The JA Northern Alberta Business Hall of Fame honours our region’s most esteemed business visionaries for their life achievements and service to our economy, our communities and the collective future of Albertans. It is the premier annual gathering of business and community leaders from every sector. This annual celebration is our signature fundraising event in support of Junior Achievement programs for young people.

 JA’s Business Hall of Fame has an incredible 43 year legacy.  JA’s proven excellence in delivering meaningful networking, the opportunity to learn something new, and inspiration for even the most experienced CEO’s make this event truly special. It is also provides inspiration for our Company Program students to learn and grow their skills by talking with you, and showcasing the small businesses and products they have created with JA.


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Our 2022 JA Northern Alberta Business Hall of Fame Inductees

Sine Chadi

President and CEO
Imperial Equities Inc.


Sine is the founder of Imperial Equities Inc., a publicly traded Canadian corporation. He has been the principal driver of its growth and development, overseeing all day-to-day aspects of the Corporation’s development and management. Sine has more than 45-years of experience in the real estate and development industries and is the owner of several companies involved in real estate sales, asset management, property management and mortgage financing. In addition to his business career, Sine also served in the Alberta Legislature (1993 – 1997) as part of the Alberta Liberal Caucus. He is also a renowned philanthropist in the Edmonton area, donating and raising millions for community organizations including the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, Capital Care Foundation, the Edmonton Humane Society, STARS Air Ambulance, Parkinson Association of Alberta, Theatre Network, Kids in the Hall (E4C), Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton, the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton, WIN House, the University of Alberta, McEwan University and many more.

Chris Fowler
President and CEO
Canadian Western Bank


Chris is the President and Chief Executive Officer of CWB Financial Group. Chris has served at CWB in roles with increasing responsibility since 1991, including commercial account management (1991-1995), credit risk (1995-2008), and joined the executive team in 2008 as Executive Vice President, Banking.  He became President and Chief Executive Officer of CWB Financial Group in March 2013, concurrent with his election to the Board of Directors.  Chris started his career in commercial and corporate banking in 1985 with Continental Bank of Canada, which was subsequently acquired by Lloyds Bank Canada and then by HSBC Bank Canada. Chris sits on University Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees and is currently the Chair of the Finance & Investment Committee.  He is also a director with the Business Council of Alberta and a member of the Business Council of Canada, Alberta Economic Recovery Council and University of Alberta Business Advisory Council.


Dan Klemke & Jack Klemke
Executive Chairman & Founder
KMC Mining Corporation

In 1949, Jack Klemke and his father Ted mortgaged the family farm and formed T.A. Klemke and Son Construction Ltd.  Decades of experience later, and machines weighing in the millions of pounds in the fleet, Jack led the company to exclusively take up mining, from Syncrude’s original site to projects across Western and Northern Canada. Christian philanthropy and family made Jack a leader in everything he did. An equipment sales representative once said, “Jack is the most conservative man I ever met – but if he was a riverboat gambler, I would never sit at his table!”

Dan was appointed to the position of Executive Chairman in October 2019 after having served KMC Mining as Chief Executive Officer since March 2008. Dan joined the Company in 1969 and has held various operations and leadership roles, including Foreman, Superintendent, Estimator, Project Manager, Executive Vice President, President, and CEO. With over 44 years of experience, Dan has numerous credentials related to surface mining and the oil sands industry.  Dan currently sits on the Mining Industry Advisory Committee (MIAC) supporting the Mining Engineering program at the University of Alberta.  Additionally, Dan is a past Board Member of the Alberta Chamber of Resources, served on the National Board of Young Life Canada and received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta.

Jack, Dan and their team are known for innovation and leadership when it comes to developing mining machines and methods. KMC boasts many “firsts” in the industry. One notable concept, Wet Sizing, enabled a major change in oil sand processing which has reduced industry cost by hundreds of millions of dollars each year.

For inquires please contact:

Rochelle Gilmour
Event & Marketing Director, JANA
p. 780.428.1421 ext. 232 | c. 780.660.8824|

Thank you to Our 2022 Northern Alberta Business Hall of Fame Partners