Eight winners of first Calgary Influential Women in Business awards announced
Former Cenovus executive Judy Fairburn heads a list of seven female honourees announced Thursday as recipients of the first Calgary Influential Women in Business awards.
The awards — established by the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and Axis Connect — recognize business leaders across eight categories, including social enterprise and entrepreneurs.
Fairburn, co-founder of investment firm The51, is to receive the first Lifetime Achievement award. A director on several corporate boards, Fairburn was previously chief digital officer and executive vice-president of innovation at Calgary-based Cenovus.
A review committee that included former Alberta MP Rona Ambrose and WestJet chief executive Ed Sims considered nominees on their professional accomplishments, influence and community involvement.
“The number and calibre of nominations in our inaugural year was incredible,” Heather Culbert, of Export Development Canada, said in a statement.
The remaining female winners are:
• Large enterprise: Kerry O’Reilly Wilks, chief officer, legal, regulatory and external affairs at TransAlta Corp.;
• Professional services: Jill Angevine, managing director, Palisade Capital;
• Social enterprise: Karen Young, president and CEO of United Way of Calgary & Area;
• Entrepreneur: Breanne Everett, president and co-founder of Orpyx Medical Technologies Inc.;
• Emerging leader: Amanda Hamilton, creative director and founder of Amanda Hamilton Interior Design and Palette Archives;
• Small and medium enterprise: Milena Radakovic, owner of Nexus Exhibits.
John Osler, a partner at law firm McCarthy Tetrault, was named the inaugural male champion.
The awards will be presented March 5 at a gala dinner led by University of Calgary chancellor Deborah Yedlin.