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Axis Connects’ Marnie Smith wryly observed “We hosted our inaugural awards in 2020 and then we went home for two years.” That 1,200 guests attended the 2022 Calgary Influential Women in Business Awards on April 27 at the Telus Convention Centre shows we came back – big time.

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Hosted by Axis Connects, Calgary Influential Women in Business honoured six outstanding individuals for their contributions to the business community. A 30-person selection committee, including prominent leaders such as Rona Ambrose, Elizabeth Cannon, Deborah Yedlin and Curtis Stange, chose the five women and one man as award recipients.

Kudos and salutations to the following honourees: Dawn Farrell, independent director and chancellor at Mount Royal University and recently retired CEO and president of TransAlta Corporation, who was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award; Large Enterprise Award recipient was ENMAX Power president Jana Mosley; Small/Medium Enterprise Award recipient was Eleanor Chiu, chief financial officer with The Trico Group/Trico Homes; Professional Services Award recipient was Cheryl Sandercock, managing director and co-head of energy A&D advisory for BMO Capital Markets; Social Enterprise Award honouree Kim Ruse, CEO of Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter; and Jim Dewald, dean and professor in Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary, who was the recipient of the Male Champion Award.

Others among the guests in attendance included: Axis Connects board chair Heather Culbert with colleagues Marnie Smith, Jenna Kaye, Katie Smith-Parent, Brenna Hardy and Amber Griffith; Mayor Jyoti Gondek; Jim Davidson, co-founder of FirstEnergy Capital and board director with ATB and Topaz Energy, (recipient of the 2021 Male Champion Award) with his wife Anne Davidson; philanthropist Ron Mathison; Postmedia’s Lorne Motley and Dean Jager; proud husband of award recipient Eleanor Chiu, Wayne Chiu, founder and CEO of the Trico Group, who will be honoured with a 2022 Distinguished Business Leader Award on June 23; Gentle Lion founder and director Lana Rogers; and others pictured.

Pictured, from left, at the Calgary Influential Women in Business Awards 2022 are Axis Connects’ audit chair Marnie Smith, board chair Heather Culbert, governance chair Jenna Kaye and director Katie Smith-Parent. Axis hosted the prestigious, black-tie gala. Photos, Bill Brooks
Pictured, from left, at the Calgary Influential Women in Business Awards 2022 are Axis Connects’ audit chair Marnie Smith, board chair Heather Culbert, governance chair Jenna Kaye and director Katie Smith-Parent. Axis hosted the prestigious, black-tie gala. Photos, Bill Brooks jpg

Axis Connects director of operations Brenna Hardy, left, and executive director Amber Griffith at the Calgary Influential Women in Business Awards 2022 held April 27.
Axis Connects director of operations Brenna Hardy, left, and executive director Amber Griffith at the Calgary Influential Women in Business Awards 2022 held April 27. jpg

Mayor Jyoti Gondek with ATB Financial president and CEO Curtis Stange at the Calgary Influential Women in Business Awards 2022.
Mayor Jyoti Gondek with ATB Financial president and CEO Curtis Stange at the Calgary Influential Women in Business Awards 2022. jpg

University of Calgary president emerita Elizabeth Cannon (left) with Calgary Influential Women in Business Awards 2022 honouree Cheryl Sandercock, managing director and co-head A&D Advisory at BMO Capital Markets. Cannon was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award last year.
University of Calgary president emerita Elizabeth Cannon (left) with Calgary Influential Women in Business Awards 2022 honouree Cheryl Sandercock, managing director and co-head A&D Advisory at BMO Capital Markets. Cannon was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award last year. jpg

Jim Davidson, recipient of the CIWB 2021 Male Champion Award, and his wife Anne Davidson were among the more than 1,200 guests at the Calgary Influential Women in Business Awards 2022. Photos, Bill Brooks
Jim Davidson, recipient of the CIWB 2021 Male Champion Award, and his wife Anne Davidson were among the more than 1,200 guests at the Calgary Influential Women in Business Awards 2022. Photos, Bill Brooks jpg

Dawn Farrell (left), independent director and chancellor at Mount Royal University, was honoured with CIWB’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She is pictured with Social Enterprise Award recipient Kim Ruse, CEO of the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter. Six of Calgary’s most inspirational leaders were honoured at the awards on April 27.
Dawn Farrell (left), independent director and chancellor at Mount Royal University, was honoured with CIWB’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She is pictured with Social Enterprise Award recipient Kim Ruse, CEO of the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter. Six of Calgary’s most inspirational leaders were honoured at the awards on April 27. jpg

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