1st Annual Municipal Leaders Forum with Mayor Jyoti Gondek and Mayor Lehman

June 29
12:00 pm MDT
75 mins

Webinar Host

Dr. Alina Turner

Co-President & Co-Founder of HelpSeeker


HelpSeeker is excited to present our webinar: 1st Annual Municipal Leaders Forum with Mayor Jyoti Gondek and Mayor Lehman

Join us virtually on June 29th for a discussion on social infrastructure planning and the expanding role of municipal governments, with guest speakers Mayor Jyoti Gondek (Calgary) and Mayor Jeff Lehman (Barrie).

This event is open to municipal employees, elected officials, and associations or those working in municipal policy.

Over the last 3 years, municipal governments have faced unprecedented pressure to address social issues, such as homelessness, mental health, and addictions, while simultaneously managing their pandemic responses.

What voters and provincial and federal governments expect of local governments is changing (and growing as well). Yet, many municipalities don’t have the mandate, nor resources to fully enact their social policy goals.

With new precedents emerging through policy and legislative changes, what does municipal leadership in social infrastructure look like in the future?

Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek, followed by Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman, will speak about the future roles of municipal governments in community wellbeing, and what a shifting social mandate means for municipal-provincial relations, planning, social policy, and more, with a discussion to follow.


In this webinar, you will learn:

What does social infrastructure look like across the country?

How does infrastructure compare across cities? Provincially?

Where are municipal, provincial and federal investments going?

How does government investment compare across areas of need, and cities?

Featured Speakers

Webinar Host

Dr. Alina Turner

Co-President & Co-Founder of HelpSeeker

Dr. Alina Turner is the Co-President & Co-Founder of HelpSeeker, a social enterprise harnessing tech innovation for the greater social good. She is recognized as a leading researcher and thinker on social issues with proven implementation results.

Alina is a Fellow at The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary and serves on the Board of Directors for A Way Home Canada and the Alberta Rural Development Rural Advisory Board on housing and homelessness. Her work on system planning is recognized as a leading practice and often called upon as a model across communities. Her drive and passion for this work are grounded in her lived experience of the social issues she continues to challenge in her professional work.

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