Guest article by: Mark Holmgren, Director of Vibrant Communities Canada, Tamarack Institute
At the 2015 National Poverty Reduction Summit in Ottawa, Ontario, Calgary Mayor, Naheed Nenshi called on cities to take leadership around ending poverty and “to push our conversation further: into our communities, the minds of our decision-makers, our business leaders, and others, and start creating partnerships together”.
Acting on this call challenge, Vibrant Communities Canada, in partnership with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and the City of Edmonton, invite you to be among the 300 people attending Cities Reducing Poverty: When Mayors Lead in Edmonton, Alberta, April 5th to 7th.
Together at this gathering, we will:
- Deepen our understanding of poverty in communities and its impact on our cities’ economic and social prosperity;
- Share and learn about successful strategies and proven solutions tested by extraordinary innovators (including the launch of a key paper on the work of cities reducing poverty);
- Develop and advance best practices to strengthen policies, systems, and collective actions to reduce poverty across the country;
- Advance our understanding about what is being done to address the impacts of poverty on Aboriginal people; and,
- Inspire one another with an in-depth and interactive experience of Edmonton’s poverty reduction strategy which includes a full-afternoon tour in the downtown core, followed by a Reception at City Hall.
The attendee list includes mayors, city councillors, inspiring thought leaders, community leaders and poverty reduction advocates who are interested in learning about best practices in community-based poverty reduction and how to coordinate our collective efforts to reduce poverty throughout Canada.
Our confirmed speaker list is growing, and we are looking forward to hearing from:
- Mayor Don Iveson, City of Edmonton
- Mayor Brian Bowman, City of Winnipeg
- Mayor Mel Norton, City of Saint John
- Mayor Johnathan Cote, City of New Westminster
- Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell, City of Toronto
- Brock Carlton, CEO, Federation of Canadian Municipalities
- Alan Broadbent, Founder and Chair Avana Capital Corporation and Maytree
- Stephen Huddart, President and CEO, McConnell Family Foundation
- Andrea Cohen Barrack, CEO, Ontario Trillium Foundation
- Elizabeth McIsaac, President, Maytree Foundation
- Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Society of Canada
- Celeste Licorish, Coordinator, Speak Now! Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction
- And there are more to come!
Please visit the event website to see who else will be attending and to learn more about the gathering.
As you well know, poverty is a complex yet solvable problem. Together, we have the wisdom and the experience to be a national, dynamic force for change. Join us for this historical dialogue. Let’s work and learn together in order to influence how our governments and communities can turn the table on poverty and support our nation’s most vulnerable people.
We look forward to seeing you there.