Our Patrons and Sponsors

Jim Gray. Photo courtesy Postmedia Calgary.











Gold Sponsors

*  Alberta Blue Cross * ATB FinancialCity of Calgary *Corus *

* Optimum Talent – Conroy Ross *

Bronze Sponsors

* Bill Kujat * David & Leslie Bissett *

National Bank Private Banking 1859 * Shoppers Drug Mart *


* McCann Family Foundation * Sherali Saju * Torkay Capital Corp. *


* Adam Legge * Alice Reimer * Allen Hagerman * Bill Andrew  * Bob Brawn * Bob Gibson * Bluesky Equities Ltd. * Brad Zumwalt * Cheryl Hamelin * Danny Dalla Longa * David Chalack  * George Brookman * Gerald J. Maier * Gerry Wood * Heather Shaw * Ian MacGregor * Irfan Rawji * Jerilyn Wright & Associates * Jim Artindale * Kabir Jivraj * Linda McNally * Margaret Southern * Myron Tetreault * Neil Camarta *  Mary Rozsa de Coquet * Paul Giannelia * Randy Findlay * Renfrew Educational Services * Richard Haskayne * Ron Ghitter * Ross Glen * Sam Kolias * Sara Raiss * Susan Church * Timothy Hearn * Tom Mauro * Trico Homes * Wayne Henuset * W. Brett Wilson *

The Top 7 Over 70 is run by volunteer committees and folks at the Calgary Seniors’ Resource Society.




TOP 7 OVER 70 Founder: Jim Gray

TOP 7 OVER 70 PATRON CHAIRS: Jim Gray (founder) and Linda McNally

STEERING COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRS Brian Felesky, Bonnie DuPont and Steve Allan

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Monica Zurowski (Calgary Herald & Sun); Court Ellingson (Calgary Economic Development); David Chalack; Terry Bullick (Apple Magazine); Mary Roza de Coquet; Susan Church; Bob Brawn; Kari Gordon; Susan Turner; George Brookman; Cheryl Hamelin; Elizabeth Carson, Kim McConnell, and — from the Calgary Seniors’ Resource Society — Mark Kolesar, Lori Paine, Ann Lewis Luppino, Dianne Cooper-Ponte, Joanne Toller (The Cause – Charity Specialists) and Phil Levson (The Non Profit Management Group.)



Ways to Support Top 7 Over 70

Click here for sponsorship and donation form


We are asking Individual Patrons to:

  1. Make a minimum $2,000 donation (higher donations will be greatly appreciated)
  2. Purchase at least one ticket to attend the dinner\gala

Patrons will receive:

  1. Acknowledgement on the Top 7 Over 70 website
  2. Listing in the Gala program at the event
  3. Listing in a ‘thank you’ acknowledgement in the Herald after the event
  4. An official donation receipt will be issued for full value of the contribution from Calgary Seniors Resource Society


Sponsor Partners will have the opportunity to contribute financially at a specific sponsorship level:

  1. Bronze ($5,000) Recognition includes:
    1. Listing on the website and on event program
    2. Two tickets to attend the VIP reception
    3. Two tickets to the event
    4. Listing in a ‘thank you’ acknowledgement in the Herald after the event
    5. Business receipt for $5,000
  1. Silver ($10,000) Recognition includes:
    1. Logo placement on the website and on event program
    2. Promotion through social media from our partners
    3. Two tickets to attend the VIP reception
    4. VIP seating
    5. Two tickets to the event
    6. Logo placement in a ‘thank you’ acknowledgement in the Herald after the event
    7. Business receipt for $10,000
  1. Gold ($20,000) Recognition includes:
    1. Logo placement on the website and on event program
    2. VIP seating
    3. Four tickets to attend the VIP reception
    4. Four tickets to the event
    5. Social media coverage through media partners, Calgary Economic Development, Calgary Seniors’ Resource Society, and other partners
    6. Logo placement in a ‘thank you’ acknowledgement in the Herald after the event
    7. Logo placement included in the Calgary Herald promotions
    8. Logo placement on all nomination forms
    9. Opportunity to give a brief greeting at the event
    10. Business receipt for $20,000

Corporate sponsors are encouraged to advertise\promote the program thru their various corporate communication outlets.

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We are asking Community Partners to:

  1. Promote the concept of inspiring seniors to start new ventures or accomplishments in life
  2. Send out information on Top 7 Over 70 to their stakeholders
  3. Encourage people in their network to send in their nominations
  4. Participate on the working committees
  5. Attend the event

Community Partners will receive:

  1. Listing on the Top 7 Over 70 website
  2. Listing in the Gala program at the event

Please direct all enquiries to Dianne Cooper-Ponte DCooper-Ponte@calgaryseniors.org


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The Story of the Top 7 Over 70

The Top 7 Over 70 Awards is a dream-turned-reality for founder Jim Gray, a renowned Calgarian, oil patch pioneer and philanthropist. Over the years, Jim noticed award programs sprouting up for people in a myriad of demographic groups, except for those who were older in years. At the same time, he seemed to be meeting an increasing number of people who were starting new ventures and initiatives even after they reached traditional retirement age.

The vibrant contributions these people were making to the community seemed to be getting a bit overlooked by society and Jim decided he was going to do something about that. He began dreaming — and talking — about an awards program that would recognize the contributions of community members after age 70.

“I am struck by the dynamic contributions I see Calgary seniors making in every facet of life, adding to the richness of our community,” says Jim. “That’s why I thought it is time to celebrate the unique achievements of seniors by recognizing the Top 7 Over 70.”

Jim and fellow philanthropist Brian Felesky began rounding up a coalition of acquaintances and business professionals to help turn this idea into a solid project. They also partnered with the Calgary Seniors’ Resource Society, an innovative non-profit organization that assists thousands of seniors each year through its numerous programs.

The result was the formation of a volunteer committee that is working towards the recognition of the first Top 7 Over 70 at a gala on Oct. 2, 2017. (For details on the gala, please click here.)

Any senior who is 70 or older as of Oct. 1, 2017 — 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 achivements. 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 and recreation; arts and culture; science; business; volunteerism; environment; overcoming adversity; and making a difference. To get more information on these categories and on the nomination process, please see the “nominate” tab on the menu of this website’s homepage or click here.

Another goal of the awards is to promote and encourage achievement of others, in addition to the nominees. To that end, the awards will be raising funds to initiate programming to foster engagement between seniors and younger people. The exchange of ideas, advice, experience and mentoring will be key to this venture. Watch for more details on this program in the coming months.