Best of Calgary 2017 - Telus Community Day

Celebrating our City

May 29, 2017 - 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bella Concert Hall

  • Monday 29th of May, 2017 // 11:30 AM

    Best of Calgary - Best Food Trucks

    Come early to purchase samples from our “Best Food Truck” winners and finalists, before our programming begins.

  • Monday 29th of May, 2017 // 12:30 PM

    Performance by Beni Johnson

    Johnson is the Founder of 10 at 10, an event and media platform dedicated to showcasing artists, cultivating culture and promoting Calgary’s hip hop community, and also an Avenue Top 40 Under 40.

  • Monday 29th of May, 2017 // 12:35 PM

    Welcome from Mayor Naheed Nenshi

  • Monday 29th of May, 2017 // 12:45 PM

    Introduction to VivaCity – Best of Calgary Social Innovation Partner

    James Stauch, Director of the Institute for Community Prosperity at the Bissett School of Business at Mount Royal University, leads this collaboration of six post-secondary institutions that created two university credit courses – one on civic development and the other on social innovation. Nearly 40 students participated in this inaugural program that examined how to better utilize the vacant office space in Calgary’s core, to make downtown more attractive to the next generation of Calgarians.

  • Monday 29th of May, 2017 // 1:00 PM

    Panel Discussion: Why Arts & Culture Matters in Building Community

    Moderator Karen Ball will lead our panel through a discussion on why a strong arts and culture community makes for a better and more livable city.

    Karen Ball

    A fundraising executive who has served as Executive Director of Calgary 2012, as Director of Resource Development at Calgary Arts Development, and as Director of Advancement for Alberta College of Art & Design (ACAD). She presently serves on the board of the Calgary Olympic Bid Exploration (2026 Winter Games).

    Mitch Lee

    Founder and head instructor Beat Drop, a music production house and deejay school. Lee also owns Redemption, a boutique multi-award winning custom music and sound house.

    Troy Emery Twigg

    An artist from the Kainai Blackfoot Nation who works in theatre and dance as a choreographer, performer, storyteller and educator.

  • Monday 29th of May, 2017 // 1:35 PM

    Performance by Cool Choir

    Cool Choir is the city’s first inclusive, non-auditioned adult rock and pop choir experience, consisting of over 300 Calgarians.

  • Monday 29th of May, 2017 // 1:45 PM

    Panel Discussion: The Importance of Sport in Building Community

    Moderator Kyle Shewfelt and the panel will discuss the importance of sport and recreation in building a strong community from a young age.

    Kyle Shewfelt

    An Olympic gold medalist and Canada’s most successful gymnast in history, Shewfelt is now the owner of Kyle Shewfelt Gymnastics.

    Mike Bell

    Founder of The Pioneers, Calgary’s first gay hockey team.

    Amal Mohammed

    An Immigrant of Distinction Award recipient in 2013, she is the founder of The Somali International Youth Board, which offers youth of any ethnicity participation in social awareness and recreation facilities. Through the Somali United Basketball League, she provides basketball programming for young men (ages 16-25) in her community.

    Jean-Claude Munyezamu

    Founder and President of Soccer Without Boundaries, a non-profit organization the provides sports opportunities for new Canadians, with special focus on the children of refugees.

  • Monday 29th of May, 2017 // 2:25 PM

    Keynote Speaker

    Patricia McLeod, Q.C., ICD.D

    Associate General Counsel at Western Financial Group & Corporate Director

  • Monday 29th of May, 2017 // 2:35 PM

    Coffee/Tea Break

    Sponsored by ATB Financial, featuring Fiasco gelato

  • Monday 29th of May, 2017 // 3:00 PM


  • Monday 29th of May, 2017 // 3:05 PM

    Panel Discussion: The Community Benefits of Eating Local

    Through our moderator from ATB’s Agriculture Division this panel will look at the importance of local food production and why this should matter to the community at large.

    Stephanie Jackman

    Founder and President of REAP (Respect for the Earth and All People), a not-for-profit association for Southern Alberta businesses that are locally owned and that care about the planet and the community. Collectively, REAP represents 7,500 Calgary-area jobs, $8.5 million in annual charitable contributions, and more than $4 billion in annual revenue.

    Tony Marshall

    Owner of Highwood Crossing Foods, a family-owned certified organic food producer. A panel of top chefs and food producers named Highwood one of the “Best Artisan Food Producers in Canada” in 2013.

    Michael Noble

    Owner of NOtaBLE and Nash restaurants, Noble has worked as a chef in some of Western Canada’s best kitchens over 35 years.

    Patricia Koyich

    A restaurant consultant and instructor at SAIT, Koyich was the owner/operator of Il Sogno, one of Calgary’s best known Italian restaurants for nearly 15 years.

  • Monday 29th of May, 2017 // 3:45 PM

    Keynote Speaker

    Anila Umar Lee Yuen

    Anila is the Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Newcomers. She is passionate about working towards sustainable solutions for marginalized groups around the world to live vibrant and healthy lives. Anila currently volunteers with the Calgary Foundation, the International Agriculture and Agri-Foods  ommittee for the Calgary Stampede, the Association of Professional Fundraisers (AFP) – Calgary, and Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies (AA ISA).

  • Monday 29th of May, 2017 // 4:00 PM

    "A Time For Connecting" Happy Hour

    sponsored by Village Brewery

  • Monday 29th of May, 2017 // 5:00 PM

    Wrap Up