ENGAGE: Deeply (2020)

Their work and lives exemplify our theme of "ENGAGE: Deeply"... they have gone deep around key ideas, or consistently demonstrated a lifelong passion for engaging with our community on important issues. And, their talks will allow you — our participants — to find new and deep connections with one another, and their ideas.

View the speakers from our 2020 "ENGAGE: Deeply" main annual event, being held on March 28, 2020.


Miranda Krogstad--Storyteller

Miranda KrogstadStoryteller

Spoken word poet meets eternal optimist: Miranda's poetry ranges in topic from child's play to empowerment, giving life's obstacles a feel-good finish. A Calgary Arts Development grant recipient, a 2-time Canada Council for the Arts grant recipient, a member of the 2016 national wild card team, and a member of…
Chelsea Vowel--Writer, Public Intellectual

Chelsea VowelWriter, Public Intellectual

Chelsea Vowel is Métis from manitow-sâkahikan (Lac Ste. Anne) Alberta, currently residing in amiskwacîwâskihikan (Edmonton). Mother to six girls, she has a BEd, an LLB, and a MA, and is a Cree language instructor. Chelsea is a public intellectual, writer, and educator whose work intersects language, gender, Métis self-determination, and…
Geoff Zakaib--Technology for Community

Geoff ZakaibTechnology for Community

Geoff is the President of Zakaib Strategies Inc., a management consulting firm based in Calgary that specializes in the areas of business technology and information management. Geoff has a strong interest in data and is involved in a number of initiatives that span the public, private and social sectors. He…
Sona Khosla--Connecting for Social Good

Sona KhoslaConnecting for Social Good

Sona Khosla is VP Marketing at Benevity, Inc., the global leader in corporate social responsibility and employee engagement software. Her background includes 15 years in marketing disruptive technology ranging from international online payments to stock imagery. In 2015, she led a campaign that ranked #2 on Adweek’s Top Stories of…
James Stauch--Innovating for Community Prosperity

James StauchInnovating for Community Prosperity

In his role as Director of the Institute for Community Prosperity at Mount Royal University, James has led the creation of non-credit, co-curricular and credit-based programs for students and practitioners in social innovation, community investment and the economics of social change. James previously served as a philanthropy executive and consultant,…
Grace Auger--Bridging Cultures

Grace AugerBridging Cultures

Grace Auger is Cree from the Bigstone Cree Nation in Treaty 8 Territory in Northern Alberta, and is a proud mother to three adult children and grandmother to five grandchildren. Grace was called to the Alberta Bar in 1997, and while attending Law School she had three children under the…
Lourdes Juan--Rescuing Community Food

Lourdes JuanRescuing Community Food

What does a spa, an urban planning consultancy and a bus loaded with fruits and veggies have in common? Lourdes Juan builds teams that solve problems. Lourdes is a Calgary-based entrepreneur and planner who oversees dozens of staff and hundreds of volunteers at the diverse companies and non-profits she’s founded…
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