COMMUNITY SALONS: Going virtual!

Our regular community salons were suspended back in March due to closure of programming and event spaces in our partner facilities of the Calgary Public Library. But we're getting set to resume these salons virtually!

Stay tuned for additional information coming soon, as we work out the details for offering new virtual salons as part of the CPL's "Library at Home" series

-- The TEDxCalgary team


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Lourdes Juan

Published in ENGAGE: Deeply (2020)

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 including Soma Hammam & Spa, Hive Developments and the Leftovers Foundation.

Shocked at how much unsold bread a single bakery in Calgary had at closing time, Lourdes founded Leftovers in 2012. Today, the large charity works with nearly 100 Alberta restaurants, bakeries and grocers to keep more than 300,000 pounds of edible food out of landfills every single year by repurposing it through partnerships with local businesses or redirecting excess food to hungry Albertans who need it the most. In 2019, Lourdes and her team launched Fresh Routes, a social enterprise that creates new ways of providing healthy and affordable food to Canadians including through Calgary’s first mobile grocery store.


Grace Auger

Published in ENGAGE: Deeply (2020)

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 age of eight. She articled and then worked for the Alberta Justice Calgary Crown Prosecutors office for almost seven years.

She currently works for Legal Aid Alberta as a Staff Lawyer/Duty Counsel on the Siksika First Nation, in a program that is unique to Legal Aid and Siksika Nation. She has been a lawyer for over 20 years and truly enjoys the practice of law. Through her work she encounters many Indigenous people who are fearful of the system and afraid to speak up due to the scars and historical trauma of residential school. This profession has given her the opportunity to help empower people and give them a voice, especially Indigenous people.

In 2009, Grace received the Esquao Award for Justice by the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women (IAAW). She is the recipient of the 2018 Women in the Law in Leadership Award (WILL) for Leadership in the Profession (Government). In 2019 Grace was awarded University of Calgary Alumni, ARCH award for Career Achievement.

Grace was Chair and Co-chair for the First Nations Women's Economic Security Council. She was also, Vice President and Acting President for the Indigenous Bar Association. Grace has spent many years to help bridge the gaps in both the Western and Indigenous societies. She encourages young Indigenous people to believe in themselves and to have the courage to go for their dreams. She often says, “If I can do it, anyone can, it just takes hard work, determination and dedication”.

The privilege of being a lawyer coincides with the responsibilities to work towards change in our Justice system that can work for everyone and she is grateful for the opportunities this career has given her. 

Photo Credit: Neepin Auger


James Stauch

Published in ENGAGE: Deeply (2020)

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, including as senior executive for the Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation in Toronto. He has served as chair of the Arctic Funders Collaborative, International Funders for Indigenous Peoples, Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, and the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers Network.

James has published extensively and is the lead author of an annual scan of trends and issues, produced in partnership with Calgary Foundation, and is a leadership faculty member for the Conference Board of Canada’s Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Institute. James is also a regular contributor to the Future of Good and KCI Philanthropy Trends.

His most recent publications include co-authoring a Students’ Guide to Mapping a System, published by the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University, co-authoring In Search of the Althruithm: AI and the Future of Social Good, in partnership with the University of Calgary's School of Public Policy, The Loney Companion: 10 Steps to Starting a Social Enterprise in Canada, produced with Encompass Co-op, and a chapter on the role of business in the community, as part of a forthcoming textbook on the nonprofit sector in Canada, produced by Carleton University and the Muttart Foundation.


Sona Khosla

Published in ENGAGE: Deeply (2020)

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 the year.

Mid-career, Sona decided to make her lengthy work week “mean something to the world,” so she jumped at the opportunity to join Benevity. At Benevity, she’s busy keeping her pulse on the data, trends and dynamics shaping our industry. By providing these insights and best practices, Sona helps some of the world’s most iconic brands promote and grow their programs to create a purpose-driven company culture.

Sona is driven by finding ways to enable humanity to do more of the innate good that is in all of us, and she’s inspired by the idea that companies and their people can be the biggest force for social good. Despite an extreme distaste for her first marketing class, Sona later discovered that a career in marketing was, in fact, her destiny.

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