Soul of the City

Help us decide the winners of the Soul of the City Neighbour Grants

Thank you to the dozens of people/community groups who applied for a Soul of the City Neighbour Grant. Join us to select the grant winners at the 10th Soul of the City event, ‘Celebrating Community’ Monday, April 14 at Vertigo Theatre. Soul of the City Neighbour Grants is a partnership initiative of Calgary Economic Development and The Calgary Foundation.


Upcoming event

Soul of the City - Celebrating Community

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About the Soul of the City Speaker Series

Due to greater worker mobility, global cities are competing to retain their most creative residents and to attract talented newcomers. Only by understanding the needs of their citizens and by providing them with a high quality of life, can cities appeal to the 'creative classes' and prosper by fostering greater social cohesion.

Calgary Economic Development launched the Soul of the City speaker series in September 2012 to bring Calgariansminded commerce, urban design, art, food, creativity, education and diversity.

Here what Mayor Nenshi has to say about Soul of the City.

If you are interested in sponsoring Soul of the City, please contact Megan Zimmerman.


Past events

Topic Watch the video

Soul of the City #9

DIVERSITY IS GOOD BUSINESS
January 15, 2014

Watch Highlights video
Watch Naheed Nenshi's talk
Watch Michael Bach's talk
Watch Karen MacKenzie's talk
Watch Bruce Randall's talk
Watch Deborah Green's talk
Watch Panel Q & A

Soul of the City #8

HOW GOOD COMPANIES MAKE A GREAT CITY
October 1, 2013

Forum Discussion video
Watch Karim Karji's talk
Watch Joyce Sou's talk
Watch Houston Peschl's talk
Watch Dermot Hikisch's talk
Watch Chile Hidalgo's talk
Watch Derek Cook's talk

Soul of the City #7

FESTIVALS AND STREET CULTUREIGNITING LIFE IN OUR CITY
June 6, 2013

Synopsis video
Watch Kevin Stolarick's talk
Watch the Panel Discussion

Soul of the City #6

CELEBRATING AND CULTIVATING LOCAL FOOD IN CALGARY
May 7, 2013

Synopsis video
Watch Connie DeSousa and John Jackson's talk
Watch Luke Kimmel's talk
Watch Eliese Watson's talk
Watch Ron Finlay's talk
Fashion TV interview
 

Soul of the City #5

CREATIVITY IN CALGARY
March 25, 2013

Synopsis video
Watch Jeff Melanson's talk
Watch Patrick Finn's talk

Soul of the City #4

WEAVING PUBLIC ART AND INSPIRING ARCHITECTURE INTO THE FABRIC OF OUR CITY
January 23, 2013

Synopsis video
Watch Yves Trepanier's talk
Watch Karen Ball's talk
Watch Craig Reardon's talk
Watch Rachel Seupersad's talk

Soul of the City #3

NEW FRONTIERS IN URBAN PLANNING AND DESIGN
November 28, 2012

Synopsis video
Watch Ken Greenberg's talk
Watch Marcy McInelly's talk
Watch Doug Olson's talk
 

Soul of the City #2

HOW SUSTAINABLE INITIATIVES MAKE CALGARY MORE COMPETITIVE
October 24, 2012

Watch Chris Turner's talk
Synopsis video
 

Soul of the City #1

WHAT MAKES PEOPLE LOVE WHERE THEY LIVE AND WHY IT MATTERS
September 26, 2012

Watch Dr. Katherine Loflin's talk
Synopsis video