Volume 4 Issue 10

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Volume 4 Issue 10 • June 2022

published by ZX Media Corporation

Every step we take leads to the next step.

Photo credit Chris Muz https://instagram.com/chrismuzworld

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“CN! is the place where collisions happen. The REAL power of an engaged community comes from the number of unlikely collisions between

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This grassroots magazine is a platform for, about and by the community.

two or more people, groups or ideas leading up to actionable change. CN! is the only place where that happens across industries, borders, and generations. That is an energy that I cannot resist.” – Stacy Richter



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Creating Collisions within the ecosystems is creating stronger, more diverse communities!



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How can we improve the world? Make a 4-day workweek. – E.M., grade 8

Stop hating people for things they cannot control. Be more responsible while driving. – D.I., grade 8

By being kind to everyone and avoiding being mean to others. Stop discriminating against people based on the colour of their skin and stop showing hate for what people value. -H.M., grade 12

Banbury Crossroads School Seeking a school like home?

For 40 years, Banbury has offered an atmosphere where children feel safe, comfortable, and relaxed.

Free therapy support for everyone. -Hans, grade 8

Improve fuel use, exchange fuel into energy for vehicles so they won’t damage global warming and nature. – Anastasia, grade 8

Weekend Wednesday: add a weekend day on Wednesday so we can recharge. – P.K., grade 8

https://banburycrossroads.com/ Thank you to Banbury Crossroads Students

“The Alberta Innovation Ecosystem is bursting with innovative ideas and talent; creating collisions across industries, while providing opportunities for growth and collaboration locally, nationally and internationally. It’s an exciting time in Alberta and Inventures brought the excitement of the future to the forefront.” – Krista Malden, founder of Community Now! Magazine Community \\ 7



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Ty Mickinney, Jefferson Roc

Kyle Tally, Christopher Cassin

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Heather Campbell, our Executive Director of Clean Technology, hosted a panel on the topic “BRINGING THE HEAT: THE ROLE OF GEOTHERMAL IN ATTAINING NET-ZERO EMISSIONS,” featuring these three powerhouses in geoscience technology: • Lisa Meuller, President & CEO, FutEra Power Corp. • Jeanine Vany, EVP Geosciences, Eavor Technologies Inc. • Alison Thompson, CEO, Borealis Geothermal


“Founders should show investors they love the business problem they’re trying to solve, not their solution.” – Greg Hart

#Pitchbook took the stage at #Inventures 2022 to share their research and data with the au dience. https://pitchbook.com /

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Congratulations to all the Pitch Competition Finalists CULTIVATING AGTECH https://www.deepbluegreensag.com/ https://www.grainfrac.com/ • https://purelifecarbon.com/ https://www.onecup.ai/ https://www.deepbluegreensag.com/

MISSION-CRITICAL MOONSHOTS https://www.digitalcarbonbank.ca/ • https://www.drishya.ai/ http://rebellemoney.com/ https://www.t2d2.ai/ https://www.zpcryo.com/



NAVIGATING TO NET ZERO https://cnergreen.ca/


• http://www.litus.ca/

https://gama.xyz/ (gaze and movement analysis)




• http://www.gethitch.ai/




TAMING URBAN JUNGLES https://www.bikefin.ca/ https://www.evabogdan.ca/




• https://smrt1.ca/

• http://www.nanosticsdx.com/


https://www.linkedin.com/company/sylvester-ai/ http://wavetherapeuticsinc.com/

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Crystal Phillips; Health Lead and Community Manager, Thin Air Labs #Buildingw hatsnext Thin Air Labs

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Networking and Connecting

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Experiencing virtual reality. Sophia



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Priya Parker is a master facilitator, strategic advisor,

Ivo is a Vice President at X the moonshot factory where

acclaimed author of The Art of Gathering: How We Meet

he runs a portfolio of projects focused on radical new ap-

and Why it Matters, and executive producer and host

proaches to tackling climate, sustainability and justice

of the New York Times podcast, Together Apart. Parker

issues. For the last seven years Ivo has incubated dozens

has spent 20 years helping leaders and communities

of moonshot technologies, projects and teams, while also

have complicated conversations about community and

forging strong partnerships with organizations outside

identity and vision at moments of transition. Trained in

of X to help bring these nascent ideas and technologies

the field of conflict resolution, Parker has worked as a fa-

to life. Some of the Alphabet companies and projects to

cilitator and strategic advisor on race relations on Amer-

emerge from Ivo’s portfolio include moonshots for in-

ican college campuses and on peace processes in the Arab

dustrial robotics, connectivity, the electric grid, ocean

world, southern Africa, and India. Parker is a founding

health, the supply chain and waste.

member of the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network, a

Before joining X, Ivo was Vice President of Research

member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda

and Development at Jawbone, where he delivered new

Council on Values Council and the New Models of

consumer and healthcare applications for wearable

Leadership, and a Senior Expert at Mobius Executive

and sensor technology. Ivo has worked in the wearable

Leadership. She studied organizational design at M.I.T.,

computing space since 1991, including co-founding

public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and po-

BodyMedia alongside X’s Captain of Moonshots, Astro

litical and social thought at the University of Virginia.

Teller. He has over 90 patents to his name and was rec-

She has spoken on the TED Main Stage, and her TEDx

ognized as one of 40 innovators building the foundation

talk on purpose has been viewed over 1 million times.

of the next-gen electronics industry by EE Times. He

Parker’s work has been featured in numerous outlets

holds an M.S. in Interaction Design and a B.F.A. in In-

including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal,

dustrial Design with a concentration in sculpture, both

NPR, TED.com, Forbes.com, among others. She lives in

from Carnegie Mellon.X

Brooklyn, NY with her husband, Anand Giridharadas, and their two children.

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Scott Harrison spent almost 10 years as a nightclub promoter in New York City before leaving to volunteer on a hospital ship off the coast of Liberia, West Africa as a volunteer photojournalist. Returning home to New York City two years later, he founded the non-profit organization charity: water in 2006. Turning his full attention to the global water crisis and the world’s 785 million people without clean water to drink, he created public installations and innovative online fundraising platforms to spread international awareness of the issue. In 15 years, with the help of more than 1 million donors worldwide, charity: water has raised over $598 million and funded 79,136 water projects in 29 countries. When completed, those projects will provide more than 13.2 million people with clean, safe drinking water. Scott has been recognized on Fortune magazine’s list of 40 Under 40, Forbes’ Impact 30, and Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, where he earned the #10 spot. He is currently a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and author of the New York Times best-

Scott Harris; keynote at #Inventures2022 inspired everyone so much that Inventures had to act and create a space for people to get involved and learn more: Donate - Give The Gift Of Clean, Safe Water charity: water https://www.charitywater.org/inventures

selling book ‘Thirst’.

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Professor Isaac Ben-Israel is an academic, military

Tali Sharot, award-winning author of ‘The Influential

scientist, retired Israel Defense Forces Major General

Mind ‘ and ‘The Optimism Bias’, is the opening keynote

and former politician. He now serves as Chairman of the

at Inventures 2022. Professor Sharot is a leading expert

Israeli Space Agency and Co-Director of the National

on decision-making and emotion. She combines research

AI Task Force, as well as heading multiple programs at

in behavioural economics, psychology, and neuroscience

Tel-Aviv University including the Blavatnik Interdisci-

to reveal the forces that shape our decisions and be-

plinary Cyber Studies Centre, and the Yuval Ne’eman

liefs. Her books have been widely praised, including by

Workshop for Science, Technology and Security. In 2010

the New York Times and Forbes. Dr. Sharot has written

he was appointed by the Israeli Prime Minister to lead a

for TIME magazine and the New York Times, has been

task force on national cyber policy and establish the Na-

a repeated guest on CNN, MSNBC and co-presented

tional Cyber Bureau. In 2018 he was appointed again to

BBC’s Science Club. She has held prestigious fellow-

lead a National Task Force to formulate Israel’s national

ships from the British Academy and Wellcome Trust,

artificial intelligence policy. Over the years, Professor

and is on the faculty of MIT and University College



written numerous papers on military and security topics including The Philosophy of Military Intelligence; ence,



and Security: From Soldiers in Combat up to Outer Space; and Israel Defense Doctrine.

London where she directs the Affective Brain Lab. Her TED talks have been viewed over 12 million times.


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Comfort in Community Alana Uitvlugt


xford dictionary defines community as a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common. However I believe it to be more than that. I believe it to be essential to our way of life. The very core to our beings. Community is what drives us. What fuels us not to give up. Community is a group of people that don’t give up on us, even in our most trying times. People that fight for us. Because alone we can do so little. The problem is that in this modern world we push people away. We hide behind locked doors and drawn curtains. We tuck that hamper of overflowing flaws into our closets. We communicate through phones rather than the passing of words off lips. And we wonder why we are so lonely? We wonder why nobody is there when we need them most. It’s because we don’t let them. We push them away. Sheltered by our perfect Instagram page and flawless Facebook. How can we have a community of people without people? The truth is you can’t. We are social beings, dependent on being around others. We need to open our doors, do our everyday things with others. Something as simple as cooking a meal with a friend or running errands. Change the small things. Put down your phones more, get together more, open your heart not just your door. I won’t lie to you, sometimes you get hurt. Heck, I am sure we have all been hurt. Stung by a former relationship, promising ourselves we will never let anyone hurt us like that again. But, what we are actually promising is we won’t let anyone love us again. Promising ourselves that we will not be part of something great because we are scared. But, we must fight for community because it is critical for our sense of belonging. Community \\ 19

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The Superpower Project: A Child’s Community

Blaise Hunter | Human Rights Consultant | Heroine


ommunity is defined as a sense of connection with others, from a result of sharing mutual viewpoints, interests, and goals. When I asked my nine-yearold daughter what community means to her she simply stated, “safety.” The moment we become parents; our top priority is ensuring our children’s security, yet we rarely ask the younger generations what that looks like for them. The Superpower Project is about highlighting various challenges or “kryptonites” facing people and helping us neutralize their effect on us. A deadly kyrptonite facing us these days is we construct a community that works (continued on next page) Community \\ 21

(continued from page 21...) for us but isn’t necessarily safe for our young. Consequently, we breed a violent community rather than a safe one. We have street signs to slow down in school zones and endless talks about fire hazards, stranger danger, and the importance of wearing helmets but what about our children’s emotional safety? If our kids feel a lack of emotional support, their community becomes hazardous. Community violence interferes with young children’s attainment of key proficiencies—cognitive, sensory, muscular, emotional, social, and behavioral—and weakens the means of parents to provide secure environments for their children. What good is it to buckle my child in a five-point harness just to send her to school and have her bullied? Where’s the safety in that? Community is a child’s whole environment. Whether it be their home life, school, friends, and various organizations it is paramount their mental, emotional, and physical well-being are at the core of the community. We are in uncertain times and every day our life gets a bit scarier. I do my best to approach life with an optimistic lens, but the reality is my precious girl faces a dark and dangerous world daily. Depression rates are skyrocketing, teen suicides are on the rise, and the next horrific school shooting is a forgone conclusion. The pressures on our youth are intense ranging from body image and fitting in with the latest styles and gadgets, to social media status and doing everything to avoid being the target of bullying. We require our kids to be better, smarter, and quicker than the previous year which just adds to the anxiety levels they’re already facing. Our kids are paying the price for our decisions or lack of action. Unless we change the trajectory of our 22 // Community Now!

communities, the future is endangered. I am under the belief that our surroundings are a compilation of what we tolerate. We hold the power to produce a haven or a hell for our kids. If we really want safety and a sense of belonging, all we have to do is become that for our children. This means prioritizing their needs over our desires. An adult’s version of community and children’s should be similar but we continually make choices that compromise the amalgamation of the two. If we wanted to reduce gun violence for our kids, we could. If we really wanted to end racism, persecution, and mental health stressors, we could. Unfortunately, greed, power, ego, and politics muddy the waters. We sacrifice the well-being of our families and communities either because of apathy or for the constant pursuit of power. Our culture looks more like Game of Thrones rather than the “hopeful tomorrow” mission statements boasted on everyone’s websites. Does life imitate art or does art imitate life? We’ve also been accustomed to tolerating low standards. Has unsafe become so familiar it is now a version of predictable security? I don’t want toleration to be the standard. A community isn’t some abstract idea. It is made up of regular people like you and me. We are the community. We just need to place safety first. Can you imagine what that would look like in your own sphere? A space where your child felt safe to be who they are and blossom into the people they are destined to be? We all say we would take a bullet for our children yet when push comes to shove our wants eclipse our youth’s needs. There are endless studies about how safe surroundings are the best predictor of a thriving community. How high do we value safety? Do we treasure our children’s needs? What must happen in our homes, workplaces, schools, and circles to

safeguard our families and our future? Safer communities promote relationships, social networks, and community action, all of which positively impact young children and families. Safe communities strengthen pro-social norms and positive social-emotional development for young children. Safe communities provide a foundation for children to play and develop. This all strengthens the sense of security within the community. When we feel safe, we flourish. Our security drives learning, growing, self-regulating, critical thinking, empathy, creativity, and innovation. Parents and children, all benefit from making safety the goal. If we all desire this for our lives, why are we always crying out for better protection? There’s a disconnect from our values, vision, and reality. I believe to have a safe community; we must feel safe within ourselves. This is the problem; no one feels secure in their own bodies, minds, or souls.

If a person is secure in their sense of self and know they have purpose, they don’t contribute to their community in a dangerous way. Parents, caregivers, teachers, politicians, pastors, and leaders we must protect the purpose of the people. Let’s tackle unsafe communities by showing it’s safe to have confidence, selfworth, a sense of destiny, and show kindness to others. This will create a sanctuary for success. If mental health issues are the catalyst for these safety hazards, then we must address the root cause—no one feels safe. Let us be the gatekeepers of security for our inner and outer worlds. Let us defend the power source for our communities. Safety is the ultimate superpower. But we can’t achieve it alone. The heart of the collective will shape a secure community. Stand in solidarity for safety. For more information about the Heroine Movement visit www.blaisehunter.com

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“At the end of the day, the goals are simple: safety and security” - Jodi Rell 24 // Community Now!

Community is:

By the grade 4 students at Griffith Woods School “Family, friends, neighborhood.”

“A group of people that help each other get through hard times.”

“A place where you feel safe.”

“Sports teams and group activities.”

“A group of people that respect each other, help each other and show kindness.”

“A place you feel welcomed and not stressed”

When grade 4 teacher Christina Henderson was asked to have her students answer the question “What does community mean to you?” she took this opportunity to turn this question into a conversation. “I did a brainstorm with my grade 4 students at Griffith Woods School using the question, what does community mean to you? We had a great conversation.” Community \\ 25

What Does Community Mean? “Community is calmness and secureness.” -Machalia., Haven’s Way Practicum Student

“Community is respect, acceptance, inclusiveness, safety, protection, comfort.” -A., Haven’s Way Resident “A place where I feel accepted and at home, a place where I can feel connected.” -Heidi G., Haven’s Way Support Coach

“Community is Friendship.”

“To me Community is the spot where you are able to find a sense of safety, belonging and connection.” -Krista Mergel, Program Manager

- C., Haven’s Way Resident

“When you think you have nothing to give eye contact and a smile can be worth more than a million dollars” -Heidi Walter, Program Development Officer

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“Community is a group of people living together and who share same or different sense of mentalities in an area.” -J., Haven’s Way Resident

How can we be better? “Increasing our ability to accept and “How can we be better? I don’t think understand others without judgment our community understands the full is an impactful way we can strive for impact of the pandemic. We see it belonging for everyone.” -Krista Mergel, in small pockets when we look for Program Manager it. Mental health and lack of mental health supports are at an all-time “Easier accessibility to high. You have to have money to housing.” -L., Haven’s Way Resident get support these days. Our most “Be kind to each other and keep vulnerable in the community have our community clean.” -Machalia., suffered the worst and have the Haven’s Way Practicum Student littlest resources and supports “As a whole we can be more accepting available to them. For many of us, we stopped carrying cash because we and loving towards each other.” -Heidi G., Haven’s Way Support Coach were asked too. That meant those that we may had previously given “More opportunities to widen our pocket change to even had less. their perspective and have more We stopped making eye contact, we open thinking. People being distanced ourselves from everyone, open to suggestions. Having we sometimes didn’t leave our house, more inclusiveness in school and those that we would previously academics.” -A., Haven’s Way Resident pass on the street and acknowledge “We can be better by treating each now had no one connecting with other with love and respect. Helping them. For those who already felt each other in needs and to learn from lost and alone, the pandemic made one another.” -J., Haven’s Way Resident it damaging. With the veil of the pandemic lifting, with many of “We can be kind.” us leaving our homes, and finding -C., Haven’s Way Resident rhythm in our stride, lift your head and look around when you walk, you will see those in our community that need us. Sometimes all we have to give is a smile and a hello, an acknowledgment that “I see you” to make someone feel like they exist, like they are part of a community.” -Heidi Walter, Program Development Officer

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Bullying? That's kid stuff. Nothing to do with me! If you are a member of a community, and we all are, it does have something to do with you! Our communities are as strong as their fatal weakness allows. Disrespectful community members, youth learning poor communication skills from adults modelling poor communication skills, coping with conflict by running away or by fighting - these will all contribute to higher rates of bullying in a community.

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Culture exists in our homes, our schools, our workplaces AND our communities. What do you want your community culture to look like?

Community Heroes

Bikers are Buddies


t was a nice sunny day out, and as the school kids were let out of school Bikers are Buddies, were all there to greet a young

person and take him home on their bikes as a community! This young person had been facing some challenges and Bikers are Buddies showed up to show him he is not alone, he is a valued member of the community. This is what adults should do when bullying occurs. We need to stand with our young people to show them what community is. Bikers are buddies Canada was founded in September of 2017, by a small group of bikers looking to make a difference. Since then we have grown to over 40 members in Calgary,

with additional Awareness groups in Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Kelowna, Shushwap and South Okanagan. Our mission is simply to raise awareness and empower the community to fight the terrible effects of bullying on young people through education, community outreach and fundraising. We strive to create a society in which our mutual respect will create a new role model for others, and through our actions enable others to have the confidence to emulate this behavior and reiterate its positive message to others. No kid deserves to be bullied, every kid deserves to feel like they’re safe, loved, appreciated and encircled in friendship. What we did for this young man today was simply to show him that. https://www.babcanada.ca/ Community \\ 29

Community of Support

Christina Henderson

It takes a village” it is said, to raise a

child. It takes a community of support to surround that village and raise them up in the good times and the challenging times. Your community of support is right in front of you if you ask, look, and listen. It is created by you for you. It may include the family doctor that listens to what ails you or the next-door neighbor who is always there for your kids after school so you can work to pay the bills. It may be the parent you connect with in the hospital emergency room when both your kids are going through something similar and need care or the mural artist whose creation makes you smile every 30 // Community Now!

time you pass by. Your yoga instructor, soccer coach, or your hair stylist might also be a part of your personal community of support. The key word here is community. You are connected to people every day so what does your community of support look like? Everyone has a journey, no two are the same. Not everyone is going to understand your journey and that is okay. Surround yourself with people who have similar lived experiences. Let me tell you a story. My twin boys were born 26 years ago, 3 months premature, weighing just over a pound each. I was air lifted to a hospital in a different city, in a different province. I was a first-time mom and

had no idea who to turn to or what to ask for. That didn’t stop me from asking. The nurses were the first to offer me hope by helping me focus on what was strong with my boys instead of what was wrong. They encouraged me to take care of myself and made me laugh when I needed it the most. Then came my cousin through marriage who lived near the hospital. I had never met her until this moment, but she came every day I was in the hospital and brought me food and clothes and comfort. She was the first one I saw after I delivered my boys. The first one to hold my hand and let me cry. From afar I had my own family who called daily to give love and support as they could. They flew to come meet the newest family members and to offer much needed respite. They knit blankets and bonnets and booties for my boys that remain in their keepsake boxes today. It was the other parents that I met in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that became my greatest resource and source of support as we lifted each other up and held onto each other while our tiny babies fought to live. We

understood each others journey even if they were each our own. That shared experience became a stronghold, a community of support that lasted for years. A community of support is a layered creation. Depending on your circumstances, you may have a medical support layer, an education support layer, a specialist support layer, a family support layer, and a friend support layer. Together the layers are your community of support. You can call on one layer or several as you need them. I often refer to my community of support as my tribe. They are my people that I can turn to as needed and often. They are the people in my community that understand my journey, they get me, they want to help raise me up. They want to provide strength and guidance and sometimes just a safe space for me to be heard and a soft place for me to land. What I know for sure is that I am never alone. Even in times that I think no one is listening, there always is. Always remember that. Your community of support is right in front of you if you ask, look, and listen. It is created by you for you.

Mental health support for caregivers and youth. I offer a FREE drop-in group for caregivers as well as fee-based one on one and group coaching options for both youth and adults. Book a FREE 30 minute coaching session: https://calendly.com/christinapeerspectiveconsulting/ free-coaching-session Peerspectivesconsulting.ca Community \\ 31

Sophia Fairweather. #Community

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photo by Jill Drader

Community. Connection. Co-Create. Flow. Jill Drader


s I was hiking this weekend I was reflecting on the interwovenness of the species of trees in the forest. I noticed clusters of the same types of trees that were grouped together - birches and pines on separate sides of the trails. These groups know their root systems are stronger when they are interwoven together so they can support each other’s growth. I also saw the piercing beauty of the bursts of wild purple clematis choking out new growth with their unruly vines. I see them as the pretty natural disruptors to the status quo beauty and growth everyone expects. I walked on high ridges and watched the prairie crocus wake up, and I imagined women hundreds of years before me walking in their long dresses in the grassy fields and the excitement they must have felt seeing the first one each spring indicating the first day of a change of season.

I observed I was walking on trails, cut by thousands of steps of others before me, and the conservationists who spend their years and steps walking trails to clear them of any debris, fallen trees, and washouts. These people take care for other people, the deepest acts of altruism and love, so others can enjoy in quietude and peace the experience of reaching new peaks in their lives step by step. I was sitting observing a masterfully built beaver dam that stretched across a creek. I watched spawning trout leap up over the dam, only to be caught again in the downward flow of the water. As I was sitting on a ridge higher up, I was able to watch the beaver swim out to the dam from the bank it hid under, to grab a fish that was caught in the woven natural net like basins crafted by the beavers. These basins were all about equal spacing apart, and created using the same sized trees. When you looked beyond the dam, you could see all the (continued on next page) Community \\ 33

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Photo by Jill Drader

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change - Wayne Dyer.

(continued from page 33...) little trunks left gnawed with little pointy tips left, an eerie feeling as their jarring pointed tips don’t feel like they belong in the peace and quietude of the rest of the forest around. In all the awe and beauty something had me suddenly dumbfounded, a human who came to stand beside me and speak. He said, ‘Ugh, can you believe this, someone has to come and do something about this’. My eyes surely expanded in disbelief, and I asked for clarification, ‘You mean you want someone to come and remove the beavers and the beaver dam?’. Yes, he replied. Yes. He believed this natural structure of the ecosystem of the forest working together and supporting itself needed to be demolished by humans. He was disgusted at the sight of it. I was not able to get any more words out. I was not there to teach him, educate him, share with him the beauty of disruption of flow. I am not a person who argues or seeks conflict, I certainly don’t need to be right. And today was not the day, I merely nodded my head at him in a semi-affirmative yet entirely in disagreement a ‘yes-yes-no-no-I don’t think so’ head bobble. I was not about to share the beautiful metaphor that was rolling out about now new communities are formed and new ecosystems are supporting each other.

Just like we are. The wondrous acts of the beavers who roll into spaces and turn them around, taking the energy and systems and rerouting them. In rerouting the waters, they create natural pools and streams that support other parts of the ecosystem, and in those pools more surface water storage supports other further away

photo by Jill Drader

systems, like roots of clusters of trees who can then take it and expand its reach through their systems and share. It all works together. Creating co-work spaces and communities are the work of people who think like beavers. Repurposing an existing place to be better even though the in between might be a little, well, swamped. They are the architects disrupting the current placement of the roots of systems that work. The systems in place are there for a reason, they work for some. Just like areas of the forest that naturally pop up in clusters and like groups with supportive root systems - they will keep working.

For me that wasn’t going to work. Coming out of COVID and working from home solo took its toll after two years. While I loved the freedoms, flexibility and wardrobe - I was not loving the isolation, ways I (continued on next page) Community \\ 35

(continued from page 35...) was thinking in circles, and desire to connect across a table in a cafe or shared desk. In reflection I knew there were a few things to focus on; I wanted to be off singular consulting and back to a team, and I wanted to be connecting with people daily, unscripted and not just for scheduled meetings. It felt like crawling out from under the wovenness of tightly wrapped purple clematis vines around my desire to change and seeking to find a new place in the forest of life to land. Not everyone likes nuances that they don’t choose to participate in the creation of. For some, there is no ‘reimagining work new flow’ - it just goes back to the way it was. And that’s ok - those places have stable roots. For others, it’s different.

Community, connection and coworking looks and feels different now. Every once in a while I go back to imaginary conversations in my head with the man beside the beaver dam. No sir, no. No humans do not need to come in and bulldoze what they don’t like so it looks back to something crafted, and man made. No, we need to be uncomfortable with the fact that things are changing. We are changing. The past two years showed us that we need to change. Many of us don’t know how. Many of us need to go through some trial and error and flooded ebbs and flows and quite frankly, complete fuck-ups and failures to figure this out. And that’s ok.

Journal or Self-Reflection Prompt Is there anything in your life you need to re-route? Is there a new community you’d like to join? Is there a new environment you feel you’d be more comfortable in? Do you need to work out of a new space once a week (library, cafe, co-work) to shift your perspective? What does co-creation mean to you? What does community mean to you? What does connection mean to you?

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Building Stronger Ecosystems #InnovationandCommunityCollide OCIF and Calgary Economic Development announced a 4M contribution to Thin Air Labs Fund 1, This investment brings the first close to nearly $20M “We are committed to supporting early stage startups and counting! Together with these ventures, we will create more globally competitive companies, more jobs, more meaningful humans.” Crystal Phillips #impact #buildingwhatsnext In an article in the online magazine Betakit, Thin Air Labs managing partner James Lochrie told reporter Megan Simpson that Alberta’s innovation economy is surging. “It’s just become obvious now [to invest in Alberta tech], whereas five years ago, this was not an obvious play,” Lochrie said. “But today it is.” Alberta’s government will provide $1.8 million in operational funding over three years to Platform Calgary for the Innovation Centre. The funding will provide entrepreneurs access to programs, advice and connections, and foster innovation in the technology sector under one roof. • All three levels of government have recognized the value of Platform Calgary in the technology and innovation space. • The City of Calgary is providing $1.5 million in funding. • The Government of Canada has provided $2 million in funding.

SVG Ventures | THRIVE present Demo Day at #Inventures2022! Congratulations to this year’s pitch winners: • People’s Choice: Lupinta ® • Innovation: SpaceAG Global • Sustainability: Verdi

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Founders Coffee, Every Tuesday morning 7:30am at Reds Dinner in Kensington. Q & A with Founder Jade Alberts Why did you start Founders coffee? I started Founders Coffee because startups and entrepreneurs needed a place to meet like-minded people. It is essential to feel you are not alone. When founders from many industries connect regularly, ideas are shared, and these relationships turn into mentorships that help one another. When you first started it four years ago, how many people would show up? There were many weeks where I sat there alone. I knew it was a great idea, and it would take off, but I needed to be patient. For the first two years, our highest turnout was 14. Know we average 15 a week and have had as many as 27. People are starting to realize the importance of asking for help, and the journey doesn't have to be walked alone. Why is it important to provide space for people to connect? I have stressed this in the previous answers, but networking is one of the most important and forgotten processes of growing your business. This goes for sales, hiring and just making sure people don’t forget about you when they come across someone that can help you. I also stress this is for Founders, Startups and Entrepreneurs. We do not allow salespeople. It is a safe zone. https://www.linkedin.com/company/founders-coffee-yyc

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“We’re a community of entrepreneurs, scientists, investors, innovators and startup supporters that gathers every week to have fun, share stories, and build great companies.” This is an organization creating collisions across the ecosystem! If you haven’t heard about Startup TNT, I want to share a few fun facts: •

Zack Storms launched Startup TNT on his 35th birthday as a surprise party for himself.

“I wanted to spend a year making friends with the entrepreneurs building out the next generation of YEG tech companies.”

$7 million dollars! That’s how much money has been raised for 42 tech startups across Western Canada since Startup TNT has launched.

Startup TNT Investment Summit Top 5 pitch night is Thursday, June.23, 4-7pm at Platform Calgary. We are also having LIVE events in Edmonton and Saskatoon. Click on our website for your free ticket www.startuptnt.com - P.S - We have beer and food, plus an after-party. https://www.startuptnt.com/events



ll of the 5P’s are essential to the success of businesses and are all equal in their own importance.

make you think, to make you want to learn more, to make you ask more questions about how to be better.

“The first 5 years of owning

Understanding how the 5 P’s play a role in your business will build knowledge & success within your team, your product or service and will help you understand your client’s needs, where you need to make changes and how you can improve the success of your business for everyone involved.

a business is really like

I had the opportunity to sit down with Faisal Karmali to discuss the 5 P’s along with other important business advice. And all the advice Karmali gives is interconnected! Within the advice he is always asking more questions to

– Faisal Karmali

sprinting on a treadmill, after 5 years you can step off and move forward! Now you can run differently.”

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(continued from page 41...) K: What does it mean to “Know your people”? F: It’s understanding where they are a fit for your business and learning to use their strengths to make your business better. Your people bring different skill sets to the table, which brings value. K: What does it mean to know and understand your product /service? F: You need to know what you’re offering. Ask yourself these questions: •

What is the purpose ?

What is the reason why the product or service is there?

Who is your competition?

What makes your product or service special or the best?

Understand what tomorrow’s customer needs.*

Stay up to date and ahead of the times.

Know and understand what will destroy your business

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K: What is passion? F: Passion is something you don’t feel stress over – that’s passion! K: How do you define purpose? F: Purpose is helping people. K: Getting paid! What do you mean when you talk about businesses learning how to get paid? F: The drivers are two things: 1.

Getting paid


Understanding your business's financials.

First, let's look at getting paid. Getting paid starts with communication between the business and customer. But it is also about understanding and being true to your ability. When people first start their businesses I see so many people undervalue their product and or service just to get going. When people question my rates, I stay true to myself and my response is “I do not negotiate my value!” We don’t get the credit we deserve. Second, let's look at understanding your business finances.

At the beginning, learn everything you can yourself. Learn and understand the basic things like receiving payments, understanding taxes and everything from invoicing to how to collect.

What is the perception they get from your business when they pay for something?

Does the experience make them want to continue supporting you?

“Not knowing how to get paid is why businesses fail in the first 5 years. The first 5 years of owning a business is really like sprinting on a treadmill, after 5 years you can step off and move forward! Now you can run differently.” – Faisal Karmali

What value are you adding to their lives?

K: The 5 P’s have one thing in common “Value.” One question you continue to ask entrepreneurs is “Why should someone pick your business over another?” F: The answer will always be: Value. Value is not how much someone pays for something. Value is the experience they have when they interact with your product or service.

1. Helping people understand their financials, planning, and understanding the market in general. 2. You are always talking to other business owners and sharing their advice. What are a few pieces of advice from others you can share with us today?

F: Some of the best advice is simple. Here are a few thoughts from great business owners.

Think about these questions: •

K: You have two amazing roles in our business ecosystem.

Does your customer service leave a lasting impression?

1. Stop hiring from a resume – Robert Price 2. Culture eats strategy for breakfast – Maeghen Cotterill 3. Give back wherever possible – Jan Jaffer


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Law in the Business Community What is a lawyers role within the business community? In the business community, lawyers can wear many hats, but their primary roles are to serve as advocates and advisors. Lawyers play an integral role in shaping laws and policies that can ultimately make-or-break industries. For example, lawyers were instrumental in key court decisions in the early 2000s that laid the foundation for first, a medical marijuana regime, which later became a full-fledged recreational market, which now employs tens of thousands of Canadians. Lawyers at every profile level and area of expertise help businesses to form new relationships, execute growth strategies, resolve disputes and navigate a wide array of risks. What role does the community play in making a business successful? Every business requires the support of the community to thrive. This is as true for a mom-and-pop business as is it for the publicly-traded multinationals. I believe that the goodwill that a business puts out in the community will resonate and, eventually, be reflected in their bottom line. We often hear in the news or in Netflix documentaries about 44 // Community Now!

companies acting badly, whether it’s about their hiring practices, environmental record, or respect for their customers’ health, safety or privacy. Public trust in industry and in our legal systems are eroded once these matters come to light, especially if the bad acts were not appropriately caught, enforced or adequately penalized by the regulatory bodies overseeing that industry. On the flipside, many positive contributions made by businesses often float under the radar. I have worked with clients engaged in exciting business partnerships, job training and community development projects with Indigenous groups, and believe that it’s only the tip of the iceberg for future Indigenous participation in Canada’s resource sectors. Overall, there has been a shift in the last decade, driven particularly by activist shareholder groups, that companies must dedicate some portion of their attention and long-term planning toward Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (or “ESG”) objectives, at least in part, as an acknowledgment that industries do not operate in a vacuum, isolated from their effects (both positive and negative) to the world around them. Time will tell whether the ESG movement will lead to actual substantive changes in the way businesses operate, or serve more as a public relations exercise. Nevertheless, in

our highly-connected world of instantaneous information sharing, the standard of conduct and level of accountability for businesses will continue to rise, and hopefully this will translate to healthier communities. What does community mean to you? The definition of community has changed dramatically in the last few years, particularly as so many people engage with work, friends and family almost entirely on-line. Every person can belong to many different communities at the same time, each representing their own set of values. The resulting sentiment seems to be that we are more socially, economically and politically segmented than before. Some may blame media for this phenomenon: whether it’s the fault of mainstream news or social media algorithms; whether it’s from corporate-bias or liberal-bias; or just allegedly pure disinformation from a shadowy source. Optimistic people will say that we all have much more in common than otherwise; but I believe that we have to test that theory on a regular basis by making connections across these “community” lines, and contribute to betterment of groups that are not solely our own.

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“It takes so much courage to build a company! We were so moved and inspired by all the women founders sharing their stories, their passion and their commitment to solving big problems. I love to imagine a world where all these women are successful and all these companies are creating meaningful human impact.” - Leah Sarich, Head of Story, Thin Air Labs and HerStory Event Emcee

Congratulations to all the finalists of the 2022 HerStory Competition Annika Mang, Co-founder and CEO, TrailCollectiv, Regina, SK

Kristine Beese, Founder and CEO, Untangle Money, Toronto, ON

Ashlee Posner, Founder, State of Change, Toronto, ON

Lanna Last, Co-founder and CEO, AIMA, Vancouver, BC

Audrey Bond, Founder and CEO, Vaultt, Ottawa, ON

Le Luong, CEO, Nurture Growth Biofertilizer, Mississauga, ON

Dr. Beverly Young, Co-founder, BRIA, Toronto, ON

Dr. Lorian Taylor, COO, LyfeMD, Calgary, AB

Brandy Kinkead, CTO, Nano-Lit, Calgary, AB

Lourdes Juan, Founder and CEO, Knead Technologies, Calgary, AB

Dr. Fiona Simpson, Co-founder and CEO, BioMimir, Sherbrooke, QC

Dr. Macarena Cataldo-Hernadez, CEO, Viridis Research, Vancouver, BC

Hong Phuc Nguyen, Founder, Kibbi, Calgary, AB

Meaghan Nolan, Co-founder and COO, Mikata Health, Calgary, AB

Iida Cisecki, Founder and CEO, Quibbit, Calgary, AB

Dr. Mehrsa Raeiszade, Co-founder and COO, MintList, Vancouver BC

Inara Lalani, Co-founder and COO, FemTherapeutics, Montréal, QC

Dr. Melanie Morrison, Co-founder and CEO, BetterCart, Saskatoon, SK

Jenna Galloway, Founder and CEO, Wymbin, Calgary, AB

Nadia Ladak, Founder, Marlow, Toronto, ON

Julia Rivard Dexter, Co-founder and CEO, Shoelace, Lake Loon, NS Julie Legault, Founder and CEO, Amino Labs, Lethbridge, AB Karen Danudjaja, Co-founder and CEO, Blume Supply, North Vancouver, BC Dr. Karolina Valente, CEO and CSO, VoxCell Bioninnovation, Victoria, BC Dr. Kristen Liesch, Co-CEO, Tidal Equality, Toronto, ON

Randeep Purewal, Founder and CEO, Divercial, Toronto, ON Shannon Snaden, Co-founder, 8 Bit Cortex, Calgary, AB Shelvie Fernan, Co-founder and CEO, Fly and Fetch, Edmonton, AB Susan Blanchet, Founder and CEO, Origen Air, Victoria, BC Sydney Wuttunee, Founder and CEO, SeekPeak, Calgary, AB

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This issue of Telling It Like It Is Features Richard Campbell, Founder 10Adventures

www.10adventures.com It says you have the greatest job on earth. Please explain why and how this journey became 10Adventures? A1. I love my job because I get to help thousands of people every day to lead healthier lives, improve their mental health, connect meaningfully with loved ones, and make some of the most powerful memories of their lives. I know that every day there is a user somewhere who has taken a photo that will go on their wall and bring them joy for the rest of their life. I also love my job because I’m not just helping individuals, I genuinely believe spending time outdoors helps our planet. When people spend more time outdoors, they appreciate and value the outdoors more, and in turn, work to preserve it. I also know that enabling people to spend more time without their phones allows them to build deeper, more long-lasting relationships with friends and family. Building stronger relationships promotes happiness, and also provides a safety net when things aren’t going so well. Finally, we become more tolerant and empathetic as we explore and interact with other countries and cultures. Travel educates us, not just about the history, culture, and food of a new place, but also about the challenges they face and how other cultures solve problems.

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10Adventures is your one-stop-shop for all your travel needs. I am guessing a lot of travel companies use this. What makes you different? A2. There are lots of travel marketplaces, but almost all focus on selling spaces on a group trip. While group trips can be convenient for budget

purposes, in general, there are a lot of compromises when you take a group trip and joining a group of strangers often leads to s a sub-optimal trip. While 10Adventures does allow customers to book onto group trips, most of our bookings are for private trips. By booking a private trip, customers get exactly the trip they want with the people they want to do the trip with. Not only does a private trip enable you to choose the itinerary that’s right for your group, but the memories you make are more powerful because you’re travelling with the people you care about most. Historically private trips have been very expensive, but customers on 10Adventures can afford a private trip as they are booking directly with the local tour operator. This means they get significantly reduced rates compared to going through western tour operators. A secondary feature that makes 10Adventures popular is that we only focus on Active and Adventure Travel. This is a massive travel vertical, but it is different from traditional travel, as there is a technical and physical skill component that is critical to the success of a trip. Customers have told us that they trust 10Adventures because we are seen as an authority on adventure and active travel.

What is next for 10 Adventures? A4. We spent the pandemic building a lot of tech for when travel resumes, which is starting now. Our focus now is on optimizing what we built, working on small improvements to make the site better for users, and increase the conversion rate for sales. We are also preparing for changes in how cookies can track users. We have built and launched an iOS and Android app that allow us to keep our users within our app. This will allow us to learn more about our users and eventually serve personalized travel offers that are unique based on each user’s likes, dislikes and travel style. If you had one piece of advice for a startup or entrepreneur, what would that be?

Why is community so important when travelling?

A5. Celebrate your wins.

A3. Travel and the outdoors are two things that unite people. Go to a dinner party and the discussion invariably goes to travel: what people have done and what they’re thinking. Travel is important and meaningful to most humans. Community is important because once we find ‘our tribe’ of similarly minded people we gain confidence, knowledge, and a willingness to explore the world.

It’s hard to be a founder. For a start-up it’s hard to get new customers, to build a product, to launch a new feature, to hire staff, to raise money, heck even getting phone calls and emails returned can be hard. And what makes it even more difficult is we try to do all this with razor-thin budgets!

We often look at what we write at 10Adventures as trying to be the experienced and informed friend to our users. We provide guidebook-quality information and top-quality local tour operators, all in a means to ensure customers have incredible adventures.

Along the way, there is a lot of rejection and times when being the founder is hard. So as the leader, whenever anything goes well, have a little celebration. Share the success with the team, and recognize that it’s thousands of these little celebrations that lead to a successful business down the road.

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June is Indigenous

History Month mâmawâyâwin

Cree for community National Indigenous History Month is commemorated each June to recognize and honour the history, heritage and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples in Canada, and all of their contributions - past and present. Take time to honour and learn about the many languages, cultures and immeasurable contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

& Pride

Pride Month is celebrated every June as a tribute to those who were involved in the Stonewall Riots. With parades, festivals, and concerts going on across the globe, there’s always some way for you to get involved — as well as learn some important social history along the way. #Equality #Diversity #ittakes a village Community \\ 51

Community to Thrive Al Del Degan, Founder & CTO New Idea Machine https://NewIdeaMachine.com


ypically when a new technology is introduced, grassroots communities pop up around it and people become very passionate and supportive of the tech. It is an interesting phenomenon that has some similarity with things like motorcycles and cars. We have all heard of bike and car clubs, right? What it comes down to is our primal need to belong, and be part of a tribe. Ages ago, if you were part of a tribe, everyone

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would work together to protect and support the tribe, and you had a more likely chance of surviving as part of one. In our modern society, it may still be about survival, but not necessarily the life or death version. As a new technology is created, the adoption and longevity of it is directly tied to how much of a community is built around it. The more people that become part of the community, the more likely that technology will grow and thrive. In 2009 blockchain technology began to change our world with the creation of cryptocurrency. That has led to what is currently known as Web3, which is simply the decentralized version of the world wide web. It is fairly common now for us to come across articles, news items and videos focused on this new blockchain technology and the various implementations of it such as crypto, NFT, DAO, and DeFi. If you are feeling a bit left behind on all the acronyms and blockchain mumbo jumbo, let’s look at things in a possibly over-simplified way that will at least get you through a general conversation at your next party or industry event.

Blockchain This is the core technology behind all the stuff that is going on in what is being referred to as “Web3”. In its simplest form, a blockchain is a database that stores information in a very clever way that makes it immutable and very, very difficult to tamper with. Essentially, each block is a collection of transactions that are grouped together and run through a cryptographic algorithm. Part of that process includes a link to the previous block, which not only chains the blocks together, but makes it so the actual link is part of the encrypted block so it can’t be easily changed. Computers

distributed all over the world validate every new block to ensure that no new “bad” blocks are added. The technology makes it essentially impossible to gain control of enough of the distributed computers to affect the contents of the blockchain. To Dive Deeper: https://blockgeeks.com/guides/ what-is-blockchain-technology/

Cryptocurrency If you build a new representation of money on a blockchain, you have a cryptocurrency. Thus, each of the blocks on the blockchain contain financial transactions of that digital currency. The popularity, use cases and longevity of any specific cryptocurrency, of which there are currently 19,671, relies heavily on the community that builds around them. Although the majority, and arguably all of them, are just speculative digital assets, some of them have actual real-world utility. That, combined with community, can ensure longterm viability. There is no central organization, like a bank or any other financial institution involved in cryptocurrency so, for example, if you want to send money to your family on the other side of the world then you just need their public wallet address for whatever cryptocurrency you both use, and then you can send them any amount directly from your digital wallet to theirs. With many cryptocurrencies the transaction can happen in between a fraction of a second to a few minutes and have almost no cost to either of you. To Dive Deeper: https://mit-online.getsmarter. com/presentations/lp/mit-cryptocurrency-online-short-course/

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NFT With a cryptocurrency, each token (or coin) that you can have in your wallet is fungible, which is a fancy way of saying that every token is essentially identical and holds the same value. But what if each token was non-fungible? In other words, each token is verifiably unique. A non-fungible token, or NFT, is when you have tokens that are stored in a blockchain, but each one is like a customized ticket to a very exclusive club. The blockchain validates that you are the only person in the universe to have in your digital wallet that specific token. One of the first, and most popular implementations of NFTs was collectible digital images. With the popularity of NFTs, some of the collections have become very popular and the individual NFTs in those collections have become very expensive. The most important thing to remember is, just like Pokemon cards, an NFT only has a monetary value if someone else is willing to buy it off of you. That said, NFTs can also have an intrinsic value in that they can give you access to an exclusive community. NFTs can also provide fractional ownership of assets, like a building or a basketball team. The use of NFTs is very much in its infancy, and the technology itself is poised to solve some of the world's biggest challenges, like say, fraud proof voting. To Dive Deeper: https://nasacademy.com/blog/ article/how-are-crypto-and-nft-different

DAO If you take some of the previously mentioned technologies and apply them to the creation of an organization, you have a Decentralized Autonomous Organization. Traditionally when you want to create an organization, you contact a lawyer and get your organization set up with shareholders and a minute book and bylaws. It would be registered with your local government, and the board of directors decide how it will be run and what happens with any finances in the bank account. With a DAO, ownership is based on who owns the governance tokens that represent the organization. All the company operations are managed by computers that are distributed across the Internet. The “rules” of the company are programmed into digital contracts that are stored on the blockchain. These digital contracts execute automatically by the computers and therefore the operation is very reliable and have already been agreed upon by everyone who is part of the DAO. Since there are no executives or managers, any decisions the organization makes are put out as proposals and everyone who has governance tokens can vote on the proposals. If the majority (defined when the DAO is first set up) agrees, then the proposal is automatically approved and executed by the computers. If a financial decision was made, then the digital money is automatically transferred to the designated wallet without any human needing to schedule it or any staff member having to execute the payment. To Dive Deeper: https://nasacademy.com/blog/ article/what-are-daos-and-how-do-they-work

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Don’t use a third party to purchase crypto. You are paying additional unnecessary fees for it, and it is not necessary. You can go on https://bitvo.com and do it yourself, just as easily as online banking. Also, third parties can easily scam you and hold your private keys, which is never a good idea.

HODL = “Hold On For Dear Life”, which essentially means don’t try to time the market to make a quick profit. Hold on to the crypto you buy for a long period

DeFi Decentralized Finance is essentially an overall wrapper term for financial applications that are built on blockchain technology. Since the beginning of digital contract technology, as part of blockchains, people have created all sorts of applications that allow you to invest in cryptocurrency, as well as lend and borrow cryptocurrency. You can think of digital contracts on the blockchain, with regard to cryptocurrency, to be like programmable digital money. The power of DeFi is that there is no central bank or insurance company involved. It is based on distributed blockchain technology that runs on computers all over the world.

of time. Also, consider taking your crypto offline and storing it in a cold storage wallet (not connected to the Internet) to keep it safe from hackers. •

To Dive Deeper: https://nasacademy.com/blog/ article/what-is-defi-and-its-top-use-cases-2

Never ever, ever, ever, ever give the private keys to any of your digital wallets to anyone for any reason. You only share your public wallet address when you need to do a transaction. Oh, and don’t forget your passwords!

A Word of Caution

Join Your Tribe

These technologies sound exciting, but it is crucial that you educate yourself before you dive in. There are a vast number of scams and bad actors out in the world that are preying on people who have little to no knowledge of how the technology works. Some simple rules to help you keep safe include:

Now that you are able to talk the talk, it is time to walk the walk. The best way to learn about all these exciting new technologies is to try them out. There are few organizations in Alberta that you can easily join to learn about Web3 and all the technologies involved.

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Don’t invest any money that you can’t afford to lose. If you plan to purchase cryptocurrencies, look at the 5-year historical information on the crypto that you want to buy, and don’t buy it if it is anywhere near its all-time-high. You can use (https://www.tradingview.com/markets/ cryptocurrencies/prices-all/) and select a specific coin to see its chart. Be sure to click on “5Y” or “All”

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Great Canadian Web3 Community https:// twitter.com/DaoCanadian

Mission47 https://www.linkedin.com/in/ ackermanlee/

Web3 Canada https://web3canada.ca/

The Canadian Blockchain Consortium https://www.canadablockchain.ca/

TALES FROM THE CRYPTO Have you ever thought about “your” money? Do you wonder about the value, longevity, the safety and accessibility? How much do we know about money? Currency? Accessibility? Banks? Crypto Currency? Foreign Currency? Value? Risk? Security? With crypto currency making its way through the world…it’s time to rethink how we use, save and access our money. Knowledge in this space is essential to growth and that starts with understanding ‘your money’. Bitcoin Well is always learning and educating others, to empower everyone to take control of their well-th. That’s why Bitcoin Well is here! Stay tuned for ‘Tales from the Crypto’ launching in the Aug issue of Community Now

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"IT TAKES A VILLAGE" - African Proverb


I would like to take a minute to invite you to participate in our 5th annual mental health summit! On Dec 14th 2022 we will join together in person to Take the Day. We will have local businesses set up to showcase the work they are doing in the mental health and wellness space, community space and innovation health space. Live podcasts running from the event. A drumming Session, and amazing speakers and panel discussions. How you can get involved: Get a Vendor Table: We have 5 vendor tables left, which will be in the main networking space and lunch area. Become a sponsor (this also includes a table or banner placement, along with advertising and your logo on the bucket drums and more!). Gift cards and silent auction items. Volunteer. For more information please reach out to me at any time. To see who is speaking please click here and watch this link as we add our panelists and other activities! Mental Health 2022 | Community Now! Magazine (communitynowmagazine.com)


Become a sponsor and get involved: publisher@communitynowmagazine.com

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In the Community: First Responders with retired RCMP officer Cynthia Hamilton Urquhart, BA Sociology Author, Speaker, Mentor, First Responder (Ret'd), Mental Health Advocate, Universal Womens Network WOI - 2019 Unsung Hero Award, RCMP Long Service Award and Bronze Clasp 2012, 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal 1992

K: What is a Frontline Worker? C: A Frontline worker is an employee who must physically show up to their jobsite. They could be a health care worker or bus driver, police officer or firefighter. First Responders

are frontline workers, but not all frontline workers are First Responders. A First Responder is a person with specialized training who is among the first to arrive on scene and provide assistance during the early stages of an emergency response. Our job is to protect (keep safe from harm or injury) our own lives as well as the lives of others. It may also involve the protection or preservation of property, evidence and/or the environment (continued on next page) Community \\ 59

We need people who are willing to keep our communities safe by putting their lives on the line to help others.

(continued from page 59...) where the incident is taking place. We usually consider police, firefighters, and Emergency Medical Services personnel to be First Responders. I add 911 dispatchers to the First Responder category as well. Although they are not physically present, they are frequently "the first on scene," through their telecommunication device, and therefore deal with intense, life and death situations as they unfold.

K: Why do we need (First Responders) frontline workers?

C: First Responders are essential to communities. We need people who are willing to keep our communities safe by putting their lives on the line to help others. That's what we do. We are trained to react with a level head, to function effectively in times of crisis under incredible pressure, and to make life and death decisions.

K: What role do First Responders play in the community aside from protecting?

C: Through public education we prepare our communities for potential disasters like floods, wildfires, and hurricanes. We provide a sense of hope and reassurance by staying

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calm and level-headed during difficult circumstances. We provide risk assessments within our areas of expertise; we contribute to emergency planning and promote and enforce rules and regulations that keep people safe. Most of us live in the same communities where we work and are role models to those around us. We tend to use our leadership skills outside of the work arena by volunteering to coach, teach, and mentor. We love our communities and want to contribute in every way possible.

K: Why did you decide to become a frontline worker (an RCMP) officer?

C: There were two key factors that contributed to that choice. The first was I learned at an early age how cruel people could be to the vulnerable and disadvantaged. My brother, who was only two years older than me, was learning-disabled and had total vision loss by the age of nine. We went to the same elementary school, and I was constantly defending him, even at the tender age of six, as he was picked on by the other kids and ostracized by the parents. It was not uncommon for disabled people to be shunned in the 1960's. The second factor was understanding the importance of public service. My grandfather

fought in WW1 and my father joined the Navy in WW2, though he only served for a short period of time due to a medical condition. He eventually became the supervisor of school bus transportation for the province of New Brunswick. During his many years of service, I learned how much of a difference one person can make.

K: In the last article you wrote - you talked about how frontline workers (First Responders) have an extraordinary job, lets recap that - why is it an extraordinary job?

C: If you look up the definition of the word extraordinary, it is defined as "going beyond what is usual; different to a very marked extent; special, strange or unexpected. We run in when others run out, put others’ lives before our own, and are exposed to things most people don't ever want to think about. We tend to the injured, put out fires and remove the dead from unimaginable scenes. We are threatened, assaulted, injured, and killed, because of our desire to keep our communities safe. It doesn't mean we are better than anyone else, rather we are very different. We have chosen a job that does not make for an easy life, and because of this we can expect to have extraordinary struggles and carry extraordinary burdens, resulting in the need for extraordinary care.

K: What is in place to help (First Responders) frontline workers deal with everything they see and deal with?

C: I wish this question had a simple answer, but the reality is First Responder mental health care is inconvenient, complicated, and expensive. We work in multiple jurisdictions across the country; federal, provincial, and municipal. Each organization has their own responsibilities for providing mental health care to their employees. Some of these organizations have thriving programs while others are barely getting by. Stigma is still a very real issue, both within the organizations themselves as well as within the public domain. Our First Responder professions are currently at their breaking points. Staff shortages and increases in call volumes make it difficult to leave your colleagues to seek care when they are already short-handed. Although we have certainly made much progress in this area, we still have a long way to go. Canada needs to do a better job at addressing Operational Stress Injuries and mental wellness suffered by First Responders. If First Responders don't get the help they need and deserve, they will not be there to help you when you have an emergency. You need to be asking yourself "who is looking after the people looking after you?"

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Hopes Corner Community is a place where organizations interweave with all walks of life & within everyone has the ability and passion to work together so one day .... We will have 'Enough For All' across Canada Alberta & Calgary! All for one and one for all! Leaving no one behind; not even the ones without keys or a home to call their own! Stronger Together within YYC, AB. Canada How can we be better¿ BUILD communities that are trauma informed within the core that build;up all leaders within. In ways that BRIDGE the gaps, by building bridges; that help connect the dots for Canadians. WHY¿ So our neighbors, friends & family avoid unnecessary pain, trauma & incomprensible suffering; by being exposed to situations, that one should not have. AND KEEP; our communities safer by building outreach programs & services. Ones that open doors; instead of slammed closed in citizens faces. Kimberly & Kane Community Bridge Builders of HOPE; Courage & Strength! ~ It Takes A Villiage ~ Be United ~ ~ Get Loud ~ Reach Out ~ Get Real ~ ON June 27 PTSD; Awareness Day Wear teal in support of health care leaders & emergency first responders across Canada. Nothing is impossible; if one:

~ Believes ~ Inspires ~ Empowers ~ Keep Canada Strong Keep Alberta Strong Keep Calgary Strong

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What is community? Community means something different to everyone. At Made by Momma it is where we live, work, play, and give. It is when we come together to help those who don’t have a support network to lean on during challenging times. A community is not limited by its size and can encompass everything from a few friendly neighbours to an entire city. As the last few years have shown, community spirit can be built online or in person. Made by Momma is once again coming together as a community and grassroots charity to help families facing situations of adversity or crisis by expanding our meals program into the Social + Good ~ Charity | Kitchen.

How can the community help? As a volunteer-run, donation-driven, and impact-focused charity, there are several ways the community can get involved. At Made by Momma we are always looking for both financial and inkind donations, volunteers, and people to spread the message about our organization. If you are interested in helping Made by Momma please connect with us on social to follow our volunteer opportunities, fundraising initiatives, and community events that we hold throughout the year!

To Donate. Get Involved. Or Learn more Click Here. Photo by Made by Momma

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Otafest was filled with cosplay, artists, organizations and other amazing vendors.

Skipping Stone Foundation

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SCHOOL OF ROCK | Calgary 2707-17th AVE SW, Calgary, AB (587) 353-7625 calgary.schoolofrock.com

Earth, Space and Innovation Collide… Innovators and thought leaders converge to discover solutions for a brighter tomorrow. Exploring the impact of convergence of emerging technologies like quantum, nanotech, biotech, and artificial intelligence and the need to collaborate across disciplines to solve our planet’s greatest challenges. This conference set the stage for meaningful discussions on collaboration in health, sustainability, and the future. All of the Keynote speakers were amazing and inspiring. Shawna Pandya is an impressive top 100 women in aerospace & agitation, teaching and learning about medical help in space aviation.

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eather & Sophia Fairw innon Graham McK

Maxan Ferguson-Dyer & Sophia Fairweather

From Earth to Space has been a wonderful conference to learn, network, and the food was delicious! Lots of unique and original talks, activities to take part in, and there was a DOUGHNUT WALL! I mean you can't get much better than a doughnut wall. I also found staff where both helpful and friendly, and the Edmonton Convention center is a very pretty space. Overall we'll put together, and engaging! - Sophia Fairweather Community \\ 67

Global Energy Show The Global Energy Show co-hosted with Cenovus Energy is the largest, most influential exhibition and conference in energy. The conference brought industry buyers and sellers, stakeholders and partners, CEOs and professionals of every level, innovators and community together, to knowledge share, connect and explore new avenues for renewable energy, and how clean tech investments and innovation are at the forefront of decarbonization. #CommunityandInnovationCollide

Mayor Jyoti Gondek

Nancy Southern Chair & Chief Executive Officer ATCO Ltd. and Canadian Utilities Limited. Discussing hydrogen, staying competitive in the global market and what the definition of “net” is.

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Things to do this summer

Movements of Kindness Festival July 23 2022 2 pm 6pm Millenial Center Edmonton

https://www.facebook.com/Movements-of-Kindness-Festival-106911578653057 The Edmonton Elks, No Such Thing as a Bully/Moment of Kindness, and Fight Me On This are pleased to sign a Letter of Intent to work together supporting the Movement of Kindness Festival on July 23, 2022. With a focus on Mental Wellness, Physical FItness and Cognitive Strength, The Festival will showcase local venders, feature a panel with esteemed sports figures, and event hosts, and headlining a workout with local trainers, including Ethan Nicolas. Kelly Karius will be there providing resources for bullying and conflict, and the amazing Kindness Car will be present and available for all to sign. The event will take place on July 23rd, with promotional events taking place throughout May, June and July.

Airdrie Farmers Market The Airdrie Farmers Market showcases a wide and exciting variety of Alberta grown ingredients, apiaries, farmfresh producers, and artisans. Kicking off June 1st until Thanksgiving, Jensen Park is Airdrie’s central destination for our finest producers, growers and makers to gather and meet. Rotating through more than 150 vendors throughout the season, the Airdrie Farmer Market always has some new and unique for even the most seasoned market patron. This vibrant weekly attraction includes a Food Truck Dash and Dine, showcasing 6 to 7 of your favorite meals on wheels.

Runs 3:30-6:30pm, Wednesdays.

Canada Day is the weekend to celebrate in Airdrie. 10:00am: The July long weekend is a celebration of summer in Airdrie. Kicking off at 10am – 12pm: Enjoy the sights and sounds of more than 100 floats rolling down Airdrie’s Main Street as the parade returns this summer representing the people of Canada, and diverse backgrounds they represent as a part of our Canadian Mosaic. 2:30pm:

As the parade wraps, head west to the Airdrie Rodeo Grounds for some boot stompin’, buck riding fun for the whole family at the Airdrie Pro Rodeo, getting a sneak peak of many of the Calgary Stampede competitors. Events kick off with the Junior Rodeo at 2:30pm.


Pull up the dance boots and join in at the Plainsman Arena for the Boots and Buckles live entertainment and dance, hosted by Airdrie Pro Rodeo. Tickets available at the door, or free entry with proof of rodeo ticket.


Set your eyes to the sky for the annual Canada Fireworks display. For more details visit airdrie.ca

July 2

More exciting competitions from Airdrie Pro Rodeo

July 3

Take an easy morning with the kiddos and join expert anglers Wes David of Fishing The Wild West TV, Bow River Fly Fishing and more at the Kids Can Catch event, Nose Creek Regional Park - pond.

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DRUM SET CAMP DRUM SET CAMP DRUM SET August 8-12, 2022 • Ages 13+ Who are interested in drumming!


Early Bird: $300 • After June 17: $375

Under the direction of Tyler Hornby, the Drum Set Educational Camp is the pinnacle drum event every August 8-12, 2022 • Ages 13+ year in Calgary, providing amazing drum instruction from world class drummers who Who are interested in drumming! August 8-12, 2022 • Ages 13+ are experts in their field. This camp provides an intensive yet Early Bird: $300 • After June 17: $375 Who are interested in drumming! fun atmosphere for students young and old in a master class Early Bird: $300 • After June 17: $375 Under the direction of Tyler Hornby, the Drum Setpace. Educational setting, allowing participants to go at their own Camp is the pinnacle drum event every year in Calgary, providing Under the direction of Tyler Hornby, the Drum Set Educational Tyler Hornby - Director/Instructor Camp is the pinnacle drum event every year in Calgary, providing amazing drum instruction from world class drummers who Ambrose University amazing drum instruction fromare world class drummers who This camp provides an intensive yet experts in their field. Jim JohnstonInstructor are experts in their field. This camp provides an intensive yet Guest Faculty fun atmosphere for students young and old in a master class fun atmosphere for students young and old in a master class setting, allowing participants to go at their own pace. setting, allowing participants to go at their own pace. Tyler Hornby - Director/Instructor Ambrose University Jim Johnston- Instructor Guest Faculty

Tyler Hornby - Director/Instructor Ambrose University For information and to register visit Jimmore JohnstonInstructor https://ambrose.edu/summer-camps Guest Faculty

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For more information and to register visit https://ambrose.edu/summer-camps

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For more information and to register visit https://ambrose.edu/summer-camps

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A reason, a season, a lifetime… An internal community audit

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Jen Hadley


lasses, braces, the wrong shoes, the wrong clothes, the wrong postal code. How dare she send me to school in the wrong brand of jeans? Didn’t she know it was social suicide? At the time, I was furious with her and didn’t understand the logic behind not paying $120 for a pair of jeans that wouldn’t fit me in three months. My mother got it, long before I did. And looking back, I’m grateful that she didn’t buy me the most expensive brand names just so I could look cool at school. I wasn’t cool anyway, no matter what the logo on my knockoff Keds said. I grew up in a community that valued things over people. Where status was dictated by the car you drove, the street you lived on, and how much money your family had. The funny part was that I lived in a house literally across the street from the “right” neighbourhood. I went to the same private school that the “cool kids” went to. And yet, I was a total loser. How that made any sense is still mind-boggling. I begged my parents to switch schools, I was suffocating in a world where I didn’t belong. In a world that didn’t accept me and didn’t like me no matter what I did or said or how cool I tried to be. I knew back then, when I was a kid, that this community wasn’t mine. I stuck it out because my parents (once again) knew what was best for me. They knew there was a lesson and an opportunity for me there that wasn’t clear to me at the time, maybe not to them either. But again, I am grateful for their wisdom because I learned so much from growing up in that community. I learned how to set boundaries, I learned how to take care of myself and those that were truly friends. It was there that I learned the subtle art of not giving a F*#%. It took a lot of time and a lot of tears, but what I learned in that environment

was that I could decide to be unapologetically me. And I became just that and own it still today. I set out to build my own community. I set out to find my people, my tribe, my crew. Fast forward about 30 years and here we are. Part of a community of like-minded people and organizations. A community of strong, passionate and engaged members all cheering each other on, supporting each other’s dreams, businesses and ideas. A community that celebrates those who aren’t afraid to step out on that ledge – we all know that ledge – if you’re an entrepreneur, you’ve teetered on that ledge as many times as the rest of us. That ledge is the dividing point between the community I used to be part of and the community I’m proud to have cultivated. The community I left behind is still the same, nothing has changed except that they’ve grown from kids to adults with their own flashy cars and extravagant houses. This is not a statement of jealousy, I don’t compete with anyone – I want everyone to win. I just choose my surroundings now and know what matters to me. I value people, not things. When I say cultivated, it sounds like I built this on my own. Not the case, of course. What I mean is that had I not ventured out to find you, had I stayed in the uncomfortable comfort zone of familiarity, albeit miserable familiarity, I wouldn’t have found my place here. So yes, I did this and I’m so proud of that. I pulled myself out of what I knew my whole life, and put myself into new places, followed my gut to new experiences, tripped over obstacles and climbed mountains to get to a place that is so scary that only people like us (yes, us – you’re part of my community now) would dare to climb. This is where I belong (continued on next page) Community \\ 75

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and I can feel it in every piece of me. Just the same way that I knew the other place wasn’t for me, I know that this is where I belong. Follow your intuition, listen to your heart and go where your gifts take you. That is where you’ll find your community and thrive. Sometimes we outgrow our pasts, we outgrow old friends and old ways and that often comes with a sense of fear. When it’s all you know, it’s easy to stick around. But what if you were to step out? Not even completely just yet, but step out nonetheless. Learn a new language, take up a new activity, and explore some of the things you’ve got on your bucket list. Whom will you meet there? Who will be right there next to you doing the same thing? Maybe a new friend, maybe a mentor, or maybe even a protégé looking for your strength and confidence to help them find their place? The thing is, you never know. And that’s the scary part but it’s also the gift. Stepping out into alignment with your purpose, your values and your goals will 100% bring people into your life that you otherwise would not have encountered. That is the gift. Those are the people that will elevate you, support you and join you on your journey along your personally curated path. You’ll be surprised at who comes along with you and whom you leave behind. You’ll learn about the influence people have over you and your influence on others. Life will bring people in and out of your community that will have a reason for being there. As the quote says; “A reason, a season or a lifetime”. Embrace all of those relationships because they are building your character, enhancing your life and turning you into the person you are meant to be.

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Be sure to listen to your intuition though, and don’t stay stuck in a place or with people that are out of alignment – those people may be seasonal for you, and you would be the same for them. They might bring you those huge life lessons that create major shifts for you – listen. Embrace them and the opportunities they present and let them go. You’re not stuck in a community that you don’t belong in – you’re choosing to stay there for a multitude of reasons. But if you were to take one small incremental step in the direction of your values and alignment, you’ll see who else is out there ready to welcome you home. They say that we become the 5 people we spend the most time with. With that limited a circle of influence, wouldn’t it make the most sense to surround ourselves with those that we admire and respect the most? My challenge to you this month is to audit the communities you are part of. Do you feel at home there? Do you feel anxiety there? What are the elements that keep you in those communities? What would it feel like to build a community around you that is in line with your passions and dreams? Send me an email with your thoughts on this and where you are in your own community – maybe it’s time to switch things up? Maybe it’s time to dig deeper? Let’s chat! jennifer@fiercemom.ca When I started doing these “community audits” I very quickly realized where I belong and who deserves my time and attention. When you allow yourself to be you, step out in confidence knowing who you are and seek out people that feel like home - that’s exactly where you’ll be. Unapologetically you, living your best life and surrounded by the right people in a community that you built. Welcome home.

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