Luminaries gather in Yellowknife for 2017 STARTS NOW — a Canada 150 conference series on June 20, 2013

June 17, 2013

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

What do these top luminaries from a diverse range of pursuits including culture, business, politics, and technology have in common?

  • The Honourable Edna Ekhivalak Elias – Commissioner of Nunavut
  • Erin Freeland Ballantyne – Director, Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning
  • Mark Walker – Vice President, Government and Aboriginal Affairs and Business Solutions, Northwestel
  • David M. Brock – Chief Electoral Officer, Northwest Territories

These great influencers will gather in Yellowknife, on Thursday, June 20 for an exploratory discussion on how best to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. They will present their thoughts on today’s Canada, its future and how to celebrate its 150th anniversary.

The event will be held in the Janvier Room at the Explorer Hotel, between 9:30 am and 1:30 pm.

The event will be co-hosted by Rassi Nashalik, host, CBC News, Igalaaq, CBC News’s Joslyn Oosenbrug, and Rudy Desjardins, host, Le café show, Radio-Canada.

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.

As part of the CANADA 150/2017 STARTS NOW conferences, the 2017 Starts Now Conversation Kit was recently launched to sustain this national dialogue and engage even more Canadians in the conversation. The kit helps families, friends, colleagues and neighbours host their own local conversations in communities and organizations across the country. It provides many tools and resources to help people incubate and inspire ideas for how Canadians will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.

The conferences are being held to bring together citizens and leaders from communities across every region of the country, representing every demographic of our diverse society. This series of regional conferences is taking place across the country from April to June 2013. 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.

The Yellowknife 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 celebrate Canada’s upcoming 150th anniversary of Confederation, and to develop new ways to connect Canadians to national initiatives. Canadians have the opportunity to watch the 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 comments to @cbclive and using #Canada150 on Twitter.

For additional event information and speaker bios, please visit

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

Lyne Rainville, Radio-Canada
Regional communications manager

Renee Weekes
Senior publicist, CBC
416-205-2053 (office)
416-729-7945 (cell)

For VIA Rail Canada
Jacques C. Gagnon
Senior manager, Community and Media Relations, Legal and Corporate Affairs

For Community Foundations of Canada
Anne-Marie McElrone
Vice president, Public Engagement
613-236-2664 x 304

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