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Naheed Nenshi - Inspiring talk

Mayor Naheed Nenshi inspires us to end poverty!


 The End of Poverty 

In Calgary, we will to gather to have a conversation about ending poverty together. What is the end of poverty? What will it take to end economic poverty in Canada? If we reduce poverty to 5%, have we effectively ended economic poverty? Below 5%, is poverty more about health and well-being, and will bringing it down to zero require vastly different strategies? At 5%, could Canada afford (as Conservative politician Hugh Segal recommends), a Guaranteed Annual Income? Let’s brainstorm together!


Cities are leading the way! In a recent article, David Brooks of the New York Times shared that Canadian cities are working together in an unprecedented way to develop place-based approaches to ending poverty.


Today, 82 communities representing more than 300 municipalities across Canada have, or are developing, community plans that engage governments, businesses, not-for-profits, and citizens with lived/living experience of poverty to work together to implement new approaches. Cities Reducing Poverty is effectively the largest network of its kind in the world. We are at a unique moment in history in which cities, provinces/territories) and our federal government are all converging with independent, yet interrelated, poverty reduction strategies. 

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Who Should Attend?


This gathering will host learners from 350 communities, each one committed to ending local poverty. Elected officials from all levels of government, city staff, business leaders, funders, poverty reduction collaborative leaders, community organizations, and experts with lived/living experience of poverty will teach and learn together. The event is open to anyone interested in learning about innovative ways that all sectors can work together to end poverty. We invite you to be part of this monumental discussion.


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 Our Thought Leaders 

Throughout the gathering, we will be guided by a number of Thought Leaders from the field who will share their experiences and inspire group conversation.

Melody Barnes

Melody was director of the White House Domestic Policy Council and assistant to President Barack Obama afrom 2009 until 2012. Previously, she was Executive Vice President for policy at Center for American Progress and Chief Counsel for then-Senator Edward Kennedy.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi

Naheed Nenshi, honoured with the Blackfoot name A’paistootsiipsii, was sworn in as Calgary's 36th mayor on October 25, 2010, and re-elected in 2013 and 2017. Maclean’s magazine has called him the second-most influential person in Canada, after the Prime Minister. He was awarded the 2014 World Mayor Prize by the UK-based City Mayor’s Foundation as the best mayor in the world.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi

Liz Weaver

Liz is passionate about the power and potential of communities getting to impact on complex issues. She also works at advancing collaborative leadership, collective impact skills and strategies in communities across Canada, the US and internationally.

Paul Born

Paul Born is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Tamarack Institute and the author of two Canadian best selling books. He is an international faculty member of the ABCD Institute, a Senior Member of Ashoka (the world's largest network of social innovators), and a member of the Order of Canada.

Mark Cabaj

Mark’s current focus is on developing practical ways to understand, plan and evaluate efforts to address complex issues (e.g. neighbourhood renewal, poverty and homelessness, community safety, educational achievement and health).

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“I realized from those I sat with during the previous [Tamarack summit] plenary sessions and those I learned from in each workshop that everyone is already making the idea of The End of Poverty in Canada possible. We have been planting the seeds to grow this idea for many years.”

- Jennifer Chivers, Hamilton


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