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Monthly Optimist Club of Calgary Meeting Wednesday February 14th

February 14 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Our regularly scheduled monthly meetings give members an excellent opportunity to socialize with each other and engage with fantastic guest speakers on current topics.  Members can attend in person or via ZOOM.  Free parking is available at the back of the restaurant.

Date:  Wednesday, February 14th, 2024

Location:  Limericks Traditional Pub

5:30 PM – 7 PM – Dinner and drinks available anytime after 5 PM.  To view the Limericks menu – CLICK HERE

Food and Drink Specials:

7 PM – 8:30 PM – Member Meeting (agenda to be provided in advance)

8:30 PM – ??? – Socializing after meeting

Meeting Guest Speaker:  Donna Kennedy-Glans, KC, ICD.D 

Over a nearly 40-year career, Donna has worked in media, as a politician, published author, non-profit founder & leader, energy executive & lawyer. Crossing sectoral boundaries is her ’thing’. Geographic boundaries too; Donna has worked on projects in over 35 countries. Presently, she writes a national column for the National Post and publishes blogs at beyond polarity—blog and comments on politics & policy in Alberta.

Meeting Discussion Topic:  “There’s policy and there’s politics…and you can’t do one without the other.”  To figure out what’s going on in the political landscape of Canada and Alberta, Donna will look at recent events through the prism of both policy and politics:

  • Federal government over-reach on energy and climate policy
  • The blocking of Canadian media by digital platforms
  • A war in Ukraine and now in the Middle East too
  • NATO obligations & relationships with the Canadian Armed Forces
  • Response to the Freedom Convoy
  • Use of the notwithstanding clause to back parental rights
  • Seriously damaged relationships with India

In the spring of 2022, Donna published a book titled Teaching the Dinosaur to Dance: Moving Beyond Business as Usual.   Her thesis:  In a post-COVID world, leaders can’t rely on status quo thinking to deliver results. Today, it’s fair to say that  “business as usual” is naive, bordering on stupid. Many of our long-standing ways of doing things have been thrown into chaos.  And what comes next isn’t yet clear.



February 14
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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