Canadian Business Leader Award

The Canadian Business Leader Award (CBLA) is presented to individuals who have demonstrated leadership, business acumen and success, an entrepreneurial spirit, integrity, and a commitment to the community. The selection committee comprises members of the Alberta School of Business Business Advisory Council (BAC), as well as faculty and alumni.

Why We Celebrate

Celebrating and recognizing the CBLA recipient acknowledges the exceptional qualities of imagination, initiative and persistence in business. By bringing together the most innovative and fearless business leaders, the university helps foster a community of like-minded individuals that encourages and inspires others — including our next generation of leaders!

2024 Recipient

This year, we are excited to highlight the significant contributions of University of Alberta graduate Gregory E. Abel (’84 BCom), as we share in the spirit of achievement and bold business leadership.

Gregory E. Abel currently serves as vice-chair of non-insurance operations for Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (since 2018), where he oversees a diverse set of businesses. He also serves as chair for Berkshire Hathaway Energy (since 2011), where he has previously held several key positions, including CEO from 2008 to 2018 and president from 1998 to 2018. As a global holding company, Berkshire Hathaway Energy has interests in energy and real estate, primarily in the U.S., Canada and Great Britain. He is on the board of directors for several organizations, including Berkshire Hathaway as well as The Kraft Heinz Company.

Join Us!

Join us as we raise a glass to 2024’s CBLA recipient, outstanding honouree Gregory E. Abel.

Wednesday, March 6, 2024
5 – 9:30 PM
Edmonton Convention Centre

Tables of 10: $2,000 - seating for eight members of your party and sponsorship of two University of Alberta students who will join your table.

Individuals: $250 per person

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Gregory Abel

Past Recipients

Since 1982, all CBLA recipients have demonstrated leadership, business acumen and success, an entrepreneurial spirit, integrity, and a commitment to the community. Get to know them all.

CBLA Award Winners


Nominations for the award open in the spring and are welcomed from the community. Calls for nominations are published on the CBLA website as well as through the Alberta School of Business newsletter.

Thank you to our 2024 CBLA Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

AltaLink Logo BHE Canada Logo York Realty Logo

Green Sponsors

Canadian Strategy Group Logo Peace Hills Insurance Logo PWC Logo

Supporting Sponsor

Epcor Logo

Contributing Table Sponsors

AIMCo Logo Atco Logo KV Capital Logo Ledcor Logo Westjet Logo

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