2022 - 2023 Past Events

November 16, 2022


Vice President Creative Industries, Operations & Film Commissioner, Calgary Economic Development

In 2007 Luke joined Calgary Economic Development as the Commissioner for Film, Television and the Creative Industries.  He works with studios, government, unions & producers in Southern Alberta to facilitate and develop local projects and attract new foreign film, television & digital media productions to Alberta.

Prior to joining CED, Luke was the Director of the Creative Electronic Environment, as well as the Banff New Media Institute and the Acting Director of Literary Arts at The Banff Centre, where he developed and directed television and interactive media facilities and personnel.

Prior to Banff, he was owner operator of VisionWorks Commercial Productions. Luke worked with Hockey Canada through four Olympic Games as well as numerous Junior and Women’s World Championships. During this period Luke also was the broadcast liaison for the Calgary Flames hockey operations.

In 2014 Luke was named as one of Venture Magazine’s 50 most influential Albertans.


Wednesday October 19, 2022


Jyoti Gondek was sworn in as Calgary's 37th mayor and the first woman to be elected to this role on October 25, 2021.

Prior to being elected as mayor, she served as city councillor for Ward 3 from 2017 to 2021. She holds a Ph.D. in urban sociology, and an M.A. in organizational sociology.

Throughout her career, Mayor Gondek has taken a big picture approach to pressing challenges. Often, she has found processes and policies exist simply because they have never been questioned. She has come to understand that by probing and chipping away at issues, we move forward with improvements that have meaning in our everyday lives.

Mayor Gondek’s professional background includes leading the Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business where she examined the challenges facing Calgary’s commercial sector as property values in the core plummeted. She knew then that this issue would be a big one for Calgary. She also ran a successful consulting practice for 12 years helping clients in the energy and city-building sectors evolve their business models to fit a changing regulatory and economic environment.


September 21, 2022


"The Death of Public Education"

Richard Hehr has spent over 58 years in Alberta’s Public education system. It commenced with his entry into grade one at St. Louis School in Medicine Hat in 1949. It concluded with his retirement as a trustee from the Calgary Public School District in 2021.

In his career he has taught everything from high school social studies up to elementary. He has served as a vice principal and a principal. He spent two years as a university associate working with student teachers and was a four term president of Calgary Public Local 38. He retired in 2007 after eleven years as Executive Assistant for Calgary Public Teachers ATA.

Richard firmly believes that the public education system is the foundation stone of Canadian democracy. He is concerned that over time the Alberta system has been eroded and debased. Alberta’s commitment to equality of opportunity and a level playing field for all students is a vestige of a bygone era.

At 79 years young Richard remains passionate about public education and will expand on what Alberta should do to return to a public education system which works in the best short and long term interests of all Albertans.