Every year, Edmonton’s Edify magazine releases its Top 40 Under 40 – a list of the young Edmontonians who are making a name for themselves in our city. This year, seven of those 40 got their start right here at MacEwan University.

Building on lessons and experiences from their time at MacEwan, these alumni are now making waves, setting trends and leading the conversation in entrepreneurship, hospitality, leadership and community services in Edmonton.

We are proud of this outstanding group of alumni and can’t wait to see what they do next.

Get to know the MacEwan alumni on this year’s Top 40 Under 40

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James Grant
Public Relations ’13

James Grant is the owner of Gray Rabbit Bar and Beverage Consulting, where he works with teams to develop unforgettable cocktail menus and service experiences.

Read our Q&A with James Grant


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Bailey Oster
Bachelor of Arts ’17

Bailey Oster is a manager within the Youth Programs and Services Department at the Métis Nation of Alberta and is currently serving as the vice-president of New Dawn Métis Women’s Society. She also released her book Stories of Métis Women: Tales my Kookum Told Me in 2021.

Read our Q&A with Bailey Oster

Image of Jenna PryorJenna Pryor
University Transfer, Bachelor of Arts ’04

Jenna Pryor is the co-owner and senior designer at Plum Design, where she works with homeowners on thoughtful interior designs primarily in heritage homes. She also co-owns Plum Home, which provides high-quality, curated home goods.

Read our Q&A with Jenna Pryor


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Matthew Schur
Bachelor of Commerce ’14
University Transfer, Bachelor of Arts ‘05

Matthew Schur is the owner of the Old Red Barn, where he creates farm-to-table dining experiences highlighting the best that local producers have to offer.

Read our Q&A with Matthew Schur

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Laurie Wang
Journalism ‘07

Laurie Wang oversees the people, culture and communications teams at Legal Aid Alberta, where she shares her passion for access within the legal and justice systems.

Read our Q&A with Laurie Wang


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Justin Yaassoub
Bachelor of Arts ’11

Justin Yaassoub is a Canadian Special Forces veteran who now channels his passion for leadership into his business, All Around Consulting. He received MacEwan’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2018.

Read our Q&A with Justin Yaassoub


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Mallory Yawnghwe
Bachelor of Commerce ’18

Mallory Yawnghwe is the founder and CEO of Indigenous Box, a seasonal subscription box and corporate gifting service that promotes the work of Indigenous entrepreneurs.

Read our Q&A with Mallory Yawnghwe

Children's book author, Juno award winner and current Arts and Cultural Management student Garth Prinsonsky was also honoured as one of this year's Top 40 Under 40.
Read more about Garth
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