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Down to Earth Week

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

Date: April 23, 2017, 2:30 – 5:00pm
Location: Fort Calgary (750 9th Ave. SE)

Growing Food, Jobs & Hope 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

Date: April 24, 2017, 8:00am – 4:00pm
Location: Eighth Avenue Place (600, 585 8th Ave. SW)

Capital for Cause: Back to Basics 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

Date: April 27, 2017, 5:00 – 9:00pm
Location: Hotel Blackfoot (5940 Blackfoot Trail SE)

Innovating for Shared Prosperity 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.

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!

Price: 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.

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 with any comments, concerns, or questions.

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