Trail Blazer Breakfast 2021: Tickets available now!

Keynote Speaker: Lieutenant-General (ret) The Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire

Trail Blazer Breakfast is Calgary Homeless Foundation’s annual marquee fundraiser event. Join us VIRTUALLY on Wednesday, May 12th, 2021, as we connect business and community leaders, philanthropists, thought leaders and members of the homeless system of care – individuals who aren’t afraid to blaze new trails and leverage joint resources and expertise to collectively address the complex social issues of poverty and homelessness in our city.

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Trail Blazer Breakfast 2021 Keynote Speaker: Lieutenant-General (ret) The Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire

As a military commander, humanitarian, senator and author, Roméo Dallaire has elevated our national consciousness. Whether shining a light on the atrocities of the Rwandan genocide, the struggle that he and many other military veterans face with post-traumatic stress disorder, or the recruitment and use of child soldiers, he has felt compelled to set aside his natural reserve to bring national and international attention to situations too often ignored.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to experience a true force of transformative action as he shares impactful leadership lessons and thoughts on the need for trailblazing in Canada – specifically in the areas of mental health and homelessness.


2021 Trail Blazer Legacy Award Recipient: Tim J. Hearn

Calgary Homeless Foundation is pleased to announce Tim J. Hearn as the 2021 Legacy Award Recipient for his dedication to the vision of ending homelessness and his unwavering efforts to use his strengths, influence, and passion to make it a reality. Mr. Hearn is a well-known corporate leader in Calgary. Having served as the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Imperial Oil Limited, he is the current Chairman of the consulting/investment management and philanthropic organization, Hearn & Associates. Mr. Hearn is an inspiring trail blazer and continues to work as a community leader in Calgary on many fronts. We are honoured to recognize him for his commitment to ending homelessness in our city.


2021 Trail Blazer Breakfast Event Emcee: Dave Kelly

Dave Kelly is the owner and Chief Creative Officer at Kelly Brothers Productions and a seasoned host. Dave’s ability to spark lively conversation with warmth and humour will be sure to make the 2021 Trail Blazer Breakfast the most memorable to date.

Dave Kelly is an award-winning host, writer, and interviewer who creates intelligent and deeply human moments for events and keynote conversations around the world. He is the host of Dave Kelly Live – Canada’s own talk-variety show. Ellen Degeneres selected Dave as the moderator and interviewer for her multi-city tour across Canada. He recently hosted a conversation with President Barack Obama in Calgary and former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in Montreal. Dave is the co-founder of Kelly Brothers Productions, an award-winning video and entertainment company.

2021 Trail Blazer Breakfast: Sponsorships, Tickets & (Virtual) Tables

For information about sponsorships, tickets, and tables, visit:

Thank you to the current 2021 Trail Blazer Sponsors:

  • Presenting Sponsor: NOVA Chemicals
  • Speaker Sponsor: Jim Stanford
  • Literary Champion: ATB Financial

The following sponsor levels are still available:

  • Virtual Sponsor
  • Gratitude Package Sponsor
  • Host Sponsor
  • Trail Blazer Sponsor
  • Humanitarian Sponsor

All virtual guests will receive a Trail Blazer Breakfast Gratitude Package delivered a day or two before the event.

Items will include:  

  • Delicious continental breakfast with morning pastries, yogurt, berry and granola parfait, and lemon meringue blueberry energy bites.
  • A book written by our keynote speaker, General Dallaire.
  • Plus, other surprise items!

Trail Blazer Breakfast

WHEN: May 12, 2021

WHERE: Virtual Event

TIME: Breakfast Prelude 7:30 AM – 8 AM | Virtual Program 8 AM – 9:30 AM

For more information about the Virtual 2021 Trail Blazer Breakfast, visit:

For questions related to the Trail Blazer Breakfast, please contact Teresa Hiser, Development Manager at 403-718-8534 or


We look forward to connecting with you at the event!