Prognostication is a fool’s game, and those who indulge in it are just asking to be mocked by history. Who, after all, would have predicted back in 2005 that the U.S. housing market would collapse or that the global economy would fall into the deepest recession since the Great Depression?
Trying to identify who might become Alberta’s Business Person of the Year in 2027 makes the challenge associated with, say, anointing a future Super Bowl winner look easy by comparison. After all, while you can be fairly certain that the Dallas Cowboys aren’t going to collectively decide to give up football for a life of poverty – in other words, journalism – there’s no guarantee that a junior executive on the fast track won’t do something equally silly and self-destructive.
Still, it’s fun to try, and it’s in that spirit that we’ve tried to identify the 15 candidates in Alberta who are most likely to hear their name called (possibly by a robot) at the BPOY awards ceremony in 2027.
CEO, Arte Group
The flow of talent between the roofing business and the oil and gas industry tends to go in one direction only. But when he was 25, Shilmover fled a good job in the energy sector to work for his father’s roofing company, Arte Group. He hasn’t looked back since, and the Richard Ivey MBA graduate has grown the business into a formidable player in the Alberta construction industry. Shilmover’s considerable talents should ensure that the company continues to thrive going forward.