When the latest 40 of the city’s best and brightest young influencers made their way across the stage at the Edmonton EXPO Centre, the dimly lit ballroom exploded with applause. Sure, 200 of Edmonton’s beautiful and influential people, including previous years’ alumni, were in attendance, but tonight was a night for the new guard.
Not new to Top 40 Under 40, however, was the annual chance for friends, family, colleagues and prominent Edmontonians to schmooze, mingle and enjoy a curated selection of cocktails, wines, spirits and delectable dishes from the Northlands catering service. The air was festive and the cameras were out in full force, ready for any chance to snap selfies with the next generation of city leaders. Top 40 Leslie Weigl and2014 alumnus Mohamed El Daly
photography by Amber Bracken “It was definitely humbling, standing number 22 in line to hit the stage and seeing 21 other people in front of me and hearing their stories. That was pretty amazing, and I am definitely grateful for being part of the 40.”
– Heather Logan, Top 40 Under 40 Class of 2015 Top 40 Frederick Kroetsch with Rebecca Campbell Top 40 Under 40 Gayla Grinde takes a meta-moment to snap a photo with her profile City Councillor Michael Walters – a 2009 Top 40 Under 40 – talks to Brookes Merritt Kimberly Franchuk and Top 40 Under 40 Cameron Franchuk Top 40 Under 40 Lorne Webber shares a laugh with 2014 alumnus Darwin Li Top 40 Under 40 Vivian Abboud snaps a selfie with her daughter and Top 40 Under 40 Class of 2014’s Zohreh Saher Three generations of Top 40 Under 40: Ian O’Donnell (Class of 2013), Kris Andreychuk (Class of 2015) and David Jones (Class of 2014) Top 40 Under 40 Sarah Chan proves to be a master at mingling Guests take the opportunity to congratulate Top 40 Under 40 Dr. Tejas Sankar, second from right