Kim Sturgess, Alberta WaterSMART

Presented by David Beckman, CIC/SCI Canada Chair (right)
2015

Kim Sturgess is CEO of Alberta WaterSMART, a services organization committed to developing and improving the management of Alberta’s water resources, which she founded in 2005. She served on the Expert Panel for Water Use in Canadian Agriculture sponsored by the Canadian Council of Academies, and is a sought after speaker and advisor on water issues in Canada and Alberta.  

Sturgess graduated with a degree in Engineering Physics from Queen's University, an MBA with distinction from the University of Western Ontario, and from the ICD Corporate Governance College, Directors Education Program. She is a registered Professional Engineer and a Fellow and past president of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. Her career began at the National Energy Board as a gas pipelines engineer and then she spent five years at Esso Resources Canada Ltd. as a reservoir engineer and business analyst.

Upon completion of her MBA, Sturgess spent four years at McKinsey and Company as a management consultant focusing on technology, energy and transportation projects. In the early 1990s, she led the spin out of Revolve Technologies from NOVA, and served as the CEO of Revolve Technologies and subsequently Revolve Magnetic Bearings until the company was sold to SKF, a Swedish based bearing company, in 2001.

In addition to serving on the boards of her own companies, she currently serves on the boards of CCI Thermal Technologies Inc., Alberta Chamber of Resources, the Calgary Airport Authority, the Council of Canadian Academies and the Canadian Academy of Engineering. She has also served on the boards of the National Research Council, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Pressure PipeLine Inspection Company, the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta, the Alberta Economic Development Authority, the Alberta Water Council, the Trustees of Queen’s University, Queen’s Centre for Enterprise Development and the Calgary Science Centre. She is a life member of the Queen’s University Council and is a member of the World Presidents’ Organization and the International Women’s Forum.

Sturgess has been honoured with both the Distinguished Service Award and Alumni Achievement Award from Queen’s University, the YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Science and Technology, the Alberta Centennial Medal and the Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2007, she was named as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women and a Woman of Vision, and in 2012 she was named as the Outstanding Businesswoman in Calgary by the Consumers Choice Awards.