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The #YEGWiB Organizing Team | By The Wanderer Business

Since early August 2013, a team of Wanderer editors and community leaders of many ages and backgrounds has been hard at work making the Top 100 Edmonton Women in Business project a reality. These individuals have created the project design, written content for public nominations submission forms, vetted over 100 applications from the public, organized selection meetings, contacted recipients, edited bios and much, much more. This project is a collective effort, involving hundreds of hours of volunteer time and countless cups of coffee. It is a testament to Edmonton’s entrepreneurial spirit, and one example among many that shows how #yeg is fast becoming “Startup City.”

The selection committee members range from Wanderer editors (who are University of Alberta students or recent university alumni), advisors who helped shape the project in the early stages and members of our selection committees. The project work began in the late 2013 summer, when Blue Knox and Emerson Csorba came up with the #YEGWiB project idea while kayaking. They then took the idea back to the team, which is where the real work began. Two other Wanderer Managing Editors, Sydney Rudko and Graeme Archibald, were instrumental in both contributing feedback, editing bios and providing technical advice. Jesse More, The Wanderer’s Digital Media Editor, produced video content, and the team’s Computer Programmer Hamman Samuel worked with the team on other technical details. In the early stages of the process, members of the Executive Committee and other key Advisors such as Anna Leyva, Lindsay Walker, Andy Cheema, Brittney Le Blanc and Jessa Aco provided valuable feedback. Finally, the Committee Members such as Erin Iverson, Carolyn Campbell and Karen Unland dedicated time out of their busy days to read through nominations and provide recommendations to the Executive Committee, Blue and Emerson, who narrowed the list down to just 100 names.

It is true that the project was delayed on several occasions. The #YEGWiB project turned out to be much larger and time-intensive than expected, and the original expectations were already high. A technical glitch in November with a WordPress plug-in was an unfortunate development that pushed the launch into December 2013. However, if there is one trait that characterizes the 2013 team, it is that of resilience. Despite balancing hectic schedules, school work and lives in cities ranging from Edmonton to Washington DC, the 2013 team has taken an ambitious idea and turned it into something real, for the public to see. We hope that you enjoy the final product, and encourage you to contact us at business@thewandereronline.com in order to share feedback.

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Blue Knox

Project Lead
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Blue Knox is a fourth year double major Political Science and English student at the University of Alberta. At the moment Blue is living in Washington DC with the international leadership and professional development program, The Washington Centre, and is interning with the not-for-profit organization Leadership Africa USA. While abroad, Blue will also travel to study in Lille, France, while at the same time balancing her work as the Business Editor and one of the Managing Editors at The Wanderer Online Magazine. As one of the editors for The Wanderer, Blue has helped build relationships between arts and business organizations in Edmonton and The Wanderer. In her time with The Wand Blue has conducted interviews, arranged projects, and coordinated teams to finish assignments on a deadline.Blue is passionate about civic engagement and human rights issues and aims to work with international not-for-profit organizations after university. Having lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia with the not-for-profit University of Alberta service learning organization, Play Around the World doing play and recreation programming with children, Blue loves working with children's rights and advocacy groups.
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Emerson Csorba

Project Coordinator
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Emerson Csorba is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of Alberta, in Sciences Politiques. He is Editor-in-Chief of The Wanderer Online, and contributes to the Globe and Mail, Maclean's, Huffington Post and other magazines. In the last two years, he has advised for Pearson Learning on education transformation initiatives, has contributed to projects with the European Commission and OECD and recently spoke about Canadian youth and entrepreneurship at the United Nations. Along with co-founder Jessa Aco, Emerson runs Gen Y Inc., a start-up venture that helps employers recruit and retain top young talent while building a workspace conducive to Gen Y integration. He loves Edmonton and the province's incredible entrepreneurial spirit.
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Sydney Rudko

Project Editor
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Sydney is a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Science Honours Immunology and Infection program at the University of Alberta, and a managing editor at the Wanderer Online. She is also a member of the Globe and Mail National Student Advisory Council, a group of nearly 200 student leaders across Canada.
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Graeme Archibald

Project Editor
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Graeme Archibald graduated from the University of Alberta in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree in Political Science. Graeme currently serves as a managing editor for the Wanderer Online, and has previously been involved with the Crime Stoppers Association of Edmonton & Northern Alberta and the New Measure Orchestra. A born and raised Edmontonian, Graeme is passionate about Edmonton, and is excited for the future of the city and its amazing people.
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Hamman Samuel

Project Technical Advisor
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Hamman is The Wanderer's lead in all things technical, and has made significant contributions to the recent Top 100 Undergraduates of 2012 project, among several initiatives. He is a Research Assistant in the U of A's Department of Computing Science, and is currently completing a PhD that combines areas software engineering, data mining and database systems.
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Jesse More

Project Video Lead
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Jesse More is a videographer, podcaster, writer and student at the University of Alberta pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in this and that. He sees The Wanderer as a great big sandbox anyone can play in. A self proclaimed renaissance man, he spends his time with fingers in many pies. When he's not spinning plates you might find him making or drinking beer and crying over spilt milk.
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Jessa Aco

Advisor
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Jessa Aco is a Bachelor of Commerce student with a major in Accounting and a minor in Strategic Management.Noted as the inaugural recipient of the HSBC Women in Business Leadership Award and one of UofA's Top 100 Undergraduates, she took on many leadership roles in the past four years - the most challenging of them being the President of the Business Students' Association.She also co-founded many student organizations such as the Next Generation Leadership Club, Philippines Students' Association and Network of Empowered Women. Outside of school, she is the youngest board member of the Visayas Mindanao (VISMIN) Association, one of the longest running Filipino cultural organization in Alberta.She worked at PwC for a year's worth of experience through three co-op terms in 2012 and 2013. She graduates in December 2013 and she has signed to be with PwC starting in January 2014 so she can get her CPA in 2015. Eventually, she intends on pursuing an MBA in Leadership and Change Management or starting her own business.
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Andy Cheema

Advisor
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Andy Cheema is a recent University of Alberta Bachelor of Science graduate, in Psychology. Between 2011 and 2013, Andy represented over 30,000 University of Alberta undergraduates as the Vice-President Finance, managing a $10 million budget, overseeing the organization's 200+ person staff and multiple business units. He is an Advisor to The Wanderer Online and is signed with McKinsey & Company (Calgary location) to begin as a Business Analyst in 2014.
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Colten Yamagishi

Social Media Editor
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Colten Yamagishi is a recent graduate from the Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta. He specializes in marketing and is interested in starting a career in management consulting. Colten is the Social Media Editor for thewandereronline.com. He enjoys keeping the online community up-to-date with all of the Wanderer’s most recent articles and submissions.During his University career, Colten served a number of roles on campus and had the privilege of representing his fellow students as Vice President Student Life and President of the University of Alberta Students’ Union. He also had an illustrious three-year career living in the Lister Residence and enjoys spending time with his Fraternity. Post-graduation, Colten is excited to enter the workforce and test his luck with online poker.
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Anna Leyva

Advisory Committee
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Anna Leyva has recently graduated from the University of Alberta’s Bachelor of Commerce program, specializing in Natural Resources Energy & Environment. Anna works for EPCOR Technologies as a Business Development Specialist focusing on the Signals and Communications portfolio. During her tenure at the University of Alberta, Anna was involved in numerous student initiatives and groups - most recently co-founding and co-chairing the inaugural Network of Empowered Women (NEW) Undergraduate National Business Conference in Lake Louise this past January. The purpose of NEW was three fold: to provide a platform for students to connect with other female student leaders across Canada, to provide a platform for students to network with sponsors and potential future employers and to provide delegates with the opportunity to listen to established female business leaders in various fields and their respective experiences. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships including the Canada Millennium Foundation’s Excellence Award. Anna’s favourite things to do, aside from spending time with family and friends, include walking her Shepherd Cross at the local dog park, recreational running, reading the news, researching stocks, brushing up on her Spanish and Russian, and learning about other cultures.
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Lindsay Walker

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Lindsay is a 4th year finance major at the University of Alberta. She is passionate about the design and development of cities and is currently pursuing a career in commercial real estate. She spent a semester eating (and studying) in Vienna, where she caught the travel bug and met some of the most incredible people. Last summer, she played fashion intern In New York, where she drafted press releases and explored every corner of the city. Lindsay is a huge advocate of women in leadership, and served on the executive team of the U of A’s Network of Empowered Women. She is also on the executive committee for the Startup Edmonton "Students to Startups" initiative.
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Brittney Le Blanc

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Brittney Le Blanc is a woman about town who frequently sends updates to the internet about her city, her passions, her life and experiences. She spent six years in news radio before joining Postmedia in the print media world to experiment at Postmedia Labs. She helped launch Capital Ideas, working with the entrepreneurial and business community in Edmonton before becoming the Community Manager for Gastropost Alberta. Gastropost Edmonton provides food missions for food lovers, celebrating the love of food with weekly emailed missions shared online and in the paper.In her spare time, she co-organizes Edmonton Girl Geek Dinners, spent a year meeting over 5,000 new people as part of 5k365, is one of the organizers of the Yeggies (the annual Edmonton New Media Awards), has her fingers in too many pies and tries to convince people to go spin the giant baseball bat with her.Brittney has been called an online documenter, Edmonton's girlfriend, and other things not suited to a bio. She tweets far too much, overdoses on caffeine and pop culture, is constantly learning, is on the look out for new experiences and adventures, and likes to volunteer in the community and for various events. One day, she hopes to be the voice of the LRT.
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Karen Unland

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After graduating from the University of Alberta and then Carleton University, Karen worked for 15 years as a journalist, first at the Globe and Mail and then at the Edmonton Journal. She started as a reporter at the Journal and then worked her way up through various editorial positions. Karen became the editor of edmontonjournal.com in 2007 and spent four years helping to build the website from afterthought to major part of the operation. Then she needed a change, so she quit, started Unland Media Consulting and taught journalism. In the spring of 2012, Postmedia hired Karen to run a new project based at the Journal, focused on finding new ways for newspapers to serve their communities and fund their work. The project gave birth to Capital Ideas, where business owners help business owners by sharing what they know. There will be more projects to come.
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Paul Natland

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Paul is the Managing Director at Pureform & PureKids Radiology in Calgary, Alberta. Pureform & Purekids Radiology provides Ultrasound, X-RAY, Mammography, and Bone Density to Calgary and the surrounding communities. We are the same sub-specialized Radiologists who work at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, providing unmatched pediatric expertise in Alberta. As the Managing Director for Pureform and PureKids Radiology Paul is responsible for all day-to-day operations, long-term strategic execution, stakeholder management, resource allocation, project management and patient care. Formerly the Chief Operating Officer at NetworksMD PTE LTD., Paul oversaw the development of a sophisticated ruby-on-rails collaboration platform for Physicians. Prior to Paul’s involvement in the Healthcare industry he acted as a financial analyst at ArizonaBay, where he helped build and invest in technology start-ups. Investments include Quirky.com, Abine.com, Cloudsponge.com, Brightsquid.com, TrustMe.com, Phonetag.com, and Patient Safety Technologies.Paul has earned a Bachelors of Commerce with a specialization in Finance from the University of Alberta and currently resides in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
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Ken Bautista

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Ken Bautista is Co-Founder of Startup Edmonton and Flightpath Ventures, activating and investing in growing Edmonton's startup community. Ken has been in the creative/tech industry for over 10 years, co-founding several interactive companies, most recently Rocketfuel Games, an educational games studio, and co-founded TEDxEdmonton. He has been recognized in Avenue Magazine's inaugural "Top 40 Under 40" issue, earned a Horizon Alumni Award from the University of Alberta, and was named one of "Alberta's 50 Most Influential People" by Alberta Venture Magazine in 2011.
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Ashlyn Bernier

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After collecting a handful of degrees from the University of Alberta, Ashlyn Bernier is on a mission to help develop and support the next generation of entrepreneurs in Edmonton. As Manager of the Venture Mentoring Service at the University of Alberta (www.ualberta.ca/vms), she will pair student and alumni entrepreneurs with a team of mentors who will then learn, inspire, and create together. She has been involved in a number of community and student initiatives in the past, and was a speaker at TEDxEducation 2013. She relishes in the opportunity to work with passionate individuals who want to change – whether it be themselves or the world – and has made “embracing uncertainty” her personal mission.
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Danielle Higdon

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Danielle is the Editor of Edmonton Woman Magazine, a publication of Alberta Business Research LTD. Along with editing all content of the Edmonton Woman, including editorial, advertorials and ad copy, Danielle edits copy for Alberta Business Research LTD's yearly Edmonton Women's Consumer Guide, Travel and Leisure Guide, and Health and Beauty Guide. She has also worked as a community newspaper reporter, and communications representative.Danielle considers it an honour and a privilege to be able to share the stories of exceptional women for a living. She recently took part in a study entitled "Keeping Women in Mind", a project of Labrador West's Status of Women's Council and FemNorthNet, which aimed to better represent female needs in a male dominated mining community. Danielle also co-founded the Advocate Youth Services Cooperative, a community youth network that promotes the continuing prosperity of young people by creating a financially viable organization. The organization holds events that appeal to young people within the community, providing them with a positive environment to interact with one another, and offers leadership education and mentoring.Throughout her various positions, Danielle has met, interviewed, and networked with women of all professional ranks, walks of life, and career fields. She has interviewed female political leaders, CEO's, business owners, entrepreneurs, volunteers, and women with all sorts of incredible stories of personal achievement. She feels blessed to have found a career that allows her to combine her passion for both print media and the prosperity of womankind.
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Carolyn Campbell

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Carolyn Campbell Campbell is an Associate Dean of the Alberta School of Business, at the University of Alberta. She leads the Executive Education department which serves approximately 6000 registrants annually through over sixty professional development offerings, and operates across Alberta and Northwest Canada. In this role, she oversees major government, corporate, public safety and health care client relationships as well as national and international partnerships. She is currently working on the development of an Aboriginal Industry Partnership Program for the Provost’s office in collaboration with several faculties and community advisors. Ms. Campbell serves on several boards and committees including the Edmonton Symphony Society and Winspear Centre Board of Directors, the Edmonton Journal Community Advisory Board, the Festival of Ideas Advisory Board, Make Something Edmonton, Edmonton Economic Development Corporation’s ONEdmonton Downtown Vibrancy Taskforce, and the UNICON Research Committee. Ms. Campbell has previously served as a member of the Mayor’s Think Tank for the future of Arts and Culture in Edmonton, the Board of Directors of the Brian Webb Dance Company, the Board of Directors of the SNAP Gallery and Society, the Board of Directors of LeaderCity/LeaderCité Canada, the University of Alberta Teaching Awards Committee (vice-chair), the AASUA and VP Department of Finance and Administration Joint Committee on University Planning and Budgets, the 2001 World Championships Protocol/ Honoured Guests Committee, the Alberta Chamber of Commerce Education Policy Committee, and the Member Relations Committee for the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce (vice-chair).
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O'Neil Outar

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O'Neil A.S. Outar is the first Vice-President (Advancement) at The University of Alberta with responsibility for leading the fund-raising and alumni relations enterprise. During his tenure, the University has established new fund-raising and alumni engagement records.Prior to joining the University in 2010, Mr. Outar served in a variety of senior leadership roles at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and worked closely with the president and senior leaders to develop their messaging, volunteer leadership and fund-raising model.As Senior Director of Global Initiatives, he led the launch of Institute-wide activities in China and India, managed the Institute’s activities associated with the World Economic Forum, and increased private philanthropic support from outside the United States by more than six-fold. As Senior Director of Institutional Initiatives, he managed the fund-raising of more than $1.25B in support of the MIT Energy Initiative, the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, and the $780M Campaign for Students. During the $2.2B Campaign for MIT, Mr. Outar served as a Senior Major Gifts Officer, and managed the fund-raising of more than $250M, primarily from Silicon Valley. Mr. Outar served as Director of the Fund for Arts, Sciences and Engineering at Tufts University during the $609M Tufts Tomorrow campaign.
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Janelle Morin

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Janelle works as the Director of Engage North, a Faculty of Engineering initiative at the U of A that builds connections between students and indigenous communities in Canada's North. She is a Director on the Young Alberta Book Society and has helped coordinate successful Mayoral and Edmonton Public School Board campaigns. During her undergraduate degree, Janelle served as the University of Alberta Students' Union President, representing over 30,000 students.
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Anne Matthews

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Anne Matthews is an Alberta entrepreneur and Founder of Healthy House Inc. She is in the process of building a women's entrepreneurship network in Edmonton, and has spoken about Edmonton's entrepreneurship and innovation scene at conferences such as Stand Up for Edmonton.
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Erin Iverson

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Erin has been very involved within the Alberta School of Business. Since her first year within the Business Faculty, she has been volunteering and working primarily with the Business Students’ Association (BSA). From smaller beginnings, Erin first served as a BSA Cohort Representative and then moved to a directorship position in the Internal portfolio. This past year, Erin has had the opportunity to be a member and hold positions of other student organizations such as the University of Alberta Human Resource Management Association (UARHMA) and was able to attend multiple conferences hosted at the University of Alberta and at other universities. She currently holds the position of President of the organization. As President of the faculty association, she is involved in the total management of the organization and oversees the 24 student clubs as well as acts as a liaison between students, Faculty and the overall business community.
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Deborah Arcand

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Deborah serves as the Interim Executive Director of the Aboriginal Women's Professional Association, which provides networking opportunities and information to professional aboriginal women. Prior to this, Deborah served as the Registry Operations Manager at the Metis Nation of Alberta.

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