Winnipeg Conference tracks Governor General's call to action two years
WINNIPEG, MB, June 3, 2013 /CNW/ - Two years after Canada's Governor
General called on Canadians to help him build a "smarter and more
caring nation" leading up to 2017, Canada's 191 community foundations
are gathering in Winnipeg to personally share their progress with the
Governor General and prepare to spread his message to communities from
coast to coast over the next four years.
"We've been working on Smart & Caring Communities, our response to the Governor General's call since our last conference
in 2011 and we're ready to share some of those stories and prepare for
the next phase," says Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) President
and CEO Ian Bird. "Our 2013 Conference is all about the difference we
want to make in our communities leading up to the country's 150th and beyond."
CFC 2013 Conference: Inspiring Smart & Caring Communities is an international gathering of more than 600 community leaders taking
place June 6 to 8 in Winnipeg, the birthplace of Canada's community
"The Winnipeg Foundation marked the beginning of what is now a
nationwide movement of more than 191 community foundations," says Bird.
"Together we hold more than $3.5 billion in assets and serve more than
80 per cent of the population, now we're ready to mobilize our national
network in powerful and unprecedented ways."
On the agenda at this week's conference, to be held at the Winnipeg
Convention Centre, are some of the most pressing issues facing Canadian
communities, including Aboriginal affairs, food security, human rights,
and engaging the next generation of thinkers and leaders in key debates
about our shared future.
The CFC 2013 Conference will be opened by Shawn A-in-chut Atleo,
National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, who will talk via
video about his bold plans for the future of Aboriginal people. The
Governor General of Canada will also be featured in conversation with
CBC host Shelagh Rogers. An inspiring lineup of presenters includes
filmmaker and human rights advocate Alexandre Trudeau; renowned
philanthropist Gail Asper; Sarah Sladek, a Next Gen intelligence guru
and founder of XYZ University; and Jowi Taylor, founder of the
multi-media project Six String Nation.
Conference participants are coming from across Canada, the United
States, Europe, Africa, China, Russia and South America. Full details
are available at http://www.cfc-conference.ca/
About Community Foundations of Canada
Community Foundations of Canada is the national network for Canada's
more than 190 community foundations, which help Canadians invest in
building strong and resilient places to live, work, and play. Community
foundations are one of the largest supporters of communities, providing
more than $143 million in support of local priorities and organizations
in 2012. To find out more visit www.communityfoundations.ca
Note to media: A backgrounder with conference highlight is available on our conference
SOURCE: Community Foundations of Canada
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