Down to Earth Week

Down To Earth Week 2017 is proudly presented by REAP Business Association and SAGE Investment Advisors. Starting the day after Earth Day, join us for interactive learning and networking events around Calgary to celebrate social innovation and local business.

Get connected to Calgary's changemakers! Our 2016 Down to Earth Week events helped participants make more than 1,500 new connections, resulting in more than $4 million in new business. If your local business is concerned with creating environmental and community benefits as well as profits, our proven format will help you connect with the right prospective customers. These Calgary events are a must for any local business that is looking to grow!

In partnership with Universal Access, REAP has performed a basic evaluation of all of the Down to Earth Week venues to ensure they are inclusive and can accommodate all guests and their basic needs. We appreciate feedback that helps us ensure that all guests feel comfortable and welcome. Please feel free to reach out to Fiona at admin@reapcalgary.com with any comments, concerns, or questions.

Down To Earth Week - All Access Pass

April 23, 2017 - April 27, 2017
2:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Are you a social innovator? A Calgarian of vision who believes in the power of living locally, building thriving communities and shared prosperity? Are you an entrepreneur who does business differently, who cares deeply about people and the planet in addition to making a profit? Are you looking to connect with others who think, live, and do business the same way you do?

If you are, then Down To Earth Week is definitely for you.

Down To Earth Week 2017 will bring together 19 presenters across three interactive events, all of whom are visionaries and agents of social change. Together we will explore ideas and come up with creative new ways to instigate meaningful, long-term change in Calgary, both socially and from a business point of view.

Growing Food, Jobs & Hope on April 23 (2:30-5pm at Fort Calgary) will feature social entrepreneur, urban farmer and author, Michael Ableman. Your ticket includes a copy of his fourth and latest book: Street Farm: Growing Food, Jobs and Hope on the Urban Frontier. After Michael's keynote, get inspired and connected to three Calgary organizations that are working at the intersection of urban food production and poverty. Representatives from Boks Farms, Grow Calgary, and The Alex Community Food Centre will share openly the challenges of creating meaningful work for those left out of the mainstream economy, using local food production as an instrument of change.

Capital for Cause: Back to Basics on April 24 (8am-4pm at Eighth Avenue Place) will connect social entrepreneurs with impact investors who are interested in generating a triple bottom line return. Jason Switzer from Alberta Clean Technology Industry Association (ACTIA) will provide a keynote presentation, followed by panel discussions and working groups on food security and affordable housing. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Innovating for Shared Prosperity on April 27 (5-9pm at Hotel Blackfoot) will inspire and connect those who are passionate about building thriving communities, creating good jobs and doing business differently. City of Calgary city manager, Jeff Fielding, will share the ways in which Calgary is supporting innovations for shared prosperity and the creation of a resilient local economy. Jeff's keynote will be followed by six short presentations by local changemakers, facilitated networking and World Café discussion groups. Your ticket includes a buffet dinner.

All Access Passes are $340 (plus taxes and fees) and include:

  • One ticket to each event
  • Priority seating all three events
  • Delicious, locally sourced dinner for special guest Michael Ableman, which will follow his presentation at Growing Food, Jobs & Hope (6:30-9 pm at Deane House)
  • Cocktails with Michael Ableman, City Councillors, and other special guests at an exclusive VIP reception before dinner (5:30-6:30 pm at Deane House)
  • Behind the scenes access and personal introductions to our sponsors and presenters
  • Unique opportunities to speak with today's thought leaders on important social issues and find out how you and your business can get involved
  • One free drink ticket at Innovating for Shared Prosperity

All Down To Earth Week events are bullfrogpowered with 100% green energy. Proudly presented by REAP Business Association and SAGE Investment Advisors.

Growing Food, Jobs & Hope

April 23, 2017
3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Fort Calgary
750 9 Avenue SE
Calgary

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The first event for Down to Earth Week 2017, Growing Food, Jobs & Hope brings one of Canada's most recognized and renowned social entreprenuers to Calgary.

Michael Ableman is an educator, organic farmer, author and advocate for urban agriculture. His fourth and latest book, Street Farm: Growing Food, Jobs and Hope on the Urban Frontier, is the focal point for for the evening. Michael will give a keynote presentation that outlines his experience creating urban farms in Vancouver's east end, based on a simple idea: rehabilitation through meaningful work.

Everyone in attendance will receive a copy of Street Farm, and Michael will be available for signing. Following Michael's presentation, a panel of Calgary's leading sustainable food experts and community developers will discuss the opportunities and challenges at the intersection of urban food production and poverty, showcasing local initiatives that are opening doors to change. Panelists include Mark Van Engelen from Boks Farms, Paul Hughes from Grow Calgary, and Renee MacKillop from The Alex Community Food Centre. Panel discussion will be moderated by Ward 8 City Councillor, Evan Woolley.

Tickets are $25 (plus taxes and fees) and include a copy of Street Farm.

Growing Food, Jobs & Hope is sponsored by Deane House, Fort Calgary, Hotel Arts, River Café, and Ward 8 & Council Colleagues.

Part of Down To Earth Week 2017 (April 23-27) - a celebration of social innovation and local business. All events are bullfrogpowered with 100% green energy. 

Proudly presented by REAP Business Association and SAGE Investment Advisors

After the presentations, Deane House will be hosting a special dinner event where Michael will be guest of honour. Tickets are available, but seating is limited. Call 403-264-0595 or visit deanehouse.com to reserve your seat. For more details, click here to visit our event page.

Capital for Cause: Back to Basics

April 24, 2017
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Eighth Avenue Place
525 8 Avenue SW
Calgary

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Capital for Cause: Back to Basics is a must-attend event for all impact investors and social entrepreneurs looking to unleash capital for greater social impact as well as financial returns. It will be an engaging and interactive day of discussion and idea generation focusing on the topics of affordable housing and food security.

This all-day multi-layered event begins with a keynote presentation by Jason Switzer from Alberta Clean Technology Industry Association. Our first panel discussion on food security will include: Michael Ableman, co-founder of Sole Food Street Farms; Meghan Dear, founder of Localize; Darren MacLean, chef and owner of Shokunin; and will be moderated by Janet Henderson, co-founder of Slow Food Calgary and City Palate. Our second panel discussion will be focused on affordable housing and includes: Season and Jason Mosby from Clear Builders; Twyla Hayes, founder of Lifehouse; and Paul Leroux, tiny homes investor and consumer.

Attendees will have the opportunity to dive deeply into the topics introduced in the panels through working groups, networking and idea development.

Tickets are $80 (plus taxes and fees) and include breakfast and lunch. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available.

Capital for Cause: Back to Basics is sponsored by Place2Give Foundation.

Part of Down To Earth Week 2017 (April 23-27) - a celebration of social innovation and local business. All events are bullfrogpowered with 100% green energy.

Proudly presented by REAP Business Association and SAGE Investment Advisors.

Innovating for Shared Prosperity

April 27, 2017
5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Hotel Blackfoot
5940 Blackfoot Trail SE
Calgary

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Join us for an inspiring evening of learning and networking with Calgary's leading social entrepreneurs. Innovating for Shared Prosperity will inspire and connect Calgary's social entrepreneurs to advance their important work.

The evening will kick off with a keynote presentation by City of Calgary city manager, Jeff Fielding, who will share the ways in which Calgary is supporting innovation and creating a resilient local economy. Following Jeff's presentation, six local changemakers will showcase how their initiatives are building thriving communities, creating good jobs, and doing business differently. You'll hear from:

  • Sean Crump, Universal Access
  • Hannah Cree, CMNGD
  • Alexi Davis, Prospect
  • Mitch Thomson, Olds Institute
  • Kyle Stretch, Local Investing YYC
  • Patti Pon, Calgary Arts Development

The evening will wind up with networking and a World Café dialogue, helping you connect with presenters and other guests to identify opportunities to collaborate to advance the new economy. This event is a must for anyone leading a mission-driven business, social enterprise or cooperative. Come prepared to be informed and energized, to share your own ideas and identify opportunities to collaborate with like-minded social entrepreneurs!

Innovating for Shared Prosperity is a preview of EconoUs2017 - the national community economic development conference that will take place in Calgary from September 13-15.

Tickets are $50 (plus taxes and fees) and include a buffet dinner. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available.

Innovating for Shared Prosperity is sponsored by Hotel Blackfoot, Momentum, North Hill Centre, and Thrive. Read this article to learn more about it!

Part of Down To Earth Week 2017 (April 23-27) - a celebration of social innovation and local business. All events are bullfrogpowered with 100% green energy.

Proudly presented by REAP Business Association and SAGE Investment Advisors