Since his election as Edmonton's 35th Mayor in 2013, Mayor Iveson has led Edmonton's transformation into a more uplifting, resilient, and globally competitive city. Alongside his remarkable partner Sarah Chan, they both serve our community while raising two young children, working to make things better for all our kids and grandkids. Harnessing a new confidence among Edmontonians, he is focused on the priorities of growing an opportunity economy, building a more family-friendly city, accelerating our leadership on energy and climate, and planning for a million people - all while strengthening integrity and performance at City Hall.
Iveson studied Political Science at the University of Alberta, then served as president of Canadian University Press in Toronto. He returned home to a city that appeared to be exporting young, smart leaders, thinkers, creators, and entrepreneurs faster than it could attract them. As a proud Edmontonian, the challenge of attracting and retaining more people inspired Iveson to run for City Council in 2007. One of his key performance indicators - as both a Councillor and Mayor - is to build the kind of city that, when the time comes, his children will never want to leave.
Tom Redl, Chandos Construction
Tom is CEO of CHANDOS Construction Ltd., since 2001. CHANDOS is a market leader in the provision of value-added construction solutions that has been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, an Alberta Top Employer and a Certified B Corporation. Under Tom’s leadership, CHANDOS has experienced significant growth and positive change. An entrepreneur and strategic visionary, Tom is a highly collaborative leader and this is one reason behind his success at CHANDOS. Internally, his focus is on the continuous improvement of the company’s business model and ensuring that people come first. Externally, he is focused on developing long-term strategic relationships with key business partners. This dual focus serves a single purpose — to ensure value is constantly being created for CHANDOS’s clients.
Craig Ryan, Business Development Bank of Canada
As Director, Social Entrepreneurship, Craig leads BDC’s efforts to support entrepreneurs who are social innovators. His team works to help grow the Canadian movement of certified Beneficial Corporations (B Corps). Craig has more than 20 years of experience in the public, private and civil society sectors. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School, sits on the board of directors of Rise Asset Management and, in recognition for his contribution sustainable development and clean capitalism, is a 2018 Clean16 honoree.
Jackie Foord, City of Edmonton
Jacqueline Foord has spent much of her life pursuing social justice and advocating for the equal application of human rights. Until recently she was the CEO of YWCA Edmonton. She received her Bachelor degree in Political Science from the University of Regina and her MBA from Athabasca University. Jackie has over 25 years of experience in senior leadership positions in the non-profit sector. She served as Chief of Staff for the Official Opposition at the Alberta Legislature and worked in the health care sector as an administrator at St. Joseph’s Auxiliary Hospital. She is currently serving as the Branch Manager, Social Development for the City of Edmonton.
Jackie devotes considerable time to volunteerism. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum and was the inaugural Chair of WAVE. Jackie is the President of the GoodHearts Transplant Foundation and is a Board Member of KidSport Edmonton. In 2013 Jackie was named one of Edmonton’s Top 100 Women in Business and in 2014 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Edmonton Pride Festival Society.
Jen Panteluk, Junior Achievement Of Northern Alberta & NWT
Jen Panteluk is the President and CEO of Junior Achievement of Northern Alberta and Northwest Territories. A BComm and MBA graduate from the University of Alberta School of Business, Jen has worked in the not for profit sector for over ten years. Jen has a far-reaching background and has used her skills to increase awareness and support for United Way, University of Alberta, Alberta Cancer Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Northern Alberta and the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. Jen is passionate about strengthening her community and working with others to have a positive impact. Jen was recognized as an Avenue Magazine Top 40 Under 40 in 2016 and a Global Woman of Vision in May 2017 for her work in the not for profit sector.
Jeff Chase, City of Edmonton
Jeff Chase is the Director of Local + Emerging Economy at the City of Edmonton. His team works to support small businesses, the local economy, urban revitalization and emerging sectors in Edmonton through a variety of programs and services. Prior to this role, Jeff served as Senior Advisor to Mayor Naheed Nenshi in Calgary, and has worked in a variety of municipal and private sector roles intersecting urbanism, economic development, innovation and place. Having lived in 5 countries and undertaken assignments in more than 15, Jeff brings a global perspective to his work. Jeff holds a PhD in Politics (Newcastle University, UK) and a MA in Urban Planning (University of British Columbia).