David Sutcliffe, Theo Fleury and Yann Martel join Saskatoon luminaries for 2017 STARTS NOW – a Canada 150 conference series on May 1, 2013

April 30, 2013

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

Actor, David Sutcliffe from CBC’s Cracked, former NHL star, Theo Fleury and Yann Martel, author of the award winning Life of Pi, join Saskatoon’s most passionate, engaged and thoughtful figures from a diverse range of pursuits — including the arts, business, activism and academia — at the Delta Bessborough on Wednesday, May 1 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 Saskatoon 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 www.2017startsnow.ca. 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.

You can alsolearn more about the CANADA 150/2017 STARTS NOW Conversation Kit, created to sustain this national dialogue beyond the 2017 Starts Now conference series, at www.2017startsnow.ca. The 2017 Conversation Kit will connect Canadians in their communities, at their kitchen tables and in boardrooms. It will contain tools and resources that will help people across the country to engage in the conversation and spark ideas for celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.

DATE: WEDNESDAY, MAY 1
TIME: 9 A.M. (CT)
VENUE: DELTA BESSBOROUGH, 601 SPADINA CRESCENT E, SASKATOON
NOTE: THE CONFERENCE LIVE STREAM WILL BE AVAILABLE AT WWW.2017STARTSNOW.CA STARTING AT 9 A.M (CT).

Confirmed speakers for the Saskatoon event include:

David Sutcliffe – actor, CBC’s Cracked (host)
Geneviève Garon – reporter, Radio-Canada (host)
Theo Fleury – former NHL hockey player
Dr. Stephen Kenny – history professor, university of Regina
Yann Martel – author, Life of Pi
Dr. Alika Lafontaine – physician, winner of Canada’s next great Prime Minister
Leonard Lee – entrepreneur, founder of Lee Valley
Omayra A. Issa – cultural developer, editor, researcher
Zondra Roy – youth activist
Darin Banadyga – executive director, Parks, Tourism & Culture, Government of Saskatchewan
Yves Desjardins-Siciliano – chief legal & corporate affairs, corporate secretary, VIA

For additional event information and speaker bios, please visit www.2017startsnow.ca.

Tickets are available, however, seating is limited. To attend, please register at saskatoon2017.eventbrite.ca or email canada150@cbc.ca.

For further information or to arrange access/interviews, contact:

For CBC
Renee Weekes
senior publicist, CBC
416-205-2053 (office)
416-729-7945 (cell)
Renee.Weekes@cbc.ca

For Radio-Canada
Martine Bordeleau
communications manager, Radio-Canada
204-788-3699
martine.bordeleau@radio-canada.ca

For VIA Rail Canada
Jacques C. Gagnon
senior manager, Community and Media Relations, Legal and Corporate Affairs
514-871-6604
jacques_gagnon@viarail.ca

For Community Foundations of Canada
Anne-Marie McElrone
vice president, Public Engagement
613-236-2664 x 304
amcelrone@cfc-fcc.ca

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