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2019 Leaders Awards

A celebration of Calgary’s finest BY MELANIE DARBYSHIRE

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algary’s economy encompasses many industries. From energy to health care, construction to hospitality, real estate to technology – an ever-expanding number of sectors propel the city forward, providing goods, services and employment to all Calgarians, through good times and bad. Populating these industries are thousands of small, medium and large businesses. And at the head of these businesses are leaders. By whatever name called – president, CEO, founder, boss – these leaders are tasked with a job that includes many things: having a vision, articulating and inspiring a vision, making (sometimes difficult) decisions, assembling a team, listening, collaborating, taking the fall, leading by example, among many other responsibilities. The role is daunting and certainly not for everyone.

The Judges

TREVOR WINKLER

“There is no mould or template that makes someone a leader,” offers returning judge Trevor Winkler, regional managing Partner at MNP. Winkler united with returning judge David Allwright, dean, Chiu School of Business, and new judge Faizel Poonja, managing director, ATB Business & Agriculture, to complete the task of sorting through numerous applications to decide on the final 20 award recipients. Platinum Partner

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Poonja agrees, “The way leaders lead is different. That said, a great leader is ethical, truthful and shows vulnerability. [They are also] great at listening. Great leaders listen to learn. In addition, strong leaders are able to inspire and bring out the best in people. They find a way to execute regardless of circumstance.” The circumstances – in particular, Calgary’s economy – have been difficult for the past few years and, though a challenge to all businesses, have been overcome by this year’s recipients. “The downturn is a challenge for leadership; however, great leadership looks at challenges as opportunity,” Poonja says. “The cream rises to the top in the face of a difficult economy and this creates enormous opportunity for the right leader.”

That is why great leaders – those who go beyond the basic job description and inspire others – are worthy of recognition and praise. Which is precisely the goal of the 2019 Leaders Awards. In its 12th year, the Leaders Awards recognize exceptional Calgary businessmen and women who have led with purpose, integrity and strength, through the most recent economic turmoil (and in some cases, previous downturns as well), to create today’s thriving businesses. While each leader is unique in his or her own story, they all demonstrate the same commitment to and passion for their businesses.

“To be a good leader you truly have to know and understand your team and be able to communicate effectively to your team. A leader also needs to empower and trust their team – support them through the journey – and carry oneself with absolute integrity.”

DAVID ALLWRIGHT

FAIZEL POONJA

“Scalability (both upsizing and downsizing) seems to be key for a lot of businesses these days,” adds Allwright. “Surviving in an economy that can contract significantly overnight means that flexibility is a competitive advantage.” Financial sustainability, whether the applicant has driven change in their industry, and involvement in the industry and larger community were all components driving the judging criteria. “If there is one thing that stood out it would truly be the diversity of businesses in Calgary that you don’t hear too much about given the fact that we are an energy city,” Winkler says. All 20 recipients were honoured at an awards gala held June 26.

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Dr. Hasmukh Patel AgeCare

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r. Hasmukh Patel co-founded AgeCare in 1998 to improve the quality of senior care in Alberta. His vision was a modern, home-like “aging-in-place” care facility that would set new industry standards. To date, AgeCare has designed, built and operates 2,637 senior care and housing beds in three provinces. Since 2008, Hestia Construction, a subsidiary of AgeCare, has designed and developed the projects. “As a family physician, I was struggling with the institutionalized feel of the nursing homes available for my patients. The quality of life experience left me unsettled; it was not what I would want for my own family. I knew there had to be a way to provide quality seniors care in places that did not feel like a hospital. This was what inspired me to build my first seniors care community in Medicine Hat.” ~ Dr. Hasmukh Patel, Co-Founder, President & CEO

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Years in Business

2,400 employees

Health Care Industry Sector Photo by Riverwood Photography.

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Sean McArthur Bow Mark

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s president of Bow Mark, Sean McArthur carries on the work ethic passed down by his father Robert, founder of Bow Mark. Family owned and operated in Okotoks, Bow Mark offers complete general contracting services for large commercial and industrial projects. Driving its success is a commitment to quality, strong corporate culture and support for the community. “Doing the right thing is always the right thing to do.� ~ Sean McArthur, President & Owner

Company snapshot

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Years in Business

110 employees

Roadway Construction & Project Management Industry Sector Photo by Riverwood Photography.

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“We are proud to sponsor the Business in Calgary Leaders Award, it was an honour to be a 2018 recipient; congratulations to the 2019 cohort, and all the nominees on their accomplishments” Desiree Bombenon – CEO

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Con Giannoulis Caesar’s Steak House & SPQR Lounge

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ince opening Caesar’s 47 years ago, Con Giannoulis has seen his family-owned restaurant become a Calgary institution. Featuring exceptionally-prepared Alberta beef and professional service – including table-side presentation and the “Home of the Caesar cocktail” – Caesar’s has thrived through decades by remaining true to its classic foundation. Long before the trends of “eat local” and “open-concept kitchens,” there was Caesar’s. “My defining moment of success was when word quickly spread after we opened in 1972, and Caesar’s was soon jam-packed with businessmen, closing deals over rib-eye steak sandwiches, emperor-size three-ounce martini lunches and dinners fuelled with bottles of red wine. Caesar’s was called “the second Petroleum Club” as a lot of deals were being made here. The saying still goes around in Calgary that if you want a barometer on how the oilpatch is doing, stop by Caesar’s at lunch.” ~ Con Giannoulis, Owner

Company snapshot

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Years in Business

70

employees

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Photo by Riverwood Photography.

Hospitality, Restaurant Industry Sector


Delivering On

Great Taste.

Gus, Congratulations to you, my friend. On behalf of Centennial Foodservice I would like to congratulate you on your Business in Calgary Leaders award for 2019. You epitomize the definition of a leader & a partner, and have created an institution in our city that has passed the test of time. As the third generation of my family to work with you, I am honoured that Centennial has been your partner for 47 years and look forward to working with you and your family in the years to come. BRAD FIELDING CENTENNIAL FOODSERVICE

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Ken King Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation

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s vice chairman and CEO of Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation, Ken King oversees the NHL Calgary Flames, the AHL Stockton Heat, the WHL Calgary Hitmen, the CFL Calgary Stampeders and the NLL Calgary Roughnecks. With the business objective of winning championships, King also works to ensure CSEC positively impacts the community and provides a sense of pride and investment of emotional equity for the city. “Leadership is really serving those you are alleged to be leading.� ~ Ken King, Vice Chairman & CEO

Company snapshot

40

Years in Business

271

1,500 part time employees Media & Entertainment Industry Sector

Photo by Riverwood Photography.

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Monica Kretschmer Canadian Business Chicks, Women of Inspiration Awards

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ince launching Canadian Business Chicks in May 2014, Monica Kretschmer has broken traditional barriers and silos by embracing collaboration and diversity. In five years, she has built a recognized brand across Canada and spearheaded partnerships with government agencies, non-profits, venture capitalists and women’s organizations. In 2015, she launched the Women of Inspiration Awards to recognize women across Canada who lead by example. “I believe that you are not defined by your story; you are empowered by it. Success happens when you’re working hard doing what you love. Leaders are the crazy ones with a vision fuelled by a bigger purpose, who embrace vulnerability, raise those around them, and have the courage to take the road less travelled. Serving others and making a difference is the tonic that inspires me to keep dreaming big!” ~ Monica Kretschmer, Founder & CEO

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3

employees

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Entrepreneurial Industry Sector


   

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Darcy Hulston Canoe Financial

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founder of Canoe Financial, Darcy Hulston’s leadership has seen the Calgary-based asset management company become one of Canada’s fastest-growing independent mutual fund companies. Guided by three foundational pillars – outstanding asset management talent, outstanding wholesale talent and a demonstration of stability through brand – he has overcome industry headwinds and continued to create wealth and employment for Canadians. “My father had a successful mixed farm and took a visit from our local bank, who were attempting to convince him to take on debt to expand his farm. They said my father qualified to finance and purchase new farm equipment at 15.75 per cent. My father turned down the offer and indicated ‘his used equipment did the job just fine.’ I can’t even begin to describe the number of lessons I took from this one moment.” ~ Darcy Hulston, President & CEO

Company snapshot

8

Years in Business

74

employees Asset Management Industry Sector Photo by Riverwood Photography.

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Ryan Engel Crestview Group

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fter assuming leadership of Crestview Electric in 2017 following the passing of his father, Tim, Ryan Engel diversified the company’s services, redefining the electrical industry. He launched the CVE Solar division and the Crestview Building Technologies (CBT) division, creating the Crestview Group. CVE Solar is a leader in PV installation and has collaborated on a new solar wind turbine, while CBT focuses on intelligent building solutions. “When I reflect back to what has inspired me over the last 23 years, I only have to look as far as my team. When I see everyone working hard and going the extra mile to accomplish a task, it’s what truly makes me wake up every morning and say, ‘let’s do this!’” ~ Ryan Engel, President

Company snapshot

31

Years in Business

200 employees

Technology, Telecommunications, Electrical, Solar Industry Sector Photo by Riverwood Photography.

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“When you have the right team in place everybody wins! Thank you for the continued support as we grow.� - Ryan Engel


Vince Fung Debian Information Technology Inc.

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hen Debian Information Technology Inc. faced a difficult market in 2015, founder and CEO Vince Fung had a choice to make: cut costs or double down and invest. His choice to invest has propelled the IT services and cybersecurity solutions provider into a growth phase of over 40 per cent year-over-year, nearly tripling in size the past three years. “Very early on, I realized that entrepreneurship can be a lonely journey. I was fortunate enough to have met amazing people who helped me along the way, guided me in making good decisions, kept me pushing forward and picked me up when I fell down. Today, I am surrounded by an incredible team, family, clients, partners, mentors, and coaches who have all helped our organization grow and thrive in these challenging economic times.� ~ Vince Fung, Managing Director & CEO

Company snapshot

23

Years in Business

35

employees Professional, Scientific, Technical Services Industry Sector Photo by Riverwood Photography.

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James Boettcher Fiasco Gelato

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ince acquiring Fiasco Gelato in 2009, James Boettcher has bootstrapped his company through two fires, each of which almost put him out of business, to see it bounce back stronger each time. The mission of ‘Enriching People’s Lives’ has led Fiasco to become the first and only Canadian ice-cream company certified as a B Corp (using business as a force of good). It is available in 2,000plus grocery stores across Canada. “The defining moment for me was realizing that business isn’t about business. Business is about people. The people you employ, their families, their communities and all the people who touch your brand. I feel honoured and privileged to get to come to work every day to serve those people.” ~ James Boettcher, Chief Idea Officer, Custodian of Culture & CEO

Company snapshot

10

Years in Business

60

employees Manufacturing Industry Sector Photo by Riverwood Photography.

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Dr. Alan Ulsifer FYidoctors

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r. Alan Ulsifer sees adversity as opportunity. It is something that has led the chairman and CEO of FYidoctors to great success: acquiring independent clinics and integrating them both culturally and operationally, scaling infrastructure, building Canada’s most modern lens manufacturing facility and merging a Quebec business. Today, FYidoctors owns and operates over 240 clinics across Canada. “Creating something of value will always be a personal test. You will have successes that make you feel like you can succeed anywhere, and failures that make you question your own worthiness. These failures can cause people to stop taking risks, or make them more resolute to pick themselves up and continue forward with their dream despite the potential agony in defeat. These are the stories of entrepreneurs that have truly inspired me.” ~ Dr. Alan Ulsifer, Chairman & CEO

Company snapshot

11

Years in Business

2,500 employees

Health Care, Retail Industry Sector Photo by Riverwood Photography.

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Grant Beck Graham Group

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mbodying the “prairie culture” of hard work, perseverance and deep-rooted values, Grant Beck ascended to the top in every position he held – from labourer to president and CEO of Graham Group, a multibillion-dollarper-year construction company. A professional engineer by trade, Beck led Graham’s four business divisions – buildings, industrial, infrastructure, and development and real estate – in 15 locations across Canada and the United States. “After almost 30 years working at Graham, and 45 years in the fast-paced and exciting construction industry, I’d have to admit I don’t have a single defining moment, but rather a collection of many challenges and opportunities that concluded with the incredible privilege of leading Graham and our extraordinary employees.” ~ Grant Beck, President & CEO

Company snapshot

93

Years in Business

1,600+ employees

Real Estate Industry Sector

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Photo by Riverwood Photography.

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Ryan Bessant Heavy Industries

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natural leader, Ryan Bessant never stops asking why. It is through his tireless pursuit of finding a better way to do things that he has driven Heavy Industries to success over the past 16 years. Today, his company plans, builds and installs iconic art and unique architecture, and is firmly planted at the forefront of an industry at the intersection of art, architecture and construction. “I’m a creative builder at heart – from LEGO® at age four, dad’s workshop at age eight, to designing and drafting in my teens. These experiences put the building blocks in place for me to co-found Heavy Industries and help build it into the company that it is today. I am inspired by the amazingly talented and unique people that I’ve been fortunate enough to rub shoulders with – from world-class artists, architects and developers to young emerging creatives and of course my team at Heavy Industries. It’s an unbelievable opportunity to wake up every day and plan-build world-class art and architecture.” ~ Ryan Bessant, President

Company snapshot

16

Years in Business

66

employees

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Photo by Riverwood Photography.

Public Art, Architecture Industry Sector


Glenn Burgess & Shelly Burgess Matrix Video Communications Corp.

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lenn and Shelly Burgess founded Matrix Video Communications in 1994 with an equipment sales focus but, in the face of market changes, quickly transitioned it to a highlytechnical services group with advanced technical personnel. Today, Matrix is a leading audiovisual (AV) systems integrator that operates across Canada, providing a wide range of tools and expertise in consultation, design, supply, integration and installation of custom AV systems. “The success of Matrix Video Communications is derived by the complementary skills that my wife and I bring as co-managers. I’m more the big-picture person – a strategic thinker; while Shelly is more analytical – a numbers person. Our complementary personalities have guided us into our 25th year as a company.” ~ Glenn Burgess, President

Company snapshot

25

Years in Business

80

employees Technology Industry Sector Photo by Riverwood Photography.

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James David McManes McManes Automotive Group

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ames David McManes started McManes Automotive Group with the purchase of Eastside Dodge Chrysler in 1987. Today, the organization owns and operates 18 automobile dealerships in Western Canada, eight of which are in Calgary, selling approximately 25,000 cars per year with revenue of over $1 billion. An organizational culture based on winning, caring and learning has ensured the best and brightest join – and stay – with the team. “My business philosophy of ‘Share the Wealth’ is the most important factor that has led to my success. My business model of equity partners has allowed me to attract and retain top-performing people. Our internal culture of winning, caring and learning serves both our employees and customers well.” ~ James David McManes, President

Company snapshot

32

Years in Business

1,300+ employees

Automotive Industry Sector Photo by Riverwood Photography.

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Kevin Read Nomodic Modular Structures Inc.

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s CEO and founder of Nomodic Modular Structures Inc., Kevin Read believes in building without boundaries and always leaving things better than he found them. His company is the industry leader in design-build projects, and one of the most complete and trusted providers of custom hybrid and off-site building solutions, specifically for First Nations infrastructure, hotels and affordable housing. “My mom and dad are two of my greatest inspirations. I was quite motivated even as a young kid and they made sure to balance this enthusiasm by providing a foundation of honesty, respect and hard work. They taught me the importance of being a good person. Ensuring they are proud of me for the impact I have on people’s lives is paramount.” ~ Kevin Read, CEO

Company snapshot

7

Years in Business

82

employees Construction Industry Sector Photo by Riverwood Photography.

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Chris Burylo Pinnacle Accounting & Finance

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ntrepreneurial by nature, Chris Burylo has a long history of rigorous business experimentation. His latest venture – Pinnacle Equities – started in his apartment and today operates as a full-service corporate advisory boutique, specializing in tax and accounting, corporate finance and business consulting for small and medium-sized business. Under Burylo’s leadership, the company has enjoyed a staff retention rate of 100 per cent. “Success cannot be distilled to one single defining moment. Rather, it is achieved through the compound power of continuous learning, relationship building and operational systems design. Like compounding an investment in your savings account, the culmination of your life’s work can have a profound impact on the community.” ~ Chris Burylo, Managing Partner

Company snapshot

10

Years in Business

15

employees Accounting and Financing Industry Sector Photo by Riverwood Photography.

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Lara Murphy & Karen Ryan Ryan Murphy Construction Inc.

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ara Murphy and Karen Ryan met on a construction job site. Shared frustrations with the construction industry led to the birth of their company, Ryan Murphy Construction Inc., in 2008. Their hands-on presence and team-based approach at the multi-skilled general contracting firm – which provides a wide range of consulting, renovation, management and maintenance services – has allowed the company to thrive. “I am inspired by those around me to forge my own path; it doesn’t matter how slow you go as long as you don’t stop.” ~ Karen Ryan, Founder “Each experience (especially the hard knocks) has built resilience and encouraged me to infuse my life with action.” ~ Lara Murphy, Founder

Company snapshot

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Years in Business

9

employees Real Estate, Construction Industry Sector

Photo by Riverwood Photography.

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Danny Ritchie Ultimate Homes & Renovations

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self-proclaimed workaholic, Danny Ritchie has immense knowledge in every aspect of his luxury renovations and custom homes business, Ultimate Homes & Renovations. His 40 years of experience in both running the company and working in the field equip him with the knowhow to come up with creative solutions for any job, while his goal is always to ensure the customer receives the best solution. “In September of 1991 there was a devastating hailstorm in Calgary that brought us here for extensive exterior work. This led to our first addition above a garage which is still standing. From there we went from additions to renovations, and from renovations to custom homes. And we’re still growing!” ~ Danny Ritchie, President & Co-Owner

Company snapshot

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Years in Business

30

employees Building, Renovation Industry Sector Photo by Riverwood Photography.

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Bill McKenzie Wild Rose Brewery

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ill McKenzie has led Wild Rose Brewery – purchased by Sleeman in May – since 2012, through an explosion of the craft beer competitive landscape and a recession, only to see increased revenue, profits and market share. Leading a team made up of the best in the industry, McKenzie employs a hybrid business model of big beer business acumen with small beer entrepreneurial spirit. The result is world-class beer. “Over the years, I have been very fortunate to have many supporters and mentors. The Molson team in Sudbury, Ontario where I got my start, the teams I was able to lead at Molson, Diageo, Big Rock and Wild Rose always inspired me to do the best I can. As much as I am grateful to all of those who have helped me along the way, if I didn’t have such a supportive wife I would not have been able to chase my career as I did. Maggie made many career sacrifices so I could chase mine and I can’t think of anyone who has more influence towards my career.” ~ Bill McKenzie, President & CEO

Company snapshot

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Years in Business

63

employees

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Kyle McLaughlin Friedman Zoom Painting

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yle McLaughlin Friedman started Zoom Painting as a typical painting company but by thinking bigger, soon saw an opportunity to focus on one specific market: new residential highrise towers. That focus has paid off, and his company is now Canada’s fastest-growing painting company, operating in Alberta, B.C. and Ontario. His title – chief executive officer – suits him perfectly. “My mother always told me, do what you love, and the money will follow, but success did not come overnight just by doing what I loved. My greatest success came from convincing a handful of people that we could do what we love, and they too could find purpose in doing so. In hindsight, I am not sure if money was the right word; I now feel that purpose is the most powerful currency.” ~ Kyle McLaughlin Friedman, Chief Executive Officer

Company snapshot

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Years in Business

27

employees Painting, Manufacturing Industry Sector Photo by Riverwood Photography.

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Legacy

LEADERSHIP AWARD

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erry Wood, CM, is a man in motion. The founder and president of Wood Automotive Group is always looking for the next new opportunity, especially when it comes to automobiles. “My father James, who owned a Ford dealership in our native Scotland, told me, ‘dare to be different and don’t be afraid to take a chance,’” says Wood, “so when we opened Woodridge Ford in 1983 we were different. We offered longer hours, Saturday service and no appointment oil changes. We were also one of the first dealerships in Canada to make leasing a real option for families and that really took off.” Today, Wood Automotive Group employs almost 600 people and includes Woodridge Ford Lincoln, Advantage Ford, Okotoks Ford Lincoln, Village Honda, Big 4 Motors (Chrysler/Jeep/Ram), pre-owned specialty stores Driverz Auto and Cavalcade Auto Acceptance, and All Makes Collison, one of the city’s busiest auto-body repair shops. Wood doesn’t take success for granted and sees big changes ahead. “Technology is revolutionizing our industry,” says Wood. “Now more than ever it’s critical to stay ahead of the curve and that’s what we’re striving to do. Today, you can buy a car online, pay for it through electronic transfer and have it delivered right to your door. That wasn’t even a consideration just a few years ago.” The Wood family, wife Elaine and children Rory, Megan and Cailean, all work in the family business and all share Gerry’s commitment to the community. “My dad told me you have to give to get and to make the world a better place and that’s what we’ve tried to do,” says Wood. The family supports the Woodridge PREP Centre and the PREP Program, a school for individuals with Down syndrome. “Our daughter Megan attended PREP and we’ve learned so much from her. Ultimately, she’s our teacher,” says Wood. They also support dozens of local charities including a $1-million donation to the Salvation Army for an urgently-needed family resource centre in Forest Lawn, STARS, KidSport and numerous other organizations. “We’re really proud to be part of the Shaw Charity Classic for the past five years. You’d think with all that, I’d be a much better golfer,” he jokes.


“IF YOUR ACTIONS INSPIRE OTHERS TO DREAM MORE, LEARN MORE, DO MORE, YOU ARE A LEADER” – John Quincy Adams

LEADERSHIP HAS A LASTING LEGACY. Building community is something we love to do. As a support partner for Business in Calgary Leaders Awards, West Campus Development Trust would like to congratulate Gerry Wood as the first-ever recipient of the Legacy Leadership Award. As someone who has demonstrated a sustained impact on the fabric of our city through outstanding leadership and stewardship in community building we are proud to recognize and honour his ongoing contributions.

GERRY WOOD Dealer Principal and Founder of Wood Automotive Group

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LEADERS ALUMNI “THEN AND NOW”

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leven years after celebrating the first Leaders Awards, our Leaders Alumni continue to play a vital role in making Calgary’s business community an outstanding place to work and have fun. Their business ethics and contributions to the community are as strong today as they were in the year they won the award. Successful Leaders always look for opportunity to challenge the process and go beyond normal thinking; they look for ways to improve their organization through innovation and forward thinking. In the process, they find opportunities to serve their industry, moving it forward to create a stronger community for all Calgarians. Business in Calgary magazine is proud of our Alumni Leaders – encompassing 220 members in this exclusive club to date. They are the Leaders in our community and their philanthropic efforts are part of their makeup – giving back to the community is part of who they are. They are growing and in the process are continuously improving contributions to support the many charities and not-forprofit organizations located in every corner of our city. They are – and remain – our Leaders.


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2016

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NANCY KLENSCH A

lumni Leader Nancy Klensch spent a decade striving to change the face of childcare in Calgary by ensuring children and their parents have fulfilling, engaging options. She founded Summit Kids in 2009 and today, with 18 locations across the city as well as in Chestermere and Cochrane, she has certainly succeeded.

By creating an alternative learning environment, Klensch and her team of childcare professionals are helping children make meaningful connections to others and the world around them. While other parents feel guilty about leaving their children in daycare, Summit families are proud they can provide such an amazing experience for their children and know their kids are in great hands. “We’re focused on heart-centric teaching, giving these children confidence, teaching them about love and compassion and having them learn to navigate the world. We’re building a guilt-free environment and a sense of pride that their children get to have these early experiences and build these foundations,” Klensch says. In an effort to strengthen these foundations, Klensch has implemented a pilot daycare location in the Bethany Riverview long-term seniors care facility. Summit and Bethany Care Society both want better for their populations and they realized they could work together to achieve it. The seniors, some of whom suffer from dementia, benefit from the energy and interaction with the children while the kids learn history through the elders’ stories and experiences. It also establishes a sense of community and connection that is valuable for both age groups.

Nancy and co-owner/chief operating officer Tyler Alton have created programs that accommodate children from 12 months to kindergarten age and then up to 12 years old in the out-of-school care program. More than 900 children participate in these programs and are benefiting from the different approach Summit takes to childcare. “Our philosophy is that with childcare, we can do better as a population,” Alton says. “Summit has always provided that experiential learning beyond what is being provided by the school system and what parents have time, money or even knowledge to provide.”

“A lot of our families are from other parts of the world and are here without extended family, and many seniors don’t have family close by either,” says Klensch. “We’re reintroducing community into what has been typically an institutional environment, both in childcare and eldercare. We’re really excited.” The Riverview location opens July 22 and along with the multigenerational programming, it is also accommodating shift workers and helping Calgarians get back to work by operating seven days a week from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m. Nancy Klensch continues to grow Summit Kids into a one-of-a-kind experience for children, their families and the community.

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2018

CARBON CREDIT SOLUTIONS INC. While Carbon Credit Solutions Inc (CCSI) expands globally, the work it is doing here at home is what Ed Alfke, CEO and Alastair Handley, President, are particularly proud of. Today the company is providing planet positive equipment, finance and software solutions to companies that are working to reduce their environmental impact. A great example of this is the work that CCSI is doing with oil and gas companies in Alberta. Government regulations mean that companies need to reduce vented methane emissions by 2023. In order to comply, companies must invest in new equipment that reduces emissions. Ed and Alastair with their team have come up a whole new system to accelerate the deployment of this equipment. “We deliver the equipment and financing that is needed to replace equipment that is venting methane to the atmosphere. We track the associated emission reductions and convert them to carbon credits that we monetize to pay for the program,” says Ed Alfke. “Here’s an opportunity for O&G companies to acquire and install the equipment needed to comply with new regulations for free.” Both Ed and Alastair are passionate about working toward a low-carbon economy and have created a business environmental solution where economics matter. This approach has garnered much attention. Among other accolades, CCSI won the 2018 Alberta Best of Business award at the Alberta Business Awards of Distinction, ranked 140th in North America on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 list and 28th in Canada in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 for its meteoric growth, entrepreneurial spirit and innovation over the past five years. Ed won the 2017 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Prairies Cleantech and Environmental category and both Ed and Alastair were 2018 Leaders Award winners.

“It’s wonderful to be recognized as a business leader in Calgary and we’re here to stand with the energy sector through this transition,” Ed says.

Carbon Credit Solutions Inc 21st floor, 440 2nd Ave SW Calgary, AB, T2P 5E9

Ed Alfke and Alastair Handley

In an energy industry battered by the recession, CCSI is working with the oil and gas sector in Alberta to help them adopt new equipment needed to meet methane reduction requirements. CCSI offers a business opportunity to leverage carbon markets at no operating cost for the oil and gas companies. It’s a win-win, and the results are amazing. Parent company CCSI now has strong companies in its operating group, like TriCore Carbon Solutions and CSG Canada. CSG Canada introduced new cogeneration equipment that reduces energy costs 25 to 40 percent. Tricore has deployed 2,800 solar powered chemical injection pumps making a significant difference both environmentally and economically for its clients. The social trend toward low-carbon economies is here to stay, and Ed Alfke and Alastair Handley with their team at CCSI are excited to present a better paradigm for the oil and gas industry to get on board.

403 912-9132 information@carboncreditsolutions.ca www.carboncreditsolutions.ca


2017

ALLISON GRAFTON DELIVERS DREAMS I n the five years since Allison Grafton was honoured with a Leaders Award, she has shown why she and her team at Rockwood Custom Homes deserved the accolades. The award-winning boutique custom-home construction and renovation company creates bespoke custom homes in the most coveted areas of the city, and is currently constructing the sold-out Residences of King Edward development and embarking on sales for the estate lots in the Lazy H development in Springbank.

“Continuing on the success of our Villas at Aspen Heights project, we are also selling and building more detached villas in Aspen Heights, which are now 95 per cent sold out, as well as several custom homes on estate lots in the same area,” says Allison Grafton, president of Rockwood. “In June, we launched our next large villa project on a distinct historic property in Calgary’s Springbank Hill neighbourhood, the Villas at Abby

Farm. The development is close to several major shopping areas like Aspen Landing and features both southwest exposures and scenic mountain views.”

Rockwood boasts a full complement of integrated construction, architectural and interior design services that come together to create beautiful high-end multihome and single-family residences in Calgary and Kelowna. Through transparency, integrity, value-creation and amazingly creative people, Rockwood builds clients the forever homes of their dreams. “We build homes to stand the test of time, in both quality and design.” And it has not gone unnoticed, with Rockwood receiving several national honours, including Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Culture Award (2017) and a finalist nod for Best Managed Companies (2018). Grafton herself has received several awards, most recently winning the AWE Upsurge Entrepreneur Award (2019) and has no plans on slowing down anytime soon.

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