Brooks: Calgary's influential ladies saluted at gala

Brooks: Calgary's influential ladies saluted at gala

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Greater than 1,200 friends attended the Axis Connects’ hosted Calgary Influential Girls in Enterprise Awards gala on April 13 on the Telus Conference Centre. Premier Danielle Smith supplied opening remarks, including to the cache of the black-tie occasion. This was the fourth yr the awards have been hosted, however the first time it raised greater than $1 million to fund packages devoted to advancing ladies in management roles throughout myriad industries.

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A 30-person choice committee comprised of leaders in Calgary chosen this yr’s honourees which had been introduced on March 8 –Worldwide Girls’s Day. The 2023 award recipients are Sue Riddell Rose, president and CEO of Perpetual Power and Rubellit Power, (lifetime achievement award); Manjit Minhas, co-founder and co-owner of Minhas Breweries Distilleries and Wineries (small and medium enterprise award); Kelly Schmitt, CEO of Benevity Inc. (giant enterprise award); Sippy Chhina, accomplice, director and vice-chair of Deloitte Canada (skilled providers award); Andrea Robertson, president and CEO of STARS (social enterprise award); and Mark Brown, vice-president and basic supervisor of Fluor (male champion award).

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Others in attendance this evening included: Axis Connects govt director Nuvyn Peters with board chair and co-founder Heather Culbert, Jenna Kaye (governance chair), Marnie Smith (audit chair), Katie Smith-Father or mother (director), and Brenna Hardy; ATB president and CEO Curtis Stange with CFO Dan Hugo, board chair Joan Hertz, and director Maryse Saint-Laurent; previous U of C president Elizabeth Cannon; Deloitte’s Tim Onyett; United Means’s Karen Younger; Mike and Linda Shaikh; Mawer’s Craig Senyk; Transalta’s John Kousinioris and his spouse Amanda; Calgary Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Deborah Yedlin together with her husband Martin Molyneaux; RBC’s Jeff Boyd; and occasion sponsor Postmedia colleagues Lorne Motley, Dean Jager, Monica Zurowski and Michele Jarvie.

Congratulations to this yr’s worthy award recipients.

Andrea Robertson was offered with the Social Enterprise Award on the 2023 Calgary Influential Girls in Enterprise Awards on April 13. The president and CEO of STARS is pictured together with her husband Dave Jones. Images, Invoice Brooks
The Calgary Influential Women in Business Awards was founded by Axis Connects. This year’s event at the Telus Convention Centre was attended by more than 1,200 guests. Pictured, from left, are Axis’ Katie Smith-Parent, Jenna Kaye, Marnie Smith, board chair and co-founder Heather Culbert, Nuvyn Peters and Brenna Hardy.
The Calgary Influential Girls in Enterprise Awards was based by Axis Connects. This yr’s occasion on the Telus Conference Centre was attended by greater than 1,200 friends. Pictured, from left, are Axis’ Katie Smith-Father or mother, Jenna Kaye, Marnie Smith, board chair and co-founder Heather Culbert, Nuvyn Peters and Brenna Hardy.
From left: ATB’s CFO Dan Hugo, director Maryse Saint-Laurent, chair Joan Hertz, and Curtis Stange, president and CEO.
From left: ATB’s CFO Dan Hugo, director Maryse Saint-Laurent, chair Joan Hertz, and Curtis Stange, president and CEO.
From left: Male Champion Award recipient Mark Brown with Sippy Chhina, Professional Services Award recipient and her husband Ray Chhina. Bill Brooks photo
From left: Male Champion Award recipient Mark Brown with Sippy Chhina, Skilled Providers Award recipient and her husband Ray Chhina. Invoice Brooks picture
From left: Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Sue Riddell Rose with her husband Mike Rose and United Way’s Karen Young.
From left: Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Sue Riddell Rose together with her husband Mike Rose and United Means’s Karen Younger.
Small/Medium Enterprise Award recipient Manjit Minhas and her husband, Shergill Homes’ Harvey Shergill. Bill Brooks photo.
Small/Medium Enterprise Award recipient Manjit Minhas and her husband, Shergill Houses’ Harvey Shergill. Invoice Brooks picture.
Large Enterprise Award recipient Kelly Schmitt and her husband Chris Besenski.
Massive Enterprise Award recipient Kelly Schmitt and her husband Chris Besenski.
From left: Transalta’s John Kousinioris, Chamber of Commerce’s Deborah Yedlin, Amanda Kousinioris and Martin Molyneaux.
From left: Transalta’s John Kousinioris, Chamber of Commerce’s Deborah Yedlin, Amanda Kousinioris and Martin Molyneaux.
From left, Postmedia editorial page editor Michele Jarvie, regional editor-in-chief Lorne Motely and Monica Zurowski, deputy editor.
From left, Postmedia editorial web page editor Michele Jarvie, regional editor-in-chief Lorne Motely and Monica Zurowski, deputy editor.