Calgary Homeless Foundation Trail Blazer Breakfast

Presented by:


Hyatt Regency Calgary
700 Centre Street SE
Calgary, AB, T2G 5P6


Thursday, May 12, 2021
Registration 7:30 a.m.
Program 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.

2021 Trail Blazer Ambassadors

Jeff Boyd

Regional President, Alberta & Territories,
RBC Royal Bank

Karen Gosbee

Co-Chair, Community Action on Mental Health and Addiction Stewardship Group

Rachel Herbert

Rancher, Trail’s End Beef

Sandip Lalli

President & CEO, Calgary Chamber

Tim Logel

President & Co-Founder, Logel Homes and Cardel Lifestyles

Ellen Parker

CEO, Owner Parker PR

Grit McCreath

Chancellor, University of Saskatchewan

Matt Mura

Partner, Ernst & Young LLP 

Mike Shaikh


Curtis Stange

President & CEO, ATB

 Melanie Timmons

Executive Director, War Stories Society

"A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be." ~ Rosalynn Carter

Ten years ago, Calgary blazed a trail by doing something no one in Canada had ever attempted before; launching the nation’s first 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness, and charging CHF with its implementation. In 2018, Calgary launched the Together To Zero Strategic Directives, Charting Calgary’s Path to the End of Homelessness. 

Through local community leadership and a collective impact approach, Calgary has built an internationally recognized, coordinated, homeless-serving system of care that is designed to better meet the needs of vulnerable Calgarians.

As a result of the transformative thought-leadership provided and the intentional change-orientated actions taken, over 10,000 people in our city, comprised of adults, families and youth who had experienced homelessness were provided with permanent and appropriate housing with the necessary supports in place to maintain their homes. Adoption of the Housing First model with integrated social supports has produced the following system-wide impacts in our city:


Our Keynote Speaker

We are pleased to present Lieutenant-General (ret) The Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire, as our keynote speaker this year.

Photo courtesy of St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation, London, ON

Lieutenant-General (ret) The Honorable Roméo A. Dallaire

General Roméo Dallaire is the founder of the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, a global partnership with the mission to end the recruitment and use of child soldiers. A celebrated advocate for human rights, General Dallaire is also a respected author, government and UN advisor, and former Canadian Senator.

Throughout his distinguished military career, General Dallaire served most notably as Force Commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda prior to and during the 1994 genocide. General Dallaire provided the United Nations with information about the planned massacre, which ultimately took more than 800,000 lives in less than 100 days; yet, permission to intervene was denied and the UN withdrew its peacekeeping forces. General Dallaire, along with a small contingent of Ghanaian and Tunisian soldiers and military observers, disobeyed the command to withdraw and remained in Rwanda to fulfill their ethical obligation to protect those who sought refuge with the UN forces.

Whether as military commander, humanitarian, senator or author, Roméo Dallaire has elevated our national consciousness. He continues to work tirelessly to bring national and international attention to situations too-often ignored, whether the atrocities of the Rwandan genocide, the struggle that he and many other military veterans face with post-traumatic stress disorder, or the recruitment and use of child soldiers.

Why Are We Hosting?

The Trail Blazer breakfast is a unique opportunity for you to be inspired by a true humanitarian trailblazer; military commander, humanitarian, senator and author, Roméo Dallaire. Hear his reflections on the need for trailblazing leadership in Canada, specifically in the area of mental health and homelessness as a Canadian health crisis,  and join other CHF supporters and investors in celebrating the successes of the sector and the results of our collective community impact:

– Over 10,000 people housed since 2008.
– Over 580 housing units built specifically for the sector.
– The sector consistently achieving  over +90% retention rate for people remaining in the housing they’re placed in thanks to supports from agencies within Calgary’s Homeless-Serving Sector.
– Implementing a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), Canada’s most comprehensive database on homelessness.