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2018 Leaders Awards

Celebrating Calgary’s business icons BY MELANIE DARBYSHIRE

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o be a great leader when times are good is a challenge enough; to be a great leader when times are bad, ensuring that one’s business lives to see the return of better days, is a challenge worthy of praise. These are exactly the types of individuals the 2018 Leaders Awards aims to celebrate. In its 11th year, the Leaders Awards recognize Calgary’s business icons who have led their teams through the most recent economic malaise, only to emerge stronger than ever. “What struck me this year was the durability of the businesses and industries that made it to the other side of this recession,” says David Allwright, dean of the Chiu School of Business at Bow Valley College and one of this year’s returning judges. “You’re looking at some industries that two or three years ago you might have wondered whether they would make it, and here they are. As the economy continues to grow, these are businesses that are going to thrive.” Allwright is joined by fellow returning judges Trevor Winkler, regional managing partner at MNP LLP, and Myron Feser, vice president of business and agriculture at ATB Financial. The trio was tasked with sorting through the numerous Leaders Awards applications and narrowing the field down to 20 winners. Applicants came from a range of industries including technology, personal services, construction, real estate, oil and gas, and many others. “Judging was difficult and at the same time a lot of fun,” says Feser. “It was difficult because of the large number of impressive nominations that display strong commitment and leadership. At the same time, it is a lot of fun to get together with Pat [Ottmann, publisher of Business in Calgary Magazine], Trevor and David to discuss Platinum Partner

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leadership and Calgary as a whole.”

The Judges

Judging criteria included financial sustainability, whether the applicant has driven change in their industry and involvement in the larger community. “What really stood out for me was the leaders’ passion,” says Feser. “First their passion and genuine caring for people; second, their passion for their business – the past and the future; and third, their passion for the community. All of the nominees do so much for their people, business and the community.”

TREVOR WINKLER

Winkler agrees, adding that there are many characteristics that make a good leader, but a great leader must not be self-serving. “It’s not about themselves, but about the people and community that surrounds the leader.”

DAVID ALLWRIGHT

All the recipients, Winkler says, showed day-today involvement in operations, driving culture and adapting to change. “No two stories are ever the same,” he says, “but they are all truly engaged in their business and influencing others within their organization to share similar characteristics that drive effective leadership.”

MYRON FESER

Allwright believes there has been a change in the applicants’ attitudes, likely fuelled by their experiences during the recession. “The businesses that we looked at are taking a much more sober view of things and are a lot more level-headed,” he explains. “In the past, there were far too many businesses that relied on a booming economy to grow their business, rather than on a solid business plan. Nowadays we have businesses that don’t look at what the economy is doing; they run a good solid business first and foremost.” All 20 recipients were honoured at an awards gala held June 27. Official Airline Partner

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Sharlene Massie

Company: About Staffing

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n the case of Sharlene Massie’s company – About Staffing – the name really does say it all. They help clients find the perfect employee to fit the company and they assist candidates by searching far and wide to find dream jobs. Established in 1996, About Staffing credits its successes to an amazing group of employees. “I founded About Staffing with a $500 overdraft; I have survived the 2013 flood that nearly knocked us out, and a few nasty recessions. The reality behind a successful business is to hang on for dear life, stick to your strengths, count on relationships and rely on your core values to guide you through tough times. Hang the heck on is my motto.” ~ Sharlene Massie, Founder

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22 9 Years in Business

Total Employees

Staffing & Employment Industry Sector

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Arup Datta

Company: ARUP DATTA ARCHITECT LTD.

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s the founding principal of ARUP DATTA ARCHITECT LTD., Arup Datta has designed major architectural and master-planning projects that are well known nationally and internationally. Combining international-calibre design capability and a strong management background, he delivers the best end product to all of his clients ranging from small businesses to multimillion-dollar companies. “Great architecture is the result of a great collaboration. Architecture is not about just creating a design for the client; it is an integrated collaborative problem-solving process. It is not about one person’s ideas; it is about resolving multiple issues. It is about how you integrate the users’ needs collaborating with all the players to find the best solution for an exceptional user-friendly project. This is how you create the best design for the client.” ~ Arup Datta, President & Principal

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30 7 Years in Business

Total Employees

Architecture Industry Sector

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Geoff Best

Company: Best of Seven Barbers Ltd.

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eoff Best is an amazingly talented, multifaceted entrepreneur who is the owner and founder of both a law firm as well as a barber shop. Best of Seven Barbers was designed from the ground up to deliver a consistent, authentic barber-shop experience. From travelling the world, Best believes a hot-towel shave is as relaxing and beneficial as a full spa day, yet compressed into just under an hour. “My defining moment was at 1 p.m. on Sept. 11, 2009; the date I was kicked to the curb by a multinational corporation. A wonderful development in hindsight, I was compelled by circumstance to do what I should have years before – partner with some amazing people to build something awesome.” ~ Geoff Best, President

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7 21

Years in Business

Total Employees

Personal Services Industry Sector

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Jesse Messom & Kerri McGrath

Company: Bigfoot Industrial Services

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esse Messom and Kerri McGrath are an excellent brother-sister duo working hard to provide their clients with top-quality industrial service and maintenance. Bigfoot Industrial Services takes pride in dealing with their customers, employees, suppliers and community with absolute honesty – they take responsibility for all their work because their work is always something to be proud of. Over the years, Bigfoot Industrial Services has become known across North America for premium service and quality products. “My defining moment has really been an accumulation of different experiences; all of which helped bring me to the point in my career where I came to the strong realization and conclusion that sometimes you just have to take that leap of faith and let go of your inhibitions and attachment to security – even if the thought of that makes you extremely uncomfortable – and pursue your own dreams. Autonomy, for me at least, is a fundamental part of my being and has been instrumental in my own personal growth. As a great business leader and mentor once taught me, ‘Glass ceilings are meant to be broken. Don’t ever place limitations on yourself because of your age, your gender or what society thinks you should be doing. Don’t accept mediocrity.’” ~ Kerri McGrath, COO “A defining moment in my journey to success happened earlier this year. I was taking my family out of the country for a vacation and for the first time since starting my business, I felt completely comfortable leaving my business in the hands of my employees; I was completely stress-free. I knew that I had an organization that could run itself and that I wasn’t the company anymore; the company had evolved to an autonomous organization. My vision had come to fruition.” ~ Jesse Messom, CEO

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8 60

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Total Employees

Construction Industry Sector Platinum Partner

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Gerry Baxter

Company: Calgary Residential Rental Association

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algary Residential Rental Association is a non-profit organization that aims to provide various property owners with the resources they need to help grow their business. Since 1959, the CRRA has been helping residential business owners network with both each other and with various clients. Gerry Baxter founded this association because he saw an opening that needed to be filled – helping in the process to put a place up for rent, renting it out and learning all of the rules and regulations that go with it. “No one person can do it all. It’s important to surround yourself with good people, seek their input, listen to them and then create the environment for them to succeed. My greatest inspiration has come from the enthusiasm of the many people I have had the privilege of working with in my career and in the community.” ~ Gerry Baxter, Executive Director

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59 4 Years in Business

Total Employees

Professional Business Association Industry Sector

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Edward Alfke & Alastair Handley Company: Carbon Credit Solutions Inc.

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s climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing global development today, Carbon Credit Solutions (CCSI) was founded in 2008 to measure, report and verify the carbon footprints of various green projects. Edward Alfke and Alastair Handley are the perfect team to tackle this important initiative as they are both committed to making a positive environmental difference. “My greatest inspiration is the dedication of all our people reducing GHG emissions, slowing climate change for future generations. We are proud to have already removed the equivalent of 700,000 cars’ carbon from our atmosphere and will reduce millions more before we are done.” ~ Edward Alfke, CEO “The defining moment in my journey to success occurred on the day I chose to mortgage my house to make payroll and keep CCSI alive. That’s the day that I became a leader committed to success. Inspiration has come from mentors, friends and family who believe in CCSI and me.” ~ Alastair Handley, President

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10 40 Years in Business

Total Employees

Technology Industry Sector

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CHANGING THE WORLD

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hile a dwindling few politicians and deniers still debate and argue about climate change and global warming, it’s a refreshing source of pride that Alberta is being recognized as a pioneering world leader in highlighting the urgent reality – and doing something about it. “It’s gratifying and exciting that Alberta has such a leadership role in the Americas,” says Alastair Handley, the positive and dynamic president and founder of Carbon Credit Solutions Inc. (CCSI), an innovative and globally-respected carbon offset market leader and North America’s largest aggregator of small environmental projects. “Alberta was the first jurisdiction in the Americas to focus on reducing emissions, put a price on carbon and the first to create a carbon market in 2007. And just 11 years later, Alberta is recognized for being a world leader for reducing emissions, having one of the best carbon markets, primarily because we have an efficient carbon market that really works.” He concedes that, with the business and social focus of climate change and global warming and the urgent priority of doing whatever it takes to reduce emissions, the options and the progress can get technical, confusing and sometimes contentious. “Then carbon market is not about carbon tax,” Handley emphasizes. “In its most simplistic and non-technical definition, the carbon market is a positive that rewards good behaviour.” Carbon Credit Solutions uses ingenuity, expertise and its proprietary software to consult, develop and measure carbon credit project performance against environmental standards. Knowledgeable consultants identify risks and implement preventative and corrective controls to mitigate project risks, and they also monitor and verify the progress and success of not only agricultural emissions but a broad range of green projects.

Handley explains that carbon credits are not only part of the emission-reducing solution but are financially and environmentally rewarding. “It’s understandable that people usually think of industries that produce greenhouse gas. The electric and energy sector are key sources of emissions. It is documented that in Canada and globally, agriculture is a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions. The goal is to slow global warming by removing greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere and isolate carbon in farmland used for no-till farming. “CCSI is working with eight million acres of land,” he enthusiastically points out. “That’s the equivalent of removing emissions from 700,000 cars.” The emission-conscious world is catching on to the innovation and ingenuity of CCSI. The Airdrie-based company, with 42 employees, has grown by more than 400 per cent in less than four years and has expanded its carbon market consulting operations into the U.S. and South America. China is next. Although the expertise and specialty is highly technical, Ed Alfke, the Carbon Credit Solutions CEO and chairman of the board, exudes the company’s passion and purpose. “We’re working hard and we are the largest on the globe at what we do. I am determined to make the world better for my children and grandchildren and to create a company that’s both profitable and sustainable in order to achieve that,” he says with emotion and pride. “Climate change is one of the single-biggest challenges facing global development today,” Handley adds with personal and professional drive. “And we are committed to making a difference.”

1-724 East Lake Road NE Airdrie, AB T4A 2J5 information@carboncreditsolutions.ca 403 912-9132 or 1-877-912-9132

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Alina Martin

Company: Danatec Educational Services Ltd., a Yardstick Group of Companies

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anatec is a leading educational safety provider as well as a family legacy. With 30 years of experience building, publishing and customizing training solutions, they have taken the challenge out of complex regulation compliance that comes along with safety training. Danatec’s training programs are easy to use, easy to implement and cost-effective. “The best piece of business advice I ever received, I got from my father. He said, ‘Alina, business is nothing but problems. How well you solve the problem dictates how well you do. So, solve problems well.’ I’ve lived by that rule every day since.” ~ Alina Martin, President & COO

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33 18 Years in Business

Total Employees

Safety Education Industry Sector

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Safety Training. Your Expert Provider Danatec is an award-winning publisher of occupational health & safety training materials. We offer an expansive range of educational and compliance training tools such as self-teach training programs, online training, handbooks, apps, reference materials, regulations and a variety of technical custom training solutions. We are experts in workplace safety and compliance-based training.

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Brock Schroeder Company: Entuitive

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s an integral member of the leadership team at Entuitive, Brock Schroeder believes it’s important to maintain the balance between his leadership role and having a hands-on role in his projects. Schroeder works hard to foster a collaborative relationship with both his clients and his design team from the very beginning to the very end of all his projects – both corporate and residential engineering. “At 32, I was hired to start a new office for a consulting engineering firm – a somewhat daunting challenge at that early point in my career. The biggest lesson that first year taught me was to trust my instincts when it came to making decisions and taking risks, and that any limits I might have thought I had were only selfimposed. To this day, I work actively to push my own boundaries.” ~ Brock Schroeder, Managing Director

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7 190

Years in Business

Total Employees

Building Engineering Industry Sector

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Megan Szanik

Company: Espy Experience

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pened by Megan Szanik as a discount designer boutique in 2009, Espy Experience quickly morphed into something much more. There are three crucial parts to the Espy Experience – professional styling, affordable fashion and community involvement. With Szanik’s natural affinity for people and her great staff, the customer’s shopping experience turned into something both body and wallet positive. “Espy is in the service business and Espy is in the people business; we just happen to sell clothes.” ~ Megan Szanik, Proprietor

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9 19

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Total Employees

Consumer Products Industry Sector

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Bill Hunt & Dan Evans Company: Evans Hunt

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ill Hunt and Dan Evans co-founded a marketing agency that aids with strategy, digital analytics and design, advertising campaigns, branding, e-commerce, content creation and social media campaigns as well as many other media-related endeavours. In the process, they help brands and audiences connect by bringing together the best mix of ideas and technologies. “Some people can point to a clear defining moment in the success of their company. Our defining moment was actually how we defined our path from the very beginning – placing culture and people above all else. Our simple goal was to create a company that we would want to work for, working with people we’d want to spend our day with.” ~ Bill Hunt & Dan Evans, Managing Partners

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10 98 Years in Business

Total Employees

Marketing & Technology Industry Sector

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Leadership advice from Evans Hunt

Great executives lead from the front, and I mean that both literally and typographically. Move first, get out front and stay there! – Dan Evans

Leadership advice from Evans Hunt

I guess my biggest piece of advice is, don’t leave the room for a phone call when your partner is registering your business name. – Bill Hunt

We’re proud to be among the talented group of leaders recognized by Business in Calgary. Congrats to all.


Scott Kerr

Company: IronCreek Oilfield Rentals Inc.

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cott Kerr and the entire team at IronCreek Oilfield Rentals Inc. pride themselves on being safe, experienced and efficient in everything they do. IronCreek has four divisions – trucking, rentals, fire suppression and environmental cutting management – that offer a wide variety of services ranging from 400bbl storage tanks and frac storage tanks to excavator invert packages. “I don’t think there was ever ‘one’ defining moment in this journey so far, but rather a collaboration of moments that keep driving the ‘push’ per se to chase the dream. My inspiration comes from life experiences – and these are not always positive, but nevertheless, you learn life lessons – having lost my father at the age of nine and my mother shortly thereafter. Time is a precious commodity. My biggest inspiration comes from my son who always reminds me that the things that are important in personal life are the same in business: trust is earned, honesty is proven, hard work is not easy and integrity is everything.” ~ Scott Kerr, President & CEO

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7 66

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Total Employees

Oil & Gas Industry Sector

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“I am honoured to be a Leaders award recipient for 2018. This award is possible through the superior teamwork, commitment and dedication of IronCreek Oilfield Rentals employees. Thank you to my team for your continued hard work, belief and support”. ~ Scott Kerr – President & CEO

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Jay McKeen

Company: Jack Carter Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC

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ince 1962, Jack Carter Chevrolet has been delivering topquality service to the greater Calgary area. Jack Carter Chevrolet is conveniently located and has an excellent selection of new and pre-owned vehicles. Under Jay McKeen’s leadership since 2013, a highlycapable team remains committed to customer service and satisfaction. “Business is simple – it’s all about the people. No matter the fast pace of changes in technology or the latest in methodology, our success has always come back to individuals who make up our team. Sometimes the most ordinary things are made extraordinary by doing them with the right people.” ~ Jay McKeen, Managing Partner

Company snapshot

56 112 Years in Business

Total Employees

Automotive Industry Sector

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Thank you to the team at Jack Carter’s for making this recognition possible. “Sometimes the most ordinary things can be made extraordinary by doing them with the right people.”

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Sheri MacMillan

Company: MacMillan Estate Planning

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acMillan Estate Planning has always been committed to the protection of the future. For two decades, MacMillan Estate Planning has been designing comprehensive estate plans that incorporate unique solutions tailored to each specific family. To Sheri MacMillan and her team, estate planning extends far beyond basic preservation of wealth; it’s really about maintaining the quality of life for generations to come. “I believe leadership is to live up to your own potential, so you liberate everyone you touch to do the same. I believe in the flow of abundance.” ~ Sheri MacMillan, Founder & CEO

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21 30 Years in Business

Total Employees

Estate Planning Industry Sector

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David Wallach - Triumph Real Estate Investment Fund Trust | 2015 Leaders Alumni

David Wallach Triumphs With Real Estate Funds by Rennay Craats David Wallach. Photo by Ewan Photo Video.

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hen it comes to commercial real estate, there are few professionals more respected than David Wallach. His brokerage firm Barclay Street Real Estate is one of the most prominent in the province and in April 2014 he applied his vast expertise to establish the Triumph Real Estate Investment Fund (“Triumph” or the “Fund”). The Fund buys commercial properties in defined markets including Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, Washington, Oregon and Texas. Triumph’s first Fund (Fund I) currently has eight properties – four in Arizona, one in Denver and three in Alberta – with six being neighbourhood shopping plazas with multiple tenants to better mitigate risks associated with market fluctuations.

“Until all the boxes are checked – financial, building inspection, real property report, roof report, and my walk through and meeting with tenants—we won’t close on a building,” he says. Shortcuts and compromise aren’t part of Triumph’s mandate. The five-member board of Triumph’s second Fund (Fund II) consisting of three independent directors – Neil Bane, Richard Boyer and Lesley Conway – along with Triumph founders, Wallach and Craig Bentham, are dedicated to protecting investors’ money. In fact, profit-sharing with Triumph management does not trigger until 100 per cent of investors’ contributed capital and a seven per cent preferred return is recovered by investors. “This Fund is very investor-centric,” Wallach says.

“We are focusing on finding properties that do not have tenants with services or products that can be acquired through the Internet. The big box is changing because of such things as Amazon. We are shying away from those properties. Instead we are going after properties that have tenants that provide personal-based services – hair salons, restaurants, dentists, nail salons.” But not just any property can be a Triumph property. Properties have to fit specific criteria in order to be considered and only after rigorous due diligence will Triumph acquire a space.

Fund I closed its subscription books in March after raising $22 million and Fund II launched in June. With six registered exempt market dealers acting as selling agents of Fund II, Wallach believes Fund II will be just as successful as Fund I. Fund II has a minimum subscription of $10,000. Fund II expects to invest in properties ranging from $3 to $15 million and will finance its acquisitions with a maximum of 70 per cent of the value of the properties. This article is for information purposes only and does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation to securities in Fund II.

info@treif.ca | 403.290.0178 www.triumphref.com


Milena Radakovic

Company: Nexus Exhibits Ltd.

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exus’ core values have always been customer service, customer service and most importantly – customer service. At Nexus Exhibits, the customer’s needs have always come first and this – combined with their creativity and passion for results – has helped form an amazing reputation and created some truly breathtaking displays. Milena Radakovic is at the head of this company and with her passion for business, trade shows and visual marketing, Nexus Exhibits has grown and flourished. “My parents not only inspired me but drove me to find my own success in life. In 1979, my parents left Russia, because they wanted to offer me a better life. So they left their family, the life that they knew and everything they had to come to Canada. With literally the clothes on their back, they took a risk and persevered, and this is where I learned the importance of taking risks to follow your dreams.” ~ Milena Radakovic, President

Company snapshot

39 15 Years in Business

Total Employees

Marketing & Advertising Industry Sector

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Linda Robinson

Company: Pacific Wine & Spirits Inc.

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acific Wine & Spirits has been an industry-leading distributor since its conception in 1973. Linda Robinson has found a dedicated and knowledgeable sales and administrative team to operate various locations in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Yukon and Northwest Territories. Pacific dedicates all of their success to their top-tier suppliers and their continuous traditions that bring Pacific some old-school charm. “After taking over as president in May 2005, I decided Pacific Wine & Spirits would remain independent. It has allowed us to represent an unequalled portfolio of global and enduring family-owned and operated brands. In the current world of mergers and acquisitions, I am inspired by our like-minded houses with their history, determination and tenacity. It makes you want to get up in the morning to tell their stories again and again.� ~ Linda Robinson, President

Company snapshot

45 26 Years in Business

Total Employees

Consumer Products Industry Sector

Platinum Partner

Gold Partners

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Dr. Greg Uchacz

Company: ProActive Health Group

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r. Greg Uchacz founded ProActive Health Group in 2006 based on his strong values of professionalism, excellence and unimpeachable integrity. Through 25 years of experience, Dr. Uchacz has become a passionate and confident leader in health care and high-performance sport. Over the course of 12 years, he has created a destination location for active Calgarians and a culture that sports specialists strive to emulate. “Throughout my life, I’ve always had a passion to learn new things and enjoyed the challenge that this brings. Most of this challenge is gaining the knowledge and clarity needed to make the path crystal clear. A statement that has always resonated with me is that ‘there is incredible knowledge and advice everywhere – you just need to hear it!’ I try to live my life respecting that statement.” ~ Dr. Greg Uchacz, Owner & Director

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12 16 Years in Business

Total Employees

Health Care Industry Sector

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Sam Corea

Company: Sam Corea, Re/Max House of Real Estate

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am Corea has always been a strong leader in Calgary’s residential real estate market since he began his career in 1990. Corea has surrounded himself with a highly-capable team who has helped maintain his No. 1 spot as Re/Max’s top realtor for over eight years. With over 20 years of experience working with Re/Max, he has created an amazing reputation of professional excellence and quality expertise. “The art of the deal and the power of marketing thrill me. I am motivated to get my clients the positive results they seek because I know it makes a difference in their lives. Their confidence and trust in me is utterly inspiring.” ~ Sam Corea, Team Leader & Realtor

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18 7 Years in Business

Total Employees

Real Estate Industry Sector

Platinum Partner

Gold Partners

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YES! It is an honour to accept the Business in Calgary Leaders Award. The Sam Corea Real Estate Team is thrilled to be included among Calgary’s business elite.

Our success is due to the trust, confidence, loyalty and friendship of our clients. We are overwhelmed with gratitude.

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Desirée Bombenon

Company: SureCall Contact Centers

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s one of the “Top 40 Under 40,” Desirée Bombenon has shown she is more than capable of running an extremely successful business. Over the past 25 years, she has steadily built her business experience including ventures into import, distribution and consulting before becoming president and CEO of SureCall Contact Centers. SureCall helps to connect companies with their customers through top-quality call services using expert staff and technologies. “I found that every challenge during my years in business helped define who I was as a leader. These crucibles are really hidden learnings, and each time we persevere, we inch closer to becoming our best selves. I try to mentor my team to embrace the uncomfortable; as a leader, my job is to develop more good leaders, and that’s meaningful to me.” ~ Desirée Bombenon, CEO

Company snapshot

5 104

Years in Business

Total Employees

BPO Call Center Industry Sector

Platinum Partner

Gold Partners

Official Airline Partner

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SureCall’s North Star ‘Doing Good with Every Call’

SureCall’s GoodCall program donates a percentage of revenues to charities and organizations helping children and educating females around the world.

“Our success is tied directly to the passion and commitment our team has. I am honoured to be a recipient of the Business in Calgary 2018 Leaders Award, it’s my tribe’s support here at SureCall, that makes the magic happen.” ~ Desiree Bombenon, CEO

Phone: 403-291-5400 www.surecallcc.com


Graham Sherman

Company: Tool Shed Brewing Company

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ool Shed Brewing was founded by Jeff Orr and Graham Sherman in 2012, after the duo met while working on IT and satellite communication projects. Both had a passion for home brewing and a strong entrepreneurial spirit. Craft beer is Sherman’s passion and he has managed to create an amazing company out of his backyard tool shed – hence, Tool Shed Brewing. “It’s incredible how quickly our business became much bigger and way more important than us. Building something that now supports 40 amazing employees, promotes our province’s world-class barley farmers and has helped to create economic development for our province through agriculture is something that puts an enormous and perpetual smile on my face.” ~ Graham Sherman, Co-Founder

Company snapshot

6 40

Years in Business

Total Employees

Consumer Products Industry Sector

Platinum Partner

Gold Partners

Official Airline Partner

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THINK BIGGER

Our wide range of products help clients stand out in a crowded marketplace. With our expertise and wide format printing equipment, Run Digital successfully manages projects from one-off creations to mass production with nationwide distribution. We offer creative solutions in the large format print market including: • Banners and Banner Stands • Wall Murals • Media Walls • Point of Purchase • Decal Printing • Vehicle Wraps • Wayfinding • Reception Signage • Nameplates • Glazing Film • Outdoor Signage • Construction Signage • Hoarding • Lawn Signs RUNDIGITAL.CA | SIGNWORLD.CA • 403.291.9786 • INFO@RUNDIGITAL.CA


Tom Chisholm Company: Trico Homes

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ver the past 26 years that Trico Homes has been in business, it has built up a reputation as one of Calgary’s top residential builders. With a strong history of integrity and community support, Trico Homes has managed to take part in over 8,000 single- and multi-family home projects. Tom Chisholm started as president at Trico Homes almost five years ago and since then the company has continued to grow and flourish under his leadership. “I have always been inspired by my father’s lessons of honesty, faith and family values. Coming from a large family contributed to my thoughts on the similarities between the dynamics of both a business and the family. The importance of communication, trust and respect in the office is the same for me as it was around the dinner table. This philosophy has certainly been a large factor in my success and in that of Trico Homes.” ~ Tom Chisholm, President

Company snapshot

26 129 Years in Business

Total Employees

Construction Industry Sector

Platinum Partner

Gold Partners

Official Airline Partner

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We Continue To Evolve. And That Will Never Change. The Heart of Homebuilding® We know there’s more to success than revenue growth. We invest in our people and have developed an ownership-thinking culture that continually embraces change. We’ll never stop planning for continued success. Because when we win, our customers win.

2004 - 2018

Trico is proud to have been named one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies every single year since 2004, making us a coveted Platinum member.


Brad Field - BRC Group (Big Rig Collision) | 2008 Leaders Alumni

BIGGER IS BETTER WHEN IT COMES TO BRC GROUP

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verything about BRC Group (Big Rig Collision) is exactly that: big. From the size of the vehicles it services to its impressive facilities to its dedication to customer satisfaction, BRC has delivered consistently for more than 40 years. Brad Field has grown the company by 10 times over the past 25 years, earning it a reputation for excellence in the industry. Since Field was featured in 2008, he has established BRC as the international benchmark when it comes to collision repair and refurbishment of vehicles bigger than one tonne – public transportation vehicles, motorhomes, oilfield equipment, tour buses and highway tractors. Companies from all over Canada and the United States ship their units to BRC knowing the job will be done right. “It’s a fairly niche market,” says owner and president Brad Field. “We do mechanical, collision repair, fire restoration, electronics repair, frame repair – it’s endless. There isn’t anything we don’t do.” Everything BRC does comes with a lifetime warranty, which is unheard of in the industry. Field has the best people in the business working for him and he stands behind their craftsmanship and expertise. Customers know they are getting the best when they hire BRC and are confident the job will be done quickly to get the vehicle back on the road. “Most of the equipment we work on is revenue producing so downtime is a direct impact to the owner’s cash flow and supply chain management. The quicker we can turn the product around and get it back to our customers the better,” he says. To help get vehicles up and running faster, BRC opened a second location in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2010. While large projects are still done out of the Calgary facility, the U.S. branch allows BRC to better serve American customers with their smaller jobs. The company also moved into a new 55,000-square-foot facility in Calgary last fall. It is both functional and stylish, promoting clean workspaces, warm meeting areas and a comfortable atmosphere for clients and staff. It’s another example of how Brad Field is doing things differently in the industry and why his company is a leader within it. Field is dedicated to both the industry and the community. He sits on various volunteer boards and is an active member of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce working to expand

Brad Field

the type and size of the businesses that are part of the membership. Further, he volunteers as a mentor to young CEOs in support of a program run by the Chamber. “There is value for all companies to be a part of the Chamber of Commerce. I want to ensure that the full range of Calgary businesses are part of the conversation. Small to mediumsize enterprises are the foundation of Calgary’s economy.” Brad Field of BRC Group is a leader in the shop, the boardroom and the community as an Alumni Leader.

6061 90th Ave SE Ph: (403) 243-7400 Toll Free: (888) 848-8686 www.bigrigcollision.com


Kim Caron - Executive Mat | 2017 Leaders Alumni

Executive Mat & Eco-Growth Environmental working together to deliver significant GHG emission reduction technology. by Rennay Craats

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ince 1996, Executive Mat has provided quality rental floor mat products and superior service to Canadian businesses. Owner Kim Caron is as much an environmentalist as he is an innovator, and he has created technologies to help him better serve his clients and the environment. Eco-Growth was a product of that dedication and led Caron to revolutionize how he does business. “There is a synergistic partnership between Executive Mat and Eco-Growth, and it created the Green Thumb Initiative,” Kim Caron says. The initiative started as a way to keep paper hand towels and cups out of the landfill. Caron engaged clients to buy his paper consumables and when Executive Mat arrived to replace the client’s mats, they would pick up the used paper products at the same time. These products were then processed into biofuel briquettes at the plant and fed into a gasification boiler. Those briquettes were used to heat the facility’s water. “This concept of taking back the waste is revolutionary. No one else has thought to do that,” he says. Caron’s quest for a zero-waste workplace made him look at additional ways to reduce the company’s carbon footprint. He developed a technology that greatly reduced the time it takes to wash and dry mats. The system uses 1/20th of the water other systems use and allows operators to simply feed the mat onto a conveyor belt, where it is automatically

washed, sanitized, dried and rolled ready for distribution, all in less than two minutes. “The new technology provides excellent cleaning action,” he says. “The patented technology is able to reduce time required to dry the industrial matting from 30 minutes to just six seconds.” The quick-dry technology is being applied to EcoGrowth food-waste recycling systems as well. Eco-Growth has developed its organic reactors to processes raw organic waste on site and at clients’ workplaces, and the end result is a solid biofuel that can be used to run the boiler. “Adopting the revolutionary drying technology developed by Executive Mat into our line of organic reactors will allow us to dramatically increase the throughput of our organic reactor technology,” says Scott Kerr, Eco-Growth president. The increased throughput will also allow EcoGrowth to convert food waste and sewage sludge waste to thermal energy for small- to medium-sized communities. With the government’s carbon tax, this is critical. Replacing natural gas with one tonne of biomass material produces up to 8.5 tonnes of CO2 offset, and this initiative will help Alberta and Canada achieve GHG reduction targets set by the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement. Kim Caron and Executive Mat/Eco-Growth will continue to find ways of turning waste into energy to better serve clients and the environment.

1 – tonne of repurposed waste reduces GHG emissions by 8.5 tonnes

Executive Mat 403-720-5905 • Eco-Growth 403-932-2823 www.executivemat.com/eco-growth • Eco-Growth.com


Robert Heaton - Cambrian Pharmacy | 2017 Leaders Alumni

Much More

Than Just Prescriptions by Rennay Craats

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ince opening its doors in 1959, Cambrian Pharmacy has provided Calgarians with a fresh, unique approach to health care. This independent pharmacy offers customized options for patients by looking at the entire individual not just at a prescription to fill. Complementing the pharmacists are herbalists, naturopathic doctors and nutritionists, all of whom are on hand to assist in determining the best course of action for patients. As well, staff specialists have expertise in a variety of areas including diabetes, skincare, support-stocking fitting, injections and personalized medications to better serve customers. “We want to keep ahead of the curve. We work to understand and listen to what the customers or marketplace want and try to fulfil those needs,” says Robert Heaton, pharmacist and owner of Cambrian Pharmacy. This business leader has been fulfilling patient needs since taking over the pharmacy in the 1990s. Since then, Cambrian Pharmacy has become an industry leader by merging traditional pharmacy services with the more holistic and personalized services of the other health-care practitioners on staff. Cambrian is one of the largest suppliers of homeopathic and supplement products in Calgary, giving customers attractive non-traditional options. The staff herbalists and naturopaths can consult with customers to advise on appropriate herbal products for a specific issue while a vast selection of supplements, both retail and professional brands, are also available. The pharmacy is one of the few in the city that has a compounding lab where staff specialists can further personalize medications by creating unique blends or dosage forms for customers. This allows them to cater to customers who aren’t served by commercial products due to allergies, sensitivities or availability. In addition, Cambrian has an impressive selection of unique skincare products, many of which are uncommonly found outside of spas such as Jane Iredale. It has a great selection of personal-grooming care for males as well.

Robert Heaton, pharmacist and owner of Cambrian Pharmacy. Photo by Ewan Photo Video.

“We have it all in one location with the experts to service it,” he says. “We have the people here who have the passion and understanding of what they’re selling.” Whether patients are looking for traditional products, organic skincare lines, medical foods that can help manage health conditions, aromatherapy options, or herbal, supplement and homeopathic remedies, Cambrian Pharmacy has everything patients require for their health needs. For decades, Alumni Business Leader Robert Heaton has proudly gone above and beyond for Calgary customers with his unique approach to health and wellness. “There are more people trying to emulate our model but we seem to be leading the way,” he says. He plans to continually be innovated, going forward. Most of all, Rob is always aware of the great team behind him, which makes his company so successful.

#9, 728 Northmount Dr. NW | Phone: 403.289.9181 www.cambrianpharmacy.com


40LEADERSHIP TH ANNIVERSARY OF HOMES BY AVI Charron Ungar - Homes by Avi Group of Companies | 2016 Leaders Alumni

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PASSES TO CHARRON UNGAR

he Homes by Avi Group of Companies – parent company of Homes by Avi (Canada), Avi Homes (Texas) and Avi Urban – recently announced the appointment of a new CEO. Charron Ungar, who has served as president of Avi Urban, the multi-family division, succeeds Monte Kendall as residing CEO. Since 1978, Homes by Avi has been building award-winning houses through the pursuit to design, build, sell and hold real estate that creates dream communities while sustaining growth. “Homes by Avi has grown exponentially since Avi built his first home in 1978. We have expanded our reach into three distinct markets offering a broad range of housing product and adding value to all the communities we help to build,” notes Ungar. “As we look forward, there are significant opportunities for Homes by Avi that will capitalize on our expertise in design innovation built upon the solid foundation over 40 years of experience has taught us.” The selection of Ungar was a natural one. Formally joining the family company in 1997 as an estimator, he quickly established the company’s product development department and participated in the company’s expansion into Edmonton and Austin, Texas. In 2000, he launched Homes by Avi’s multi-family division, Avi Urban, which has since grown to become one of the most respected multi-family developers in Alberta. To date, Avi Urban has completed 21 successful developments and has eight current communities in production. Avi Urban’s broad range of projects includes live/work infill developments, street-oriented row housing and large-scale, multi-phase town-home and apartment developments. Planning has also begun for the company’s first concrete residential highrise situated in Calgary’s beltline neighbourhood with an expected launch in 2019.

40

Years in Business

Charron Ungar. Photo by Ewan Photo Video.

Personally, Ungar holds social responsibility close to his heart and volunteers much of his time to local organizations, including over 10 years of participation on the board of the Better Business Bureau – Southern Alberta and East Kootenay. He also leads the company initiative on production of a 26-unit homeless shelter for the RESOLVE Campaign to end homelessness in Calgary.

300 employees

Real Estate Industry Sector

245 FORGE RD SE, CALGARY, AB T2H 0S9 | (403) 536-7000 | WWW.HOMESBYAVI.COM


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