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


    Navin Arora

    Senior Vice President, TELUS Business Solutions West and Customer Experience, and TELUS Calgary Community Board member

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

    Introduction to VivaCity – Best of Calgary Social Innovation Partner - From First Calgary President Shelley Vandenberg

    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

    Karen Ball, a culture and community engagement leader who led Calgary's year as Cultural Capital in 2012

    Mitch Lee

    Founder and Director at Beat Drop, Alberta's only music production and DJ 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.

    Donna Livingstone

    President and CEO of Glenbow - Donna has impressive experience in leading change in western Canadian arts and cultural organizations. She is well known in the Calgary community and has a deep understanding of Glenbow from her experience as Vice President of Programs and Exhibitions in the 1990s and from her role as a member of Glenbow’s Board of Directors where she chaired the Collections and Access Committee. Under Donna’s leadership, Glenbow is repositioning itself and its amazing resources to bring new vibrancy to Calgary’s downtown arts community.

  • 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 Calgary Inclusive Hockey Association and the Calgary Pioneers, Alberta’s first LGBTQ focussed hockey team.  Mike is an Ambassador with the You Can Play Project, helping drive equality in local sport.


    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.

    Kevin Kobelka

    Executive Director for Hockey Calgary where he has led this organization since 2013. In this role he oversees the development and management of over 14,000 youth hockey players who participate in the different streams of hockey within Calgary.  During his time at Hockey Calgary he has been instrumental in driving change within the organization.  New initiatives include, a focus on the First Shift Program, a new House League Program, regionalizing the atom division and implementing more non-body checking divisions at the bantam and midget levels.

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

    Keynote Speaker

    Patricia McLeod, Q.C., ICD.D

    Patricia McLeod, Q.C. is a lawyer and corporate director with over 23 years of inhouse legal experience in regulated and deregulated companies and private practice law firms.  Patricia is proficient in the areas of corporate/commercial, compliance and securities law, corporate strategy, privacy, ethics, sustainability and social responsibility and corporate governance.

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

    Coffee/Tea Break

    Sponsored by ATB Financial, featuring Analog Coffee and 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 care about the planet and the community. Collectively, REAP members represent 5,500 Calgary-area jobs, $17 million in annual charitable contributions, and $21 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. CFN partners with the community to welcome newcomers and assists 10,000 immigrants and refugees every year in the areas of settlement, integration, language, employment and child & youth services.

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

    "A Time For Connecting" Happy Hour

    First Conversations with the speakers and panelists presented by First Calgary, sponsored by Village Brewery.

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

    Wrap Up