ECC CEO named as one of AB's "50 Most Influential"

Jul 04, 2016

EDMONTON, CANADA - Edmonton Chamber President & CEO Recognized as one of Alberta's "50 Most Influential"

July 4, 2016

A mover, a shaker, a difference maker: Edmonton Chamber of Commerce (License holder of WTC Edmonton) President and CEO Janet Riopel is all of these and more. Now she adds “Most Influential” in Alberta to her list of accomplishments.

In naming Riopel to their 2016 list of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People, Alberta Venture magazine celebrates Riopel’s professional and personal accomplishments, both of which have left a positive impression on Alberta's political, economic and cultural landscape.

“Under Janet’s leadership, the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce has moved from strength to strength in 2016,” said Bill Blais, Chair of the Edmonton Chamber Board. “A string of high-profile, sold-out events and significant progress across several key policy initiatives are testament to her diligence and the influence of the largest Chamber in Canada, with 2,430 member companies representing over 164,000 employees.”

“This accomplishment is a strong and positive endorsement of the enduring ability of the Edmonton Chamber to foster the best environment for business in Edmonton,” said Riopel. “It is the tireless efforts of our Board of Directors, our committee volunteers, our Chamber team, and most importantly, our dedicated members, that make that lofty goal achievable. This recognition is shared by all of us.”

About Janet Riopel

Janet Riopel has deep roots in the Edmonton community and considerable experience in managing complex, multi-stakeholder projects. She has worked in senior roles in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. She is currently the President & CEO of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the Edmonton Northern Secretariat.

Janet has devoted her volunteer time to senior roles on the boards of many organizations including the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation, Canadian Global Cities Council, Compassion House Foundation, Canadian Policy Research Networks and Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation. She was Campaign Chair for the United Way of the Alberta Capital Region, Board Chair of both MacEwan University and the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, President of the Urban Development Institute Alberta and also served on the Board of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, Edmonton Region. She sits on advisory committees for the MacEwan School of Business, Edmonton Airports, and the Edmonton Community Foundation.

Janet’s community service has brought her much recognition. She was honoured with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, has now been twice named one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People by Alberta Venture magazine (1996 and 2016), named to the Edmonton Journal’s Power 30 List, and was a Global TV Woman of Vision. Janet has received the Urban Development Institute’s Merit Award, the City of Edmonton’s Outstanding Service Award, and the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (Edmonton) Master Member Award. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum and Synergy Network.

Janet is a lifelong Edmontonian with two children and four amazing grandchildren.

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