliate organizations have grown from 25 people in Canada to 950 employees working in numerous locations around the globe. The vision and values that define her leadership have likewise propelled Critical Mass to continued and consistent success. Today, Critical Mass is widely recognized for its breadth and depth of services, its vibrant agency culture, its purpose-driven mindset, and its unwavering commitment to client service.

Di started with Critical Mass in Stockholm, leading Saab on a global basis. Prior to that, she received an MBA while pursuing a career as a golf pro. Her passion for the game is one of the things that attracted her to Critical Mass in its early days.

Under Di’s leadership Critical Mass has been recognized across its industry as an A-List Agency, Best Engagement Agency, Top UX Design Agency, Best Agency to Work For, and Employer of the Year. Di herself was recently included among Campaign’s 40 Over 40 list and named Top Boss in the Digiday Worklife Awards. Industry comments and POVs from Di have been published in The New York Times, Forbes, Ad Age, Adweek, The Drum, and Campaign. Di is also currently Chair of the Board at Fast & Female, a charity whose mission is to empower girls through sport. She is also a past board member at the House of Anansi Press. In addition, Di is the co-founder and Managing Partner of a private activist investor fund that has set out to prove that public companies with a female CEO are inherently more diverse and achieve stronger financial performance as a result.

Dianne Wilkins

Chair, Critical Mass

Jim Davidson

Co-founder FirstEnergy Capital and Board Member, ATB and Topaz Energy

Jim is a founder, entrepreneur and highly respected Corporate Director, most recently acting as the Deputy Chairman of GMP FirstEnergy. He is the Co-Founder of FirstEnergy Capital, a G7 Founder of Creative Destruction Lab – Rockies, Board Director of ATB Financial and Topaz Energy, and a member of the Business Council of Alberta, the Economic Futures Council of Junior Achievement, the Fraser Institute and the Modern Miracle Network. Jim is an advocate for gender parity and a tireless supporter of women across all stages of their careers (board service, executive leadership and entrepreneurs). His leadership and conviction that women play an integral role in the success of companies and nonprofits is evidenced by his actions and the women whose careers Jim has made a direct impact on.

Jim Davidson

Co-founder FirstEnergy Capital and Board Member, ATB and Topaz Energy

Susan Jones

Corporate Director, TC Energy & ARC Resources

Susan Jones is an experienced C-suite executive known for her visionary leadership, passion for diversity, and commitment to safety and the community.

Most recently Susan was Executive Vice President and CEO, Potash, and Executive Advisor to the CEO at Nutrien.  She worked in a variety of other roles at Nutrien from 2005-2019, including Executive Vice President and President of Phosphate; Chief Legal Officer; Business Development and Strategy; Managing Director of the European Distribution Business; and Vice President of Wholesale Sales, Marketing and Logistics.

Susan is a member of the Board of Directors for Gibson Energy where she serves on both the Audit and Environmental Health & Safety Committees. She served on the United Way, the agricultural subsection of the Canadian Bar Association and has been an active member and supporter of women’s leadership groups and diversity at both Nutrien and Gibson Energy. In 2017, Susan was named Deal Maker of the Year at the Canadian General Counsel Awards.

Susan has a law degree as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Hispanic Studies.   She holds a Leadership Diploma from the University of Oxford and a Director Certificate from the University of Harvard.  She is fluent in French, Italian, Spanish and English.

Susan Jones

Corporate Director, TC Energy & ARC Resources

Cal Jacober

Vice Chair & Partner, PwC Canada

Cal has been working in the PwC Calgary office for 33 years, 22 of them as a partner. He has always worked in the PwC energy practice and as a result, has a large wealth of experience and expertise in dealing with energy issues.

Cal is the PwC Vice Chair of Western Canada. Prior to this, Cal was the Calgary office managing partner for 6 years. He was also part of the national PwC extended leadership team during that period. Prior to this role, Cal lead the Calgary assurance practice and was part of the national assurance leadership team.

Cal is known for his pragmatic, practical approach while providing sound, reasoned business advice. He is transparent, focuses on quality and utilizes a ‘hands-on’ approach in dealing with his clients.

Cal Jacober

Vice Chair & Partner, PwC Canada

Marie Delorme

CEO, Imagination Group

Dr. Marie Delorme is CEO of The Imagination Group of Companies. She serves on the National Indigenous Economic Development Board, the Queen’s University Board of Trustees, Donner Canadian Foundation, the Canadian Energy and Climate Nexus, and The Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking. She is also an advisor to two Universities.

Dr. Delorme is a Member of the Order of Canada. She has received the Indspire Award in Business and Commerce; and was named as one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women. Other awards include: the University of Calgary Dr. Douglas Cardinal Award; Alberta Chamber of Commerce Business Award of Distinction; Calgary Chamber of Commerce Salute to Excellence Award, and Métis Nation Entrepreneurial Leadership Award. Dr. Delorme holds a Bachelor of Science degree, a Master of Business Administration from Queen's University, and both a PhD and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Calgary.

Marie Delorme

CEO, Imagination Group

Trent Edwards

COO, Brookfield Residential

Trent joined Brookfield in 2001 as corporate controller and took on various roles as the company grew. These included vice president of finance with Brookfield Residential Alberta (nee Carma) and chief operating officer in Australia. Trent is committed to taking an even more collaborative and informative approach with all stakeholders and is excited to be part of a vibrant industry in a growing, lively province.

Trent gained a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Alberta followed by his Chartered Accountant designation. He is actively involved on the boards of Calgary Economic Development, the Haskayne School of Business and Westman Centre for Real Estate studies.

Trent Edwards

COO, Brookfield Residential

Kate Thompson

President & CEO, CMLC

Kate joined CMLC in January 2013 to lead the Construction & Development division in delivering the master plan vision for East Village and the Rivers District. Kate works closely with Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation and the Calgary Stampede, project consultants and stakeholders.

A registered member of the Alberta Architects Association (AAA) and active Member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (MRAIC), Kate manages architectural controls for East Village, ensuring all plans for new development align with CMLC’s vision for the neighbourhood. Kate is active in the community through her role as Board Chair of the YWCA Calgary Board of Directors and as a member of the Dean’s Circle of Environmental Design (EVDS) at University of Calgary, where she has been an Adjunct Professor since 2014. In both teaching and practicing architecture, she continues to highlight the importance of a well-built urban fabric and support projects that strengthen Calgary’s urban spaces.

Kate Thompson

President & CEO, CMLC

Michelle Sledz

Tax Partner, KPMG

Michelle is a leader of KPMG’s Global Transfer Pricing Services practice in Calgary and has specialized in transfer pricing for over 20 years. Michelle is a CPA and holds a Bachelor of Commerce with distinction from the University of Alberta. Michelle is a passionate advocate for women in business and leads KPMG Calgary’s Women in Line for Leadership Program and Women’s Interchange Network. She also leads KPMG’s sponsorship in and is an active member of the Women’s Energy Council.

She was recently short-listed for Expert Guides’ America’s Woman in Business Law Awards and has also been recognized by the International Tax Review for numerous years as a Women in Tax Leader. Michelle is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences including the Canadian Tax Foundation and is a former director of the Canadian Petroleum Tax Society.

Michelle Sledz

Tax Partner, KPMG

2020 Award Recipients

Calgary Influential Women in Business (CIWB) Award Recipients

Lifetime Achievement

Judy Fairburn

Serial Entrepreneur and Board Director (MEG Energy, VERRUM, Tundra), Co-Founder & Co-CEO, The51

Professional Services

Jill Angevine

Managing Partner, Palisade Capital Management Ltd. and Board Director (Tourmaline, Advantage Oil & Gas)

Large Enterprise

Kerry O’Reilly Wilks

Chief Officer, Legal, Regulatory & External Affairs, TransAlta Corporation

Small and Medium Enterprise

Milena Radakovic

President & Owner, Nexus Exhibits Ltd., and Canada Ambassador – Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization (WEDO)

Entrepreneur

Dr. Breanne Everett

Co-Founder, President and CEO, Orpyx® Medical Technologies

Social Enterprise

Karen Young

President & CEO, United Way Calgary & Area

Emerging Leader

Amanda Hamilton

Founder and Creative Director, Amanda Hamilton Interior Design & Palette Archives

Male Champion

John Osler

Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

CIWB Award Categories

Honourees are chosen based on their professional accomplishments, influence, and business community involvement, according to the following categories:

Lifetime Achievement

This award honours a female senior executive who has achieved significant career success and inspired those behind them. The honouree has dedicated their life to the advancement of others and paved the way for the next generation of leaders.

Professional Services

This award honours a senior executive female in a professional services firm (law, accounting, financial services and/or consulting) who is a trusted advisor to their corporate clients.

Large Enterprise

This award honours a female senior executive who is integral to a large-sized enterprise with over a $1B in market capitalization.

Small and Medium Enterprise

This award honours a female senior executive who is integral to a small to medium sized enterprise with less than $1B in market capitalization.

Social Enterprise

This award honours a female senior executive who is the driving force of a registered charity, not-for-profit, academic or industry association, or for-profit social enterprise, dedicated to social change and greater good. The honouree is a champion of philanthropy, volunteerism and the non-profit community.

Male Champion

This award honours a senior executive male who is an ally and supporter of corporate female executives. They advocate for men and women to work together towards gender parity and demonstrates a commitment to champion women in their workplace and in the community.

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