Haskayne Alumni Awards 2022

Haskayne Alumni Awards

The Haskayne Alumni Awards are a celebration of our amazing alumni

Haskayne alumni make an impact as leaders, change-makers, innovators and community contributors. Join us by nominating an outstanding alumni! Each year we recognize three key areas of accomplishments: Management Alumni Excellence Award, Rising Star Award, and Big Ideas Bold Leaders Award.

Meet the 2022 Haskayne Alumni Award Recipients

We are proud to announce the 2022 Haskayne Alumni Award recipients: Allison Taylor, Jason Brooks, Victoria Ross and Janice Tran.

With over 29,000 alumni across the globe, there is a strong pool of accomplished alumni to choose from and this year’s recipients well represent where a Haskayne education can take you.

Each of this year’s award recipients is an entrepreneur. Although their journeys are very different, their Haskayne education has played a role in their success.

Read more about this year’s recipients and their entrepreneurial journeys.


Management Alumni Excellence Award

  • Allison Taylor, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Invico Capital
  • Jason Brooks, President and Co-Founder, Invico Capital

Allison Taylor and Jason Brooks are the Co-founders and Portfolio Managers of Invico Capital Corporation, with Allison serving as the Chief Executive Officer and Jason as the President. They each have over 25 years of experience in corporate finance and are responsible for structuring complex funding for small and medium-sized businesses on behalf of the firm’s managed investment offerings.

They have co-managed the firm’s growth to over $2.0 billion of privately managed capital since 2005 and are responsible for launching one of Canada’s longest-tenured private debt funds, the Invico Diversified Income Fund, in 2013.

Allison is a member of the Investment Committee at the University of Calgary and graduated from the Haskayne School of Business with an MBA in Finance. Jason is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) Charterholder and graduated from the University of Calgary Haskayne School of Business with a Bachelor of Commerce.

Rising Star Award

CEO and Founder, aGRO Systems

As founder and CEO of aGRO Systems, Victoria Ross has taken on the challenge to reduce waste while also improving sustainable farming practices. Victoria envisions a world with localized food and beverage production systems that reverse climate change and ends poverty and food insecurity. Through strengthening diversified family farms, reducing wastes and emissions that procure in the supply chain, and better connecting farm to table, she believes aGRO can achieve that vision.

Since June 2018, Victoria has evolved aGRO from concept into an active business. aGRO currently serves 33 local craft establishments (breweries, distilleries, cideries) with byproduct removal services and repurposing this product into nutritional animal feed for five families of farmers. Through aGRO’s continuous efforts, the team has successfully diverted over 20 million pounds of grain from entering the landfill or being underutilized as compost. 

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Big Ideas Bold Leaders Award

CEO and Co-Founder, Kanin Energy

Janice Tran is the CEO and a Co-Founder of Kanin Energy, a Calgary based company that turns industrial waste heat to clean power. Prior to Kanin, Janice was a Director at Generate Capital, an investment fund focused on investing in renewable energy projects. There she built North America’s largest portfolio of anaerobic digestions assets. Prior to Generate Capital, Janice worked at NRG, one of America’s largest power producers, to start their renewable microgrids business line. Janice also co-founded Student Energy, a nonprofit which is today’s largest global charity dedicated to educating and uniting post-secondary students on energy issues.


Management Alumni Excellence Award

The highest alumni honour at the Haskayne School of Business, the Management Alumni Excellence Award recognizes the outstanding success of Haskayne alumni at the peak of their careers. The first Management Alumni Excellence Award recipient was honoured in 2000 and the tradition has continued each year, celebrating the outstanding achievements and extraordinary service of our Haskayne alumni.

Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Award honours those who are taking giant strides in the first decade since graduating from their Haskayne program. The selection committee is seeking out young leaders who are driving innovation in industry and contributing to the community right now, with the potential to join the prestigious ranks of Management Alumni Excellence award winners in the future.

Big Ideas Bold Leaders Awards

This award is all about recognizing those that have taken on the challenge of doing something big. If you know a Haskayne alumni that had taken on a challenge, created something outstanding or made a big impact, this is the award for them.


For more information, please contact:

Haskayne Alumni Office
alumni@haskayne.ucalgary.ca