Avenue Edmonton’s Top 40 Under 40 for 2010

The second annual Top 40 Under 40 list was unveiled tonight at the Art Gallery of Alberta at a very well-attended event. In a city that could use a little more self-congratulation, I think it’s great that Avenue Edmonton is recognizing the efforts of such a diverse and interesting group of Edmontonians:

Each year, Avenue’s Top 40 Under 40 recognizes the individuals in Greater Edmonton who are leading the city through this period of growth and change. Aside from being under 40, there is no common denominator defining them. Their focus may be on hospitality, humanitarianism or health; they are environmentalists and entrepreneurs, educators and entertainers, lawyers and fundraisers and more. Some don’t even have professions — just passions that become successful ventures, and in turn, raise the city’s profile. We recognize them individually because each one succeeds and leads in his or her field, but we celebrate them collectively because together they enrich our city.

You can read all about the Top 40 Under 40 here. There was a little discussion tonight about whether or not the average age of the list had gone up, and it has, but only slightly – from 33.4 in 2009 to 34.6 in 2010.

2010 Edmonton Top 40 Under 40

The lovely Tegan Martin-Drysdale is on the cover of the November issue. Here’s where to find her and the other Top 40 members online (in alphabetical order):

You can follow all the people on Twitter here.

I thought the event tonight ran very smoothly! It was still full of people, but there was more room to move this year. Here are some photos from the evening:

2010 Edmonton Top 40 Under 40
Chris Bolivar, Michael Brechtel, Chris LaBossiere

2010 Edmonton Top 40 Under 40
The crowd gathering to celebrate!

2010 Edmonton Top 40 Under 40
Amanda Woodward receives her award.

2010 Edmonton Top 40 Under 40
Chris LaBossiere with Don, Greg, and Jill.

2010 Edmonton Top 40 Under 40
Dave Cournoyer celebrates with Kyla!

2010 Edmonton Top 40 Under 40

Congratulations to everyone who made the list this year!

You can read my post about last year’s list here. You can see the rest of my photos here.