“80 is the new 65”
Calgary business legend Jim Gray
We are proud to be part of the Top 7 Over 70 Gala, an awards program that recognizes individuals who have started something different or new, or implemented a new venture or idea, after the age of 70.
The event highlights the remarkable ways retirees contribute to our economy and serves as inspiration for us to focus on intergenerational entrepreneurship through InterGen. The second Top 7 Over 70 Gala took place in October 2019 and was once again a sell-out and inspiration to those that attended.
The 2021 Gala
The 2021 Top 7 over 70 Gala is back and bigger than ever. This year, on November 18th, we will host an in-person event at the Hyatt and invite a virtual audience to join in our celebration. The proceeds generated from the Top 7 Over 70 Gala support the InterGen initiative and in 2019, we contributed almost $400,000 to help InterGen connect scale-up businesses with accomplished senior leaders so they can rebuild, revitalize and reimagine our economy.
More About Top 7 Over 70
Any individual who is over 70 and lives in Calgary or its surrounding communities is eligible to be nominated. Ideal nominees are those who have started something different or new, or implemented a new venture or idea, AFTER age 70. The focus of the awards isn’t on past accomplishments or lifetime achievements. Rather, individuals should be nominated for new accomplishments. These achievements may be based or built on previous work or commitments, but they should have a “current” flavour or different twist, or perhaps be occurring in a completely new arena.
Nominees’ accomplishments can be occurring in fields such as: health, wellness and recreation; arts and culture; science; business; volunteerism; environment; overcoming adversity; and making a difference.
To that end, the awards raise funds for InterGen — a unique talent development program and matching platform. This program is helping to re-energize our economy by partnering transitioning or retiring individuals with younger entrepreneurs, thus creating multigenerational teams that can rapidly scale growth.
Previous Top 7 Over 70 Galas
Both the 2017 and the 2019 Galas were sold-out events, with over 800 attendees and numerous fantastic nominations.
The 2019 Gala