Calgary Homeless Foundation Trail Blazer Breakfast

Presented by:


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


Thursday March 21, 2019
Registration 7:30 a.m.
Program 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Trail Blazer Ambassadors

Leslie Bissett
Jenny Belzberg
Dr. Elizabeth Cannon
Heather Edwards

Stephanie Felesky
Diane Hunter
M. Ann McCaig
Mary Rozsa de Coquet
Kathy Sendall

"Do not follow where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ten years ago, Calgary blazed the trail by doing something no one in Canada had ever attempted before; launching the nation’s first 10 year plan to end homelessness, charging CHF with its implementation.

Since then, 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 9000 people in our city, comprised of adults, families and youth who were once homeless, are now in permanent and appropriate housing with the necessary supports in place to maintain their housing. Adoption of the Housing First model with integrated social supports has produced the following system-wide impacts in our city:

– 67% reduction in usage of Emergency Medical Services
– 62% reduction in Emergency Room visits
– 72% reduction in interactions with Calgary Police Service
– 84% reduction in incarceration rates
– 69% reduction in Public Systems usage by our city’s most vulnerable population

Our current leadership work in community continues to be transformative in scope and scale, as demonstrated by CHF’s participation on the Community Justice Collaborative: Calgary Steering Committee, which includes senior representation from the Alberta Provincial Court Judiciary, Government of Alberta Prosecution Services, Calgary Police Services and Alberta Health Services, to name a few. Together we are seeking to advance both Restorative Justice and Community Justice models in our city.

We are pleased to present The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin P.C., as our keynote speaker this year.

Justice McLachlin was the leader of Canada’s top court and the country’s first female and longest-serving Chief Justice for more than 17 years. Her leadership lived and path taken is an exemplar of trail blazing and transformation. From the grass roots of Pincher Creek, Alberta she ascended to the Supreme Court of Canada, where she made ground breaking decisions that will advance reform and progress in a number of areas including social-policy and Indigenous relations.

Our Keynote Speaker

Photo: Courtesy of the Supreme Court of Canada/Roy Grogan.

The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C.
Former Chief Justice of Canada

The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin was appointed Chief Justice of Canada on January 7, 2000. She is both the first woman in Canada to hold this position and the longest serving Chief Justice of Canada. She retired on December 15, 2017. Throughout her judicial career, she has covered countless areas of the Canadian legal system. In addition to her judicial duties at the Supreme Court, the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin has chaired the Canadian Judicial Council, the Advisory Council of the Order of Canada and the Board of Governors of the National Judicial Institute. Retirement finds her making history again. In May 2018, she was appointed to Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal, Hong Kong’s highest appellate court, as one of its newest non-permanent judges. And in July, she joined Arbitration Place in Toronto as an arbitrator and mediator. Her colleagues have noted that this new appointment is a win for women in the field, citing much needed gender diversity in the field of arbitration.

Why Are We Hosting?

The Trail Blazer breakfast is a unique opportunity for you to be inspired by a true legal trailblazer; the longest serving and first female Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. Hear her reflections on trailblazing to create a better Canada, and join other CHF supporters and investors in celebrating the successes of the sector and the results of our collective community impact:

– Over 9,300 people housed, on track to house 10,000 by the end of 2018.
– Over 550 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.