As dean of business at Medicine Hat College, Jacquie Penner has developed excellent relationships between the college and the local business community, through initiatives like the “connecting students to business” dinner, an annual event that gives students the chance to network with local business leaders. She has spearheaded the growth of the business division, overseen the construction of an entrepreneur development centre, and created an endowment to support students in leadership roles on campus. For all her efforts, Penner was named the recipient of the Women in Business 2013 Inspire Award. She is also heavily involved in the local business community, serving as an ambassador of the chamber of commerce (where she was previously chair), and director of the Economic Development Alliance of Southeast Alberta. Her strong business connections have given her the ability to enhance the business division at Medicine Hat College and ultimately make the college experience more beneficial for students.