Calgary Homeless Foundation Trail Blazer Breakfast

Thank you, trailblazers of Calgary, for joining us at this year’s inaugural Trailblazer Breakfast and making it a resounding success. Together, we gathered with 350 leaders in Calgary to celebrate our progress, meet like-minded people, and dream about how we can make Calgary even better.

We’re hard at work planning next year’s event. Watch this space for exciting updates!

Together, we will end homelessness in Calgary.


– Calgary Homeless Foundation

Presented by:


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


Thursday March 1, 2018
Registration 7:30 a.m.
Program 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead

For over 140 years, Calgary has been a city built by trailblazers in industry, innovation, social justice, and philanthropy.

In this same spirit, Calgary Homeless Foundation has been leading the charge to end homelessness in Calgary. As the system planner for Calgary’s Homeless-Serving System of Care, we coordinate across the system, through all orders of government and 55 programs in 26 agencies, to help vulnerable people receive easy and effective access to critical services and supports – and it’s working. We began our work in 1998 and since the launch of Calgary’s 10 year plan to end homelessness in 2008, homelessness has slowed, thousands have been housed and Calgary’s system has evolved into Canada’s best—a coordinated and collaborative network of agencies and people working together.

But we can do more.

Join us Thursday March 1, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Calgary as we bring Calgary’s trailblazers together to celebrate community and be inspired to make Calgary even better!

Our Keynote Speaker

Speaker Sponsor:

Be inspired by Keynote Speaker Frank O’Dea as he shares his journey from teen experiencing homelessness to one of Canada’s most celebrated businessmen and an Officer of the Order of Canada. Hear how he channeled his entrepreneurial Spirit and co-founded Second Cup and Proshred Security (now Iron Mountain), two companies that have seen both national and international success! A world-renowned philanthropist as well, he has ignited work across many non-profit sectors worldwide.  O’Dea is also a passionate advocate of issues related to homelessness and poverty,  having co-founded Street Kids International, and is working on affordable housing developments in Brazil.

Join us and hear his motivating message of the transformative power of hope, reminding us of our own power to create change.

Why Are We Hosting?

The Trail Blazer breakfast is a unique opportunity for you to be inspired by our keynote speaker’s journey of hardship to success. Learn of his involvement in issues facing those experiencing homelessness and join other CHF supporters and investors in celebrating the successes of the sector and the results of our collective community impact:

  • Over 8,000 people housed, on track to house 10,000 by the end of 2018.
  • Over 450 housing units built specifically for the sector.
  • The sector consistently achieves a +90% retention rate for people remaining in the housing they’re placed in thanks to supports from agencies within Calgary’s Homeless-Serving Sector.
  • Our Homeless Management Information System is Canada’s most comprehensive database on homelessness.