Kim Sturgess is the founder and CEO of Alberta WaterSMART, a services organization committed to improving water management through better technologies and practices. WaterSMART has been widely recognized for work in collaborative watershed management and contributions to key issues of flood and drought management. Kim is also the Executive Director of the not-for-profit Alberta WaterPortal Society, which provides education on key water issues in Alberta and around the world.
As the CEO of several technology based companies over her career, she has extensive experience in technology start-ups and technology management, as well as in oil and gas, pipelines, and industrial products and services. In addition to serving on the boards of her own companies, she serves on the boards of CCI Thermal Technologies, the Alberta Chamber of Resources and the Alberta Land Institute. Formerly she served as a director of the Alberta Water Council, the Calgary Airport Authority, the Council of Canadian Academies, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the National Research Council, APEGA, the Alberta Economic Development Authority, and Queen's University. She served as President of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.
She has been recognized with the YWCA Women of Distinction award, the Global Woman of Vision award, the Distinguished Service Award and the Alumni Achievement Award from Queen's University, the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Alberta Centennial Medal. In 2007, she was named as one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women, and in 2012 she was named Business Woman of the Year in Calgary by the Consumers Choice Awards. In 2015 she was awarded the SCI Canada Medal and was recognized by the Alberta Science and Technology Foundation for Outstanding Contribution to the Alberta Science and Technology Community.
Kim graduated from Queen’s University with a degree in Engineering Physics, and from Western University with a Masters of Business Administration, and in June 2016 received an Honourary Doctor of Science degree from Queen’s University. She is a registered Professional Engineer in the province of Alberta and in February 2016 Kim was awarded the Order of Canada, recognizing her outstanding achievement, dedication to the community, and service to the nation.