PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AWARD Jill Angevine
ill Angevine, managing partner at Palisade Capital Management and a corporate Board Director, has over 25 years’ experience in the investment industry. She is also co-founder of the Women’s Balance Forum to inspire and connect female executives by providing a unique forum for direct engagement with business and community leaders. She notes women in Calgary business is a momentum. “Recent advancements are sector-specific, with significant progress in the legal, advisory and professional services. It’s important that we commit to providing all employees opportunity and access to enable their advancement, including investing in education, so strong candidates--regardless of background---become tomorrow’s leaders. Despite recent Calgary business speedbumps, Angevine is confident. “The challenges---especially in respect to energy---have resulted in significant advancements in efficiencies with innovative approaches constantly enhancing the discovery and extraction of oil and gas.”
“But as Calgarians, we are adaptive with an entrepreneurial spirit.” Angevine is actively involved with a number of not-for-profit organizations. “Everyone contributes to community differently and all efforts are important elements producing the end result. Our city is only as strong as our community and we are so fortunate to have such an engaged business community, actively supporting diverse philanthropy endeavors.”
ENTREPRENEUR AWARD Dr. Breanne Everett
r. Breanne Everett, CEO, president and co-founder of Orpyx™ Medical Technologies as well as a doctor in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Calgary. Seeing the burden caused by diabetic foot complications, she founded Orpyx™ to create meaningful, lifechanging impacts with medical-grade wearable technologies. Everett was awarded the Governor General’s Innovation Award in 2016 and named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada. “Historically, business leadership in Calgary has been very male-dominated. But that is changing,” she says with conviction. “The old guard is a misnomer. I think organizations benefit from embracing diversity of backgrounds, opinions and perspectives at the table. Increasingly, an absence of that diversity is a hindrance to progress--looking at problems in many ways—and innovation, regardless of the leader’s gender. If you are intrepid, tenacious and gritty, it doesn’t matter who you are. Growing levels of diversity in leadership breeds more of the same.
Dr. Breanne Everett
“Community involvement by diverse leaders—which is about visibility and mentorship—opens up vital conversations and enables diversity in leadership. People seem themselves in their leaders and they think ‘this is possible, I can do this.’ It’s contagious,” she emphasizes with positivity.
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