KATE BOORMAN
Age: 37
Author, Winterkill, Edmonton
Master of Arts in Drama (UofA)
@kateboorman

Boorman is an up-and-coming author of young adult fiction with the successful launch of Winterkill. While she initially intended it as a standalone novel, her U.K. publisher wants a trilogy, and Darkthaw comes out this fall. The Edmonton Journal described Winterkill as the “dark horse” in the Alberta Readers’ Choice Awards.

JENNIFER CARSCALLEN
Age: 38
President, Arletta Environmental Consulting, Calgary
M.Sc., Civil Engineering (UofC)

Since launching Arletta in 2008, Carscallen has gone from operating a one woman shop to having a team of 22 and revenues that exceed $2 presents million a year. Last year, she made Profit/Chatelaine’s W100 Top Female Entrepreneurs list.

KIT CHEN, NEESHA DESAI
Both 30 years old
Co-founders, developers,
Alieo Games, Edmonton
Desai PhD, Computing Science (UofA)
Chen PhD, Computing Science (UofA)
@alieogames

Desai and Chen co-founded Alieo Games with graphic designer Joel Koop and retired teacher Chris McMahen. Their team produced Cre- ative Online Writing (COW) – an online app which is designed to improve the language skills of students aged three to eight by making learning fun.

THOMAS DANG
Age: 20
MLA, Edmonton
Has put his computing science degree on hold (UofA)
@ThomasDangAB

The NDP’s Thomas Dang is the youngest MLA in the history of Alberta after having been elected in May in the riding of Edmonton-South West. He says he’s dedicated to working and middle-class families as well as seniors in terms improving health care.

JEFF LAWRENCE
CEO, Granify, Edmonton
@datajeff

Jeff Lawrence and his team at Granify are out to convert online win- dow shoppers into paying customers. Their system predicts which shoppers won’t buy and how to change their mind before they leave the site. The company just got a huge boost in the form of a $9-million investment from Valar Ventures, backed by Peter Thiel, the co-founder of PayPal and one of Facebook’s early investors.

DAVID MILES
Age: 33
Researcher, Edmonton

Physics PhD student (UofA) Miles is a part of a University of Oslo-lead team investigating space storms that can interfere with the world’s GPS networks. Miles also manages the Canadian side of the CaNoRock campaign, which trains Canadian and Norwegian students in rocket campaign preparation, launch criteria decisions, payload integration and data analysis.

AMY MURRAY
Age: 39
Director of Early Childhood Education, Calgary
Master of Science (Oregon State)
@happycampergirl

In addition to being the director of early childhood education at the Calgary French & International School, Murray is the co-founder of Kinderchat, a twitter-based global community for educators of young children. She is a speaker and trainer on learning through play, self-regulation and behavior management, and advocates for the use of technology in in the classroom.

JERRY MYER
Age: 32
Co-owner, Integrity Post Structures, Okotoks
W.G. Murdoch School

Last November, Integrity Post Structures won the Agricultural Innovation award at Red Deer’s Agri-Trade Show, and Myer is a Young Entrepreneur Award of Distinction Nominee. His corporate responsibilities include planning, crew management, business development and daily management operations.

WILSON WONG
Age: 39
Co-owner, Everbrave, Calgary
BA in Visual Communications, Alberta College of Art and Design
@thewilsonwong

Wilson Wong is leading two enterprises down promising paths. At Everbrave, Wong strives to find creative and unique solutions for branding issues companies are facing. At CalgaryMovies.com, Wong leads the company’s marketing and sponsorship development and works with aspiring filmmakers, writers, producers, and distributors to promote their latest films.