Top 40 Under 40

Top 40 Under 40 2017 is proudly sponsored by Servus Credit Union, Global Edmonton and CPA.


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This marks the eighth consecutive year that Avenue has honoured the best and brightest young people in this city. You’d think that doing this year after year would drain the talent pool. But this year, we had another exceptional class of applicants, forcing our judges to make some very tough calls.

Really, the fact that each annual list features so many people with new perspectives, ideas and causes is a tribute to how Edmonton incubates those who like to strike out on their own. We are a city of entrepreneurs and people unencumbered by worrying about what others think of us.

This year’s class is another exciting and eclectic mix of business leaders, philanthropists, doctors, scientists, fashionistas, artists and visionaries. They’ve all accomplished great things before they’ve hit their 40th birthdays. We can’t wait to see what they will do next.


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Dr. Justin Balko

He works with Primary Care Networks to provide overall healthcare that extends far beyond just the usual doctor’s visit.

Dr. Iyad Al-Qishawi

He co-owns an Alberta dental group worth $8.5 million (with Top 40 alumnus Alexander Yeh) and brought a successful halal restaurant chain to Alberta in 2016.

Mandy Archibald

She’s a proponent of using art in the health education, particularly for patients managing chronic illnesses.

Raoul Bhatt

For being one of Edmonton’s major high-tech entrepreneurs.

Brook Biggin

He’s helping erase the stigma of HIV while advocating for the wellbeing of gay and bisexual men.

Gabriela Constantinescu

She’s raising awareness of problems suffered by patients after throat and neck surgery.

April Dean

She transformed an under-used artist-run centre into a popular community resource and is an internationally exhibited print artist.

Meghan Dear

She’s empowering consumers by helping them learn where their food comes from.

Jason Ding

He helps fledgling biotechs take off in Alberta.

Cynthia Dovell

As the principal of Avid Architecture, she’s transforming Edmonton with community-centred design, while helping women and minorities enter the male-dominated profession.

Salima Ebrahim

She’s one of the top public-policy thinkers in Canada, and is breaking down barriers.

Dr. Cameron Elliott

He’s using his knowledge to advance the field of neurosurgery in the city.

Mikey Hamm

His documentaries shed light on the lives of people with disabilities.

Lisa Holmes

She’s one of the youngest female mayors in Canada and advocates for all municipalities in Alberta.

Mark Hoosein

He sees social housing as a means of connecting people with their community over the long term, rather than just a temporary fix.

Elaine Hyshka

Her research is propelling changes that positively impact the health of vulnerable populations.

Jacqueline Jacek

She’s spearheading charity campaigns to help children in need.

Miranda Jimmy

She’s heightening the awareness of First Nations people still coming to terms with their horrific experiences in residential schools.

Dr. J. Lauren Johnson

She uses her creativity to help others heal, while focusing on the mental well-being of vulnerable populations.

Shawn Kanungo

He looks at disruption in industry as an opportunity to innovate, and shares his passion with businesses of all kinds.

Kyla Kazeil

She opened her first of four businesses at 27 and takes pride in hiring quality local designers and musicians.
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