The CBLA dinner is the School’s signature event and brings together members of the Alberta business community for an evening of celebration, exceptional food, and networking.

Canadian Business Leader Award

CBLA 2020 Postponed

With continued concerns around the spread of COVID-19 and the global situation rapidly evolving, the Alberta School of Business has decided to postpone this year’s Canadian Business Leader Award (CBLA) event, which was scheduled for Thursday, March 19, 2020 at the Edmonton Convention Centre.

The health and safety of our attendees and the Edmonton community is our number one concern. While the current risk level in Alberta remains low, and as of yet there have been no confirmed cases in the province due to community transmission, we know that social distancing can be an effective tool in preventing the spread of the virus. After consultation with senior leadership at the University of Alberta as well as honoree Don Wheaton, it was determined that postponement was the best course of action.

For 39 years, the Canadian Business Leader Award dinner has been the signature event at the Alberta School of Business. We are thankful to Mr. Wheaton for his support in making this difficult decision and we are committed to finding a later date to recognize him for his extraordinary achievements as a business and community leader.

The School will be offering a full refund to those individuals/organizations who purchased tickets. We want to thank you for your continued support of the Alberta School of Business and hope that those of you that were attending will remain a valued partner in this event when it is rescheduled. In due course, we will be sending out more information regarding a new date.

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19:


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Raise your glass and join Edmonton’s business community at the 2020 Canadian Business Leader Award dinner. It will be a celebration of outstanding leadership, fine dining and exceptional networking. As one of Edmonton's premiere leadership events, it’s an evening you won’t want to miss.


Thursday, March 19, 2020
5:30 - 9 PM
Edmonton Convention Centre, Hall D


2020 Recipient

Our CBLA recipient for 2020 is Don Wheaton, President & CEO of the Wheaton Group of Companies — a family business that was originally established by his father in the late 1940s.


A second-generation entrepreneur, Don began his career with the family business in 1975 after graduating from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Since taking the helm in 1995, Don has grown the family business with a strong set of values, innovative thinking, and entrepreneurial leadership. Best known as the name behind one of the largest automotive retailers in Canada with dealerships from Victoria to Regina, the Wheaton family business interests have since diversified across Canada into real estate, insurance, aviation and banking.

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CBLA recipients are individuals who have demonstrated leadership, business acumen and success, an entrepreneurial spirit, integrity, and a commitment to the community. The selection committee is comprised of members of the School’s Business Advisory Council (BAC), as well as students, faculty and alumni.


Event Details

For 39 years, the Canadian Business Leadership Award dinner has been a signature event for the University of Alberta School of Business and the Edmonton business community. Join us as we gather to celebrate a distinguished leader who embodies entrepreneurial spirit and demonstrates integrity, business success and commitment to the community.

This year's host is Ryan Jespersen from The Ryan Jespersen Show on Edmonton’s 630 CHED.


  • Tickets

    Individual ticket - $250

    Table of 8 - $2000

    Note: 1 or 2 students will be placed at each table to create tables of 10.

  • Schedule of Events

    5:30 PM – Doors open and welcome reception
    6 PM – Program begins and includes a three-course dinner, award presentation, and fireside chat with Don Wheaton and Dean Doucet
    9 PM – Event concludes

  • Parking Details

    The Edmonton Convention Centre is located in the heart of downtown Edmonton. Please see the Convention Centre's Parking website for information on where to park.

Your Ticket Includes

  • Welcome beverages
  • Reception and networking
  • A three-course culinary experience
  • Complimentary bottles of red and white wine at each table
  • Complimentary coat, bag and boot check
  • An evening of inspiring conversation with the leaders of today and tomorrow

Student Mentorship

At the Alberta School of Business, leadership is integral to our mission. With your support, over 100 business students are able to attend CBLA to engage with and learn from a community of established leaders.


Networking Opportunities

Situated in Hall D of the Edmonton Convention Centre Hall, CBLA will be an evening full of opportunities to engage with fellow guests, connect with new peers, and inspire the next generation of business leaders.


An Engaging Experience

Sit back and enjoy a thoughtfully curated three-course dinner followed by an engaging fireside chat with Don Wheaton and Dean Joseph Doucet.


Event Sponsor

A special thank you to our sponsor:

Canadian Western Bank


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Contact Us

For more information on the Canadian Business Leader Award, contact:

Jacqueline Kokic

Email: jkokic@ualberta.ca
Phone: 780-492-6705
Toll free: 1-877-362-3222, press 0