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.”
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