Forward Thinking Speaker Series


The Forward Thinking Speaker Series reflects EPL’s rich history of taking risks, trying new things, and redefining the modern library. EPL invites thought-leaders from a variety of industries speaking on a variety of topics to share their insights, ideas, experiences, and viewpoints, with the goal of helping us purposefully build better organizations, neighborhoods, and communities.

For a list of upcoming speakers please visit the Future Speakers page.

Mayors' Forum: Building Strong Communities


"People should be suspicious if every decision was unanimous." - Mayor Don Iveson

The Edmonton Public Library is pleased to host Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi on December 7th, 2016 as part of the Forward Thinking Speaker Series.

Alberta was built on our people’s industrious nature, innovative mindset and resilient resolve. Through the oil booms and the economic downturns there’s an innate fighting spirit that pushes Albertans to find solutions, work harder and make our province the most desirable place to live. We’re fortune to call this great northern city home, but there’s always room to make Edmonton even better. This forum with Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, and moderated by Paula Simons, will inspire, inform and motivate you to find meaningful ways to contribute to our communities, cities and province.

WHEN: Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 7:00pm (Doors open at 6:00pm)
WHERE: Chateau Lacombe Hotel
TICKETS: $10 for General Admission and $75 for VIP tickets. Tickets go on sale starting at 10am on Wednesday, November 2nd on Eventbrite.

All ticket proceeds support the Stanley A. Milner Library revitalization project.

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