Calgary luminaries gather for 2017 STARTS NOW – A CANADA 150 conference series on April 12, 2013

April 9, 2013

Multi-city conference series aimed at developing best ways to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017

Calgary mayor, Naheed Nenshi, as well as 10 of Calgary’s most passionate, engaged and thoughtful figures from a diverse range of pursuits — including the arts, business, activism and academia — will gather at the University of Calgary on Friday, April 12 for an exploratory discussion on how best to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.

CBC/Radio-Canada, in partnership with Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) and Via Rail Canada, is sparking the national conversation about Canada’s upcoming 150th anniversary of Confederation with the CANADA 150/2017 STARTS NOW conference series, in collaboration with other local and national organizations.

CANADA 150/2017 STARTS NOW is a series of regional conferences taking place across the country from April to June 2013. Developed to inform and inspire, CANADA 150/2017 STARTS NOW will ignite local, regional and national conversations around what 2017 means, and how we should celebrate Canada’s upcoming 150th anniversary of Confederation. The conferences will be held in both official languages and will bring together citizens and leaders from communities across every region of the country, representing every demographic of our diverse society.

The Calgary event is one of a dozen related conferences being held across the country, aimed at informing, inspiring and incubating local and regional projects and ideas to mark the country’s sesquicentennial, and to develop new ways to connect Canadians to national initiatives. Canadians will have the opportunity to watch the 12 CANADA 150/2017 STARTS NOW conferences via live stream on the interactive digital platform at Additionally, Canadians can participate in the conferences live by submitting questions and comments to @cbclive #Canada150 on Twitter.

Ideas and suggestions generated at the conferences will be compiled and presented at the CANADA 150/2017 STARTS NOW summary event in Ottawa on June 27.

DATE: Friday, April 12
TIME: 9 A.M. (MT)
VENUE: The University of Calgary Downtown Campus – Event Centre (Main Floor), 906 8 Ave. S.W.

NOTE: the conference LIVE STREAM WILL BE AVAILABLE at starting at 9 a.m.

Confirmed participants for the Calgary event include:

  • Sylvain Bascaron, journalist, Radio-Canada (conference host)
  • Amber Marshall, actress, Heartland, CBC (conference host)
  • Michelle Cameron, Gold medal winner, Olympic Games
  • Lorna Crowshoe, aboriginal issues strategist, City of Calgary
  • Todd Hirsch, author and senior economist, ATB Financial
  • Colin Jackson, chair, imagiNation 150 (Calgary)
  • Sam Jenkins, CEO WellNext and chair, Edmonton International Fringe Festival
  • Kurt Kadatz, corporate communications director, Calgary Stampede
  • Gareth Lewis, senior advisor, international government relations, Nexen
  • Naheed Nenshi, mayor, City of Calgary
  • Erin O’Conner, executive director, One Yellow Rabbit Theatre
  • Karen Radford, executive vice-president, people and partners, Enbridge
  • Inouk Touzin, artistic director, Théâtre à Pic

For additional event information and speaker bios, please visit

About CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, Internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages.

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