COURTESY POSTING: Calgary Influential Women In Business Awards 2023

April 13, 2023

CIWB Awards recognize the incredible business leaders advancing women and diverse professionals in Calgary. Honourees are chosen based on their professional accomplishments, influence and business community involvement. The CIWB Awards recognizes five outstanding female business leaders and one male champion for women in Calgary and celebrates their accomplishments.

Honourees Announced for the 2023 Calgary Influential Women in Business Award 

“Axis Connects is on a mission to strengthen diverse representation in decision-making roles and do so through our robust network of organizations and programs that advance and accelerate leaders in Calgary and beyond,” says Nuvyn Peters, executive director, of Axis Connects, “Globally, progress is being made when it comes to gender representation at the C-level and on boards. But where Canada is advancing, Alberta is behind. We’re here to change that. This year’s CIWB Award winners are changemakers, each a leader in their respective fields who are an inspiration to us all.”

Spanning technology, health care, consulting, hospitality, oil and gas, and engineering fields the 2023 CIWB Award winners are:

  • Social Enterprise Award: Andrea Robertson, president and CEO of STARS (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service) Air Ambulance.

  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Sue Riddell Rose, president and CEO of Perpetual Energy and Rubellite Energy.

  • Large Enterprise Award: Kelly Schmitt, CEO of Benevity, a leading provider of global corporate purpose software.

  • Small/Medium Enterprise Award: Manjit Minhas, co-founder and co-owner of Minhas Breweries, Distilleries and Wineries, current Dragon on hit TV show Dragons’ Den, and recently appointed honorary lieutenant colonel of the Canadian Armed Forces and the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada.

  • Professional Services Award: Sippy Chhina, partner, director and vice-chair at Deloitte LLP, chair of the board of the Calgary Petroleum Club and board member of the Mount Royal University Foundation.

  • Male Champion Award: Mark Brown, vice-president and general manager Fluor Corp.

The honourees of the 2023 Calgary Influential Women in Business (CIWB) Awards will be recognized and celebrated at the CIWB Awards Gala Presented by National Bank Financial and TransAlta Corp, on April 13, 2023, at the TELUS Convention Centre.