Vital City

Dr. Emmett Carson speaks at our Vital City 2016 event on philanthropy at the intersections of giving, social impact and technology.


The Calgary Foundation’s Annual Vital City celebration provides a “meeting place” for the Calgary community to acknowledge and celebrate our shared contributions in building a vibrant, creative and sustainable city.

In addition to Eva Friesen’s Report to Community that highlights the work of the Calgary Foundation, this year’s event presented Dr. Emmett Carson, Founding CEO of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation as our keynote speaker.

Dr. Carson provided his insights into globalization, technology and the role of community foundations in tackling some of our most challenging issues.

Over 700 citizens attended the event including the Foundation’s staff, board and committee volunteers, donors, professional advisors, charitable organizations, and community, corporate and political leaders including The Honourable Lois E. Mitchell, CM, AOE, LLD, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta. Thank you to everyone who attended Vital City 2016 and a special thanks to our event partner, Sionna Investment Managers.

Photo by Monique de St. Croix. See more photos from the night on our Facebook page HERE.

From left to right: Eva Friesen, President & CEO, Calgary Foundation, The Honourable Lois E. Mitchell, CM, AOE, LLD, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta and Dr. Emmett Carson, CEO, Silicon Valley Community Foundation.