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Soul of the City #5: The Creative Class - the Calgary we want to see
Thursday, March 21, 2013 from 3:45 PM to 6:00 PM (MDT)
The fifth session in this speaker series will feature U of C Professor Patrick Finn and his ‘creative class’ and Jeff Melanson, President of The Banff Centre.
Pay attention Richard Florida, come and meet Calgary's creative class. Professor Patrick Finn and his team of the top students at the University of Calgary came together with one goal in mind – help build the kind of Calgary that we all want to see. The class comes from different backgrounds and research areas, but work as a team to tackle the complex issues of today.
As part of the Eyes High strategy at the University of Calgary, this class is looking to the future in a new way. Students, staff and faculty are collaborating on a year-long project studying our city and its unique – and some not so unique – challenges. At the Soul of the City event, you will hear what the class has learned and provide value feedback on their research. The class’ final report will be released in April and appropriately titled ‘The Report of the Philosopher Kings.”
Jeff Melanson will use case studies including Canada’s National Ballet School and The Banff Centre to address some of the challenges and opportunities facing the arts in today's digitally enhanced world, with a particular focus on content development, emerging business models and new approaches to fundraising.
So join us for an engaging session on how Calgary can build on its 'creative class' to attract and keep the best and brightest people.
Date & time:
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Appetizers will be served. Cash bar.
Ironwood Stage and Grill
Tickets are $25 (includes applicable service charges) in advance only. GST is included (GST # 886398122).
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About the Soul of the City speaker series:
Due to greater worker mobility, global cities are competing to retain their most creative residents and to attract talented newcomers. Only by understanding the needs of their citizens and by providing them with a high quality of life, can cities appeal to the 'creative classes' and prosper by fostering greater social cohesion.
With Calgary facing a looming labour shortage, now is the time to have this discussion and showcase Calgary’s soul.
The Soul of the City speaker series will cover topics such as sustainability, community-minded commerce, urban design, art, food, creativity, education and diversity.
About Jeff Melanson:
Jeff Melanson was appointed president of The Banff Centre on January 1, 2012. Jeff Melanson holds a bachelor of music from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, where he studied opera, Russian art song, and choral conducting. Melanson also pursued vocal studies at the Oberlin Conservatory. He holds an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo.
From 1998 to 2000, Melanson was the director of development for Opera Ontario. In March 2000, he was appointed assistant dean of the Community School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and at the end of 2001, he was promoted to dean. In his role as dean of RCM’s Community School, Melanson was essential in building the program into the largest community arts school in North America.
In 2006, Melanson was appointed executive director and co-chief executive officer of Canada's National Ballet School.