What does Calgary mean to you?
There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.
— Margaret J. Wheatley



The Project

What makes a successful city?

This is the guiding question for Calgary On Purpose. We are a group of Calgarians interested in what makes a ‘successful’ city, and we need people from all walks of life to join that conversation. As a citizen-led platform, our mission is to increase transparency, build trust, and facilitate inclusion. We believe that every individual has the power to shape Calgary’s future.

What makes us different?

There are a lot of other civic engagement initiatives. What makes Calgary On Purpose different, is that we prioritize face-to-face encounters over online surveys. We believe that the most transformational conversations happens in person.

We host regular public events that explore what makes a successful city. Our events spotlight people from diverse backgrounds – including policy experts and people experiencing homelessness – to speak on city issues that matter to them. We encourage public participation, as well as disagreement, and we challenge you to raise the tone of the conversation for our political leaders.

How does this impact you?

Calgary On Purpose is a project made by and for all Calgarians. Its overarching purpose is to encourage Calgarians to ask thoughtful and informed questions during the 2021 municipal election.

If you have an idea you want to share, or a project that you are already working on, please connect with us by filling out one of our contact forms.

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The People


jason grelowski

Jason Grelowski is a business executive and entrepreneur, with over 20 years’ worth of experience advising and leading organizations. He assists corporations and businesses, in both the private and public sectors, to re-invent and re-position themselves to be stronger and more effective. As a native Albertan and proud Calgarian, he has lived and enjoyed cities across Canada and has developed a strong commitment to his community and the arts.

Jason is a creative thinker and strategist, with an infectious passion and positive outlook. He is committed to Calgary On Purpose’s desire for positive dialogue, supplemented by fact-based policy discussions.


Sarah Hertz

Sarah Hertz is working towards her MPP at UCalgary's School of Public Policy. Her Capstone project, supervised by Dr Myles Leslie, is a comparative study of Calgary and Detroit that examines whether propping up a single industry will ’save’ a city. She is also working as a Research Assistant for Dr PG Forest, in the School’s new Urban Policy division, and as a policy advisor for Calgary On Purpose. She holds a Master's (MPhil) in Renaissance literature from the University of Cambridge and a BA Honours in English from the University of Calgary. She is also the Founder and Executive Editor of YYC Policy: the official publication for MPP candidates at SPP.

Raised in southwest Calgary, Sarah now lives closer to downtown and enjoys cycling to work – weather permitting! Inspired by her commute, she has become interested in how transportation infrastructure can strengthen community ties.

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Colin Jackson

Having retired after a career in the performing arts and broadcasting, Colin Jackson volunteers in support of education, poverty relief, and community building organizations. He admires the wisdom of First Nations author, Thomas King, who says that "we are the stories we tell."

As a proud Calgarian, Colin wants to be part of revealing, then telling, a story of our city as a place of deep connectivity, remarkable kindness, and selfless compassion.